FRI AM News: DWD to overhaul unemployment insurance system; Dairy Business Association approves 21-23 proposed state budget

— The Department of Workforce Development is accepting bids to participate in its unemployment insurance system modernization project starting July 1.

Bids must be submitted through the Request for Proposal process and received by the DWD no later than 5 p.m. on July 16.

The modernization project will be a complete overhaul of the 50-year-old UI system, DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said in a release.

Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill in February 2021 requiring the DWD to begin the modernization project by June 30, 2021. Funding for the project will come through the American Rescue Plan Act, according to the DWD.

— The Dairy Business Association applauded the passage of the 2021-2023 budget in the Legislature for its continued funding for the Dairy Innovation Hub and farmer-led water quality initiatives.

The proposed budget would also establish a $43 million agricultural exports program to connect farmers with larger markets. Funding for the Well Compensation Grant Program, which helps replace contaminated wells, would increase under the new budget.

The DBA applauded Gov. Tony Evers for his inclusion of water protection and other sustainable farming initiatives. However, more can be done to support clean-water programs, the group said in a release.

— Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport’s June 15 job fair filled more than 100 jobs.

Airlines, airport concessionaires, TSA, and other airport-based service providers all hired event attendees. Over 20 companies were at the event.

More than 800 individuals participated in the job fair, and businesses received over 300 applications, according to the job fair’s exit survey.

Mitchell International Airport partnered with Milwaukee County Human Resources and the Milwaukee County Office on African-American Affairs to promote the job fair. Attendees had access to free parking vouchers and Milwaukee County Transit System bus passes.

— Road America in Elkhart Lake will provide guests with free electric vehicle charging stations for the 2021 racing season.

Beginning mid-July, the race track will partner with EnTech Solutions to install a solar-powered EV charging station as part of their “Go Green” initiative. The charging station will be available year-round and power cars without help from the utility grid. 

The EV charging station is meant to reduce Road America’s operating costs and carbon footprint, the company said in a release.

— The Wisconsin Partnership Program requests applications for its 2021 Community Impact grants designed for community-academic partnership initiatives that address “the social determinants of health and root causes of health inequities.” 

Run through the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, the program will award up to three organizations $1 million grants dispersed over a five year period.

Applicants will be asked to address the impact of COVID-19 on the communities and populations they intend to serve with the funding. Grant funds should address the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on communities in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Partnership Program said in a release.

Online applications are due Aug. 16.


– Wisconsin Republicans urge Gov. Tony Evers to sign state budget

– Evers, Oneida sign deal to allow sports betting in Wisconsin



– Reps. Kind, Gallagher introduce dairy pricing bill


– Dane County Jail project delayed again, could get redesigned due to ‘skyrocketing’ costs


– DNR approves Waukesha app to pull Lake Michigan water

– Weather service warns of Lake Michigan swimming danger


– Banks continue to close thousands of branches. Is branch banking dying?


– FluGen gets $11.4 million grant for study of experimental flu vaccine


– Early-stage Wisconsin firms raised record $483M in 2020, but VC investment still lags


– Office lease terms getting longer after wave of short-term renewals during Covid — but flexibility still key


– How Milwaukee can use playoff run to help economic recovery


– WEDC gives $150,000 state grant to assist with new museum site


– Port Milwaukee’s $31 million intermodal project viewed as key to state’s agriculture industry


– Gov. Evers’ broadband task force says everyone should have access to high-speed internet


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