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Badgers’ Economic Impact? $610 Million

MADISON, Wis. — In athletics, statistics matter. For Wisconsin Athletics, two numbers stand out from a recently completed economic impact report.

The Badgers provide a $610 million total annual economic impact for the state of Wisconsin.

Zoom in on the city of Madison and the Badgers provide a $395 million total annual economic impact for the local community. That’s also 1.8 million visitors to the city each year.

Completed in June with Econsult Solutions, Inc., the economic impact report sheds light on the many economic benefits the Badgers’ 23 athletic teams and supporting organization bring to the area through hosting football games, other sports competitions and other events like high school state tournaments, concerts and more.

“The fact that Badger Athletics has such an impact on our city, region and state is a great source of pride for us,” said Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez. “Our athletic program is woven into the fabric of not only the Madison area, but all over our great state.

“The financial figures back that up and they go hand-in-hand with the strong bond we have with the residents of our state.”

Notably, the $610 million impact equates to 4,480 jobs and a $12 million tax revenue impact. In Madison, the $395 million impact brings 2,950 jobs and a $1.7 million tax revenue impact.

Fall Saturdays at Camp Randall Stadium? Each home football game provides $16 million in total economic impact on the Wisconsin economy.

The report also highlights the Badgers’ impact more specifically in direct spending by athletic department operations, capital investments, attendee spending, ancillary spending and broader societal impacts.

The full report is available online here – https://uwbadgers.com/economicimpact.

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Bachmann Construction Completes Restoration of Historic Garver Feed Mill; Currently Building Spaces for Additional Businesses at Garver Opening in September

Media Contact: Joan Collins Publicity, Inc. (608) 222-2899

Bachmann Construction, the Madison-based general contractor for the $15.5 million restoration of the historic Garver Feed Mill, behind Olbrich Gardens, has completed the core renovation encompassing 60,000 square feet of space at the Registered National Historic Landmark building.  

Chicago developer Baum Revision, LLC, retained Bachmann Construction to turn the former beet factory and later a feed mill, into a hub for food producers and retailers plus wellness-focused businesses.

Bachmann is currently building individual spaces for Perennial Yoga and Surya Café, opening in mid-September, followed by Kosa Spa in late September, according to Naomi Kroth, Bachmann project manager.

Chris Quandt, Bachmann project manager who led the 18-month complex Garver renovation process said the strict restrictions on restoring a historic building on the National Historic Registry required approvals for windows, railings, brick and more from city, state and national preservation groups. Another challenge involved demolishing old walls with no roof overhead to provide stability.  Because the 119-year old building was crumbling, Bachmann also had to take extra safety precautions for workmen.

Al Bachmann, president of Bachmann Construction, said the completion of the renovation, including a 13,500 square foot atrium event center, is a fitting way to celebrate Bachmann’s 65 years as a family-owned Madison-based business.  Restoration is one of the specialties at the design-build firm, including renovation projects at the Capitol, Olin House, University Club, several area churches and restaurants. 

 www.bachmannconstruction.net

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WPS partners with TriWest Healthcare Alliance on contract to administer Community Care Network in Region 4 for Veterans Affairs

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WPS partners with TriWest Healthcare Alliance on contract to administer Community Care Network in Region 4 for Veterans Affairs

MADISON, Wis.—Aug. 8, 2019— WPS Military and Veterans Health today announced that it is one of the major subcontractors supporting the contract awarded to TriWest Healthcare Alliance by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to administer its new Community Care Network (CCN) serving military veterans across Region 4.  

“WPS has a successful record of working with TriWest on the Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice programs,” said Dave Marshall, Executive Vice President of WPS Military and Veterans Health. “We look forward to continuing to partner with TriWest to serve our nation’s veterans. I extend thanks to our WPS employees for their outstanding performance in supporting the VA programs.”

TriWest administers the VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care program in all 50 states, the Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. WPS has worked with TriWest to provide claims processing services in support of TriWest’s current VA contract, which will continue under TriWest’s new CCN contract with VA for Region 4.

The geographic area of responsibility in Region 4 will include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The new CCN contract will connect veterans to community health care providers when the VA is unable to provide those services directly. With the new contract, TriWest will be responsible for building out and maintaining a network of community health care providers, paying claims, and providing customer service in support of the VA’s health care mission. Other optional functions include appointment scheduling, care coordination, case management, and disease management services.  

“At TriWest, it has been our privilege to serve the health care needs of the veteran and military community for over two decades. We are humbled to have the opportunity through this contract to continue our work alongside the VA, through which we have served 1.8 million veterans with the provision of 11.9 million appointments from our network of over 1.1 million providers, as we continue to partner with WPS MVH for the next generation of our work in serving our nation’s veterans,” said David J. McIntyre Jr., President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

To learn more about the Community Care Network through the Department of Veterans Affairs, visit: www.triwest.com. Veterans can visit www.va.gov to learn about eligibility.

About WPS Health Solutions

WPS Health Solutions is a nationally regarded government contractor and a leading Wisconsin not-for-profit health insurer. The WPS Health Insurance division offers affordable health plans and benefits administration. The WPS Government Health Administrators division administers Part A and B Medicare benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS Military and Veterans Health division serves millions more members who are active in the U.S. military, veterans and their families. In 2019, the international Ethisphere® Institute named WPS one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® for the 10th straight year. For more information, please visit wpshealthsolutions.com.

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M3 Ranked 50th Largest Broker of U.S. Business

For the first time in its 50 years in business, M3 Insurance cracked the top 50 on the list of 100 largest brokers of U.S. business, climbing five spots from 2018, according to a recent report in Business Insurance magazine.

Rankings were based on 2018 brokerage revenue generated by U.S.-based clients. M3 reported gross U.S. revenues of just above $67 million, showing an 11.9% increase over the previous year.

The special report and list of 100 largest brokers of U.S. business was released in the July 2019 issue of Business Insurance magazine, a leading, weekly publication for executives interested in mitigating risk and the impact it can have on business.

“We are thrilled to be a top 50 agency,” said Mike Victorson, president & CEO. “It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team, along with the strong relationships we have with our clients, communities, and industry partners. We remain unwavering in our commitment to independence, private ownership, and our focus on being forward thinking and client-driven.”

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About M3

M3 Insurance offers insight, advice and strategies to help clients manage risk, purchase insurance and provide employee benefits. We are committed to being experts in both the products we represent and the industries we serve. Our people advance M3’s competitive advantage in the marketplace, and our focus on community builds better places to live and work. M3 is consistently ranked a top 100 broker in America and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

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Recurring revenue pushes successful 1st half of 2019

MADISON, Wis., July 17, 2019 – Infosec, the leading cybersecurity education platform, today reports a more than 100% recurring revenue rate for the first half of 2019, fueled largely by customer retention and growth in the Infosec IQ security and awareness training platform. 

The company notes increasing traction for its unmatched portfolio of three role-based SaaS cybersecurity platforms to deliver skills and security awareness training — Infosec IQ, Infosec Skills and Infosec Flex. The cybersecurity education needs for every level of an organization are covered, from IT and security professionals to the general workforce and C-suite. 

“Big and small organizations realize the crucial business need for more proactive steps against cybersecurity threats,” said Jack Koziol, CEO and founder of Infosec. “The major benefit to our clients is all three learning platforms were built to meet the cybersecurity training needs of everyone in the organization. We’re gratified clients choose to partner with Infosec for the long haul. Growth is also seen by new customers switching to Infosec. This powerful package of role-based learning is receiving solid validation by the market.”

Infosec IQ — 3.5 million cyber-resilient learners

Infosec IQ achieved a 168% year-over-year revenue increase. More than 3.5 million learners using the platform are now more cyber resilient and empowered to keep their organizations’ systems secure and information private. Infosec IQ has the most comprehensive security awareness training program to help organizations and their employees cut the risk of a cyber attack — with more than 900 learning modules in 35 languages and 2,000 training resources, including phishing templates, professionally produced videos and layered awareness campaigns. 

Infosec Skills — a new way to stay smarter than the bad guys

A new platform was introduced in April tailor-made for cybersecurity pros wanting to advance their careers and keep their skills up on the very latest threats. Infosec Skills is mapped to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, which contains entry, mid and advanced cybersecurity roles backed by research into the actual skills requested by employers. More than 300 courses and 40 learning and certification paths are available in areas such as Ethical Hacking, Computer Incident Response, Mobile Forensics and Malware Analysis & Reverse Engineering.  

Infosec Flex — security pros choose training when it’s convenient for them

In the first half of 2019, more than 5,000 IT and security professionals enrolled in the flagship Infosec Flex training and certification courses — an 18% increase over the previous year. Infosec Flex courses are designed with today’s busy professionals in mind. All the courseware is personalized to how, when and where they learn best and features a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and popular Exam Pass Guarantee.  Infosec Flex makes expert, live instruction convenient with online and in-person formats.

Infosec Partner Program — enhanced offering

April saw the expansion of the popular Infosec Partner Program for managed services providers (MSPs), value-added resellers (VARs) and OEMs by adding Infosec Skills and Infosec Flex to the original Infosec IQ offering. This enhancement creates the only channel program in the industry to provide across-the-board, full-spectrum training needs for the clients of channel partners.

Move to larger Madison facility and continued hiring

In 2018, Infosec doubled its workforce and hiring additional employees to meet growing client needs continues in 2019. More than 150 employees are now building solid careers in a growing industry with Infosec. Leading the list of open positions are opportunities in Sales, Customer Experience, and Content Development. 

To accommodate the accelerated growth, Infosec recently moved to an 11,000 square foot office space on the entire tenth floor at 316 W. Washington St. The company retains its original headquarters at 311 W. Washington St. along with offices in Chicago and Dulles, Virginia. 

Infosec scores industry recognitions

In addition to being named a Gartner Peer Insights Customer’s Choice for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training in January, the company also earned these top industry recognitions in the first half of 2019:

  • Best Partner Incentives at the ASCII Group’s 2019 Success Summit — Chicago 2019

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Media contact:

Jeff McCollum

Infosec — Media & Public Affairs Manager

608-509-9804

jeff.mccollum@infosecinstitute.com

About Infosec

Infosec has been fighting cybercrime since 2004. Thousands of organizations and over 2.68 million learners trust the wide range of security-specific classes and enterprise security awareness and phishing training to stay a step ahead of the bad guys. Infosec IQ, Infosec Flex and Infosec Skills provide the most advanced and comprehensive education and training platforms. Founded by CEO Jack Koziol, Infosec is based in Madison, with offices in Chicago and Dulles, Virginia. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com