Photo courtesy of the City of Janesville.

Wisconsin directs $36 million in federal funds for capital projects

November 14, 2023

Wisconsin will invest $36.6 million to build sports arenas, a convention center and museums. The projects funded by the American Rescue Plan Act include $15 million for a 130,000-square-foot sports and convention center in the town of Janesville.

The facility, referred to as the Woodman’s Center, will include a 1,500-seat ice hockey and winter sports arena and a 20,000 square-foot conference space that can be converted to a hardcourt space for youth sports. There will also be a multi-use arena that will be iced for a portion of the year before the center converts it back to a dry space for sports and additional conference spaces. The estimated cost of the facility is $50.3 million.

Another $9.3 million will go toward a 8,000-seat soccer stadium at Iron District Milwaukee that will serve as the future home of Milwaukee soccer and lacrosse teams. With an estimated total cost of $220 million, the project includes a hotel, entertainment centers and apartments.

Another $7 million will help add 21,000 square feet of additional space to the railroad museum and add a 5,000-square-foot patio overlooking the river. The Bronzeville Center of the Arts, a nonprofit organization rooted in the art, culture, and history of the African Diaspora, will receive $5 million directed toward a project that will transform a 3.4-acre parcel of land into a gallery featuring art from across the state.

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Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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