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Series: Foxconn In Wisconsin

Wisconsin's deal with electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn has stirred up a mix of excitement and doubt. The state offered the Taiwan-based company about $3 billion in economic incentives and a waiver on a variety of environmental and other regulations to build a large LCD fabrication complex. In return, Foxconn touted the possibility of creating thousands of jobs and invigorating Wisconsin as a Midwestern tech hub. This type of manufacturing would place considerable demands on the state's natural resources, especially water, and can create significant pollution. The net effect of this deal will take years to emerge, but boosters and skeptics alike agree that a Foxconn footprint would have profound and complex implications for Wisconsin's future.
 
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Environmental advocates are raising concerns about exemptions in the Foxconn deal. Midwest Environmental Advocates attorney Sarah Geers discusses questions the organization is raising about enforcement of the state's pollution laws.
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Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou signed a memorandum of understanding with Wisconsin ginseng growers to help promote the herb to overseas markets. Ginseng Board of Wisconsin president Bob Kaldunski discusses what the relationship could mean for sales at home and abroad.
The announcement that Wisconsin is ready to offer electronics manufacturer Foxconn $3 billion in incentives to build an LCD factory complex in the state is far from a done deal.
As Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn touts its plans to build an LCD factory in southeastern Wisconsin, one open question is what demand that operation will place on Lake Michigan.
Someone is looking to buy a lot of land in Racine County and is willing to pay well over market value for it.
Foxconn could be purchasing land in southeast Wisconsin for well above market value, meaning many small landowners could soon be millionaires. Not everyone is happy about it, however.
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What is the scope of the incentives Wisconsin could be offering to Foxconn to open a manufacturing plant in the state? UW-Madison economist Steven Deller discusses how states fighting to court big companies like Foxconn is "the new Civil War."
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What might Wisconsinites expect from the state landing Foxconn? China-based ecoonomic development expert Einar Tangen discusses how the deal could be good for Wisconsin's business and real estate community, but is concerned it will not benefit most people in the state.
China-based electronics company Foxconn is one step closer to building a facility in Wisconsin, after signing a memorandum of understanding with Gov. Scott Walker.