STEVENS POINT- County reviews possible transit changes
Portage County will renew its efforts to improve public transportation this week through a possible partnership with the city of Stevens Point. The city and county operate separate transit services, and the two might join together to improve the system for all of their users. Read more.
MADISON- Wisconsin ranks 12th for percentage with multiple jobs
After five years of decreasing or holding steady, the percentage of Wisconsin employed people who work at more than one job ticked up a notch in 2014. Wisconsin ranked 12th in the country with a 6.7 percent multiple-jobholding rate last year, according to data published this month by the Bureau of Labor Services. That's up from 6.3 percent in 2014, an increase that was not outside the margin of error.
MADISON- Mayor recommends delay in vote for Judge Doyle Square project
A City Council showdown on the $200 million Judge Doyle Square project will likely be delayed from a Tuesday deadline to Sept. 15. Mayor Paul Soglin on Monday recommended the delay because negotiators for the city and JDS Development haven’t fully resolved five remaining issues in an amended development agreement on the massive redevelopment south of Capitol Square. Read more.
APPLETON- Creative Placemaking is energizing downtown spaces
If you spent any time downtown during Mile of Music you surely noticed a transformed city center, with thousands of visitors, interactive programs for the whole family and an infectious energy. Building on this energy and carrying it throughout the year is the goal of the Creative Placemaking Team at Appleton Downtown Inc. Read more.
MADISON- Stock futures go on wild roller coaster ride
Stock traders are reeling from one of the most turbulent market moves in history, after a record-breaking collapse on Monday followed by rallies that were nearly as intense. Although some analysts fear volatile markets, others recognize that volatility brings larger rewards along with larger risks. Read more.
GREEN BAY- Harlan’s decision helped business side of Packers
Bob Harlan famously receives credit for his decision in 1991 to separate football and non-football operations within the Green Bay Packers organization. Analysis always focuses on the positive effect it had on football operations, but it was equally beneficial to the business side of the Packers. Read more.
Bellevue- Alternative education program gets KI boost
Two years ago, Miguel Cornelio didn't think he'd graduate from Green Bay Preble High School.Thanks to GPS Education Partners, Cornelio not only made his mom proud by graduating on time, he's transitioning into a full-time job at KI, the Bellevue office furniture manufacturer. Read more.
Gus Ramirez embarked on one of the most ambitious projects of his philanthropic career earlier this year when he pledged to make a $60 million investment in improving education in Milwaukee with the development of a new K-12 school on the city's south side.
Concerned about the future workforce of his company, Waukesha-based HUSCO International Inc., and fed up with the performance of Milwaukee Public Schools, Ramirez made a bold proposal to play a more direct role in improving education in Milwaukee.
His proposed school, Augustine Prep, has garnered as much criticism from public school advocates, teachers' unions and charter school competitors as it has support from those who understand his vision. Much of the criticism stems from competition among schools to draw students and, with them, public funds.
“I believe this is something God wants to happen and He's given me enough nudges, opened up enough doors, created enough options for us to be successful that I think He's had a hand in this process,” said Ramirez, who serves as executive chairman of HUSCO. “If I didn't feel that, we wouldn't be doing it.”