$3.2M Grant Approved to Improve Sturgeon Bay Harbor

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Posted September 12, 2017

A $3.2 million grant included in the proposed state budget will be used by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to improve the city's harbor.

The work includes dock construction and a dredging project, which is the third phase of the harbor project, according to news releases from Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, and Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay.

The construction and dredging project is important for increasing vessel construction and winter repair capacity in the Sturgeon Bay Harbor, Lasee said.

"Having room for additional vessels in the harbor will create even more employment opportunities," Lasee said.

Bay Shipbuilding has about 1,000 full-time employees, the release said.

"This funding will allow the public-private partnership between the city and one of its key business partners to go forward full speed ahead and continue their modernization of the harbor," Kitchens said.

The proposed biennial budget was approved by the state Joint Finance Committee Sept. 6 and sent to the Legislature for approval. After both houses of the Legislature approve the budget, it is sent to Gov. Scott Walker.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette