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Affordable Care Act from De Pere at Dawn!

Good Friday afternoon everyone!   Hope this week has treated you well.

Today I bring you my promised post from last week’s De Pere at Dawn.  Getting the video parsed down and uploaded was a process.  *long process*.  Unfortunately, we don’t have the full segment from Daren Allen, the final presenter because there was a video failure.  We had part of it, but decided not to post only that segment since it was jarring.

I will post this with each presenter’s identifying information and a link to their PowerPoint presentation as well as the video link at YouTube (except for Daren).  In a future post, I will link to an upcoming edition of Wisconsin Eye featuring a town hall with J.P. Wieski that will have the most current information.

Summary statement?  Wow was it a great great panel.  “Best ever” in the words of one of our guests.  With no further ado:

Introduction section  (Cheryl Detrick, President/CEO De Pere Area Chamber)

Overview from the State perspective (J.P. Wieski,  Legislative Liaison/Public Information Officer from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, State of Wisconsin)

Overview from business organization perspective (Lori Compas, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Business Alliance)

More details, yet still overview from insurer in Health Insurance Marketplace (David Grunke, Manager Strategic Accounts, WPS Health Insurance/Arise Health Plan)

And, MORE details, overview from insurer, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative (Daren Allen, Vice President of Sales & Business Development for the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative)

Long story short … on October 1st, go look. It will cost you nothing but a bit of time, may save you money and will satisfy your curiousity!

 

Wisconsin Economic Outlook – August 2010

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has just released its August 2010 Wisconsin Economic Outlook.  This Wisconsin Economic Outlook contains a forecast of the Wisconsin and the U.S. Economy, plus a special report on Wisconsin’s Exports.   Some good news for Wisconsin, not as good for the country as a whole.  As always, manufacturing MUST return to sustain a recovery and drive our economy into the future.  Goods made by Americans in America from American products is the key.  Some things I found interesting:

  • A recovery is underway in 2010.
  • Wisconsin has already added more than 25,400 jobs since December and manufacturing jobs are up 10,900, leading the recovery.
  • Although the pace of the recovery is anticipated to slow and will not return to pre-recession levels until 2013, this job growth signals that the economy has reached its employment low point.
  • More jobs should slowly be added in the coming months.
  • The forecast calls for 1.7% and 2.5% employment growth during 2011 and 2012, respectively.
  • The national forecast expects a subdued recovery as credit conditions remain tight and consumer spending continues to be sluggish.
  • The financial stress from the Eurozone’s sovereign debt crises is expected to have modest negative effect on the U.S. recovery mainly through weaker exports. The inventory draw down that explained a large part of the real GDP growth in the last two quarters is expected to moderate.
  • Wisconsin started to add  jobs in 2010 and will continue doing so.
    • Wisconsin began adding jobs in the first months of 2010 and is expected to continue doing so. However, it will take until mid 2013 to reach the pre- recessionary level of employment.
  • State personal income grew in the first quarter of 2010 and growth will continue in 2010.
    • Wisconsin personal income growth resumed in the first quarter of 2010 after declining each quarter in 2009. It is expected to increase 2.5% this year.
    • Income should increase 4.4% in 2011, below the 4.7% nationwide, and 4.2% on average in 2012 and 2013, somewhat below the forecasted growth of national personal income (4.8%).
    • Wisconsin wages and salaries will increase 1.2% in 2010 after falling 4.5% in 2009.
    • The recession kept inflation low in 2009 due to the severe contraction in demand and to excess capacity in product and labor markets. Prices will pick up some speed but will remain below 2%.
    • Wisconsin disposable personal income will increase 2.7% in 2010. The 2009 decline in personal income was held to just 0.2% due to the personal tax provisions under the federal fiscal recovery package.
  • Inventories are the main driver of national growth in the last quarters

United States Outlook:

  • The economy still had plenty of momentum entering the second quarter, but growth should downshift below 3% in the second half of the year. GDP growth will average 3.4% in 2010, but will slow to 2.8% in 2011.
  • Financial market volatility returned with a vengeance in May, as shock waves from the Eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis crossed the Atlantic. IHS Global Insight expects limited fallout from the Eurozone crisis for the United States, although it has increased the downside risks.
  • Consumer spending is coming to life, but cannot lead as strongly as in previous recoveries. Consumption should rebound 2.7% this year.
  • Core inflation is weakening and wage inflation is very low. The fall in the euro has diminished any inflation threat still further.
  • IHS Global Insight does not expect that the U.S. economy can maintain its early-recovery growth pace. The inventory- driven manufacturing rebound remains powerful, and the second quarter is likely to see the strongest quarterly gain in manufacturing production of the recovery so far, but the turn in the inventory cycle will gradually lose steam.
  • Business equipment and software spending surged 12.7% in the first quarter, on the heels of a 19.0% jump in the fourth quarter.
  • Businesses are flush with cash, and replacement spending should pull equipment purchases 11.8% higher in 2010.
  • The outlook for business investment in buildings remains poor, although the steepest declines should now be behind us.

Link to FULL REPORT HERE.  Are you looking for a community to site, relocate or expand your business in Wisconsin?  Consider the De Pere Area.  Visit HERE for information on how this move could be the best you could make.  Are you looking to relocate yourself or your family to a community with a stable, healthy, growing economy; well above average per capita incomes and values plus incredible education?  Check out the De Pere area!

Main Street De Pere Request Nominations for Community Awards

Awards to be announced at Mardi Gras Community Ball – the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Main Street De Pere

Main Street De Pere, a non-profit program of the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce calls for nominations for the 2009 Community Awards with winners to be announced at the Main Street Signature event, the Mardi Gras Community Ball scheduled for Saturday, February 13 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Swan Club in De Pere. Tickets are on sale now. Costume dress is invited, but not required for this black tie optional event.

The Main Street De Pere Community Awards program, sponsored by long time De Pere business and Main Street supporter Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, will recognize the Business structure building Renovation, Personal residence renovation, New business, and the Community Service Award for 2009.    Nominations for these categories are currently being accepted.  The nomination form can be found at HERE or by contacting Mark Hubert at 920-338-0000 or mhubert@deperechamber.org.

Business Structure Renovation Award: This award is given to the downtown building or business owner who has completed outstanding renovation to their building. Renovation projects were judged on design quality, creativity, proper restoration techniques and attention to maintaining the historic integrity of the building.

Personal Residence Renovation: This award is given to the downtown residence owner who has completed outstanding renovation to their building. Renovation projects were judged on design quality, creativity, proper restoration techniques and attention to maintaining the historic integrity of the building.

Community Service Award: This award honors an individual, group, business or organization for their outstanding dedication, service and commitment to the mission and vision of the Main Street De Pere program.

New Business: This awards honors a new business opened in the Main Street De Pere program area for their outstanding accomplishments during their first year of operation as well as their dedication, service and commitment to the mission and vision of Main Street De Pere program.

Tickets are still available: prices are $50.00 per person and $400.00 for a corporate-sponsored table seating for eight people. Corporate table sponsors will receive an ad placement in the program in addition to table signage.  Proceeds support the community development and economic enhancement efforts of Main Street De Pere. For ticket information, contact Janice Jennings of the Chamber office by calling 338-0000, via email: jjennings@deperechamber.org or visit www.deperechamber.org.

The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce is located inside the Chase Bank Building at 441 Main Avenue.  To learn more about the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce or Main Street De Pere call 920-338-0000, or visit www.deperechamber.org.

For more information, contact: Mark Hubert, Event Coordinator, mhubert@deperechamber.org, Phone: 920-338-0000

Deadline for artists submissions approaches!!

Fins and Feathers Logo

Fins and Feathers Logo

Deadline approaching next Friday for the artist’s renderings for our new public art project!!  Lots of info below:

PierArt: Fins & Feathers is a community awareness and fundraising event for the Main Street De Pere and the Katherine Harper Riverwalk & Nature Viewing Pier.   The event will create recognition of the artists, sponsors and downtown De Pere with up to 28 walleye and pelican sculptures in around downtown De Pere, bringing attention to the river and the upcoming riverwalk and nature viewing pier project.   These 3D animals will be in two different sizes:  the larger animals are outdoor pieces and are approximately 4 ½ to 5 ½ feet tall, proportionally wide.  The smaller are a table top piece and are approximately 2 to 3 feet tall, proportionally wide.

This is a great opportunity for our local and regional artists to be involved with a public art event .  As a participating artist you will have  the opportunity to showcase your work in the media and with thousands of people who will view your piece at its temporary “summer home” in downtown De Pere.  You will be featured with a photo and bio in the catalog, be invited to all the project’s public events and featured online.  In addition, depending upon the location of your piece, you may also have the opportunity to display additional pieces of your work  inside a local business to bring increased awareness to your talent.

Artists will be paid a small stipend for materials, $125 for large animals, $75 for small animals.  Costs incurred over this amount should be considered a donation to the Main Street De Pere program.  Artists will have to transport pieces from the pick up location to their studio or home to complete the project and to the body shop by the specified date.  Main Street will cover the costs of clear coating the pieces and transportation from the body shop to the location of exhibit.

Art pieces will be placed on display at outdoor locations for public viewing/interaction thoughout the summer.  The artist’s name and title of the art piece, along with information about the program  and sponsors will be displayed on each piece. Once the exhibit has run for the selected amount of time, the pieces will be auctioned off in a final event.

Please fill out linked application and send to PO BOX 5142 De Pere, WI 54115 by 1/15/2010.  More then one design concept may be submitted.

Downtown De Pere plan update

A few weeks ago, RDg Planning and Design, the firm selected to write the new Master Plan for downtown De Pere was in town and presented the updated, though STILL IN DRAFT FORM version of the plan.  The final plan will be presented in about March, but we are still seeking input from the community, both business and at-large.

Please click here to download the PDF document and then reply with your comments or email me at cdetrick@deperechamber.org with your thoughts. (warning: it is a LARGE file!)

Public art event comes to De Pere in 2010!!

PierArt: Fins & Feathers is a community awareness and fundraising event for the Main Street De Pere and the Katherine Harper Riverwalk & Nature Viewing Pier.  The project will create recognition of the artists, sponsors and downtown De Pere.  The event will include up to 28 walleye and pelican sculptures around downtown De Pere bringing  attention to the river and the upcoming riverwalk and nature view pier project.

This is a great opportunity for our local and regional artists to be involved with a public art event .  As a participating artist you will have  the opportunity to showcase your work in the media and with thousands of people who will view your piece at its temporary “summer home” in downtown De Pere.  You will be featured with a photo and bio in the catalog, be invited to all the project’s public events and featured online.  In addition, depending upon the location of your piece, you may also have the opportunity to display additional pieces of your work  inside a local business to bring increased awareness to your talent.

Artists will be paid a small stipend for materials, $125 for large animals, $75 for small animals.  Costs incurred over this amount should be considered a donation to the Main Street De Pere program.  Artists will have to transport pieces from the pick up location to their studio or home to complete the project and to the body shop by the specified date.  Main Street will cover the costs of clear coating the pieces and transportation from the body shop to the location of exhibit.

Art pieces will be placed on display at outdoor locations for public viewing/interaction thoughout the summer.  The artist’s name and title of the art piece, along with information about the program  and sponsors will be displayed on each piece. Once the exhibit has run for the selected amount of time, the pieces will be auctioned off in a final event.

Please fill out linked application and send to PO BOX 5142 De Pere, WI 54115 by 1/15/2010.  More then one design concept may be submitted.

Time for a 20 year all call in De Pere!

Today we had a planning meeting for the 20th anniversary of Main Street De Pere!!  (are you feeling old?)

Sandy Duckett

Nancy Nusbaum

Rick Nell

Carol Karls

Diane Roundy

Gene Hackbarth

were at breakfast this morning and Joe Schinkten, Phil Danen, Lisa Ortschied and Tom Walsh were invited but unable to join us.  The names of old friends and those involved were flying fast and furious around the table along with the reminiscing and memories.

February 13th, 2010, is the date for the party – a Mardi Gras themed community ball, either black tie or costume to be held at the Swan Club.  Think of it as a reunion for everyone who was and has been involved in the incredible success that has been enjoyed by downtown De Pere due to the hard work (and fun work!) put in by hundreds of people.

Put it on your calendar and reply to let us know you are out there.  Who else do you know, do you remember from the last 20 years who should be invited to this celebration??  Let us know -we don’t want to miss anyone!