Construction begins on the Multipurpose Building in Phase 1 of Area 1 of the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. (Photo courtesy of Curtis Waltz / aerialscapes.com)
Wisconn Valley Talent Attraction Pipeline Strategy
Governor Scott Walker, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Foxconn, and M+W | Gilbane announced a public-private partnership to recruit, train, place, and place new entrants into the construction trades. DWD is coordinating across all public workforce development entities in Racine County, and will expand its coordination efforts into surrounding counties. Individuals participating in the training program gain on-the-job experience, some for the first time in the construction industry.
Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building
More than 130 individuals participated in the first Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building session in Milwaukee to learn more about the tools available to address lack of access to quality workforce through the many programs and resources available to train and skill-up the workforce. Participants attended the session from all over the state, including individuals from Merrill, De Pere, and Stevens Point. A second event is planned in Sturtevant on August 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd, Sturtevant. Additional sessions are also being planned in northern regions of the state. To register for the Sturtevant session go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CapacityBuildingWI
When details become available for additional sessions, it will be posted on wisconnvalley.wi.gov at: https://wisconnvalley.wi.gov/Pages/capacitybuilding.aspx
More than 130 attendees at the first Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Session in Milwaukee.
Steady progress continues in Area 1 of Phase 1 of the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. There are 130 pieces of excavation and construction equipment on the site and around 50 trucks continually hauling. Soon the site will be at peak hauling with 1,000 trucks per day.
An intergovernmental agreement has been developed to ensure rates do not increase for citizens and businesses, to reduce connection fees for businesses looking to connect to the system, to provide a pathway for potential sewer plant expansion, and and to increase public safety and transit funding for the City of Racine. The agreement will need to be approved by the City of Racine and the Racine Water Utility.
County K is scheduled to close for approximately two months beginning Monday, August 20. The closure is necessary for bridge construction.
Work continues along the Willow Road extension. Crews are excavating and placing materials for the road base. Work on the storm water retention pond is expected to begin soon.
Crews plan to begin work on International Drive next week. Installation of erosion control and clearing the work zone are the first priorities.
Work on the new northbound lanes and associated structures along mainline I-94 continues. There are several ramp closures required for this work. The closures are necessary to construct multiple structures in a very short time frame. When work is completed on the new northbound lanes and structures, the northbound mainline will be returned to a three-lane configuration.
Construction on US 45 south of WIS 20 is complete. This provides another north/south option, between WIS 142 and WIS 20, when there is congestion on I-94.
Work continues on the new I-94 structure over Kraut Road.
I-94 project team hosts August infrastructure meeting
The I-94 North-South Project team on August 6 hosted a monthly infrastructure meeting at the Gateway Technical College iMET Center. The event was well-attended and featured a PowerPoint presentation focusing on the remaining I-94 North-South construction and Wisconn Valley development roads. Project staff stayed after the presentation to engage in some one-on-one discussions with property owners, business leaders and local elected officials. Several questions focused on County KR, east of the railroad, and the planned closure at County K and I-94.
Local Monthly Update
The next local monthly update meeting for the Foxconn project will take place on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Brief updates will be provided by the WisDOT, M+W | Gilbane, and the Village of Mount Pleasant to keep the public informed. Update meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall.
Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions
The next Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Session will be on August 24. These sessions are designed to help smaller contractors gain the access to the capital and workforce they need to compete more effectively for Wisconn Valley related contracts. Click the button below to register for a session.
Southeast Wisconsin Housing Summit
Racine County and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority will hold a Southeast Wisconsin Housing Summit on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The event will connect municipalities in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties with partners in the areas of development, financial, and housing.
Foxconn chose to invest in Wisconsin over other states for several reasons. Wisconsinites can be proud we won because of our state's:
- Strong manufacturing legacy
- Reputation as a top state to do business with
- Ability to develop skilled workers
- Positive "can do" attitude
Request for Proposals (RFP)
611 E. Wisconsin
Submission Due: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CDT
Information and Matchmaking Session: By invitation following submittal of Non-Disclosure Agreement.
Contract Award Date: The contract award date is dependent on the bids received on August 14.
Overview: FEWI Development Corp. invites proposals from Architects and Engineers to provide Masterplan and Design services as indicated herein. Such services are required for a project located at 611 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Services may further be needed, at owner's option, for one or more additional buildings/sites located elsewhere within Wisconsin.
Update to tentative bid schdule
A slight change has been made to the tentative bid advertisement schedule for water and sewer main work.
- Phase 1 - CTH H is scheduled for advertisement on August 30
- Phase 2 - CTH KR is scheduled for advertisement on September 13
When advertised, a bid alert will be distributed to notify those individuals signed up for notifications. Sign up to be notified about public infrastructure related work here:
Governor Walker Visits Foxconn Construction Site to Discuss New Opportunities for Wisconsin Workers
MOUNT PLEASANT – Governor Scott Walker today visited the Foxconn construction site to discuss the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) efforts to recruit, train, and place new entrants into the construction trades through a public-private partnership. DWD is working with M+ W | Gilbane and other partners in Wisconsin to help develop our state's workforce as a part of the Wisconn Valley Talent Attraction Pipeline Strategy.
City of Racine, Racine Water Utility, Village of Mount Pleasant Intergovernmental Agreement
Ensures that water-related infrastructure costs associated with the Foxconn project are funded through the Company's $10 billion investment in Mount Pleasant
Dramatically reduces REC fee to foster increased economic development
Provides additional public safety and transit funding to the City of Racine
MOUNT PLEASANT – The City of Racine, Racine Water Utility, and Village of Mount Pleasant have been working to develop a comprehensive intergovernmental agreement to ensure that infrastructure costs associated with the Foxconn development are funded through the company's $10 billion investment, via Mount Pleasant TID 5, and will not impact other municipalities or Utility ratepayers. The agreement also provides additional funding to the City of Racine to support the City's transit and public safety systems and enables an 85+% reduction in the REC fee to foster increased development throughout the area.
DWD and WHEDA Hold Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Session in Milwaukee
Sturtevant session scheduled for August 24, two more sessions to be scheduled
MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in partnership with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) held the first Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Session in Milwaukee to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete for construction-related projects. More than 130 individuals participated in the presentation and networking event. The sessions were developed in response to a survey to address barriers those businesses experience when considering a construction-related project bid.
Governor Walker Announces $10 Million Available to Help Contractors Access Capital
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced $10 million is available to contractors through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority's (WHEDA) Contractors Loan Guarantee (CLG) program. WHEDA will partner with local lenders to guarantee 50 percent or up to $750,000 on new loans, helping contractors pay expenses for working on qualified contracts.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Helping Small Contractors & Suppliers Expand Qualified Workforce
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is spearheading a multi-agency state effort to equip small construction businesses and suppliers with the tools they need to access both capital and qualified workers to compete for Wisconn Valley-related projects. Two Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions targeting smaller contractors -- including those owned by women, minorities and veterans -- will be held in Milwaukee and Racine later this month.
Foxconn Launches $1 Million "Smart Cities—Smart Futures" Competition
Encouraging Participation by Students, Faculty, and Staff Across Wisconsin this Fall to Generate Ideas for Smart Cities; Unveils Website for More Information on this Exciting Competition
Kenosha, WI – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) announced the formal launch of its "Smart Cities—Smart Futures" initiative during a Smart Futures Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside today. Foxconn unveiled a new website for the competition and encouraged students, faculty and staff at Wisconsin's universities, colleges and technical schools to "jump into the future" and harness their creativity by participating in the state-wide competition. The company is initiating the "Smart Cities—Smart Futures" competition in the fall to enable talent across the state to leverage the opportunities presented by the vibrant ecosystem for technological innovation in Wisconsin.
Village Awards Foxconn-Related Demolition Work to Fond du Lac County-Based Contractor
Guelig Waste Removal awarded contracts for work along County Highway H
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. – Last night, the Village of Mount Pleasant Board voted to award Fond du Lac County-based Guelig Waste Removal And Demolition LLC (Guelig Waste Removal) with a $366,665 contract to conduct demolition work tied to Foxconn's $10 billion, advanced manufacturing campus. Previously, Guelig Waste Removal was awarded two other contracts for demolition associated with the Foxconn project. The bid team includes three other Wisconsin-based companies.
Village Board Approves Purchase Agreements with Four Property Owners Previously Part of Federal Lawsuit
Village also approves contract for demolition work along County Highway H
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. – Last night, the Village of Mount Pleasant Board voted to approve purchase agreements with four property owners in the Foxconn Project Area that were previously plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the Village. Those property owners will be dismissed as plaintiffs from the lawsuit.
Governor Walker Announces Initiative to Help Small Contractors Compete for Wisconn Valley Construction Work
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today unveiled a multi-agency effort to equip small construction businesses with the tools they need to access capital and find qualified workers to compete for Wisconn Valley-related projects. Two capacity-building sessions targeting smaller contractors -- including those owned by women, minorities and veterans -- will be held in Milwaukee and Racine in August.
From the News
$10M loan program aimed at attracting small contractors wary of Foxconn
August 15, 2018
By Nate Beck, Daily Reporter
Workshop held for small business owners to help with Foxconn development
August 15, 2018
By CBS 58 Newsroom
Hoffman low-bidder for WisDOT culvert work near Foxconn
August 15, 2018
By Nate Beck, Daily Reporter
Eden-based Gueligs Waste Removal receives additional Foxconn contract
August 13, 2018
By Sarah Razner, Fond du Lac Reporter
Crescent Electric Supply Co. to build new facility in Sturtevant
Foxconn prompts company to expand Racine County presence
August 13, 2018
By Corrinne Hess, BizTimes
Developer money streams into Racine area
August 13, 2018
By Michael Burke, The Journal Times
Foxconn helps spur development of 134,000-square-foot Sturtevant distribution center
August 10, 2018
By Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Two Wisconsin utilities are increasing solar and wind power as they dramatically cut coal use to combat climate change
August 10, 2018
By Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gateway Technical College beginning Foxconn-targeted associate degree programs
August 9, 2018
By Patrick Leary, Milwaukee Business Journal
Ascension Wisconsin plans $42M medical center in Sturtevant
August 9, 2018
By Rich Kirchen, Milwaukee Business Journal
Journal Times editorial -- Foxconn looking into solar power is more welcome news
August 8, 2018
The Journal Times Editorial Board
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