Monday, August 27, 2012

Don't Call it a Comeback...Sun Prairie Still Has a Lot Going On (City of Sun Prairie)

A lot has happened since the first of the year, and even though I haven't been on here in a while there has been a lot going on in Sun Prairie.  Here are some of the economic development news stories so far in 2012...
Aug. 25th - New owner serves classic fare, atmosphere at Prairie Diner (Sun Prairie Star)
Aug. 20th - Continental Mapping Provides Survey and Mapping Services for Remediation of EPA Superfund Site (Directions Magazine)
Aug. 20th - Longevity in Business: Jacobson Bros. Meats & Deli an 80-year family tradition (

Aug. 18th - New Coffee Shop OK'd (Sun Prairie Star)
Aug. 17th - Kobussen named Contractor of the Year by trade publication (Sun Prairie Star)

Aug. 17th - New business aims to get Sun Prairie dancing (Sun Prairie Star)

Aug. 16th - New Woodman's store opens ahead of schedule in Sun Prairie (

Aug. 21st - Chamber Thanks Corn Fest Volunteers (Sun Prairie Star)

Aug. 13th - USW Members at Veyance Technologies Ratify New Four-Year Contract (PR Newswire)
Aug. 10th - Fisher-Barton unit expanding in Sun Prairie (Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee)
Aug. 10th - City sets Heritage Week festivities (Sun Prairie Star)

Aug. 10th - Slice of Sun Prairie Preview (Video from WISC-TV)

Aug. 3rd - City lists Heritage Days activities, events to mark city's 175th (Sun Prairie Star)
Aug. 12th - City of Sun Prairie Announces Revamped Website (Sun Prairie Star)
Jul. 31st - Pizza Ranch plans approved by council (Sun Prairie Star)
Jul. 16th - New traffic signals operational July 20 (Sun Prairie Star)
Jul. 16th - Advance Auto Parts opens on July 20 (Sun Prairie Star)
Jul. 16th - Sun Prairie teacher attends C-SPAN conference (Sun Prairie Star)
Jul. 3rd  - Tuesday market sprouts on Main (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 28th - Flags of Freedom competition turns 40 (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 27th - Chamber Hosts Business Park Networking Event, Revenue Secretary Chandler (Video from Chris Mertes: Segment 1 of 4, Segment 2 of 4, Segment 3 of 4 and Segment 4 of 4)

Jun. 21st - Governor proclaims June 19 as Sun Prairie Day (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 21st - Concrete work at night authorized at Costco site (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 20th - Two Sun Prairie companies receive Dane County Small Business awards (Sun Prairie Star)

Jun. 19th - City Council Approves Amendment to TIF 7 (City of Sun Prairie)

Jun. 19th - Sun Prairie Student Among State Wisconsin YES Youth Business Plan Finalists (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 15th - B's Jewelers, Divya Salon relocate and expand (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 14th - Downtown Block Party offers fun for the whole family (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 13th - Sun Prairie High School student attending Business World (Sun Prairie Star)

Jun. 11th - Council Approves Prairie Lakes Plan for New Commercial Buildings (Sun Prairie Star)

Jun. 10th - Panda Garden Named Top 100 by Chinese Restaurant News (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 9th - Local food hub gaining interest (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 8th - Dane County Dairy Breakfast Set for June 9th (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 7th - Sun Prairie Youth Earn Volunteer Scholarships from Summit Credit Union (Sun Prairie Star)
Jun. 1st - Sun Prairie Business & Education Partnership Seeks Business Partners (Sun Prairie Star)
May 30th - Sun Prairie Frontier Employees Donate to Ronald McDonald House (Sun Prairie Star)
May 24th - Sun Prairie's 2012 Leadership Class Graduates (Sun Prairie Star)
May 22nd - City markets retail sites at ICSC Convention in Las Vegas (Sun Prairie Star)
May 19th - New business provides sport enjoyment for kids (Sun Prairie Star)
May 17th - City of Sun Prairie gets $42,000 grant for bike trail connection (Sun Prairie Star)

May 13th - Mayor Pledges to Support Regional Economic Development Initiative (Sun Prairie Star)
May 11th - AWEA's Jeff Anthony to speak at Wind Power Happy Hour May 21st (Sun Prairie Star)
May 8th - Staff attends Presentation from Briggs & Stratton CEO Todd Teske (City of Sun Prairie)
May 6th - Region needs to act now on economic growth (
May 5th - City Approves Wal-Mart Development Agreement (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 29th - Sun Prairie UPS Store nears 15th anniversary (Sun Prairie Star)

Apr. 27th - Last Famous Footwear Employees Are Let Go (City of Sun Prairie)
Apr. 26th - Time to live up to the Region's potential (
Apr. 25th - Goals for Regional growth outlined (
Apr. 21st - Council Approves Prairie Athletic Club Pool Expansion (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 19th - Sun Prairie Utilities Hosts Chamber Luncheon (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 19th - Record Number of Sun Prairie DECA Students Compete at International Event (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 17th - Members of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants read to Sun Prairie students (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 13th - All new Sir Hobo's Restaurant open for business (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 12th - Delta Airlines Expands Service at Dane County Regional Airport (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 12th - Staff attends "Economic Development & Public Power" Seminar at WPPI Energy (City of Sun Prairie)
Apr. 9th - Sun Prairie's Deka Systems certified for WEDC Qualified New Business Venture Tax Credit (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 7th - Council Approves Costco Development Pact (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 6th - Prairie Flowers & Gifts Moves to New Downtown Location (Sun Prairie Star)
Apr. 4th - Department of Workforce Development Hold Job Fair for Famous Footwear employees (City of Sun Prairie)

Apr. 1st - Ben's Auto celebrates 60 years in business (Sun Prairie Star)
Mar. 30th - Denver flight added by United at Dane County Regional Airport (Sun Prairie Star)
Mar. 29th - Sun Prairie Culinary Students Place 3rd in ProStart Competition (Sun Prairie Star)
Mar. 29th - Wind Power Happy Hour Returns Apr. 4th (Sun Prairie Star)
Mar. 29th - Staff Presents at ICSC Wisconsin Idea Exchange (City of Sun Prairie)
Mar. 26th - Frontier Airlines Expands Madison to D.C. Service at Dane County Regional Airport (Sun Prairie Star)
Mar. 24th - Xplosion softball tournament may be coming to Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie Star)
Mar. 21st - City Staff Meets With Wisconsin Wind Works Alliance Advisory Team (City of Sun Prairie)
Mar. 1st - District outlines work readiness programs at chamber luncheon (Sun Prairie Star)
Feb. 27th - Harms Insurance Group grows into new space at Liberty Square (Sun Prairie Star)
Feb. 23rd - New Perspective Groundbreaking Ceremony (City of Sun Prairie)
Feb. 16th - Downtown Business Improvement District Hold Annual Meeting (Video by Chris Mertes: Presentation Video 1 of 3, Presentation Video 2 of 3, and Presentation Video 3 of 3)
Feb. 3rd - Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers to Visit Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie Star)
Feb. 2nd - Groundhog Day Prognostication Coverage (Sun Prairie Star) and  Video from Chris Mertes
Jan. 26th - Planning for the City's 175th Anniversary Gets Underway (Sun Prairie Star)
Jan. 24th - City Issues RFP for St. Mary's/TIF 9 Outlots (City of Sun Prairie)
Jan. 18th - Sun Prairie office space a prize in State Business Plan Contest (Sun Prairie Star)
Jan. 18th - QBE gives $75,000 to United Way of Dane County (Sun Prairie Star)
Jan. 15th - Local business donates to 23 food pantries across Wisconsin (Sun Prairie Star)
Jan. 14th - THRIVE Study Identifies Key Regional Growth Sectors (Sun Prairie Star)
Jan. 12th - Sun Prairie DECA Clubs Host District Competition (Sun Prairie Star) and the 2012 Chapter Recruitment Video
Jan. 12th - New space helps Kicks Unlimited expand programs (Sun Prairie Star)
Jan. 1st - City Departments Reorganize Into Economic & Community Development (City of Sun Prairie)

Blogger's Note:  I'm sure I missed some things, so I will be adding and editing for a while I'm sure.  Let me know if I missed anything.  In any case, its been a pretty busy year and good things are happening.   I'll try to keep up with posts a bit better for the rest of 2012.

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