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a.MKE The List: Water Technology Research and Business Accelerator Building & Three WI Community Clinics Receive $2.2 mil in Federal Grants: Today’s Top Stories

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The City Redevelopment Authority Board recently gave final approval to investors to convert a former Milwaukee warehouse into an incubator for water technology firms. The incubator, known as the Water Technology Research and Business Accelerator building, is being created within a seven-story building on West Pittsburgh Avenue in Walker’s Point. The $20 million project will include offices, a shared research lab and it will have a variety of tenants, from Veolia water to A.O. Smith, and the Water Council. Construction on the building is set to begin in July.

Three community clinics here in Wisconsin received $2.2 million in federal grants. A new community health center in Sheboygan and two existing community health centers in Green Bay and Marshfield, will now be able to expand and add new services. Community health centers provide primary care and other services in low-income urban neighborhoods and rural areas, primarily for people covered by Medicaid and for the uninsured. These grants will allow all three centers to provide care for an additional 18,000 people and can be used to hire health care providers.

Three teens were recently shot in Milwaukee’s Metcalf Park Neighborhood, so just last week, neighbors got together to rally against violence and take back the neighborhood. Organizers said it was a way to bring people together on a united front. Organizers and neighbors also want to spread the word about different events this summer, along with opportunities for a better life. The Metcalf Park Community Action Team will hold its first ever “Thursday Night Movie in the Park” on Thursday, July 26th. The movie night will take place at 32nd and Garfield.

The U.S. Department of Labor is giving a $2 million grant to the Department of Workforce Development to help out over 750 workers affected by the closure of four Wisconsin manufacturers. The layoffs began last December and will continue through this December. The four companies affected are throughout the state – including Steven’s Point, Mosinee, Two Rivers and Wausau. But the grant money is intended to help and provide job training, placement services and career counseling.

Kohl’s Department Stores is expanding its solar installations to 30 more stores by the end of 2012. So by the end of the year, Kohl’s will have more than 150 solar installations in 13 states and on average, the panels will supply between 20 to 50% of each store’s energy needs. Once the new installations are complete, the company’s solar portfolio will generate 74.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year or enough to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from more than 6,000 homes for a year. Kohl’s is one of the largest single hosts of solar power in North America.