March 2 2012
The Green Bay Packers stock sale is officially over and the franchise announced that it sold more than 268,000 shares. The team now has more than 360,000 shareholders. Team President Mark Murphy said, “The response to the offering by our fans was overwhelming.” The proceeds from the sale will go toward the Lambeau Field expansion project. The project is now well underway and it will add as many as 6,700 seats to the south end zone area and it will add two new video boards.
State and federal housing officials announced a new pilot program that essentially cuts paperwork and delays for affordable housing developers. The program is collaboration with the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The new plan aims to eliminate redundant reviews of programs monitoring spending of federal grant money on affordable housing developments. The program will create a single point of contact for the reviews and set timelines for the application reviews.
The GOP needs at least one Democratic vote in order to pass a bill ending a requirement that says Milwaukee Police Officers and Firefighters need to live in the city. State Republicans who want to end the “Residency Requirement” are racing to pass their bill before the session winds down next month. Those opposing the bill say, “The police and firefighters are the anchors in some of the best neighborhoods in Milwaukee.” Those for the bill say that firefighters and police should be able to raise their families where they want to.
The United Health Foundation recently awarded “Cribs for Kids” a $50,000 grant to reduce the infant mortality rate and provide cribs for families in need. The program teaches Medicaid-eligible parents about safe sleeping practices and what is needed to create a safe environment for their children. Mayor Barrett said, “We see our cribs for kids program as a vital tool in reaching out to families in need and providing them with resources and education to help them reduce the risks of sudden infant death syndrome.”
Mitchell International Airport officials recently announced that starting sometime next year, giant letters that spell “MKE” will be mounted alongside the airport spur road. The letters will stand up to 11 feet high and the lowercase “e” will be nine feet six inches. So people driving to Mitchell will pass the letters and airport officials hope the public sees it as a kind of symbol that helps reinforce the city’s brand. The “MKE” sign will cost roughly $350,000 and will be paid for with airport revenue.
This Sunday roughly 1,000 tourism officials from around Wisconsin are expected to meet for an annual conference in Green Bay. Speakers include Miss America, Green Bay Packers players and Governor Walker. The Wisconsin’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism is a three-day education and networking event for Wisconsin innkeepers, restaurants and other tourism officials. This year’s topic of conversation will be customer service, social media and economic forecasts.