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NIAGARA Worldwide Managers Participate in New North Inc.’s 10th annual “New North Summit”

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Niagara Worldwide at NewNorth

NIAGARA — New North Inc.’s 10th annual “New North Summit” featured jobs expert and author Edward E. Gordon as the keynote speaker. The conference, sponsored by BMO Harris, was held on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay.

Nick Ghere (Site Manager of the Niagara Development Site) along with Shelly Ghere (Director of Finance) and Don Jacobsmeyer (Director of Real Estate) for Niagara Worldwide were on hand to meet and discuss the regional influence on Niagara managed properties.

With holdings in the Outagamie, Manitowoc and Marinette Counties, Niagara relies on consistent and engaging government programs to spark associated development.


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Key Note Speaker – Ed Gordon

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ASHWAUBENON — It’s not the best of times, it’s not the worst of times.

That would be one way to sum up the message Friday at New North Summit 2013. Presentations at the 18-county economic development organization’s annual meeting highlighted many positive economic aspects in the region and a few worrisome ones, most notably, an existing and potentially growing skills gap.

“The underlying foundation is talent,” said Ed Gordon of Imperial Consulting Corp., the keynote speaker. “Skills are the new currency for this decade.”

Gordon credited New North and other regional organizations, such as the Northeastern Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance, Bay Area Workforce Development Board and NewEra educational collaboration, among others, for their efforts in addressing the need for better-qualified workers.

“We need more well-educated and well-skilled Americans. You’re doing a lot. You need to do more,” he said. “For the first time in history, the generation retiring is better educated than the generation that follows.”

Gordon said the United States has a rising tide of vacant jobs, which grew to 7 million last year, including 33,500 in Wisconsin. Two-thirds of jobs that will need filling in the future will be to replace retiring baby boomers. Also, he said, many long-term unemployed have stopped looking.

“The number of people leaving the labor force exceed the number of jobs we created,” he said. “Unless we better educate half of our population, instead of 25 percent, we won’t be able to preserve our freedoms.”

The skills gap could be worse. The economy could be booming and the need for workers even greater, but Dennis Winters, chief of the Office of Economic Advisors in the Department of Workforce Development, said Wisconsin businesses still are waiting for “that big pop” that normally follows a recession. Four years after the recession ended, it hasn’t happened.

Uncertainty is the biggest single deterrent to capital investment by businesses, from government budget battles, sequestration and debt limits to the Affordable Care Act. As a result, Winters said, business is lowering its expectations.

Governor Scott Walker

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Green Bay – Governor Scott Walker joined business, education, and community leaders at the New North Summit in Green Bay today.  The annual event is an opportunity to collaborate and network with the goal of stimulating the economy and building a stronger region.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come together, share ideas, and learn about regional growth opportunities,” Governor Walker said.  “When people are invested in their community and motivated to address the issues and challenges employers face, everyone benefits.”

Some of the topics addressed in this year’s summit include, ways to develop the workforce and close the skills gap, economic trends, how to become a fast-growing company, how to connect to the global marketplace, and the importance of sustainability practices to the bottom line.

Pictures from 2012 Visit to the Governor Mansion – Niagara Development was invited to Tailgate and Network

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker & Niagara Development Site Manager Nick Ghere
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Nick Ghere, Governor Scott Walker, Eric J Spirtas, Ed Maglasang


With a complete site “Re-Development” located in Marinette county, NIAGARA Development boasts its enhanced benefits.  From Building leases, Commercial landfill expansion to the exploration and prospective development of a Granite Quarry that could be one of the regions largest of its type in years to come, NIAGARA will be a significant provider of jobs to the area.  

“This summit serves as a great source of information and networking for our industrial development,” says Site Manager Nick Ghere.  “We are confident that our facility will continue to grow, create jobs and be seen as a regional success.”


When its too good to be true, It ain’t True! Eric J. Spirtas

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As I entered the enormous industrial facility site, I knew that the prospect of a good deal was slim to none.  The plant was hidden, the buildings looked skinny and the ground at the base of the structures seamed cluttered with apparent environmental impediments to easy, efficient demolition money making demolition.

What to do… even if there is a prospect of a deal, I know the owner is going to be hard pressed to “give away” the dollars that we see as necessary to do the job. 

“What?  You want to pay me how much and you also want me to do the environmental,”
I imagine
the owner will say?!?!?

I had to have the courage to walk on the site, walk through the buildings and make an estimate.  I had to have the confidence to share what I really find!

It didn’t take long to assess the facts:

  1. There are some significant environmental factors and I will not accept anything but full and proper handling of those conditions.
  2. There is not as much steel as expected.
  3. The buildings are not as large as was explained.
  4. There is quite a bit of trash and debris that will cost someone, something to deal with.
  5. This is a LOUSY neighborhood… Did I say Lousy?… I mean Lousy!
  6. Once I figured out; the size, ton-age, hindrance from environmental, and ultimate dollars

It was easy to see that this is a “Walk Away”!

There is so much opportunity, variable projects, abundance of property / asset for sale and the need for expert buyers, consulting, scrap sales, property brokers.  That is what we do!

Let me know if you have a former industrial plant, resulting property and even environmental conditions that trouble you.  We will buy your problem from you.

Contact: EJ Spirtas Group, LLC and more specifically the specialty branch AMAX to tend to your property & asset troubles! 

Eric J. Spirtas
EJ Spirtas Group, LLC
Demolition Expert
Author of “Don’t Wreck the Empire”

Contact EJ Spirtas today to price your demolition, scrap your steel, sell your non-ferrous, assist you with dormant or excess equipment, we will even buy your dormant land.
We simply raise the bar and raise your revenue!
EJ Spirtas Group… Your Global Answer!