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(Milton, WI) Rebecca Kanable, Milton Courier

Milton is in for a treat. American Dairy Queen Corporation announced plans to bring a DQ Grill & Chill restaurant to Milton. According to a news release sent to the Milton Courier on Tuesday, the restaurant is set to open at the end of the year.

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(Beloit, WI) Austin Montgomery, BDN

Those interested in working at the Amazon fulfillment center in Beloit can now look into career options as the company announced plans to hire 500 people.

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(Beloit, WI) Brad Allen, BDN Staff

Residents hitting the town for drinks and food had a new outdoor experience over the weekend in downtown Beloit.

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

Don't you dare call it the Janesville Mall. The shopping mall at 2500 Milton Ave. has bee renamed. Its new moniker? Uptown Janesville.

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(Rockford, IL) Brandon Giesey, WIFR TV

Many across the Stateline saw their place of employment close during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving them stuck in the unemployment line but one organization is trying to get them back to work.

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(Madison, WI) WEDC

The City of Beloit is receiving a $250,000 state grant to assist in the development of the Beloit Riverwalk near the Beloit Powerhouse.

The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support the development of the Riverwalk immediately adjacent to the Beloit Powerhouse, a combined student and community center. The center, located in a decommissioned Alliant Energy power plant, is being revitalized by Beloit College.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

“A vibrant downtown is critical to any community’s overall economic health and its quality of life, which is why one of WEDC’s top priorities is to support cities throughout Wisconsin as they invest in revitalizing their downtowns and enhancing their business districts,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s leading economic development organization. “I commend the City of Beloit for taking steps to complete the Riverwalk and provide more opportunities for future growth.”

The project will also bring over $3.6 million in capital investment into the area. With support from the community, Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources, the new Riverwalk section will fill an 850-foot gap in public access to the riverfront. This includes access to Beloit College, Main Street, the Ironworks Hotel, ABC Supply Corporate Headquarters, Hotel Goodwin, the Ironworks Campus and the soon-to-be-constructed downtown Riverbend Stadium. Other contributors in this public-private partnership include the City of Beloit, Beloit College, Beloit 200, Alliant Energy, and Kerry Ingredients.

“The completion of this unique Riverwalk project would not be possible without the support of WEDC and other partners,” said Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther. “Upon completion, the Riverwalk will provide a crucial path for pedestrians from downtown Beloit and Beloit College to Riverside Park, the Eclipse Center and beyond. This walking and biking path will be available for the use of all residents for recreation or for alternative transportation.”

This project will provide pedestrian and bicyclist connections from the northern 2.5-mile loop of pathways on both the east and west sides of the Rock River to a half-mile stretch of the Beloit College Powerhouse site, which links to the Main Street area of downtown Beloit. It will transform a sidewalk next to Highway 51 into a well-lit concrete path and bridge structure along the edge of the Rock River.

“This is an exciting time for downtown Beloit. The Riverwalk will provide a safe connection between Beloit College and the exciting transformation of downtown,” said state Senator Janis Ringhand. “I am happy the state is joining this partnership to develop the Riverwalk. It’s good for Beloit and good for Wisconsin.”

“I am proud to see the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation investing in Beloit through a Community Development Investment Grant,” said Rep. Mark Spreitzer. “The Beloit Riverwalk project is an exciting addition to the Beloit Powerhouse. This partnership between the state of Wisconsin, city of Beloit, and Beloit College will benefit residents, visitors, and local businesses for years to come.”

WEDC’s Community Development Investment Grant Program supports community development and redevelopment efforts, primarily in downtown areas. The matching grants are awarded based on the ability of applicants to demonstrate the economic impact of the proposed project, including public and private partnership development, financial need and use of sustainable downtown development practices.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, WEDC has awarded more than $30 million in Community Development Investment Grants to over 100 communities for projects expected to generate more than $500 million in capital investments statewide.

 

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(Beloit, WI) Austin Montgomery, Beloit Daily News

East Grand Avenue businesses will spill out into the street for a unique downtown dining event that’s set to run through the summer and into the fall as restaurants look to make it through the COVID-19 disruption.

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(Beloit, WI) Austin Montgomery, Beloit Daily News

A new report aimed at spurring economic growth in Beloit and the Stateline Area shows the region is ripe with future business opportunities

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(Madison, WI) Conner Smyth, WTCS

The thousands of students seeking to transfer credits from a Wisconsin technical college to one of the state’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities will have a much easier time in the future thanks to a historic, comprehensive agreement.

Dr. Rolf Wegenke, president of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), and Dr. Morna K. Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), recently signed the WAICU-WTCS Course Credit Transfer Agreement.

“Streamlining the process to transfer credits from a technical college to a four-year private college opens doors for more students to earn bachelor’s degrees in Wisconsin,” Wegenke said. “Our private colleges have longstanding relationships with the technical colleges, and this new agreement will make a difference as the state strives to increase the level of educational attainment and improve our position in the competitive knowledge economy.”

More than a dozen popular introductory courses are included in the agreement, such as chemistry, psychology, and speech. Under the agreement, specified technical college credits will count toward requirements for a bachelor’s degree at a private college, provided the student earned a grade of “C” or better within the last ten years. Technical college students must also meet the admissions requirements of the private college.

“Wisconsin’s private colleges and universities have long been leaders in recognizing the rigor of a technical college education, and the value of creating transfer opportunities for our students,” Foy noted. “This agreement sets a strong foundation for the future by allowing all of our institutions – in both sectors – to make lifelong learning opportunities even clearer for students.”

The two organizations have negotiated "course equivalencies" that provide great value to transfer students by reducing or eliminating the need to spend extra time and money retaking courses. The ability to smoothly transfer credits provides more flexibility for students — especially those who wish to start their college career close to home as well as nontraditional students who are already in the workforce and are looking to further their careers with bachelor’s degrees. With the new agreement in place, students can look forward to an educational experience that is more efficient and simpler to navigate, while shortening the time to graduation and reducing costs for students.

All 16 technical colleges are participating, in addition to a first cohort of WAICU-member institutions, including: Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, Carthage College, Concordia University Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Herzing University, Lakeland University, Marian University, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University, Northland College, Viterbo University, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

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