Opinion Matters

With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Making Milton a key link to our economic future

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Greg Peck
February 18, 2013

Blackhawk Technical College President Tom Eckert will ask the college’s board of directors on Thursday to approve leasing a vacant Milton building to house an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

For months Eckert tried to forge public-private partnerships to renovate the Beloit Iron Works complex. When the struggling economy left him unable to raise much private funding, Eckert turned to a less costly option—the Milton building that once housed ANGI Energy Systems.

Is this a viable alternative? How would the college find the capital needed to renovate the building? What could it mean not only to the college, Milton and local students but also manufacturing companies of today and tomorrow?

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Tuesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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