Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
July 2004
Gov. Doyle Announces State Funding for Milwaukee Public Market
Commerce Secretary Cory Nettles presents a $1.25 million check ($750,000 of which was a Brownfield Grant) to (left to right): State Representative Jonathan Richards and Ron San Felipo, Historic Third Ward president.
Commerce Secretary Cory Nettles presents a $1.25 million check ($750,000 of which was a Brownfield Grant) to (left to right): State Representative Jonathan Richards and Ron San Felipo, Historic Third Ward president.

Gov. Jim Doyle recently announced that Historic Third Ward/Milwaukee Public Market will receive a $500,000 low-interest loan and a $750,000 Brownfields grant from the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to develop a public market district in Milwaukee. Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles presented the award on behalf of the Governor at a "plowbreaking" held on June 30 in Milwaukee.

"My Grow Wisconsin initiative calls for fostering economic development in Milwaukee and restoring brownfields to productivity," Gov. Doyle said. "This project will enhance the attractiveness of downtown Milwaukee and create economic opportunity for Wisconsin farmers and food producers."

Several small manufacturing facilities formerly occupied the ¾-acre project site, which has been used as a surface parking lot since 1970. A new market hall will house 24 new or expanded owner-operated businesses that sell fresh, locally-grown produce, meat, poultry, seafood, and specialty food items. This project is expected to create 120 full-time jobs over three years and result in $11 million of direct sales annually for area farms and food producers. The loan will be used for equipment and the grant toward environmental remediation of the site. Commerce funds will leverage $8 million in additional investment.

For more information about Commerce funding programs, visit commerce.wi.gov.

--Tony Hozeny

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