I recently had the opportunity to tour the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant in Two Rivers, WI, to learn more about Wisconsin's electricity infrastructure. The Point Beach plant produces more than 20 percent of the electricity generated within Wisconsin yet releases zero greenhouse gasses into the environment. And the coal-fired Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan already employs new technology that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 75 percent; further renovations due to be completed in 2016 will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 90 percent. Both these facilities are important elements of Wisconsin's energy portfolio, provide hundreds of jobs in our region and help keep customers' costs below the national average.
Last weekend's PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits was an enormous success and shined a national spotlight on the beauty of Sheboygan County. It will be quite a while until the official numbers can be tallied, but a study of the 2013 PGA Championship event held in Rochester, NY found a positive economic impact of more than $100 million.
But now I am looking forward to the next big showcase of local talent: the Sheboygan County Fair! Held during Labor Day weekend, the Fair will feature Junior and Open Class exhibits, music, daily grandstand entertainment and much more. I'll be there participating in the cream puff eating contest, helping out in the 4-H Food Stand and checking out all the exhibits. Take a look at the Fair's website for the entire calendar and for driving suggestions to avoid road construction in the area. Please make some time to attend and support our local youth!
As always, I encourage you to follow my updates on social media or contact my office directly with your questions. Best wishes on your weekend!
Business Opportunities and Jobs Available in Sheboygan County
Did you know that, on average, two new businesses are formed in Sheboygan County every single day? The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is a public-private partnership that works directly with local businesses to help remove barriers to growth, obtain non-traditional financing, select suitable locations, develop their workforce, work with local government and more.
The SCEDC can be a tremendous resource for employees as well: this week, there were nearly 2,700 job postings available in Sheboygan County. Visit their website or give them a call at (920) 452-2479 to see what they can do for you or your business!
Temporary Road Closures Scheduled
On Monday, August 24th, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will conduct bridge inspections of Interstate 43 over the Sheboygan River (both northbound and southbound lanes) from 9:00 AM until approximately 1:00 PM. The work is routine, but there will be some lane closures that could impact traffic.
Railroad construction work also continues in downtown Sheboygan Falls. On Monday, August 24th, Broadway Street will be completely closed near its intersection with Monroe Street until early evening on Tuesday, August 25th. One day later, Buffalo Street will also be closed from 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25th until early evening on Wednesday, August 26th.