Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Summary of Notable Economic Development Activities & Events in 2010

The following is a partial list of projects and efforts in the City of Sun Prairie in 2010:

• Assisted with the submittal of current buildings to multiple Dept. of Commerce site searches.
• Coordinated discussions on the Main St. Interchange Project with Wal Mart
• Coordinated discussions on the South Bristol Street Redevelopment.
• Facilitated discussions on the resue of the current Pick 'n' Save site.
• Facilitated a Midwest Disaster Recovery Bond for the Prairie Lakes Development
• Coordinated SBA financing assistance for an existing company in the City
• Evaluated a proposal for a spec building in the Sun Prairie Business Park
• Assisted in evaluating redevelopment opportunities at the Wisconsin Cheeseman
• Assisted with Project Planning for the Schneider Property
• Evaluated alternatives for additional indoor/outdoor athletic fields
• Initiated formal business retention surveys for major employers in the City
• Conducted a Business Hotel Demand Survey
• Continued the NE Dane County Manufacturing and Technology Breakfast Series
• Scheduled a Commercial Brokers Group meeting for Sun Prairie in 2011
• Expanded the Wind Power Happy Hour to a Statewide initiative
• Completion of the Marcus Theatres development agreements
• ITS Compliance moves to former American Legion building
• Frontier Communications moves into Verizon building
• Palmer Johnson expanded their warehouse at their Sun Prairie facility, bringing 15 jobs.
• Two notable employers that had layoffs are re-hiring to previous employment levels.
• Assisted with two private submittals for government offices in Sun Prairie
• Facilitated the reuse of 245 Clarmar Dr. by Ryan Ambulance
• Celebrated the 6 month anniversary of St. Mary’s ER, as well as the 10,000th patient.
• Initiated preliminary discussions with Wal Mart on the future of their Sun Prairie store.
• Became the listing contact for the TIF 9 parcels.
• Provided staff assistance to the Sun Prairie Tourism Commission.
• Completed updates to the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce Economic Profile for 2010.
• Completed applications to Scenic Wisconsin for Cannery Square and Patrick Marsh.
• Conducted a potential supplier/partner survey for a wind turbine company seeking to locate in the Madison region.
• Continued to be the primary contact for the City’s RLF program.
• Participated in additional planning for southern development areas on Bird St./Bailey Rd.
• Facilitated information for a major ag/energy/manufacturing project looking in WI.
• Assisted in evaluating reuse options for an existing building in the business park.
• Celebrated the completion of the WPPI Energy HQ building & LEED certification.
• Initiated discussion on a Façade Improvement Grant for TIF 10.
• Assisted a local Realtor with an analysis of the Sun Prairie Business Park.
• Coordinated some discussions on the possible acquisition and redevelopment of the
Professional Building post-fire.
• Coordinated an estimate of vacancy rates for downtown residential buildings.
• Assisted in the application by a local company for a food processing tax credit through the State of Wisconsin.
• Assembled media distribution lists for economic development and tourism purposes.
• Updated Sun Prairie entries in the 2010 MGE Business Park Directory.
• Initiated a participant directory for the Wind Power Happy Hour attendees.
• Continued discussions on the reuse of the Hanley site.
• Reviewed multiple requests for buildings through the Dept. of Commerce and Dane County.
• Assisted in coordinating discussions with local developers on possible impacts of overlay districts on Main Street.
• Facilitated multiple formal public discussions on topics including: federal health care legislation, State wind siting legislation, telecommunications services, renewable energy standards, and the future of freight rail in Dane County.

For additional information, please contact Neil Stechschulte at (608) 825-0894 or nstechschulte[at]

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