Monday, February 4, 2019

Foxconn turmoil, in Wisconsin? Not on WEDC's Foxconn info website.

You'd never know the Foxconn project has been a localnational and international public relations cauldron since last week if you open up the WEDC's informational website about Foxconn - - Wisconn Valley Foxconn in Wisconsin.

* A small point - - there is no Wisconn Valley; the site is on flat, bulldozed rural fields and yards - - and the webpage still leads with flat, generic text:
Wisconsin Wins $10 Billion Foxconn Investment

In 2017 Wisconsin's workforce and business climate went toe to toe with other states to compete for 13,000 new jobs and $10 billion of capital investment from Foxconn's new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing campus.  Wisconsin won!   
It's estimated that this project will add $51 billion to Wisconsin's gross domestic product over 15 years, an economic impact of $18 returned for every $1 invested by the state.
(I'll add this posting to my Foxconn archive which has been updated continuously since June, 2017). 

* If you click on the News/Events tab, you find that the last installment of a "Wisconn Valley Newsletter" is dated January 4th, though the page also says:
The Wisconn Valley News is published every other week and [sic] designed to keep interested individuals up to date on Foxconn construction plans, infrastructure improvements, traffic pattern updates, and more. Local elected officials, suppliers, contractors and members of the public are encouraged to turn to the Wisconn Valley News for the latest project status, road updates, next steps, and interesting facts. When appropriate, special bulletins will also be distributed to ensure the most timely information possible.  
* This section leads with a BizTimes piece from December 10, 2018:

Recent News & Announcements

Foxconn completes purchases of Green Bay, Eau Claire buildings
Foxconn Technology Group affiliates spent nearly $12 million to purchase buildings in Eau Claire and Green Bay for to innovation centers. FE Watermark LLC purchased 10 condo units of the Watermark building at 301 N. Washington St. in Green Bay for $9.25 million. FE Haymarket LLC purchased three condo units in the Haymarket Landing building at 200 Eau Claire St. in Eau Claire for $2.7 million. Foxconn previously announced plans for innovation centers at both locations and said it planned to close on the purchases by the end of the year. The centers are intended to allow the company to engage with companies and entrepreneurs around the state.

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