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a.MKE: Affordable Care Act, Head Start, Menomonee Valley grant and paddle boarding across Lake Michigan 7.3.13

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The Obama administration is delaying health care reform's employer mandate until 2015 to give businesses another year to prepare for this requirement. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more workers are required to provide health care coverage to their workers or pay a penalty.

Federal officials announced an out-of-state, for-profit company, Acelero Learning Inc, will get a multimillion-dollar contract to run Head Start early education programs in Milwaukee County. Acelero, a New York-based firm that operates Head Start programs in three other states, will come to Milwaukee to run some of the programs formerly operated by the Social Development Commission. Other agencies receiving Head Start grants are MPS, Next Door Foundation and Council for the Spanish Speaking.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp has awarded the city of Milwaukee a $100K environmental site assessment grant for the 133-acre Menomonee Valley Industrial Center. The city, which acquired the property in 2003, plans to spur redevelopment of the remaining 10 acres.  

Two brothers and a friend are planning to paddleboard 80+ miles across Lake Michigan as stunt to raise money for the organization Restore International. 23-year -old Craig Masselink and his 19-year-old brother Trent and their 21 year-old friend Ginny Melby plan to leave Milwaukee on Sunday for a 30-plus hour trip to their families' cottages in West Michigan. One person will be on the board while the other two are in a 24-foot boat filled with food, water and supplies.