Business & Industry

Sales Slowing Down
12:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Home Prices Continue to Climb

An economist says a high inventory is keeping prices from soaring.
Credit Bill McChesney

Home prices went up again last month, but the number of sales remained flat. 

Wisconsin Realtors Association reports median sale prices are up seven and a half percent so far this year...compared to 2012.  Economist David Clark says a high market inventory should keep prices from skyrocketing.

“I think those increases will moderate as we go forward.  And that ought to keep housing relatively affordable.”

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High Speed Access Plan Gets Pushback
3:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum

The town of Phelps has little high-speed internet access outside of downtown.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

Voters in Phelps will have a referendum next spring on whether to go ahead with a plan for a new wireless internet tower.  

A town meeting vote narrowly defeated a proposal for buying a property slated for tower construction.  But a margin of just five votes prompted the town board this week to approve a referendum.

Phelps Town Chair Colin Snook says better high speed access would boost the economy. 

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Hoping for Tourism Dollars
4:34 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Wolf River Scenic Byway Plan Moves Forward

A proposed scenic byway would skirt parts of the Wolf River.
Credit Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons

A plan for a Scenic Byway in Forest County is just one step away from becoming a reality.  

The Wolf River Heritage Corridor would follow Highway 55, north from Langlade to Nelma near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The more than one hundred mile route bisects the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community.  It also includes a loop near Three Lakes. 

Forest County Economic Development Director Jim Schuessler says getting the scenic byway designation is a rigorous process. 

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A Win for Environment and Business
10:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

DNR: Focus on Recycling

Many people know to recycle aluminum cans, but they can still end up in landfills.
Credit Tom Morris

The DNR is reminding people to re-commit to recycling, and seek out more ways to re-use materials.  Friday is America Recycles Day nationwide. 

It’s a day that aims to call attention to how recycling is good for the environment and good for the economy. 

DNR recycling spokesperson Elisabeth Olson says around 100 million dollars of re-usable materials goes into landfills every year. 

“So often it’s your basic materials.  We’re still seeing plastics, aluminum, paper, steel.  These types of things, they’re going into our landfills.”

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Overages applied to rates
11:41 am
Thu November 7, 2013

State Regulator Denies WPS Rate Increase

Credit psc.wi.gov

State utility regulator, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, is proposing that a utility serving much of central and northern Wisconsin cut rates.

Wisconsin Public Service had proposed a six percent electric rate increase and a four percent natural gas increase. Public Service Commission attorney Cindy Smith talked with Ken Krall about the Commission's decision.

Smith says the Commission should have the final order in place after public input sometime later this month.

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Leadership Oneida County
3:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Oneida County Non-Profits Can Get Free Help

The deadline is approaching for Oneida county non-profits to get some free volunteer help.

Each year Leadership Oneida County needs projects from non-profits. The effort is jointly sponsored by UW-Extension and Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. This year 16 professionals are learning about the business, education, medical, media and other aspects of Oneida county life with an eye toward finding a new generation of leaders here.

Chamber Director Lara Reed says they need at least five more non-profits to submit entries to have enough for the prospects...

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Debate Continues Over Tribal Gaming
2:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Supporting Kenosha Casino

The Lac du Flambeau tribe continues to support more Indian gaming in Wisconsin.  Lac du Flambeau president Tom Maulson has sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker in support of the Menominee proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. 

The Menominee plan has gained federal approval but is being held up by opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Tribes.  Joe Hunt is an off reservation gaming consultant for Lac du Flambeau. 

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Start-Up Mode
4:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Tribe Builds Renewable Energy Plant

The new biodigester can process 130,000 gallons of liquid food waste each day.
Credit Forest County Potawatomi

A new waste recycling plant built by the Forest County Potawatomi is up and running.  The Milwaukee facility turns organic material into electricity that’s sold to WE Energies. 

Project Manager Charlie Opferman says the $20-million facility converts food waste into methane gas using tanks full of bacteria.

“We keep these tanks full.  They’ve got bugs in them, and the bugs have food.  We keep them warm with heat that comes off the engines. Keep them basically at body temperature – as long as we can keep the bugs warm and happy they eat.”

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Home for Entrepreneurs
5:07 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

New Incubator Opens For Business(es)

A new business incubator in Vilas County is opening its doors.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new business incubator has opened in Eagle River.  The project space off Highway 70 is focused on helping start-up manufacturing businesses.

The new Business Park is a partnership between Vilas County Economic Development Corporation and the Juday family.  The idea is to provide affordable space and help new businesses share resources. 

Dave Juday says his family has a history of community investment, and he was looking for a way to help the business climate. 

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Forest county
1:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Partnership Designed To Give Businesses Access To Money

Jim Schuessler
Credit Forest County Economic Development Partnership

A recent partnership should mean more money for business development in Forest county. That word from Jim Schuessler of Forest County Economic Development Partnership.

Schuessler says the state agency the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is asking groups to regionalize to create larger pools of funds. He says Forest county decided to join the Central Wisconsin Economic Development loan fund. Schuessler says that alignment allows for access to millions of dollars of funds for Forest county...

 

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