Week in Review: Jan. 15, 2021

What you need to know from your Chamber and our members this week

Published Friday, January 15, 2021 8:40 am

In Wisconsin...

...Security will be beefed up in Madison now until the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden as concerns grow over potential statehouse attacks inspired by the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. States were officially warned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be on high alert in the aftermath of last week's violent insurrection and evidence of continued organizing by extremist groups, including in nearby Michigan. (New York Times)

...This week Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers delivered his State of the State Address in a virtual format, calling for a $200 million broadband investment, as well as an overhaul to the state’s unemployment system. (WFRV)

...The Wisconsin State Senate approved Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 1 on Tuesday, which included COVID-19 liability protections for businesses and other organizations. Gov. Evers has said he will sign the pared-down COVID-19 relief package if it clears the Assembly. (WBAY)

...The Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries now-Jan. 31.

In COVID-19 news...

...More than 187,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated across Wisconsin since last week, while new reports of infections are averaging at around 2,800 cases per day. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

...The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines, effective Jan. 26, that require all international passengers boarding U.S. flights to get a negative COVID-19 test before flying. (USA Today)

...BioForward, an association of Wisconsin’s biohealth industry partners, will present a free public webinar entitled “COVID-19: The Vaccine is Here – Now What?” on Jan. 26 featuring national expert Phyllis Arthur.

Close to home…

...For the second year in a row, Bergstrom Automotive has been named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in the U.S. by Glassdoor. Bergstrom is the only automotive dealership on the list and shares the spotlight with employers such as Southwest Airlines, Salesforce, Pfizer, and other prominent global brands.

...Nominations are now open for the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2021 Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards. The deadline to submit nominations for nine awards, including the one-year-only “Heroes in COVID-19” honor, is Feb. 26.

...The 2021 New North Summit is set for June 10 at Lambeau Field.

...Fox Cities 2-1-1, operated by the United Way, has announced it reached a new milestone in 2020: 20,000 calls were answered by the local call center, representing an increase of 66% over previous years. Callers can dial 2-1-1 to find community resources for housing, mental health care, child care, food, and more.

On the move: Michael Bergmann has joined Ascension Wisconsin as Fox Valley Hospital President…Renita Robinson has been named VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Prevea Health…Blue Door Consulting added Lacey Reichwald, Jessica Heintz, and Terrance Mintner to its marketing team…Community First Credit Union has named Cyrene Wilke as Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer.