Gov. Doyle: State Building Commission to Consider Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Contact: Anne Lupardus, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162

Governor Jim Doyle will chair the monthly meeting of the State of Wisconsin Building Commission on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in the Governor’s Conference Room of the State Capitol. Governor Doyle will seek final approval from the commission for the $150 million proposal for the first phase of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a public-private interdisciplinary research center on the UW-Madison campus that would, in part, collaborate directly with industry – turning innovative new discoveries into high-paying jobs.

This month, Governor Doyle announced that financing for the first phase of the Institutes will include a $50 million gift from UW alumni John and Tashia Morgridge – the largest ever to benefit the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Morgidge gift will be matched by $50 million from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and $50 million from the State of Wisconsin.

The funding was approved by the legislature last year as part of the state budget and by the UW Board of Regents earlier this month. Approval by the Building Commission tomorrow is the final step before construction can begin next year.

Governor Doyle first proposed the Institutes for Discovery in 2004 as part of an overall statewide strategy to cement Wisconsin’s status as a biotechnology and stem-cell research leader.

The complete agenda for the meeting is available on the Division of State Facilities website at

WHERE: Governor’s Conference Room

117 East

State Capitol

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

3:00 p.m.