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GREEN BAY - Initiative One to move HQ from Arizona to Green Bay
Initiative One, which is buying 10,000 square feet of the Adams Street Garage office building in downtown Green Bay, will unveil its plans this morning at the site.

The company, which will move its headquarters from Scottsdale, Ariz. to Green Bay, plans to use 7,000-square feet and will lease out the remainder. It would like to begin construction in September.

Initiative One Inc., owned by Fred and Tracy Felmer Johnson, is a leadership training and consulting company that serves high-end clients.

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FOND DU LAC - Tech Center seeks to open new business doors
A new program will help diversify the local economy, cultivate and retain talent and provide a boost to new business ideas, organizers say.

Emergent Labs, a business accelerator class, is a product of the Emergent Technology Center in Fond du Lac. It will begin next month at Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation.

Organizers believe anyone with an idea for a hardware or software project or device may benefit from the course.

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GREEN BAY - Austin Straubel airport markets business sites for lease
Austin Straubel International Airport could become a new hot spot for businesses to locate.

Airport officials announced Thursday they are creating a new business park to include 67 acres of vacant airport land.

The Austin Straubel Commerce District consists of eight different parcels clustered together near Wisconsin 172 and Packerland Drive, on the airport’s eastern edge.

Airport Director Tom Miller said the property is available for lease for office or retail businesses, possibly including a grocery store.

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RED CLIFF - Ribbon cutting marks grand opening of $12 million Red Cliff Community Health Center
On Wednesday, the dream of a health care center large enough to serve the needs of the Red Cliff regional community came true, as a ceremonial ribbon was cut by tribal elder Elizabeth “Grandma Tiny” Cadotte, marking the opening of the new 35,000 square foot Red Cliff Community Health Center.

Located on Aiken Road, just off State Highway 13 in Red Cliff, the new facility is an architecturally striking building, with state-of-the-art facilities and environmentally friendly geothermal heating and cooling, a place where the Red Cliff Community can take charge of their own health care. It is a facility that is greatly needed, said Deragon-Navarro.

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EAU CLAIRE - UW System regents verbally back Confluence Project
Though the Board of Regents did not include funds for the Confluence Project in its 2015-17 budget request on Thursday, the UW System’s governing body offered its support to the proposed downtown Eau Claire development.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt hailed the regents’ support as “great news” that gives a defined direction for the project to seek state funding for its proposed community arts center, which would house some of the university’s arts programs.

The budget for the Confluence’s proposed $51.2 million arts center includes $25 million in state funding, which initially had been sought through the UW System’s biennial capital projects request. When Gov. Scott Walker visited the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce in late June, he offered his support of the project and suggested that it instead seek state help through the non-state agency grant program.

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SUPERIOR - Waterfront hotel project moves ahead
Plans for a waterfront hotel in Superior moved two steps closer to reality this week.

On Tuesday, City Councilors adopted the project area for the planned Hampton Inn and Suites, and Wednesday, the Plan Commission approved amending the city’s zoning ordinance to allow hotels as an acceptable land use in a waterfront district. A public hearing on the change is planned for Sept. 16 during the City Council’s regular meeting.

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ASHWAUBENON - Prevea to provide medical services at PGA Championship
Prevea Health was named supplier of medical services for the 2015 PGA Championship to be held next year at Whistling Straits Golf Course near Sheboygan.

Prevea medical professionals will help support three medical trailers throughout the course, providing medical assistance to any of the thousands of spectators with a health concern or emergency.

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MADISON - UW plans to ask for $95 million boost in next budget
New University of Wisconsin System president Ray Cross plans to ask lawmakers for a $95 million funding increase in the next two-year budget cycle to pay for some new initiatives and continue others that he said will help power up the statewide system’s economic development engine.

Cross acknowledged in an interview Wednesday that the increase for the 2015-2017 budget is a tough request given that Gov. Scott Walker has told state agencies to expect no increases. The system’s icy recent past with lawmakers doesn’t help either, although Cross has made repairing relationships a foundation of his presidency since starting in February.

He said the details of the plan, considerably larger than the $21 million bump then-president Kevin Reilly asked lawmakers to approve at this time two years ago, should sway lawmakers to back it. The System’s current total operating budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 is about $6.1 billion, with about $1.2 billion coming from the state.

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GREEN BAY - Forbes puts Green Bay Packers' value at $1.375 billion
The Green Bay Packers are worth $1.375 billion; so says Forbes in its annual financial ranking of NFL franchises.

The NFL's smallest-market member ranked 13th in the 32-team league. The Dallas Cowboys, as always, ranked No. 1 with a value of $3.2 billion, $600 million more than the second-place New England Patriots. Last year the Cowboys were valued at $2.3 billion and the Packers at $1.18 billion.

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MADISON - Meetings begin between tribes, EPA to discuss halting northern Wisconsin mine
For the second time this year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is being asked by Native American tribes to use its powers under the Clean Water Act to halt a mine and preserve the quality and habitat of nearby waterways.

The EPA, at the request of Alaskan tribes, commercial fishermen and conservationists, issued a proposal in July that would limit the activity of a proposed gold and copper mine, known as Pebble Mine, next to Bristol Bay, according to a Washington Post article. Bristol Bay is home to a large fishery that supports nearly half of the world’s sockeye salmon.

On Wednesday, northern Wisconsin’s Chippewa Federation of Tribes led a group of tribal leaders from Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota to meet with federal regulators in Michigan and discuss halting the Gogebic Taconite mine in northern Wisconsin.

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LA CROSSE - United Auto Supply to be acquired by St. Cloud auto parts group
After a more than 55-year run, United Auto Supply will merge its operations into Automotive Parts Headquarters, a St. Cloud, Minnesota-based auto parts distributor and store group.

United Auto Supply started with one location in La Crosse in 1958 and has grown to 13 locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota, winning a number of industry association awards along the way.

United president Dick Beirne said the acquisition had not closed yet, but in the coming months, United will merge into the APH group, bringing the total of APH stores to 98 across the Upper Midwest.

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MADISON - Regulators release draft environmental review of proposed Badger Coulee power line
State regulators have released the first draft of an environmental impact study of a proposed high-voltage transmission line between La Crosse and Dane counties.

A joint venture of Xcel Energy and Pewaukee-based American Transmission Co., the so-called Badger Coulee line would run a 345-kilovolt power line from a substation under construction on Briggs Road in Holmen to substations near Madison.

The lines would follow one of two general routes through the Coulee Region: north to Black River Falls and along the Interstate 90 corridor or east through Onalaska and West Salem and across Monroe County to the interstate.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Aspirus makes new plans after City Council rejects expansion
Wisconsin Rapids City Council members Tuesday failed to approve a request to annex a portion of land necessary for Aspirus' planned $30 million expansion that could bring between $50,000 and $100,000 in new annual property taxes to the city.

Andy Napgezek, Aspirus Doctors Clinic's director of communications, said Aspirus is dedicated to expanding in the Wisconsin Rapids area. The health care provider is actively pursuing other options, he said.

Napgezek would not specify whether Aspirus had a new municipality in mind for its expansion or whether it completely ruled out the city of Wisconsin Rapids as the site for its new facility.

However, at Tuesday's City Council meeting, Dr. Tom Voelker, president of Aspirus Doctors Clinic, indicated that the clinic had an option to purchase land in the bordering village of Biron.

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WAUPACA - Waupaca Foundry sold to Japanese metals producer for $1.3 billion
KPS Capital Partners announced Tuesday it will sell Waupaca Foundry Inc., the world's largest producer of ductile iron and gray iron castings, to Japanese metals producer Hitachi Metals Ltd. for $1.3 billion.

The closing of the sale is expected in the fourth quarter of 2014, the New York-based private-equity firm said in a news release.

KPS purchased Waupaca Foundry in June 2012, expanding production capacity at its six foundries — three in Waupaca, and one each in Marinette, Tell City, Ind., and Etowah, Tenn. — and adding more than 200 new jobs.

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LA CROSSE – Power line from La Crosse to Madison could cost $580 million
State regulators have released the first draft of an environmental impact study of a proposed high-voltage transmission line between La Crosse and Dane counties.

A joint venture of Xcel Energy and American Transmission Co., the so-called Badger Coulee line would run a 345-kilovolt power line from a substation under construction on Briggs Road in Holmen to substations near Madison.

The lines would follow one of two general routes through the Coulee Region: north to Black River Falls and along the Interstate 90 corridor or west through Onalaska and West Salem and across Monroe County to the interstate.

Wisconsin ratepayers would support the cost, which is estimated at $540 million to $580 million depending on the route.

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