Brown County sales tax: Opponents appeal circuit court ruling upholding 0.5 percent tax

The Brown County Taxpayers Associated has appealed a circuit court ruling that the Brown County’s sales tax complies with state law.The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, based in Milwaukee, filed the appeal Wednesday on behalf of the taxpayers association and one of its members, who sued the county over its temporary 0.5% sales and use tax, approved three years ago by the Brown County Board.Brown County Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski ruled in the county’s favor earlier this spring. He said the county’s Debt Reduction, Infrastructure and Property Tax Relief Plan, funded by the sales tax, complied with state law.The county board adopted the plan to help fund $147 million of new buildings, road repairs and other capital projects, including $25 million toward construction and maintenance of the $93 million expo center; $60 million for road and bridge improvements; $20 million for jail expansion; $5 million toward a science and technology center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; a medical examiner’s building; and other projects.

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Brown County Taxpayers Association loses suit over sales tax

Brown County was within its legal rights to enact a temporary 0.5% sales and use tax in the county, Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski ruled Tuesday.

“I’m pleased with the judge’s decision that we can continue with this fiscally conservative plan,” County Executive Troy Streckenbach said in a press release. “This plan makes crucial investments in our critical infrastructure while paying down debt and providing tax relief for property owners here in Brown County.”

The ruling concerns the Debt Reduction, Infrastructure and Property Tax Relief Plan approved by the County Board in May 2017.

The county board adopted the plan to help fund $147 million of new buildings, road repairs and other capital projects, including $25 million toward construction and maintenance of the $93 million expo center; $60 million for road and bridge improvements; $20 million for jail expansion; $5 million toward a science and technology center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; a medical examiner’s building; and other projects.

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Opportunities abound at Brown County STEM Innovation Center – gopresstime.com

The sunlight that beams through the tall windows of the new Brown County STEM Innovation Center could be viewed as a metaphor for the enlightenment within. Inside, the modern, steel-and-glass structure is bright and bold, with apple green walls and geometric designs. But it isn’t just for science, technology, engineering and math students. It’s for the community, which is why Brown County is in its name. Yes, the Brown County STEM Innovation Center houses the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) and the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering. And yes, it’s home to the University’s first mechanical engineering program, which recently christened $1.5 million in equipment installed just in time for the spring semester. And true, the STEM Innovation Center is on UW-Green Bay’s campus. Source: Opportunities abound at Brown County STEM Innovation Center – gopresstimes.com

New engineering labs at UW-Green Bay bring theory to life – LAB Midwest

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recently opened new engineering labs that will give students the real-world skills they need for the workforce. The project is part of a greater vision to draw more students to northeast Wisconsin and meet the region’s demand for engineers. Source: New Engineering Labs at UW-Green Bay Bring Theory to Life – LAB Midwest

Taking a look at the UW- Green Bay STEM Innovation Center | WLUK

The community is invited to attend a celebration and demonstration of $1.5 million in equipment delivered to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center. The new equipment will help prepare the next generation of engineers and others headed into STEM careers. There are currently more than 100 pieces of laboratory equipment to fill four labs and a machine shop in the STEM Center. The celebration will include a few comments from LAB Midwest CEO Renee Kirchner and UW-Green Bay College of Science, Engineering and Technology Dean John Katers. The event will be held on February 20th from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Source: Taking a look at the UW- Green Bay STEM Innovation Center | WLUK

UW-Green Bay celebrates new equipment for STEM Innovation Center | nbc26.com

UW-Green Bay celebrated $1.5 million in new equipment at the Brown County STEM Innovation Center with a demonstration Thursday afternoon. “The process started two-and-a-half years ago,” explains Assistant Professor Jagadeep Thota of Mechanical Engineering. “When trying to get the Mechanical Engineering program approved, we needed to first show a plan and budget for the equipment.” Source: UW-Green Bay celebrates new equipment for STEM Innovation Center | nbc26.com

‘So much learning that’s going to happen’: New engineering labs open at UW-Green Bay | WLUK

Testing tensile strength of metals, 3D printing, examining laminar flow of fluids in a fixed channel… all just a few of the things students—and faculty—can now do with the labs and new equipment at the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus. College of Science, Engineering, and Technology Dean John Katers says it’s a huge step in getting the mechanical engineering programs off the ground. Source: ‘So much learning that’s going to happen.’: New engineering labs open at UW-Green Bay | WLUK

Reminder: All are invited to celebrate the arrival of new equipment to the STEM Center, Feb. 20

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member of UW-Green Bay, local media or just a curious community member, everyone is invited to come celebrate the exciting arrival of new equipment to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $1.5 million of equipment comes from LAB Midwest and has made the journey from Germany to Green Bay in the past months.

A media event will begin at 12:15 p.m., with tours and equipment demonstrations to showcase the importance of this arrival to Northeast Wis. In addition, there will be an Open House from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. which includes building tours, STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H, Einstein Project Open House and equipment demonstrations with Engineering faculty.

Questions about the event can be directed to Director of Development Jacob Depas at depasj@uwgb.edu.

Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition, March 4

On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Brown County STEM Innovation Center will be hosting an Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition in rooms 137-139. This event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. Innovation in Aging challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration and presentation skills. Eight different teams of three to five students will present their ideas in brief presentations to a panel of three judges from the community. Prizes (first through third) and a People’s Choice award, will be presented at the closing of the event. This event is hosted by WiSys, CHESW, CSET and the Cofrin School of Business.