LAIC Executive Director updates county on business projects

Lake Area Improvement Corporation Executive Director Eric Fosheim provided an update on several area projects to Lake County Commissioners during their meeting on Tuesday.  As part of his scheduled appointment for the LAIC’s annual budget request, Fosheim told commissioners that progress continues to be made in the Cyber Estates development in northeast Madison.  He said that the LAIC has had a number of regional builders contact its office inquiring about buying lots in the development, and he said that the development hopes to be selling lots by August.  

As far as retail activity, Fosheim told commissioners that the landscape in the Madison area is going to look different in the next couple of years. 

Fosheim said that Dakota Butcher, which is located by Scooter’s Coffee in the parking lot of Montgomery’s in Madison, is planning to open next week.  He also said that the plan for Running’s to build a new 65-thousand square foot retail store in the Lakeview Industrial Park on the east side of Madison is going to be a welcome addition to the Madison area.

Commissioners asked Fosheim what will happen with the current Campbell’s Supply buildings in Madison that Running’s acquired.  

Another major project Fosheim updated county commissioners on Tuesday is the progress on the proposed

tru Shrimp Company’s harbor in Madison.

Fosheim told commissioners that the LAIC is still very optimistic that the project will happen.  He said that projects like this typically take a long time to come online.  Fosheim said that the facility is still planning on having around 150 employees.

Fosheim’s request for the LAIC for the county’s consideration for it’s 2021 budget is again 25-thousand dollars.