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072915 fillerWisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Is proud to present Mexican Fiesta 2015!

Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) is proud to present one of the largest Mexican Hispanic festivals in the Midwest (paid entrance) “Mexican Fiesta”. Since 1973, Mexican Fiesta has been bringing the sound, culture, and taste of México and Latin American countries to Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Celebrate three days of fun, food, Mariachi, and Fiesta this coming August 21st, 22nd, & 23rd, 2015 at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mexican Fiesta encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share the beauty of Latin Countries’ history, art, music, and food. The attractive Cultural Pavilion will display an extraordinary show and exhibition of the Mexican arts & crafts from more than 120 artisans coming directly from different states of México.Where the past and the present come alive through the crafts, folkloric dances music and craft workshops. Also, you can enjoy our traditional freshly baked bread “Pan de Feria,” by master bakers Carlos & Pascual Roldan from the State of Hidalgo, México.

Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 21st at the Cultural Pavilion.

Mexican Fiesta will feature Mariachi, folklore dancers and a variety of colorful entertainment such as:

• Sonidos y Movimientos de  México

• Pok-Ta-Pok: Ballgame of the Ancient Maya – Presented by Rene Avila

• Academy of Mexican Dance and Music

• Grupo de Baile de la Rumba al Danzón

• And much more!

As a tradition, we will count with the presence of Our Lady of Zapopan, coming directly from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The sanctuary honoring Our Lady of Zapopan will be open for the three days of the festival from noon to midnight. Confessions will be heard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. On Sunday, August 23rd, join us in the lakefront procession at 10:15 a.m. followed by Mass, with principal celebrant Father Guadalupe Santos from Ayutla, Jalisco, México.

Mexican Fiesta will feature traditional music such as Banda – Ranchero – Norteño – Salsa – Bachata – Cumbia – Pop & Rock en Español and much more, with live performances from:

• Espinoza Paz

• La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas

• Chuy Lizárraga  y su banda Tierra Sinaloense

• Pablo Montero

• Joe Veras

• Mariachi Cobre

• Michael Salgado

• Grupo Kual

• Los Invasores de Nuevo León

• Tejano Show Case featuring: Ram Herrera, Cacy Savala, Oscar G., David Farias and Tejano Highway 281

• Paloma del Rio

• And much more!

Plenty of different activities will be hosted during Mexican Fiesta 2015 for the entire family to enjoy:

Soccer Tournaments, Contest, Midway Rides, Children’s Area & Stage, Lake front Stage, Commercial Expo, Community & Health Fair Pavilion, Hotwheelz 2015 – Car & Motorcycle show, Art Gallery, Genealogy Exhibit and Much More.

Mexican Fiesta is also promoting health! On Sunday, August 23rd the Fiesta Run & Walk will take place at the Lake Shore Park (Summefest grounds) to create and maximize public awareness of the devastating effects of Diabetes and Obesity. Marshall for the Walk will be Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Two Time World MMA Champion, and the Marshall for the Run will be Ramona Villarreal, Ironman 70.3 World Athlete. Registration is now available atwww.mexicanfiesta.org/fiesta_walk.php, single is $10, group of 4 is $35 and a team of 20 is $120 (extra member $6).

Enjoy all these activities at an affordable price by purchasing your tickets ahead of time at Mexican Fiesta office, El Rey Grocery Stores and Mi Super Mercados for only $13 per adult (9yrs old +), children 8 years old and under enter FREE with an adult. ($15 at the gate). Online tickets are available at www.mexicanfiesta.org.

US Economy Mostly Insulated From China’s Stock Plunge

By Rob Williams

China’s stock-market plunge won’t have a major effect on U.S. business activity unless the Asian superpower’s economy slows substantially, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by as much as 30 percent this month before China took steps to support SHARE PRICES. The plunge triggered concern that millions of individual investors were losing money and delaying big-ticket purchases like cars.

“Consensus growth forecasts for China have been trending down slowly in recent years, and surprisingly weak first-quarter growth data raised the possibility of a more sudden deceleration,” Jan Hatzius, head economist at Goldman, said in a July 18 report obtained by Newsmax Finance. “Recent risks have refocused attention on potential spillovers to the rest of the world.”

China has grown to about 15 percent of the global economy in recent years, but the U.S. is mostly insulated from the region, according to Goldman. A slowdown in China would have a limited effect on U.S. exports and corporate profits, while weakening demand for raw materials may help American businesses.

US Economy Mostly Insulated From China’s Stock Plunge

By Rob Williams

China’s stock-market plunge won’t have a major effect on U.S. business activity unless the Asian superpower’s economy slows substantially, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by as much as 30 percent this month before China took steps to support SHARE PRICES. The plunge triggered concern that millions of individual investors were losing money and delaying big-ticket purchases like cars.

“Consensus growth forecasts for China have been trending down slowly in recent years, and surprisingly weak first-quarter growth DATA raised the possibility of a more sudden deceleration,” Jan Hatzius, head economist at Goldman, said in a July 18 report obtained by Newsmax FINANCE. “Recent risks have refocused attention on potential spillovers to the rest of the world.”

China has grown to about 15 percent of the global economy in recent years, but the U.S. is mostly insulated from the region, according to Goldman. A slowdown in China would have a limited effect on U.S. exports and corporate profits, while weakening demand for raw materials may help American businesses.

“Although foreign profits account for one-fifth of total U.S. corporate profits, profits earned in China account for just 0.5 percent,” the report said. “China accounts for only about 0.25 percent of the equity and fixed income holdings of U.S. residents.”

If China’s economic growth were to slow by 1 percentage point, U.S. gross domestic product would decelerate by only 0.06 percentage point, Goldman estimated.

“If China were to experience a more severe slowdown … then the potential impact on U.S. growth could be more substantial,” according to the report co-authored by Goldman economists David Mericle and Karen Reichgott. “In addition, the impact of a credit-bust crisis scenario would surely be much more severe.”

Funds that invest in Chinese stocks this week reported $5.3 billion in outflows, partly reversing record inflows of $13 billion a week earlier, said BANK of America Merrill Lynch.

Funds that focus on U.S. stocks received $5.2 billion of inflows, the biggest portion of the $8.3 billion that equity funds lured worldwide, according to the BANK which cited data from EPFR Global.

Greece’s financial crisis, China’s stock-market plunge and Puerto Rico’s missed debt PAYMENT “have not prevented a big rotation out of bond and money-market funds into equity funds since late May, early June,” Michael Hartnett and Brian Leung, BofAML investment strategists said.

Wisconsin offers summer fun – from one end of the state to the other 

MADISON, Wis. (Monday, July 13) From waterparks to arts and culture, summer festivals and more, a world of fun awaits your family in Wisconsin. This summer, give your kids the “time out” of their lives!

Splashtastic Fun!

Looking to make a splash in your summer? Familiesdon’t have to search any farther than Wisconsin’s premier destinations! Condé Nast Traveler rated the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells one of “The World’s Coolest Indoor Water Parks” in 2014. The Timber Ridge Lodge at Grand Geneva in Lake Genevais home to the signature 50,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls,and Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboyan offers a year-round indoor waterpark and mini-golf course, along with relaxing strolls on their lakeshore trails.

Summer Arts & Culture!

Wisconsin is brimming with arts and culture for the whole family. At the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, travelers can explore 12 art galleries in 99,000 square feet of space – even the restrooms are a WORK of art! Fun in the form of history and heritage awaits at Milwaukee Public Museum’s new permanent exhibition: Crossroads of Civilization, which explores how the ancient civilizations of Africa, Europe and Asia came together to form an epicenter of complex culture. Travelers can also find a world of rich Hispanic heritage at Latino Arts, Inc., Milwaukee’s only gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of Hispanic and Latin American artists.

Wisconsin Fests are the Best!

Wisconsin has a long-time reputation for holding fantastic festivals throughout the summer. Nearly everywhere you look around the state, you’ll find a family-friendly festival – the perfect summer time out!

Art Fair on the Square ​​​​​​July 11-12, 2014

With more than 450 artists from across the United States, Art Fair on the Square is one of the largest and most popular juried art fairs in the Midwest, attracting more than 200,000 to Madison’s bustling Capitol Square.

Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration​​​​July 25, 2015

The city of Baraboo, hometown of the Ringling Brothers, honors its rich circus roots each summer with an elaborate Circus Celebration Day on the streets of its historic downtown. Enjoy dazzling circus-themed performances, antique circus wagons, walking tours, live music, fun-filled children’s activities, a farmers market and the Big Top Parade.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh​​​​​​July 20 – 26, 2015Don’t miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration featuring more than10,000 airplanes on display and in the air! Join more than 500,000 visitors from 60 countries at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh to celebrate the past, present and future of flight.

Wisconsin State Fair​​​​​​August 6 – 16, 2015

The Wisconsin State Fair presented by US Cellular provides plenty of family-friendly entertainment. As the state’s largest agricultural showcase, guests can enjoy mouthwatering food like the Fair’s famous cream puffs, free entertainment and live music on 30 stages, educational programs and fun contests. Tune in to your favorite urban and gospels stations in Chicago for a CHANCE TO WIN family-of-four passes, cream puffs and more!

The Great Taste of the Midwest​​​​ ​August 8, 2015

The Great Taste of the Midwest features more than 150 of the Midwest’s finest craft brewers at beautiful Olin Park,overlooking Lake Monona in Madison.

Mexican Fiesta​​​​​​​August 21 – 23, 2015

Spice up your summer with Mexican Fiesta. The festival offers three days of fun, food, music and culture. This year the festival’s cultural pavilion will feature more than 100 artisans from Mexico. Other event highlights include live entertainment, a marketplace, cultural PROGRAMMING and plenty of delicious traditional Mexican cuisine.

Travelers looking for year-round Wisconsin getaway ideas, travel planning, events and free guides can discover their own fun by visiting TravelWisconsin.com on desktop, tablet or mobile devices.  You can also choose to “Like” us at Facebook.com/TravelWisconsin or follow along on Twitter at Twitter.com/TravelWI and INSTAGRAM at TravelWisconsin.

070815-business-pix-1100+ New Foods Announced for 2015 Wisconsin State Fair

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The Wisconsin State Fair has quite the reputation for unique and unusual foods, and this year the selection has risen to another level. With more than 100 NEW foods and the most creative entries for The Sporkies to date, this year’s fair “fare” will be nothing short of exciting during the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular®, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 16.

Though many Fairgoers head straight for their favorite foods and beverages as soon as they enter the Fair Park, those hoping to try the newest delectable delights will not be disappointed this year! Fair officials are excited to introduce 101 NEW additions to the fair’s already diverse assortment of novelty foods for the 2015 fair. Descriptions of all new food items are available on the ATTACHED document and at WiStateFair.com.

The Fair’s Third Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies, challenged fair vendors to create the most ingenious concoctions they could think of. Eight finalists have been selected from 34 entries, and a panel of local celebrity judges – with some help from the fairgoers – will CHOOSE THE recipients of four Golden Spork Awards.

NEW this year, the final judging and presentation of The Golden Spork Award for each will take place during the Wisconsin State Fair. The finalists will showcase their creations in front of the crowd and compete for first, second and third place. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the BANK Mutual Amphitheater.

Emmy-nominated “Wisconsin Foodie” host Kyle Cherek will again emcee and moderate the panel of celebrity judges, who will taste, deliberate and eventually choose the first, second and third place winners of Golden Spork trophies. The Sporkies celebrity judges will include plenty of local food lovers, including DudeFoods.com blogger Nick Chipman and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel food editor Nancy Stohs.

NEW for 2015, one lucky fairgoer will have the opportunity to be part of the celebrity panel and taste-test the final creations as a judge. Interested foodies will be able to enter the contest throughout the month of July via social media, using the hashtag #Sporkies2015.

Also NEW this year, Fair guests are encouraged to participate in the judging during the fair by SAMPLING all of The Sporkies entries and voting for their favorites to award a fourth Golden Spork Trophy for the Fairgoers’ Fave. Voting will be available via social media using #FairgoersFave or at the Guest Services Pavilion presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center.

Judging for the #FairgoersFave will be OPEN from Thursday, Aug. 6 – Tuesday, Aug. 11, and the entry with the most votes will also be awarded a Golden Spork Trophy during the final judging on Aug. 12. The decision to move the final judging during the fair was strategic to encourage fairgoers to participate in the competition and give them ample time to try all of The Sporkies finalists and vote for their favorites accordingly.

A 13-foot Spork trophy will be displayed at Sporkies finalists’ locations and all vendors who entered will feature a poster at their Fair location(s); all food items entered will also be available for purchase during the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

The 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 16. The State Fair offers a unique experience to all who attend and is an exceptional value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, “stick with us” at WiStateFair.com or /WiStateFair on Facebook, Twitter, INSTAGRAM and Pinterest, and /theWIFair on YouTube.

070115-businessAmazon llega a México

Después de una prueba piloto con libros, como suele ser el modus operandi de la compañía, Amazon entra de lleno a México comercializando artículos físicos y virtuales dentro de la categoría de electrónica, deportes, hogar, cocina, relojes, salud, belleza, cuidado personal, SOFTWARE, música, películas, series de TV y videojuegos.

Se espera que Amazon en México opere de la misma forma en que lo ha hecho en otros países como España, es decir:

Incrementando inventario y categorías a medida que la demanda sea suficiente.

Inician con una bodega local, para productos de mucha demanda.

Envío gratuito en 1 semana, opción a recibir en 2 a 3 días o al día siguiente con costo.

Si el pedido es de $599.99 pesos o más, el envío es gratis. Se recibirá en 3 a 5 días hábiles.

Es posible comprar productos y después obtenerlos en puntos de recolección por si la persona no está en casa u oficina

Amazon abrió una bodega local en Cuautitlán Izcalli de un tamaño de serán 65 mil metros cuadrados. También tercerizarán parte de espacio a Prologics, una empresa de almacenamiento y logística.

Se espera que en unas semanas o meses Amazon introduzca tres PROGRAMAS muy populares en sus operaciones:

Amazon Premium: que por una anualidad baja el cliente frecuente puede hacer compras siempre con envío gratuito.

En el caso de España inicialmente el tiempo de recepción del pedido era de dos a tres días. Recientemente es gratuito para un día.

Referidos: un PROGRAMA que permite que cualquier persona pueda recomendar cualquir producto dentro de la tienda y si se hace la venta, se lleva una comisión

Marketplace: Permite que particulares o empresas pequeñas puedan usar a Amazon como plataforma para vender sus propios productos.

Amazon entra al mercado de retail por e-commerce mexicano prácticamente sin competencia, siendo Linnio la única que pretende competir, pero que por sus inmensos y constantes problemas de operaciones y logísticos, dudamos mucho que realmente sean un problema. Tal vez de quien Amazon deberá preocuparse, con el tiempo, es del grupo Carso y un esfuerzo real por medio de Sanborns de competir en comercio electrónico

Defenceworks; life saving work

By Wes Manko

Saving lives makes for an interesting CAREER. Since 2002, Mr. Wes nexs Manko, the owner of DEFENSEWORKS has been expanding his self-defense workshop business. With already an impressive list of corporate and non-profit clients, he now offers woman’s self-defense workshops as well.

These three hour SESSIONS are customized to fit client needs. The emphasis is on ways to avoid violence and what to do in case of being faced with violence whether on the street or at work. It combines proven psychological tactics with effective physical defensive tactics that focus on escaping from a variety of the most common types of attacks. Attacks on women are different then attacks on men and need to be addressed that way. Women generally face two types of attackers; the “drunken uncle” and the lethal criminal. The drunken uncle is someone that you know which makes it harder for the woman to fight back because she doesn’t want to hurt him. The lethal attacker is one who is totally committed to assaulting the woman and may or may not be a also a drunken uncle.

Mr. Manko’s workshops ADDRESS fear that can paralyze a person’s response and the natural barriers people have to hitting another human being and getting hit by one. “The first thing I teach is how to minimize or eliminate fear because fear makes the body tense which can result in serious injuries. We combat fear and psychological barriers through proper breathing and relaxation under increasingly tense situations. This way the body can get use to stress, respond properly and avoid injury. Second, we must recognize that not everyone’s body moves the same way so it is necessary to customize the defenses to adapt to the specific type of attack.” Manko states.

According to Rape and Incest Nation Network (R.A.I.N.N.), every 107 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, approximately 2/3 of these assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. To combat these attacks Manko relies on his thirty years of experience in a variety of self-defense systems. His search for the most effective self-defense began in high school because of an altercation with a school bully. This led him to evaluate what works in real life and what does not. Since then, he has STUDIED a variety of sport and reality based martial arts and has become certified to teach Systema – Russian Martial Art which he does in Milwaukee and Madison.

Additionally, he has obtained COLLEGE DEGREES in Police Science, Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration and has been published in Black Belt Magazine as well as other national and local periodicals. He is also adjunct faculty at Mount Mary University where he teaches a course in women’s self-defense and the author of the book How To Be Safe No Matter What which can be purchased from him.

You can find out more about Mr. Wes Manko by visiting his website,www.defenseworks.us.

061715-business-pix-1WMC Economic Outlook Survey: Worker Shortage Getting Worse

Madison – The shortage of qualified and/or willing workers is getting worse and is holding back Wisconsin’s economy, according to a semi-annual SURVEY conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state chamber of commerce. The SURVEY of 306 top business executives also shows concern about rising HEALTH CARE costs on the eve of full implementation of the federal AFFORDABLE CARE ACT(ACA).

Seventy percent of survey respondents report having trouble hiring employees, up from 64 percent in January and 53 percent a year ago. A lack of qualified applicants was the top reason given at 52 percent. Thirty-two percent say they are having trouble finding employees for all levels and fields.

Not surprisingly, labor shortage was the number one concern of business leaders when asked two separate questions on what is the top public policy issue facing Wisconsin (26 percent) and what is the top concern facing your company (27 percent). Health care affordability was second for both questions, but it was the top response when executives were asked to identify “what one thing state government could do to help your business.” Twenty-eight percent said “make health care costs more affordable,” 25 percent said “reduce/reform regulations” and 21 percent said “reduce taxes.”

Forty-one percent of respondents from companies that offer employee health care benefits said costs rose between 1-10 percent in the last 12 months, while 46 percent said costs rose 11 percent or higher. Those numbers are likely to rise as the ACA’s previously delayed provisions take effect. When asked how employers plan to deal with health care cost increases, 56 percent said “increase employee contribution” and 25 percent said “decrease benefits.”

The worker shortage and health care came up frequently in answers to the open-ended question “what do you believe is holding back the economy and job growth?” “Indecision, especially with immigration reform and health care,” was one response. Another was: “It has become so expensive and difficult to hire and retain employees that there is no choice but to automate and that limits job growth.”

“Wisconsin business leaders are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of qualified workers as well as the lack of action by politicians to address the issue,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC president/CEO. “The sad irony is that as the economy improves, there is greater demand for workers. But if businesses can’t find workers, then the economy can’t achieve its full potential.” Bauer also said health care cost increases are off-setting wage growth and contributing to wage stagnation.

Business leaders rate the Wisconsin economy stronger than the national economy and predict that trend to CONTINUE through the end of the year. Twenty-seven percent rate Wisconsin’s economy as “strong,” 63 percent say it is “moderate” and 6 percent say it is “weak.” By contrast, just 9 percent of respondents say the U.S. economy is “strong,” 63 percent say it is “moderate,” 23 percent say it is “weak” and 3 percent say it is “very weak.”

In the next six months, 71 percent say Wisconsin’s economy will see “good” to “moderate” growth, 24 percent say growth will be “flat” and just 2.6 percent say the state economy will “decline.” Just 1 percent said the U.S. economy will see “good” growth over the next two quarters, 53.6 percent see “moderate” growth, 37 percent say the national economy will be “flat” and 6 percent say the economy will “decline.”

Fifty-three percent of Wisconsin employers plan to hire in the next six months, down slightly from January. More than 70 percent see wages increasing by 2.1 percent or higher, including 36 percent who see wages increasing more than 3 percent.

Overall, 91 percent of respondents say Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, down from a high of 96 percent six months ago.

Other findings from the survey show the strong dollar is hurting more businesses than it is helping. Thirty-three percent say it is “somewhat hurting” or “hurting” versus 17 percent who say it is either “helping” or “somewhat helping.” Also, business leaders remain supportive of Wisconsin’s new Right to Work law by a strong 15 to 1 margin.

WMC SURVEYED 1,219 CEOs whose companies are WMC members. The survey was conducted by mail and email during the month of May. Of those, 306 responded.

061015-business-pix-1Edible Milwaukee Magazine Turns 3

MILWAUKEE – (June 10, 2015) – Edible Milwaukee reached a milestone this year: the beginning of its third year of publishing a magazine devoted exclusively to local food in the Greater Milwaukee area and surrounding counties. To celebrate, Edible Milwaukee’s community partners, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, are hosting a birthday bash at Locavore on June 17th from 6-10 p.m. Details and tickets to the event can be found by visiting http://emke3.bpt.me. Limited press passes will also be available.

“We are so excited for this fun opportunity to thank our community partners and readers for the support they’ve shown us over these past two years,” says Jen Ede, publisher and editor of Edible Milwaukee. “Executive Chef Van Luu has a delicious menu in store for us. It’ll be a delectable way to celebrate how far we’ve come, and cater to our readers’ love and strong interest in supporting locally-grown food.”

Launch party attendees can look forward to locally-sourced charcuterie and cheese, passed hors d’oeuvres and a sneak preview of Locavore’s new ‘Fancy Fish Fry,’ featuring Growing Power perch. Complimentary valet parking will be available, along with a copy of Edible Milwaukee’s 2015 summer issue and news of a soon-to-be-launched membership program.

Edible Milwaukee, now distributing 17,500 copies, began with a circulation of 10,000. Once a 44-page magazine, it has grown to 52 pages. Still publishing quarterly, the magazine is available to readers free of charge thanks to the advertising support of community partners.

“Before we even existed in print, these community partners saw deep value in what we were trying to do. Our mission was to highlight the stories of people in local food, farming and artisanship,” says Ede. “They chose to advertise based on our vision, and bolster us as we built the foundation of our local business. And we flourished. Since launching with their support, readers have devoured our content issue after issue. Here’s to our third year, and to years five and ten and beyond.”

 

Nissan Mexicana logra récord de producción con energías renovables

Distrito Federal— Nissan Mexicana es la primera compañía automotriz en el mundo en lograr un récord de producción de 500 mil unidades ensambladas con base en energías limpias en su planta de Aguascalientes (A1).
En un comunicado, la armadora japonesa celebra una importante contribución al medio ambiente y explicó que a principios de 2012 inició en México el suministro masivo de energías renovables a partir del biogás generado de la basura orgánica del relleno sanitario de Aguascalientes.
Abundó que en enero de 2013 integró energía eólica -producida a partir del viento-, en gran escala proveniente de más de 45 aerogeneradores del Parque Eólico Zopiloapan en el Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca.
Así, detalló que hasta el momento se ensablaron 57 mil 400 vehículos con energía a partir del biogás y cerca de 460 mil unidades con energía eólica.
“Nissan Mexicana es pionera en la introducción exitosa y sostenible de suministros de energía limpia en sus procesos de manufactura, demostrando así su alta conciencia ambiental y reafirmando su compromiso con los clientes en México y el mundo”, declaró Armando Ávila, vicepresidente de Manufactura de Nissan Mexicana.
Precisó que con la recepción de 298 mil 813 MWh de fuentes renovables provenientes del biogás y energía eólica, la planta A1 en Aguascalientes evita la emisión indirecta de 152 mil 800 toneladas de CO2 a la atmósfera.
Nissan informó que ya planea la inclusión de energía renovable en el proceso de manufactura de sus plantas en CIVAC, Morelos y Aguascalientes 2, así como en su cadena de suministro y su red de distribuidores a lo largo del país.
Con lo anterior, Nissan busca continuar con su postura como compañía de “cero emisiones” y la introducción de “movilidad sustentable”, ambos conceptos incluidos en el Nissan Green Program 2016.
Dicho programa, agregó la armadora, integra actividades y estrategias que buscan generar una simbiosis de personas, vehículos y naturaleza por el bien del planeta y de futuras generaciones.
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business-pageIn a deal that affects one in six American households, Charter Communications proposed a three-way merger with two other cable and broadband providers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

If approved by government regulators, the combined company will stand next to Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon as a media giant that is shaping the future of television-watching and web-surfing.

You won’t see any difference in your cable bill right away — but Charter might offer you new ways to access cable TV and the web in the future.

Time Warner Cable’s stock, which closed at $171.18 last Friday, was up about 4 percent on Tuesday morning. Charter will pay $195.71 per share, valuing Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion.

“With today’s announcement, we have delivered on our commitment to maximizing shareholder value,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus said.

Tom Rutledge, Charter’s CEO, will run the enlarged company — known in corporate-speak as “New Charter” — and will receive a five-year contract extension.

The deal is a climactic moment for Charter, an under-the-radar company with operations in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Georgia. It is backed by the billionaire cable pioneer John Malone.

Charter currently has about 4.1 million TV subscribers and 4.9 million broadband subscribers.

Through the transactions announced New Charter will have 17 million residential TV subscribers and 18.8 million on the broadband side, making it a counterweight to Comcast, which has about 22 million subscribers.

All of the companies also have millions of commercial subscribers.

And they all have something else in common: poor marks on customer satisfaction surveys.

But executives at Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House say they have to band together. By getting bigger, they say, they’ll be able to improve service and exert more influence over the future of television distribution.

Charter promises faster, better broadband

Charter’s announcement on Tuesday specifically pledged faster broadband for subscribers; an improved cable TV interface; and wider availability of public Wifi.

“Put simply, the scale of New Charter, along with the combined talents we can bring to bear, position us to deliver a communications future that will unleash the full power of the two-way, interactive cable network,” Rutledge said in a statement.

Some of the same rationales underpinned Comcast’s bid for Time Warner Cable. But the government stood in the way of that deal, causing Comcast to abandon it last month.

That’s when Charter resumed its pursuit of Time Warner Cable — a pursuit that began before Comcast bid for the cable company.

Time Warner Cable has been highly sought after because of its sheer number of subscribers (more than 11 million, making it the current No. 2 to Comcast) and its footprint in key markets like New York and Los Angeles.

It sounds like the name Time Warner Cable will be retired: Charter already promotes its products with the brand name Spectrum, and it’ll be extending that name to its new markets.

Post-merger, Charter might start to sell subscriptions to a cable TV bundle via the Internet, the same way Dish Network and Sony are.

Wifi is particularly important to the company. Rutledge told investors on Tuesday that “we will be expanding our wireless footprint,” positioning Charter to offer a version of wireless phone service in the future.

 

Picture this: A great job interview is drawing to a close. Hoping to find out more about the candidate on a personal level, the interviewer asks, “So, are you married?” The candidate blurts out, “I’m so excited! My fiancé and I are getting married this June.” The employer starts to think, Okay…but what if she wants to start a family soon after? Maternity leave could mean that we’d have to hire a temp. It might be better to look at other candidates.

Is this scenario politically correct? No. In fact, it is illegal for employers to ask about a candidate’s family plans (marriage, engagement, and child planning), among a host of other issues. But according to Peter K. Studner, many interviewers andcandidates don’t know that.

“Most interviewers haven’t had formal training on what questions border on improper or are illegal, and as a result, interviewees often volunteer ‘wrong’ answers and too much information,” says Studner, author of Super Job Search IV: The Complete Manual for Job Seekers & Career Changers(Jamenair Ltd., 2015, ISBN: 978-0-938667-06-3, $26.95, www.SuperJobSearch.com). “That’s why it’s important for all job seekers to know which questions are illegal and how to politely deflect them without harming their candidacy.

“Oh, and if you’re curious, a good answer to ‘Are you married?’ would be, ‘I have a good social life and am focused 100 percent on moving my career forward,'” he adds.

In Super Job Search IV, Studner, whose outplacement firm has helped over 27,000 people receive offers, guides readers through the complicated process of conducting a targeted and ultimately successful job search campaign. Best of all,Super Job Search IV isn’t “just” a book—it’s a systematic approach to finding a job that includes online resources and an app.

Here, Studner shares six questions employers shouldn’t ask (but often do), along with possible replies:

How old are you? It’s illegal for employers to ask a candidate’s age unless they’re trying to determine whether or not a candidate is a minor. That said, your odds of hearing this question go up if you’re a more mature candidate.

“While an employer may not know your exact age, they’ll still be aware of the general ballpark—so refusing to state that you’re 57 might be of limited usefulness,” Studner comments. “In a situation like this, I recommend getting the interviewer to focus on your experience, not your age. A good response might be, ‘I’m in my 50s. Does age make a difference for this job?’ Then remind the interviewer that you bring 20 to 25 years’ experience to the table and describe several of your most applicable accomplishments.”

When did you graduate college or high school? This is a more sneaky way for employers to fish for your age—and it’s still illegal. Studner says your first tactic should be to sidestep the question: “I did not put that down on my résumé as I was told that it is not pertinent for any job application.” This response should do nicely to get you off the hook.

“If the interviewer presses for a reply, you might give him the date and then ask how that applies to your candidacy,” he advises. “And in the final analysis, would you really want to work for a company where the management discriminates against age? It might be better to move on.”

How’s your health? Employers have the right to determine if you are physically able to perform the functions of the job for which you’re applying. But beyond that, you are not obligated to—nor should you—reveal any health issues you may have. Rather than volunteer that you are a cancer survivor in your third year, for example, a better reply might be, “I had a physical after I left my last job and passed it with flying colors!” And if it is true, add, “…in my last year, I used only four days of sick leave.”

“People have a tendency to volunteer too much information about themselves,” Studner comments. “While you can be proud and certainly grateful that you’re a cancer survivor, it does not belong in your interview discussion. It’s really none of the employer’s business.”

What’s your religion? Do you observe any religious holidays? Any question that asks you to reveal your religion is illegal. If this topic comes up—and assuming that the person who is interviewing you will not be your boss—you might tell him or her politely that is an improper question. Know that this is a risky strategy, though. You may have won the conversation but lost the interview.

“Alternatively, you might simply say, ‘I prefer not to discuss my religion, but I can assure you that it will not interfere with my doing this job,'” Studner says. “You might also try to deliver the same message with some humor: ‘What religion do you have in mind? I would consider practicing it as I really would like to work here!’ There is no sense in getting upset when an interviewer does not pay attention to the rules. And humor can sometimes bring the conversation back within proper bounds.”

Do you have a criminal record? It’s legal for employers to ask if you’ve been convicted of a crime on job applications and in interviews. Many employers ask this as a matter of course and certainly will if a particular type of conviction might relate to the job’s duties. That said, employers can’t ask about your arrest record—but that doesn’t mean they can’t do independent research, either.

“I once had a candidate who had a DUI arrest,” Studner recounts. “She wasn’t obligated to disclose this, but in her state, certain websites could legally post her picture and arrest information. These websites essentially blackmailed individuals with a ‘fee’ to have their arrest posting either removed or placed at the end of the line. With the help of an attorney, it cost her a few thousand dollars to get her notices off the Internet.

“In a manner of speaking, this client was fortunate because she could afford to have the evidence removed, but not all candidates are in the same position,” he continues. “In these kinds of cases where a future employer might uncover prior arrests, it is important to discuss the incident up front and point out that it was a thing of the past, never to be repeated. The more serious the offense, the more convincing you have to be.”

Before you sat down, I noticed that you have a limp. How did that happen? This question represents any query about disability. Here’s what you need to know: An employer cannot legally ask about a person’s disability, but can indicate certain characteristics about a job that might require a more direct reply about the candidate’s abilities. For example, “This job requires lifting packages up to 30 pounds, or standing on your feet for six hours a day, or talking on the phone at least 80 percent of the time. Is this something you can do on a continuous basis?”

“Here you need to be frank,” Studner says. “If you have a disability, there are agencies nationally and locally that can help you find a company with jobs suitable for your limitations. However, if you have a disability that does not interfere with the job’s requirements, you are not obligated to disclose or discuss it.”

“While this is not an exhaustive list of every improper or illegal question, it should prepare you to reply to them and, when possible, sidestep innocent but damaging answers,” Studner concludes. “My advice to all candidates is to never lie in an interview, but also to never volunteer negative

 

Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Richard Branson. Marc Zuckerberg. Ted Turner. They are just some of the world’s business giants who’ve never earned a college degree.

“Higher education certainly has its benefits; but based on experience, the data that’s out there and what others have told me, there can be better ways of preparing for a life in business than beginning one’s earning years tens of thousands of dollars in debt from college,” says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur and CEO of E.J. Basler Co., (www.ejbasler.com).

“Hard work, working smart, listening and abiding in the examples of those who’ve been successful are the keys to success in business. College doesn’t necessarily impart those attributes to students. The price of an MBA is certain, but its value is not.”

Nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2013 had student loan debt, which averaged $28,400 per borrower, according to The Institute for College Access and Success.

If a costly college degree doesn’t necessarily deliver the goods on what works in business, then what does? Basler, author of “The Meat & Potatoes Guide to Business Survival: A Handbook for Non-MBA’s & College Dropouts,” briefly explains key principles.

•  Respect the power of your vision. It may sound hokey to some, but not to dreamers like Walt Disney – another giant who succeeded without a degree. In fact, those who criticize the dreams of visionaries are those who’ve either failed or never dared to dream in the first place. To put it simply, big vision = big results; small vision = small results; no vision = no results. Never mind the naysayers. Listen to those who have something to say, including those who fully support your dream, and those who offer constructive criticism. Talk it out with anyone who’ll listen. Be open to improvement.

•  Fly with eagles. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Join your industry’s trade association. It is a wealth of ideas, information and networking opportunities. Meet the leaders in your fields. Join your local Chamber of Commerce and find a seasoned experienced mentor. They can be found.

•  Never pay retail. In some ways, a college degree is retail. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the expected result, such as a good job, but you certainly pay a financial price. In business, frugality pays. The easiest and most frequently cited price is usually one that can be improved. You can buy office furniture at a store, or you can cut those prices by half or more by going to an auction. Always be on the lookout for a more cost-efficient way.

•  Use a checklist. No, this is not an app or a new way of thinking about business. Instead, it’s an old, tried, tested and true way of accounting for the most important things that need to be done. As the leader of your business, you need it, but you should also encourage everyone under you to keep a list, too. If something is worth doing at work, then it’s worth the extra daily reminder. Put the most important item at the top and then check it off once done. This lets you know with certainty that the task has been accomplished and clearly indicates what’s needed next.

•  Deadlines orient your attention to goals with each passing hour. What if President John F. Kennedy did not announce his ambitious deadline on May 25, 1961, to safely send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s? We may never have made it. Ambitious deadlines foster excitement for accomplishment. Our attention as human beings is prone to wandering. Deadlines guide us back to our ambition.

•  There’s no end to improvement.There’s no end to improvement. Everything you are currently doing can be improved. Ignore this at your own peril. Your competition believes this and is ready to pass you up the moment you become complacent and settle for the status quo. If you are not growing in innovation, quality, and customer service, you may soon find yourself out of business.

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Amplíe su cosecha y haga doble el beneficio cuando crece cilantro en el jardín este año. Unos cambios simples en sus prácticas jardineras pueden hacer una diferencia grande en la duración y abundancia de su cosecha.

Comience por plantar el cilantro más temprano en la estación; el tiempo fresco le hace que la cosecha será más grande y que durará más tiempo. Comience a plantar un mes antes de la última helada de la primavera (cilantro tolera bien la helada), y considere hacer plantaciones adicionales cada tres a cuatro semanas durante la primavera, siempre y cuando las plantas estén disponibles. Después, plante más cilantro en el otoño, para tener suficiente para hacer una buena salsa de tomate, como la receta de salsa de tomate a la parrilla que tiene Bonnie Plants en su página de internet (m.bonnieplants.com/es). Combine las plantas de cilantro con pensamientos para añadir más color, y utilice unas de las flores para ser más brillante una ensalada o como un adorne comestible en su plato.

Crezca el cilantro en pleno sol o sombra ligera si está plantando en el sur o sur oeste. Cuando las temperaturas comienzan a elevarse en el verano, considere dándoles a las plantas más sombra en las tardes para extender la productividad. Ud. puede comenzar a cosechar cuando las plantas ya tienen unas semanas de edad por recogiendo unas hojas como sea necesario. Cuando las plantas ya son 6 a 12 pulgadas en altura, Ud. puede hacer cosechas más grandes. Corte los tallos frondosos hasta la tierra, quitando no más de un tercio de la planta en algún momento. Quintando más de un tercio de la planta le hará que la planta sea más débil, lo que cause una cose

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The Bon-Ton Goodwill Donations 

Milwaukee — During the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) Spring Goodwill Sale, which took place from March 12 to March 28, donors brought in donations of clothing, shoes, handbags and household textiles they no longer needed to 270 Bon-Ton store locations. In return for their donations, customers received coupons toward new fashion and home merchandise at Bon-Ton stores. Customers also had the opportunity to make cash donations in exchange for additional Bon-Ton discount coupons which contributed an additional $492,000 to strengthen Goodwill’s mission in communities across the Bon-Ton footprint.

The partnership between The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. and Goodwill Industries International collected more than 2.1 million pounds of clothing and textiles to benefit Goodwill’s mission. The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale is the largest and longest-standing department store donation drive with Goodwill. Collectively, cash and textile donations from this spring’s Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale will provide an estimated 300,000 hours of job training services to people who face challenges to finding employment.

Goodwill provides job placement and community services to people with disabilities, those who need education and work experience, and others who are unemployed or underemployed. Last year, more than 9.8 million people benefited from Goodwill programs.

“The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale has been a time-honored tradition for Bon-Ton customers for more than two decades,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “With the generosity of our customers, this charitable event has made a huge local impact to help fund Goodwill’s job placement and training services which help strengthen our community.”

Donations are sold in Goodwill stores, and the revenues will help fund employment placement, training and community services such as career counseling, child care, financial education, mentoring, transportation and many other services.

“For more than 20 years, Goodwill has been proud to partner with Bon-Ton to bring opportunities to people in

more communities,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We are grateful for

their customers’ donations and the philanthropic commitment of the Bon-Ton Stores to helping people in our local communities.”

Wisconsin Delegation Returns Home from Western Europe Trade Mission

MADISON – A delegation of state economic development leaders has returned to Wisconsin after a trade mission to Germany, Spain and France.

Members of the delegation on the Governor’s Trade Mission to Western Europe met with representatives of more than 100 companies and industry organizations in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, water technology and biotechnology. The meetings were a combination of business roundtables and one-on-one meetings with specific companies considering expanding in the U.S.

The trade mission had a twofold goal of helping Wisconsin companies grow their exports into Europe and encouraging European companies to invest in Wisconsin—either by opening a regional office in Wisconsin or by expanding or establishing operations in the state.

“We chose these three countries based on their alignment with Wisconsin’s sectors of strength,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which organized the trip. “I’m confident that the connections formed on this trade mission will pay dividends in terms of both inbound and outbound trade between Wisconsin and Europe.”

The 22-member delegation led by Governor Scott Walker included executives from seven Wisconsin companies, The Water Council, the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development organization and WEDC staff. Company executives engaged in targeted, one-on-one meetings with potential business partners, while Governor Walker and WEDC leaders met with European companies to discuss expansion or investment opportunities in Wisconsin. The delegation made stops in Hannover, Germany; Paris and Montpellier, France; and Bilbao, Spain.

Highlights of the mission included:

·         The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health signed a memorandum of understanding with the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases to collaborate on research efforts aimed at slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

·         The Water Council and WEDC signed an agreement with Veolia, a multinational company headquartered in Paris, to collaborate on a competition program for innovators and entrepreneurs in water technology. To be called “POW! Empowering Opportunities in Water,” the competition will be based at Milwaukee’s Global Water Center, where The Water Council is located.

·         WEDC leaders met in Bilbao with business leaders in sectors such as water technology, energy, aviation and information technology to share insights on how the industry strengths of Wisconsin aligned with those in Spain’s Basque region.

·         The delegation met in Montpellier with more than 30 French business leaders in in the bioscience and water technology sectors as part of a “Doing Business In Wisconsin®” event.

·         The delegation strengthened relationships with partners in Europe, including Germany Trade & Invest, the Basque Business Development Agency (SPRI); Invest Sud de France;ACLIMA, a cleantech and water technology organization; HEGAN, an aviation and aerospace cluster group; and GAIA, an organization covering the fields of electronics, information technology and telecommunications.

·         The delegation met with German companies at the Hannover Messe trade show, the world’s largest industrial fair. Governor Walker delivered a speech on free trade opportunities between the U.S. and the European Union. Wisconsin companies interested in growing their European exports met with potential partners, and WEDC business attraction staff met with companies attending the trade show to encourage investment in Wisconsin.

·         The delegation met with government leaders in the Basque Country, the German state of Lower Saxony, and Wisconsin’s sister state of Hesse to explore opportunities for collaboration in economic development.

·         Delegation members held numerous other one-on-one meetings to help Wisconsin companies expand their exports and to attract foreign direct investment in Wisconsin.

“We had a number of excellent meetings with our water technology partners in Montpellier,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council. “It was just about one year ago that we signed an memorandum of understanding with our partners, and we can already see how we’ve progressed from broad overviews to focused discussions on water technology innovation funds and small business development opportunities. Over the next five months we will be together three more times, which will help move these discussions to firm activities.”

“Interest in the U.S. market continues to grow among overseas corporations,” added Wisconsin delegation representative Jim Paetsch, vice president of the Milwaukee 7. “Trips like this one give us the opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives who are making decisions on where to place investments. Wisconsin has a good story to tell.”

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The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Launches New Exclusive Brand Le Tigre for Spring

Milwaukee – The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), parent company of Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers department stores, has launched a new men’s and women’s exclusive brand collection, Le Tigre. The modern American sportswear brand, known for its iconic polo and white T-shirt with a tiger patch, originally launched in 1977 and is making a comeback with updated styles exclusively available at Bon-Ton. The collection has been designed to appeal to men and women with classic American style who are looking to add excitement and color to their wardrobes. The collection is now available in 150 select Bon-Ton stores and online at www.bonton.com.


The key item in the men’s collection is the classic polo, which is offered in three styles including, the Solid Pique Polo, the Rugby Stripe Polo and the Feeder Stripe Polo. The polos are offered in 15 different colors and patterns. Additional styles offered for men include crewneck tees, V- neck tees, long sleeved button-down shirts, belted shorts, and swim trunks.

Staple items from the women’s selection include the Tiger Crest Polo, available in 12 different shades and patterns; the Everyday Tee, existing in nine solid colors; the button-down Suburban Shirt in five colors and patterns; as well as Fitted Chic Chino Pants and Weekend Shorts in five hues.

“Bon-Ton is very excited to be the exclusive retailer for Le Tigre. We know that our customers will identify strongly with this classic American brand. It offers a wide range of colors and styles for both men and women as well as terrific value,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The men’s offerings range from $32-$75, and the women’s offerings range from $36-$68. The spring collection is made from pima cotton, cotton, spandex pique, spandex jersey, and cotton French terry and are full of bright colors, striped styles and bold patterns.

MCW names new vice president and general counsel

John T. (Jack) Newsome, MBA, JD, has been named vice president and general counsel for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Newsome currently serves as senior vice president and corporate counsel for Continuum Health Alliance in Marlton, NJ.

In his role at MCW, Newsome will serve as chief legal officer and a member of the institution’s senior leadership team. He will oversee all aspects of legal counsel to MCW including trustee, faculty, student and staff affairs; regulatory matters; labor and employment litigation; and financial and research concerns; and will work collaboratively with risk assessment and compliance. In addition, Newsome will advise on sponsored programs and contract matters including intellectual property, copyright, patent law and research compliance.

Newsome has more than 17 years of experience as a practicing attorney representing healthcare entities, as well as 25 years of healthcare leadership experience in private, public, not-for-profit and governmental entities. He has held leadership positions for institutions including Continuum Health Alliance, The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Cooper Health System in Camden, NJ. In these roles, Newsome contributed to institutional planning, development, academic, building and technology initiatives to address strategic goals in addition to leading their legal efforts.

In addition to his legal career, Newsome has held numerous academic appointments including associate professor ofmedicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine,associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Mississippi School of Health Related Professions and adjunctprofessor of law at the Widener University School of Law. He also was a member of Board of Advisors at the Health Law Institute at Widener School of Law and Co-Chair of the Health Law Committee of the Camden County (NJ) Bar Association.

Newsome holds an undergraduate degree in physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Widener University School of Management and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Widener University School of Law.

His new position is effective June 1, 2015.

Sturgis, South Dakota, Harley-Davidson and Sturgis city officials announced that The Motor Company will build a permanent year-round space for riders at the corner of Main St. and Harley-Davidson Way (formerly 2nd St.). Called the Harley-Davidson Rally Point, it will include a stage for events, concerts and weddings. Plans also call for an elevated area that will allow riders to take pictures of their motorcycles with the Sturgis sign serving as a backdrop.

“Sturgis is a mecca for riders around the world. The Harley-Davidson Rally Point establishes a new site in downtown Sturgis for people to gather year round,” said Bill Davidson, great-grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson and vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “The renaming of 2nd Street to Harley-Davidson Way honors the legacy of our company’s founders along with all the extraordinary men and women who ride our motorcycles.”

Riders on three Harley-Davidsons: a 1978 Super Glide with a Shovelhead engine, a 2015 Street 750, and a Project LiveWire broke ground today on the new space, which will be open in time for the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which starts August 1.

Officials from Sturgis and employees from Harley-Davidson worked with FourFront Design, Inc. of Rapid City to develop the final design and renderings. “Breaking ground on The Rally Point solidifies Harley-Davidson’s presence in Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen.

“The Rally Point will be a hub for riders during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and it will serve as a gathering point for the citizens of Sturgis throughout the year.”

Fun fact: To ensure the new multi-purpose space builds on the legacy of Harley-Davidson, 74 bricks from the company’s Milwaukee headquarters—a building that once housed the company’s factory dating back more than 100 years—and one brick from the Harley-Davidson Museum will be integrated into The Rally Point’s final construction.

For the ceremonial groundbreaking, the bricks traveled 900 miles from Milwaukee on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and were delivered to Mayor Carstensen by members of the Harley Owners Group. Motocross star Carey Hart, the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Sturgis City of Riders Mayor’s Ride, received the bricks along with Carstensen.