Here’s some good news!
West Bend is open for business construction.
Mayor Kraig Sadownikow and members of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced that West Bend is the state’s first “certified in Wisconsin site” on Monday morning. The designation, granted after a meticulous application process, alerts potential businesses to the viability of settling in the city.
“We’re trying to encourage businesses to locate and expand within our fine state,” said WEDC interim CEO Reed Hall. “Having a certified site like this available, sometimes people refer to these sites as ‘shovel-ready.’” The Certified in Wisconsin Site program is an aspect of Gov. Walker’s “Ready, Set, Build” initiative designed to attract businesses to the state. West Bend officials had to submit an application to become certified, outlining qualifications like available land, utilities and transportation infrastructure; environmental assessments; zoning; and availability of a labor force.
“The process to gain site certification was ... very thorough, very detailed,” Sadownikow said. “To be the first in the state of Wisconsin shows the strategic importance of West Bend. We really are the complete package of location (and) infrastructure.”
The site itself is the West Bend Corporate Center, a business park behind the Walmart off of Paradise Drive. The site, owned by Continental Properties, stretches to Highway NN in the south and from Highway 45 to 18th Avenue east to west.
So far, the city has the only certified site in southeastern Wisconsin. The next-nearest location will be in Beaver Dam. WEDC Communications Manager Tom Thieding said that eight other certified sites would be announced in the next two weeks. Of the 27 communities that applied this year for certification, only nine received it.