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Foxconn halt on innovation centers criticized

Foxconn Technology Group's plan to put the development of several innovation centers on hold, including one in Northeast Wisconsin, is drawing criticism from some opponents.  That follows a Wisconsin Public Radio report finding that Foxconn-owned properties in Madison, Racine, Eau Claire and Green Bay have yet to be developed as innovation centers.  The company indicated last year that each center would employ between 100 and 200 people and the company would receive state tax credits for each job created.  WPR cites Racine city officials as saying that Foxconn is focusing all of its efforts on the main assembly campus in Mt. Pleasant and putting the innovation centers on hold.  That comes as no surprise to State Senator Dave Hansen,  a Democrat from Green Bay and a long-time opponent of the Foxconn deal.



Foxconn purchased the Watermark Building in Green Bay, which was once part of the Younkers complex, and has done some renovations.  The opening of the Green Bay innovation center, however, was originally set for later in 2018.

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