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Could Wisconsin Rapids land attract new development?


An announcement Tuesday in Wood County could potentially bring hundreds of new jobs.

Fifty-one acres of land in Wisconsin Rapids are now "certified" by the state. That means they're ready for development.

This is the 13th certification site in the state.

"We want to make it easy for people to create new jobs. If we say, here we have a 51-acre parcel, where we say you don't need to jump through any hoops, we've already done all the hoop jumping for you. That really sounds good to potential job creators who want to relocate or want to grow in these areas," said Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

The land is on the northeast side of the city. Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink says it's a prime location for development.

"The proximity to Highway 54 is a great opportunity for it to get business in and out of the business park very easily," said Vruwink.

The city council gave the project a thumbs-up earlier this year.

"They approved up to $20,00 for the city to receive the designation," said Vruwink.

The designation means the site is ready to go. State development leaders say it already meets certain criteria.

"We advertise it as 'shovel ready.' That means there are no environmental concerns, no archaeological concerns," said Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Reed Hall.

The mayor says he's already working to find a business.

"We are in discussions with at least one company for all or part of the site, at least right now," said Vruwink.

But nothing is certain.

For now, state leaders hope for more announcements in the future.

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