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— The state’s largest business incubator isn’t in Milwaukee, or even in Madison for that matter.

Nestled in the far northwest corner of Wisconsin, the Northwest Enterprise Center Network covers more space than any other by offering 10 business incubator spaces in six different communities.

“It’s one of the largest incubator programs in the country and it’s right here in northwest Wisconsin,” says Rick Roeser, the center’s program manager.

The network was launched by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission in 1998 when the first incubator opened. Since then, other locations have been added; they’re located in Spooner, Grantsburg, Iron River, Medford, Phillips and Siren. Each features modern, flexible spaces that businesses can reconfigure to meet their needs.

Read more about the incubator in a new column from MaryBeth Matzek:

http://bizopinion.wisbusiness.com/2015/12/marybeth-matzek-northwest-enterprise.html

— The feds have penalized 15 Wisconsin hospitals for having too many patients getting injured or infected while they are there, with 11 hospitals seeing penalties for the second year in a row.

The penalties stem from an Affordable Care Act measure aimed at reducing “hospital-acquired conditions,” anything from a blood clot to a fall.

UW Hospital, which is among those that were penalized again, has committed itself to decreasing those numbers, spokeswoman Lisa Brunette said. More recent data, she said, have shown promise in several areas, but the “challenge will be to sustain those improvements over time.”

“Every year, as hospitals improve overall, the bar for performance is set higher,” she said. “UW Hospital’s scores did improve but not significantly enough to move the overall score out of the bottom quartile in this snapshot. Although several academic medical centers faced the same problem this year, we are intensifying our work to move those scores forward significantly.”

Others that were penalized again during the program’s second year include three Wheaton Franciscan hospitals, St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield and Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc.

Nationwide, the number of hospitals penalized increased to 758 from 724, while the number of hospitals penalized in Wisconsin dropped from 18 to 15.

Still, the Wisconsin Hospital Association says there’s room for improvement.

“We know we can do even better, but we are making steady progress on the way to our goal of zero patient harm,” WHA Chief Quality Officer Kelly Court said.

The association, she added, helps its members with the “challenging work” of finding ways to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, although she said they’ve “come a long way in our clinical understanding of how to prevent infections.” WHA will also post the measures used to determine the penalties on its CheckPoint website.

See more on the program:

http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/HAC-reduction-program.html

See the data:

http://khn.org/news/758-hospitals-penalized-for-patient-safety-in-2016-data-table/

— Two lawmakers have proposed bipartisan legislation that would make it a crime to commit fraud in seeking economic assistance from WEDC.

The agency has been beset by negative headlines over its loan program, including questions over how some were obtained.

The proposal from Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, and Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, would create a class E felony for committing fraud against WEDC or using a benefit from the agency in a manner other than its specific use. The crime would carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison or a $50,000 fine, or both.

Those who commit fraud, along with their affiliates and successors, would be ineligible for economic development benefits from WEDC for seven years.

The legislation is similar to bills Republicans have pushed to impose penalties for those who defraud Wisconsin Works, Medical Assistance, food stamps and others.

See information from the circulation memo:

http://wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=362091

See the bill:

http://wispolitics.com/1006/large/151222WEDC.pdf

— WMC has promoted Scott Manley to senior vice president of government relations.

He has been vice president of government relations since 2013 and joined MWC as an environmental policy director in 2005.

See the release:

http://wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=362055

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TOP HEADLINES

Energy research institute will stay open another year after receiving $3.5M from UW alums

http://host.madison.com/9607b505-a6ba-5fad-adc7-45105d214693.html

Wis. Rapids: Tech jobs expected to grow next year, beyond

http://marshfieldnewsherald.com/story/money/companies/2015/12/22/77563728/

Modine pursues joint venture in China

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2015/12/22/modine-pursues-joint-venture-in-china.html

Sand company announces layoffs

http://leadertelegram.com/News/Daily-Updates/2015/12/22/Sand-company-announces-layoffs.html

Wisconsin population grows 0.2 percent thanks to international migration, birth rate

http://lacrossetribune.com/4eb4df15-3c50-5fe6-82e1-1302968fade7.html


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STORY TOPICS

AGRIBUSINESS ^top^

– State Egg Production Dipped Last Month

http://wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=1483&yr=2015

– International Meat Product Competition Coming to UW-Madison

http://wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=1484&yr=2015

– Austin honored for role in ag industry

http://postcrescent.com/story/money/2015/12/22/77771256/


BANKING ^top^

– State Bank of Chilton, Calumet County Bank to merge

http://jsonline.com/business/363310891.html

– Seifert joins Investors board of directors

http://postcrescent.com/story/money/2015/12/22/77771380/


BREWING ^top^

– Mega malt company sues to block Milwaukee-based startup

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2015/12/22/mega-malt-company-sues-to-blockmilwaukee-based.html

– City’s 1st brewery incubator to launch in February

http://jsonline.com/business/363294881.html


CONSTRUCTION ^top^

– Builders hope for low costs, ongoing demand in 2016

http://marshfieldnewsherald.com/story/money/companies/2015/12/22/77319464/


ECONOMY ^top^

– Fond du Lac leaders see solid growth

http://fdlreporter.com/story/money/companies/2015/12/22/77368980/

– Workforce key to Marshfield’s growth in 2016

http://marshfieldnewsherald.com/story/money/companies/2015/12/22/77552622/

– Sheboygan economy had quite a run in 2015

http://sheboyganpress.com/story/money/companies/2015/12/22/77101748/

– Economy expected to plow ahead at slow pace in 2016

http://jsonline.com/business/363317431.html

– U.S. economy grows 2% in third quarter

http://jsonline.com/business/363317181.html

– Economic Trends conference to examine what’s in store for 2016

http://biztimes.com/2015/12/21/economic-trends-conference-to-examine-whats-in-store-for-2016/


EDUCATION ^top^

– Madison Area Technical College initiative to offer two years free to qualifying students

http://host.madison.com/9922d100-59ab-5999-a464-172a9ab550d4.html

– Lawrence University mistakenly publishes racial slur

http://postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2015/12/22/77741744/


GOVERNMENT ^top^

– New state lottery director is Department of Revenue veteran

http://host.madison.com/bc6cc549-b30a-5575-a8df-7243702de98d.html


HEALTH CARE ^top^

– Aurora Health Care expanding children’s services in Green Bay, Oshkosh

http://biztimes.com/2015/12/22/aurora-health-care-expanding-childrens-services-in-green-bay-oshkosh/

– Report: More young adults signing up for Obama health law

http://leadertelegram.com/News/Daily-Updates/2015/12/22/Report-More-young-adults-signing-up-for-Obama-health-law.html


LABOR ^top^

– Some companies trying unlimited vacation policies

http://jsonline.com/business/363323611.html


MANUFACTURING ^top^

– Caterpillar loses $74M lawsuit from supplier

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2015/12/22/caterpillar-loses-74m-lawsuit-from-supplier.html

– Manitowoc Cranes to close Port Washington plant

http://biztimes.com/2015/12/21/manitowoc-cranes-to-close-port-washington-plant/


REAL ESTATE ^top^

– Grafton taps NAI MLG Commercial to study new business park development

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2015/12/grafton-taps-nai-mlg-commercial-to-study-new.html

– Eau Claire: Luxury rental complex plan set for vote; Neighbors object to buildings, stating they are not best use of that land

http://leadertelegram.com/News/Front-Page/2015/12/22/Luxury-rental-complex-nbsp-plan-set-for-vote.html

– Green Bay: Proposal would mandate historic preservation

http://greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2015/12/22/77376426/

– Milwaukee: 3rd Ward building sold to new owners with plans

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2015/12/3rd-ward-building-sold-new-owners-seek-national.html

– Oak Creek Nordco building sold to General Capital

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2015/12/oak-creek-nordco-building-sold-to-general-capital.html


REGULATION ^top^

– Bipartisan lawmaker duo seek support for bill to make fraud against WEDC a felony

http://host.madison.com/4092e3a9-3976-519b-b217-aab104c1ae7c.html


RETAIL ^top^

– Deals pending for several new tenants in The Shops of Grand Avenue

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2015/12/deals-pending-for-several-new-tenants-in-theshops.html

– Hard Cider bar opening in Walker’s Point building

http://biztimes.com/2015/12/22/hard-cider-bar-opening-in-brix-building/

– Canine Christmas: Study says Wisconsin dogs to average $22.47 in gifts

http://jsonline.com/blogs/business/363260211.html

– Protest planned on busy day at Mall of America

http://lacrossetribune.com/0fa0917f-683d-5e5e-bd4b-9a1b4697509d.html


SMALL BUSINESS ^top^

– Village Pub in Shorewood sells; buyers plan new concept

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/table_talk/2015/12/village-pub-in-shorewood-sells-buyers-plan-new.html


TECHNOLOGY ^top^

– Madison benefits administrator invests in ‘data shredding’ startup

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2015/12/22/madison-benefits-administrator-invests-in-data.html

– X-ray vision becoming a reality

http://jsonline.com/business/363323661.html


TOURISM ^top^

– Extended stay hotel planned for Menomonee Falls

http://jsonline.com/business/363261621.html


TRANSPORTATION ^top^

– Wausau adds $77K to Thomas St. bill

http://wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/local/2015/12/22/77749494/


UTILITIES ^top^

– After state budget cut, energy research hub awarded $3.5 million grant

http://jsonline.com/business/363258461.html


COLUMNS ^top^

– John Torinus: Single moms, poverty and contraceptives

http://biztimes.com/2015/12/22/milwaukee-biz-blog-single-moms-poverty-and-contraceptives/


PRESS RELEASES ^top^

See these and other press releases:

http://wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Content=82

– Appleton Housing Authority: First-time homebuyer edu. classes

– Associated Banc-Corp: Announce fourth quarter and full year 2015 earnings and hold conference call

– Carbone Cancer Center: New biomarker

– DOR: Announces new Wisconsin Lottery director

– Fox Cities Chamber: Announces Anthony Chan as featured speaker during Economic Outlook Breakfast in February

– Investors Community Bank: Schneider re-elected to WBD board

– Milwaukee 7: Study finds economic output of Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District totals more than $218 million annually

– Modine: Pursuing joint venture in China

– Social Development Commission: Mental health resource fair/play PIECES

– UW Stout: Host DECA high school competition Jan. 9; judges sought

– UW-Madison: Bird habitat changing quickly as climate change proceeds

– UW-Madison: Many keep working after cancer diagnosis

– UW-Stout: American experience

– Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce: Scott Manley promoted to senior vice president of government relations

– Wisconsin Realtors Association: November home sale report and data charts