The UW System’s annual impact on Wisconsin’s economy is estimated to be more than $15 billion. That represents a $15 return for every $1 invested in the UW by state taxpayers.
If the university is successful at providing a robust workforce and supporting vibrant industry clusters, stronger communities will follow. However, the public university must also take an active role in the process:
A UW-La Crosse alumnus is providing career readiness while promoting conservation in Wisconsin. Matthew Brantner revived a Wisconsin conservation corps after a six-year long hiatus.
Gar Amunson, superintendent of parks for the City of La Crosse, recalls when an enthusiastic Brantner came into his office with the goal of starting WisCorps more than five years ago.
“You have to go a long way to find someone with that much energy and ambition,” says Amunson. “He’s done it and he’s been very successful.”
Brantner has built the...
Menomonie, Wis. — Esther Tola is very impressed with what she’s learned so far about the United States.
At University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie and in other parts of west-central Wisconsin, she sees a high standard of living and people routinely obeying the laws and regulations, creating an orderly, progressive society.
“Everyday I see inspiring things. Everything is so clean. It’s amazing. I’m learning a lot,” said Tola, 33.
Life is not nearly as good in her home country, Benin, in western Africa bordering Nigeria....
Efforts to enhance Lake Michigan and its tributaries, wetlands and waterfront communities are creating hundreds of jobs and injecting more than $35 million into the economy of southeast Wisconsin.
Those are among the findings of a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater study that analyzed the economic impact of projects funded by the Fund for Lake Michigan (FFLM).
Created in 2011, FFLM awards grants annually to local governments, nonprofits, utilities and faith-based groups. Between 2011-2013, FFLM awarded 71 grants totaling roughly $7.5...
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point senior Sam Knapp has always felt lucky to live in the United States, calling it a place of privilege where clean water and abundant food and energy resources are taken for granted.
The graduating chemistry and physics major hoped to bring that privilege to others around the world by studying environmental engineering in graduate school next fall.
Sometimes plans change – for the better. Rather than preparing for his dream, Knapp will put it into action and spend 10 months working on a project to...
Thermodata, an international corporation with clients on every continent, has moved its world headquarters to the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park.
The company develops and markets temperature-monitoring systems for a wide range of industries, including health care, food service, scientific research and public health.
“I am pleased to welcome Thermodata to the Innovation Center and to a growing community of technology companies in the area,” said Richard Telfer, UW-Whitewater chancellor. “With only one...
The next social-media tycoon or manufacturing innovator may very well be a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student.
To encourage aspiring students to chase their career- and business-development dreams, Neenah-based Alta Resources is pledging funding support to UW Oshkosh, which will enable budding entrepreneurs to launch their new-business ventures.
UW Oshkosh announced an agreement with Alta Resources on April 30, which will support the UW Oshkosh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the Center will become the Alta Resources Center...
Dr. Erwin Berthier studied biomedical engineering because he wanted to change the world. Since he co-founded Tasso, Inc., his dream of making a difference in people’s lives is one step closer to reality.
In Berthier’s work in the UW-Madison lab of Dr. David Beebe, he made note of technological innovations that allow researchers to study blood samples with incredible precision and accuracy. But while sample analysis techniques have improved the ability to diagnose and even predict certain diseases, how blood samples are collected –...
EAU CLAIRE — A North American mining company with operations in Wisconsin is investing more than $50,000 annually in a new Responsible Mining Initiative being established at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Unimin announced this month that it will invest the monies in summer internships, scholarships and grants specifically designated for UW-Eau Claire geology students.
UW-Eau Claire students selected for two summer internships with Unimin will earn $4,500 per month, or $13,500 for the summer. One student will be hired as a geology...
A new initiative among UW-La Crosse’s College of Business Administration, the UW System and the state is a one-stop shop to bolster Wisconsin’s economy.
The effort addresses the economic difficulties regional businesses face by providing additional resources to more effectively meet their needs and create growth and jobs. The efforts will be spearheaded in the new Center for Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and International Trade, located in 120 Wimberly Hall.
“The center will collaborate with the UW-L Small Business Development...
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement (PACCE) program is funding a student research project to naturally clean algae infested ponds and lakes at both Gooseberry Hill and Lake Joy. Students participating in this research are in the Fundamentals of Biological Investigation class and Invertebrate Zoology class, taught by Dr. Becky Doyle-Morin.
The class will be working in cooperation with Gooseberry Hill to reduce its nuisance algae infestation. The students are working to...