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Roadmap for redevelopment in Kewaunee County as nuclear plant shuts down


TOWN OF LUXEMBURG, WI (WTAQ) -The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is throwing $50,000 to Kewaunee economic developer leaders to help map out strategies to bounce back from the Kewaunee Power Station closing.  

The state is helping out with a Capacity Building Grant.  It will also be part of a pilot program for other regions across the state that suffer a blows to its local economy, like a major local employer laying off 650 workers.     The roadmap for redevelopment will create an action plan and supply a framework for other regions. 

The grant will also fund a trip to other areas of the country that were affected by a nuclear plant shutdown.  It will allow for economic development leaders to learn from what they took for action to get their economy back on track.

Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Director Jennifer Brown says they will be creating a vision and roadmap over the next 6 to 12 months.

The agency will also look at assets of the site and area, while also looking into the possibility of repurposing some of the buildings.   

For instance, Dominon’s Mike Kanz says a few years ago they built a $10 million training facility that could be repurposed for something else.