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Back in the mid-1980s, encouraging economic development was not a high priority for most Wisconsin public utilities. But then Plant Sites & Parks magazine featured a story about high-tech business concentrations across the U.S.

Jim Mohrbacher, who worked in corporate planning for Madison Gas & Electric, saw the article an......

Full article >>> 990s, Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has promoted economic development through the establishment of business parks with a technology emphasis in Western Wisconsin.

Thanks to two successive CEOs who felt it was important for the utility to partner with the communities it serves, Xcel became involved in the early development of business parks in Menomonie and Eau Claire, says Linda Clark, ma......

Full article >>> s is that we have a strong cluster of multi-media and design here doing leading-edge work, she says. I think we also put together a very robust list of resources. So, that connected people.

As part of MG&Es early efforts to raise awareness, the utility established the Greater Madison Area Directory of High-Tech Companies, which is now in its 20th year of publication.

Scheuerman h......

Full article >>> apital, business plans, and assist target companies with intellectual capital.

Weve just got to do a better job of growing innovative, fast-moving, tech-based jobs, Scheuerman says. Its a matter of increasing the awareness, and promoting economic viability of the region. Things are jelling here, and theres a lot of people who are working toward some pretty significant goals. I am very enc......

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