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Bring the cheddar, win a prize

The eighth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a process that has helped start-up companies get up and running with the help of prizes, mentoring and access to private capital, is open for entries for the 2011 contest season. The BPC has attracted about 1,800 entries in its first seven years, with roughly 160 finalists sharing in $1 million in cash and other in-kind prizes. The contest begins ...

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Oshkosh Expansion Adds Jobs in Florida

Oshkosh Corp. is expanding Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton, FL and Frontline Communications in Clearwater, FL . The Wisconsin-based company’s fire and emergency segment will relocate two of its businesses -- Medtec Ambulances and Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles -- and consolidate them with existing business units in Florida, according to a statement issued by the Economic Development Council of the Manatee Cha ...

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Stion Plans $500-Million Solar Panel Plant

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and officials from Stion, a venture-backed manufacturer of high-efficiency, low-cost thin film solar panels, announced this week that the company is locating a 100-megawatt solar panel production facility in Hattiesburg, MS. The operations will be located in the Sunbeam building. The production line is the first phase of a company investment of $500 million that will create 1, ...

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W Solar Plans $300M Plant in Wisconsin

Thin-film solar technology developer W Solar Group will relocate its headquarters from California to Wisconsin, where it will build a $300 million factory. The company will receive $28 million in state incentives for the project, which is expected to create 620 jobs when the new plant ramps up to full capacity by 2015. W Solar has developed a copper-indium-gallium-sellenium (CIGS) solar panel technology, wh ...

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Wisconsin ED May Go Public-Private

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who took office this week, wants to abolish the state Department of Commerce and replace it with a public-private economic development agency, according to a report in the Superior Telegram. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation would be run by a 12-person board  chaired by Walker and filled with his appointees. “Think about this corporation kind of like being the local ...

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Crystal Ball 2011

As a tumultuous year comes to an end. it's time to take another look into our Crystal Ball for some sure-fire prognostications of the big stories of 2011:   -- Ben Bernanke demands $500-billion “overdraft fee” from top U.S. banks, tells them to cut up debit cards. -- Hamid Karzai retires to Paris, opens chain of men’s clothing stores called Afghan Wearhouse. -- Cliff Lee pitches against Yankees in Worl ...

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Louisiana is Business Facilities’ 2010 State of the Year

Business Facilities magazine has selected Louisiana as its 2010 State of the Year. "The diversity and growth potential of Louisiana's top projects in both high-tech and traditional manufacturing, as well as healthy total investments, overall job creation and innovative incentives made Louisiana a clear winner of our annual State of the Year Award," said Business Facilities Editor-in-Chief Jack Rogers. Runne ...

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Amazon Plans Distribution Centers in Chattanooga

Amazon.com Inc. will build two new distribution centers in Chattanooga and neighboring Bradley County. According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Seattle-based online company plans to spend up to $139 million on the projects that will create up to 1,400 jobs in the next three years, in addition to hundreds of other peak season positions. Amazon.com's North American Oper ...

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250 New Jobs are Coming to Iowa

WebFilings LLC has announced plans to bring 250 jobs to Ames, Iowa. Created in 2008, the software company that helps customers file electronic documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission has received a $2.26 million grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development. The expansion will include constructing a 51,000-square-foot building to house offices, common meeting and gathering spaces and ...

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