June 11th, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013 – Today FirstPathway Partners COO Dan Wycklendt, Partner Dick Zagorski and Vice President Jennifer Globig attended “Changzhou Meets Milwaukee- A Seminar on Bilateral Trade & Investment” sponsored by the United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce and Changzhou Municipal Government. The Changzhou Municipal Government Delegation was led by the Honorable Fang Guoqiang, Vice Mayor of Changzhou.
Just days after United States President Barack Obama’s summit with new Chinese President Xi Jinping, The Vice Mayor of Changzhou Fang Guoqiang remarked broadly on the relationship between China and the US, highlighting the role Milwaukee and Changzhou will play. The Honorable Vice Mayor was poised to welcome continuing bilateral trade and investments opportunities between the two cities.
Changzhou is strategically located in the Yangtze River Delta, which is arguably the center of economic development in China. The progressive city is only an hour away via high speed rail from Shanghai, but has significantly lower operating costs.
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May 10th, 2013
Robert W. Kraft Chairman/CEO of FirstPathway Partners was honored to moderate the 49th annual MMAC Wisconsin International Trade Conference on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at the Italian Conference Center. The conference is the largest of its kind in the state. During the China Session expert panelists presented and answered audience questions on a variety of topics. Speakers included Craig Allen Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Lora Klenke VP of Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), Gale Pence CEO of Global Precision Industries and Randy Baumgart CFO of Hatco Corp.
In conjunction with the Wisconsin International Trade Conference, FirstPathway Partners also attended The Wisconsin Governor’s Export Award Luncheon.
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May 9th, 2013
Greenfield’s PaveDrain, a new tenant in the developing International Water Technology Accelerator, has been named the most promising early-stage venture in the Imagine H2O Competition. The competition helps entrepreneurs and innovators develop ideas into businesses that offer successful, sustainable water solutions. PaveDrain won the competition through the development of specially designed mats used for paving large surfaces that allows storm water to seep back into the ground rather than create potential flooding problems.
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May 3rd, 2013
This week The Business Journal featured a photo slideshow update on the progress of The Milwaukee Marriott Downtown, a FirstPathway Partners financed project. The 205 room hotel is slated to open in July 2013.
The iconic $56 Million dollar, 10-story, 197,000 square foot hotel will feature a luxurious high-end restaurant, lobby bar, Starbucks, and a jeweler. Hotel amenities will include a fully equipped fitness center, a swimming pool, business center, concierge service, and gift shop.
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April 26th, 2013
Wednesday April 24, 2013- FirstPathway Partners COO, Dan Wycklendt and Vice President, Jennifer Globig attend South Africa’s 19 Years of Freedom & Democracy hosted by The Consul General of The Republic of South Africa, Consul General Vuyiswa Tuleo and Honorary Consul, Milwaukee 2nd District Alderman Joe Davis, Sr.
Alderman Davis serves as chair of the Sister Cities Committee, spearheading efforts to forge new international ties with cities across the globe. uMhlathuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa has been Milwaukee’s Sister City since 2008.
April 26th, 2013
On April 18th, FirstPathway Partners Chairman Bob Kraft and Director of China Operations Dan Redford took part in Governor Scott Walker’s first official reception in Shanghai. Governor Walker led a delegation to honor the establishment of the Wisconsin China Center, which will serve as a strong, permanent representation for the state in China. FirstPathway was proud to sponsor the event, and was excited to be joined by our distinguished partners here in China. This was a historic moment for FirstPathway and for the state of Wisconsin, and certainly will lead to further business and goodwill between China, Wisconsin, and the United States.
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April 17th, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013- FirstPathway Partners COO, Dan Wycklendt and Vice President, Jennifer Globig attend a luncheon honoring a delegation from the Ningbo, China at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce offices. In attendance was Xu Mingfu of the Ningbo Municipal People’s Government, Jiang Lu Vice-Director of the Ningbo Municipal People’s Government Foreign Affairs office, Yuan Deyun Deputy Director of the CPPCC Ningbo Committee, Ren Wei of the Ningbo Municipal People’s Government Foreign Affairs office, Guo Lu Hua Executive Member of the Ningbo People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Martha L. Brown Deputy Commissioner of the City of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee formally established a sister city relationship with the city of Ningbo, China on May 11, 2006, with the signing of an agreement by Mayor Tom Barrett and Ningbo Mayor Mao Guanglie.
March 28th, 2013
Today, USCIS published a revised version of the Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative. The G-28 accompanies the principal applicant’s form I-526 and I-829. Attorneys and accredited representatives may begin using the revised form immediately. USCIS will not accept prior versions of the form after May 26, 2013.
The new form edition has 2D barcode technology to help USCIS collect information quickly and accurately. As the attorney or client completes the form electronically,
the barcode stores that information.
FirstPathway Partners’ petitioners should begin transitioning to the new form in anticipation of the May 26, 2013 cutoff.
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March 19th, 2013
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article outlining some of the intricacies of the EB-5 program wherein Mr. Bob Kraft, Chairman and CEO of FirstPathway Partners, emphasizes the importance of trust-building.
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March 12th, 2013
Startup water tech companies already committed to lease space in the developing International Water Technology Accelerator will now have a new partner in Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. The law firm will provide services to the innovators within the center in order to obtain patents and form corporations, among other needed services.
Thus far the seven-story Accelerator building is approximately 75% leased, including the following tenants: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Badger Meter Inc., A.O. Smith Corp., Veolia Water North America, The Milwaukee Water Council, Hanging Gardens, Alga Bionics, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Stormwater Solutions, Sloan Valve, Grundfos Pumps, Pave Drain and Xela Innovations.
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