(Beaver Dam) Governor Tony Evers was in Beaver Dam Thursday to give an update on a massive industrial park just north of the city. The Alliant Energy Beaver Dam Commerce Park totals 520 acres and is geared toward big or expanding companies seeking large-scale sites. The property is situated in the Town of Trenton, not far from the shuttered Trenton Elementary School and down the road from the city of Beaver Dam’s 200-acre Highway 151 Business Park.
During a press event at Harmony Baptist Church, Evers announced that the commerce park is the latest Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Certified in Wisconsin Project. Evers congratulated the city and its officials and noted that that the commerce park was the 22nd Certified in Wisconsin Project in the state.
Evers says the designation plays a key role in helping communities attract new companies by providing an independent certification that a wide range of concerns have been evaluated. Those include environmental and geological factors, transportation access, utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning and property rights. Alliant Energy Senior Vice President David de Leon explains why the commerce park is important to the company. He says their investment plan is focused on rural communities and a component of their company strategy is customer growth within their service territory.
Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen thanked Alliant Energy for realizing the potential the area brings for new businesses. She says the city anticipates the location to have the potential to house a generational development project that drives future economic growth, diversifies the local economy and creates large scale tax base.
Alliant Energy Community Director Robert Crain says they will be re-doubling their efforts to market the state’s newest certified-site to prospective businesses.