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Dane County foreclosures down 40% in December, marking 4th straight year of decline

host.madison.com — New foreclosures in Dane County finished a welcome four-year slide in December, dropping steeply for both the month and the year, records showed. A total of 36 foreclosures were filed in December, compared with 60 in December 2013, for a 40 percent year-over-year decline that month, according to circuit court cases analyzed at DaneCountyMarket.com.

Singer, actress Jennifer Hudson starring in American Family Insurance Super Bowl ad

host.madison.com — Grammy and Academy award winner Jennifer Hudson will kick off the latest dream-themed marketing campaign from American Family Insurance with what the company is calling an "emotional" television commercial to air in Midwestern markets during the Super Bowl.

Cottage Grove eyed for new Midwest STIHL distribution center

host.madison.com — Pending village approvals, power equipment maker STIHL Inc. will build a new Midwest distribution center on a 10-acre site in the Cottage Grove Commerce Park to serve customers throughout the mid-northern U.S. Roger Phelps, spokesman for the company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, confirmed Tuesday the new facility will be created by relocating operations from distribution sites in Peoria, Illinois, and Hayward, Wisconsin.

Russell Wilson out, J.J. Watt, Kevin Durant in as 'brand ambassadors' for American Family Insurance

host.madison.com — Madison-based American Family Insurance is trading Russell Wilson for J.J. Watt and acquiring NBA standout Kevin Durant to boot. American Family's two-year endorsement contract with Wilson, quarterback of the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks, ended on Dec. 31, company spokeswoman Sandra Spann confirmed in an email to the Wisconsin State Journal on Monday.

J.J. Watt, Durant new 'brand ambassadors'

host.madison.com — Madison-based American Family Insurance on Monday said it was trading Russell Wilson for J.J. Watt, and acquiring NBA standout Kevin Durant to boot. American Family's two-year endorsement contract with Wilson, quarterback of the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks, ended on Dec. 31, company spokeswoman Sandra Spann confirmed in an email to the Wisconsin State Journal on Monday.

Executive Q&A: Wisconsin workforce development leader seeks closer ties to employers

host.madison.com — The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association is starting the new year with a new leader, as Joel Nilsestuen leads the 15-year-old nonprofit under marching orders to make its essential connection with private-sector employers more seamless and efficient.

Wisconsin companies invited to join WEDC trade trip to East Africa

host.madison.com — Wisconsin companies looking to do business with the two largest economies in East Africa can get market information and meet potential partners on a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. trade venture to Kenya and Tanzania planned for early to mid-May.

Wisconsin housing market ends year strong on sales, median price gains

host.madison.com — Buttressed in part by mortgage interest rates that remained at near-historic lows all year, Wisconsin's housing market finished 2014 strong on home sales and median price compared to the previous year, with more growth forecast by the industry for 2015 and 2016 -- at least as long as consumers remain confident on jobs.

Catching Up: New Cabela's outdoors store nearing completion in Sun Prairie

host.madison.com — In about six weeks' time, the Madison-area office of Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. will be finished with the newest Cabela's "destination" retail store in Wisconsin for outdoor enthusiasts - an 86,000-square-foot building under construction since June 1 at Highways 151 and C in the Prairie Lakes Shopping Center in Sun Prairie.

State business leaders optimistic about state, national economy

host.madison.com — A strong majority of Wisconsin business leaders expected the state and national economies to grow in the next six months, with more than half also planning to hire for their own companies, according to the latest member survey from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
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Jan 29, 2015

Interactive Dane County home permit data -- annual permit #, value flattened last year after big jumps in '12 and '13 bit.ly/XbSQLU

Jan 28, 2015

Dane County Dec foreclosures down 40%, with annual drop of 32%, as stronger market sees 4th straight annual decline. bit.ly/1K6CUfp

Jan 27, 2015

Chain saw maker #STIHL to build new #Midwest distribution center in Cottage Grove Commerce Park, w/November opening. bit.ly/1y3Dyog

Jan 27, 2015

Madison's AmFam gets more bang for advertising buck w/regional Super Bowl ad starring Jennifer Hudson + social media bit.ly/1H8GoSs

Jan 26, 2015

Russell Wilson out, J.J. Watt in as 'brand ambassador' for AmFam. Madison-based insurer also signs NBA's Kevin Durant bit.ly/1yJG3zF

Jan 26, 2015

New WI workforce development leader Joel Nilsestuen seeks closer ties to employers, aims to fill their labor needs. bit.ly/1Lcul62

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