May 2018

Development in Action

Development in Action

City of Green Bay, WI

Green Bay is a built-out city with room to grow. Despite the rapid rates of growth and development that have taken place, resulting in demographic, social and technological shifts, the city has remained adaptable, responsive and viable as an economy and as a community.
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As the economic hub of northeastern Wisconsin, part of Foreign Trade Zone 167, Green Bay offers a wealth of services and amenities that not only make it attractive for investors, but also appeal to residents and visitors, who continue to flock to the city. People and goods are easily moved via highway, rail, air and marine channels. The Port of Green Bay satisfies the needs of industry and manufacturing, but beyond commercial shipping, the lands around the area waterways, including the Fox River, are the focal point of numerous developments that will have a profound impact on quality of life in the city.

Premier Suburb of Milwaukee Grows More Vibrant While Preserving Its Roots

Premier Suburb of Milwaukee Grows More Vibrant While Preserving Its Roots

City of Wauwatosa, WI

The City of Wauwatosa, population 47,000, is just five miles from downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known for its historic beauty and modern amenities, Wauwatosa (named after the indigenous Potawatomi word for “firefly”) features three rivers running through the city, an entire subdivision on the National Register of Historic Places, topnotch shopping destinations and restaurants, and the 19.5-acre Hart Park.
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Much has happened in Wauwatosa, known to locals as “Tosa,” since we first featured the lively city in 2014. The latest expansion of Mayfair Mall, a popular shopping and dining area that boasts one of the highest occupancy rates in the country, has been completed. The expansion includes the addition of the only Nordstrom in the State of Wisconsin, and a new Container Store. Mayor Kathleen Ehley informs us that Wauwatosa has also entered an agreement with a developer to construct a large luxury hotel on the mall property. Interestingly, the brand will be re-using what was once an outdated office tower. The project will involve demolition of the interior and re-cladding of the exterior. The full-service hotel will feature a chef-driven restaurant, ballroom, and roof-top amenities.

The Inclusive and Inviting Culture of Southern Louisiana

The Inclusive and Inviting Culture of Southern Louisiana

Allen Parish

The Allen Parish Tourist Commission helps to develop the local economy in three municipalities and two villages: Elizabeth, Oakdale, Oberlin, Kinder and Reeves. The tourist commission came into being in 1996, and through hurricanes and economic recessions, it has survived and motivated Allen Parish to grow in various ways.
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When people are looking for assistance with finding land or information about the area, the Allen Parish Tourist Commission warmly welcomes them to this part of southwest Louisiana. “Our mission is to put heads in beds to help with the local economy, so we also dabble in some economic development,” says Adagria Haddock, executive director of the Allen Parish Tourist Commission.

Connecting Community with Opportunity

Connecting Community with Opportunity

The Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department (REO) of Manatee County is focused on stimulating urban areas. It was formed in 2016 with a goal of bringing economic and community development programs into these areas to create more opportunities for the businesses and residents operating and living within them.
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In 2009, prior to the department’s formation and right in the middle of the economic downturn, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners was focused heavily on job creation. Through a dedicated effort to research solutions, collaborate with community stakeholders, and review what other counties were doing to deal with their economic challenges, incentive programs were developed that would eventually become the core of what REO offers to the Manatee community now.

Quality Foods with a Sense of Community

Quality Foods with a Sense of Community

West Central Foodservice

Wholesale food distribution company West Central Foodservice deals in top quality products and caters to boutique restaurants and hotels. One year shy of its fiftieth anniversary, the company is a model for good growth via a socially conscious business plan, and the company plans to continue growth organically. We spoke with President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dodo and Vice President of Corporate Communications Tracie May-Wagner.
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West Central Foodservice was started by Chester Frangipani, who grew up in the Philadelphia produce industry and came to Los Angeles in 1967. He began the company in 1969 with the idea of it becoming a high-end produce company, offering exclusive items to white tablecloth customers.

Where Opportunity and Community Thrive

Where Opportunity and Community Thrive

Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City is no stranger to Business in Focus. In February 2017, the city was featured as the ‘Next Great American City.’ Indeed, this locale boasts countless opportunities for community and economic growth, has a pro-business environment, forward-thinking leadership, exceptional quality of life with outstanding assets and natural attractions, and it shows no sign of slowing its progress.
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Salt Lake City is close to intermodal logistics and the global supply chain via access to Interstates 15 and 80, Salt Lake City International Airport and railroad connectivity. It enjoys a youthful population, an energetic downtown and beauty and recreation afforded by the Wasatch Front. It is also a hub for arts and culture.

Leading the Transformation of Cardiovascular Stents with Novel Bioresorbable Polymer Technology

Leading the Transformation of Cardiovascular Stents with Novel Bioresorbable Polymer Technology

REVA Medical

REVA Medical was founded in 1998 under the name MD3, Inc. In the early 2000s, the company name changed to REVA Medical, Inc. and redirected its focus to bioresorbable technology. REVA has grown rapidly since its inception twenty years ago and hopes to continue its growth around the world to help as many patients as possible.
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Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of the death in the world. Arteries that provide blood to the heart muscle can become clogged and decrease blood flow to the heart. A complete blockage, with no blood flow, is what causes a heart attack. For a number of years, the most advanced medical solution has been drug-eluting metal stents.

The Robotic Workforce

The Robotic Workforce

How Education is Driving Workplace Automation

For generations, television and Hollywood have taught us to believe that robots are usually one of two extremes: cute and harmless, or potentially destructive and deadly. From the flailing-armed robot in the 1960s TV series Lost in Space metallically yelling, “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!” to the unstoppable cyborg assassin in 1984’s The Terminator and its many sequels, to the film adaptation of Science Fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot in 2004, robots are charming and clunky, downright menacing, or in the case of the creations in I, Robot, benign – that is, until they defy The Three Laws of Robotics, namely to follow specific orders and never allow humans to be harmed.
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Today, robotics and automation are much less feared than they are embraced. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that we marveled at now-primitive Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and self-checkout machines, which have found their way into grocery stores, pharmacies, and even libraries. Just a year ago, fast food giant McDonald’s saw its stock skyrocket from $142 to $180 when the chain unveiled 2,500 digital ordering kiosks, with thousands more rolling out across the United States and Canada. Calling it the “Experience of the Future,” some criticized these machines as job-killers, an opinion challenged by McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook, who stated these self-order kiosks are not a labor replacement, but instead will enable staff to engage in other activities, such as providing table service to hungry customers.

An Experienced Team Drives Growth for this Family Business

An Experienced Team Drives Growth for this Family Business

Norstar Company

Norstar Company is a premier truck bed and trailer manufacturing company that sells its products across North America. Its two popular brands – Norstar Truck Beds and Ironbull Trailers – are sold at three hundred to four hundred independent dealers.
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Norstar was founded in 2012 by four hardworking brothers who held over sixty-five years of combined manufacturing experience and work incredibly well as a team. The Harms brothers’ objective of rapid business growth was soon achieved, and the company started to make investments in state-of-the-art equipment to become more competitive. Its manufacturing facility in Texas began development from ground zero about five years ago, and the facility alone has since expanded to cover almost ten acres under one roof.

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