Economic Gateway http://www.momentumwest.org Momentum West News RSS Feed Sun, 22 Jul 2018 19:27:19 -0500 en-US Manufacturers get sneak peek into future fab lab http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2452/manufacturers-get-sneak-peek-into-future-fab-lab http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Area manufacturers and skilled tradespeople gathered last week at the site of the future Discovery Center Fab Lab and Workforce Development Center for a hard hat luncheon hosted by the Inspire…Building a Center of Discovery fundraising campaign.  Speaker Mark Tyler spoke about fabrication laboratories as a local resource for training the... Second Avenue Crossing whiskey tasting earns statewide recognition http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2453/second-avenue-crossing-whiskey-tasting-earns-statewide-recognition http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Osceola Area Chamber and Main Street Program was recognized for its outstanding downtown revitalization efforts at the 27th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony on Friday, April 27, in Ripon. Second Avenue Crossing took top honors with the Best Cooperative Business Marketing Award for their whiskey tasting event last October. The... Liaison, organizer, visionary: ArtBarn names new executive director http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2450/liaison-organizer-visionary-artbarn-names-new-executive-director http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Recipe for an executive director at a small-town arts center: Mix equal parts event planner, volunteer coordinator and visionary. Add a dash of diplomacy and a pinch of ambition. Stir gently. At the St. Croix ArtBarn, a new executive director took the helm January 1. An Amery resident and longtime volunteer... Watershed Cafe recognized for stewardship http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2451/watershed-cafe-recognized-for-stewardship http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 An Osceola restaurant has earned this year’s St. Croix Watershed Stewardship Award. In May, the St. Croix River Association recognized the Watershed Cafe and its owners, Rita and Steve Rasmuson, for their contributions to stewardship of the St. Croix River and its broader watershed.  Rita and Steve opened the Watershed Cafe... Community leaders celebrate U.S. Small Business Week http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2448/community-leaders-celebrate-us-small-business-week http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 St. Croix EDC joined community leaders in New Richmond, Hudson, Hammond and Somerset to recognize businesses during U.S. Small Business Week, April 29-May 5. Sean Fitzgerald and staff at SF Insurance Group in downtown New Richmond hosted the EDC and community supporters on Monday, April 30. Angela Popenhagen and staff at... Bakken Young breaks ground for new facility http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2449/bakken-young-breaks-ground-for-new-facility http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Jody Bakken Young and Brian Young were joined by members of the Bakken and Beebe families, New Richmond Mayor Fred Horne, city officials and representatives from the architectural, design and construction team Friday, May 11, in a groundbreaking ceremony at 728 S. Knowles Ave., site of their new funeral and... Bringing healthy options to New Richmond http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2446/bringing-healthy-options-to-new-richmond http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 As New Richmond continues to grow, with new restaurants and businesses opening in every part of the city, Tiger Nutrition health club owners Trina Bleifus, Cory Rush and Josh Trotterchaud hope to educate the community on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. "New Richmond is expanding really fast and... New chiro moves into Hudson Headache office http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2447/new-chiro-moves-into-hudson-headache-office http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Since she was a child, Stormie Reiman always knew she wanted to help people. She wasn't exactly sure how. Reiman started by studying psychology and criminal justice, and then physical therapy, but neither one of them were what she was looking for. Then she made her way to chiropractic, and she knew... Wisconsin Looks To Address Long-Term And Short-Term Workforce Challenges http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2440/wisconsin-looks-to-address-longterm-and-shortterm-workforce-challenges http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 State Faces Workforce Shortages Due To Economic Conditions, Demographics It will take a range of approaches to address the state's long- and short-term workforce needs, according to Wisconsin's secretary of workforce development. Ray Allen said that with the latest unemployment rate at a record-low 2.8 percent, his agency is working to help employers... Ridgeland Veterinary Clinic open again http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2445/ridgeland-veterinary-clinic-open-again http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 It was about 18 months ago that Dr. Jacob Smith, a Ladysmith veterinarian, found out that longtime vet Dr. Al Horvath was going to leave his Ridgeland practice and retire. “Our family had some mutual friends who knew Al’s family through our church,” Smith said Monday, June 11, as he, Horvath... Local Chiropractor Moves Home to Build a Practice http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2143/local-chiropractor-moves-home-to-build-a-practice http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500   Dr. Tonya Prokop-Nette is a local chiropractor, practicing at Imperium Chiropractic in Ladysmith, WI. Growing up in Rusk County, she always knew that she wanted to come home after earning her education.  We wanted to know why she chose to start her career in the Momentum West region. Dr. Prokop-Nette... CNBC's Top States 2018 highlights an epic battle for business and jobs http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2439/cnbcs-top-states-2018-highlights-an-epic-battle-for-business-and-jobs http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The war between the states for business and jobs has never been more intense. The high-profile fight for Amazon's $5 billion HQ2 second headquarters leads the pack, but there are thousands of smaller site selection skirmishes playing out across the country. And it's never been more complicated, thanks to worker shortages,... Woman pursues her passion with therapy dogs http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2444/woman-pursues-her-passion-with-therapy-dogs http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Dogs are considered by many to be "man's best friend" but what does being a best friend mean? What can a dog do for a person? One Prescott woman is using her dogs to provide therapy services to people in the area and bring smiles to those faces. Jenny Langness, owner... Foxconn buying EC downtown space, creating 150 jobs http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2486/foxconn-buying-ec-downtown-space-creating-150-jobs http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Foxconn Technology Group is buying a historic downtown Eau Claire building and space in the Haymarket Landing building as part of an expansion that will create 150 jobs. The company announced it is expanding its Wisconn Valley Innovation Network to west-central Wisconsin as part of its initiative to spur innovation, attract talent... Foxconn purchasing two properties in downtown Eau Claire http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2487/foxconn-purchasing-two-properties-in-downtown-eau-claire http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Foxconn is expanding in Wisconsin, with its eye on Eau Claire. On Monday morning, Governor Walker announced Foxconn is purchasing two properties in downtown Eau Claire. Foxconn has reached an agreement to purchase The Grand, a 43,000 square foot building at 204 E. Grand Avenue. It has been used by various businesses,... Move to Wisconsin, Millennials! (Just Don't Forget Your Car.) http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2438/move-to-wisconsin-millennials!-just-dont-forget-your-car http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 As the state spends millions to lure under-40 workers from across the Midwest, local transit riders are stuck in place. MILWAUKEE, WI—In January, the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission launched a $1 million campaign asking Chicago’s Millennial transit commuters to consider a move to the Dairy State. “Catch the train or catch some... SCS Elevator Products Inc. Announces New President http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2443/scs-elevator-products-inc-announces-new-president http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SCS Elevator Products Inc. Announces New President The owners and Board of Directors of SCS Elevator Products are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Muelken to the position of President. Donna Anderst who has served as CEO and President, will transition to Chairman of the Board for SCS Elevator Products. As President... Wisconsin’s bioscience industry employment growth outpaces nation http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2437/wisconsins-bioscience-industry-employment-growth-outpaces-nation http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 But wage growth lags national average Employment growth in Wisconsin’s bioscience industry has outpaced the national average in recent years, according to a new study from a national biotechnology trade organization. According to the report from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Wisconsin saw 5.8 percent growth in employment in the bioscience industry from 2014-16,... State Groups Say Creativity Key To Wisconsin's Economic Future http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2442/state-groups-say-creativity-key-to-wisconsins-economic-future http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 A new report is out detailing how creativity will be the key element in a new Wisconsin economy and how government and the arts community can make that happen. Arts Wisconsin, in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, released " 21st Century Wisconsin", a report on local, regional and statewide opportunities... Qualified New Business Ventures will no longer have to pay additional state fees http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2436/qualified-new-business-ventures-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-additional-state-fees http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 New state law expected to save start-up companies thousands of dollars Madison, WI.— Wisconsin early-stage companies that are certified as Qualified New Business Ventures and incorporated as C corporations in other states will no longer have to pay additional assessment fees under a new state law. Until today, state law required “foreign” C... Governor Walker Highlights State’s Growing Economy, Workforce Development Investments at Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Forum http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2441/governor-walker-highlights-states-growing-economy-workforce-development-investments-at-milwaukee-7-economic-development-forum http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 MILWAUKEE – Governor Scott Walker today highlighted the state’s growing economy and workforce development investments at the Milwaukee 7 (M7) Economic Development Forum in Milwaukee. M7 is a regional economic development cooperative that comprises seven southeastern counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha. “More people are employed in our state than ever... Stockholm Pie Company celebrated both a ten-year anniversary and grand opening http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2045/stockholm-pie-company-celebrated-both-a-tenyear-anniversary-and-grand-opening http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 STOCKHOLM — Ten years ago, it was a tiny storefront in the tiniest village in Wisconsin. A decade later, the Stockholm Pie Company has quadrupled in size, garnered national recognition, and launched a brand new general store. The Stockholm Pie Company celebrated its 10th anniversary and the official grand opening of... Op-ed: Wisconsin’s legacy of innovation continues http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2435/oped-wisconsins-legacy-of-innovation-continues http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 What do iconic Wisconsin companies like Kohler, Mercury Marine, Oshkosh Corp. and SC Johnson have in common?  They were founded generations ago by innovators who developed products that forever changed the world. That same spirit of innovation lives on today throughout our great state – in the classrooms and laboratories at our colleges... Vudu Street Food: Soul food with a touch of magic http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2044/vudu-street-food-soul-food-with-a-touch-of-magic http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Soul food with a touch of magic. That's the way Christian Orosz describes the food at his new restaurant, Vudu Street Food, which opened on Friday, April 28, in New Richmond. "We serve street food, since that is a culture and type of food I really enjoy. It is something you... Foxconn announces $1 million “Smart City, Smart Future” competition; partners with Wisconsin universities and technical colleges on statewide initiative http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media/p/item/2434/foxconn-announces-1-million-smart-city-smart-future-competition-partners-with-wisconsin-universities-and-technical-colleges-on-statewide-initiative http://www.momentumwest.org/news-and-media Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 New initiative will encourage innovative ideas from students and faculty for smart connected cities and systems to better serve Wisconsin Kenosha, WI – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) today announced a “Smart City, Smart Future” initiative in which the company will partner with higher education institutions statewide to seek out the best new...