Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide


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Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide
MADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order. Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency is available here and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide is available here.

“While our local health departments have been doing a heck of a job responding to this pandemic in our communities, the fact of the matter is, this virus doesn’t care about any town, city, or county boundary, and we need a statewide approach to get Wisconsin back on track,” said Gov. Evers. “We’ve said all along that we’re going to let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coverings will save lives. While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, my job as governor is to put people first and to do what’s best for the people of our state, so that’s what I am going to do.”

Wisconsin is seeing new and significant community spread and increase in cases of COVID-19 which requires that we declare a new public health emergency and require face coverings. Wisconsin has experienced a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the entire state, with 61 of 72 counties (84 percent) representing 96 percent of the state’s population experiencing high COVID-19 activity. All regions of Wisconsin have high COVID-19 activity levels. This is a dramatic increase from where Wisconsin was in June, when only 19 of 72 counties (26%) were experiencing high COVID-19 activity.

The average number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 has drastically increased throughout July, with an average of 556 new cases each day between July 1-7, an average of 764 new cases each day between July 8-14 (a 37% increase from the previous week), an average of 890 new cases each day between July 15-21 (a 16% increase from the previous week), and an average of 938 new cases each day between July 22-26 (a 5% increase from the previous week).

Under this order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. Face coverings are strongly recommended if you are outdoors and maintaining physical distancing is not possible. The order also enumerates exceptions to the requirement, listing activities such as when an individual is eating, drinking, or swimming. Individuals with health conditions or disabilities that would preclude the wearing of a face covering safely are also exempt from the requirement. A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document is available here.

“The data is what drives our decisions, and that data tells us we have significant community spread in Wisconsin and need to take statewide action,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Community spread means that any interaction out in the community can mean exposure, and because people can spread COVID-19 without symptoms or even knowing they are sick, we need to take universal precautions in order for wearing face coverings to be effective.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the medical and scientific community continues to learn more about the virus, including how to best prevent its transmission. Recent scientific studies show that wearing face coverings is very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Staying home, limiting interactions, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly are still the most effective ways to stop the spread,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer and the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. “But we learn something new about this virus every day. A growing number of scientific studies tell us that face coverings, when used correctly and consistently by a large percentage of the community, are extremely effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets.”

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We also encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram for more information on COVID-19.


Bayland Buildings: Impact Sports Academy announces new sports facility groundbreaking


July 22, 2020


Impact Sports Academy announces new sports facility groundbreaking



De Pere, WI – Impact Sports Academy (ISA) and Bayland Buildings, Inc. are excited to announce the official groundbreaking of a new sports facility located at 2350 Lawrence Parkway, in the Town of Lawrence, WI.  Bayland Buildings, Inc. of Green Bay was selected as the general contractor for the new facility.

Impact Sports Academy provides year round training for youth baseball and softball players. Bayland is constructing a new 42,000 SF facility with a full size infield, eight batting cages, and a 4,000 SF performance center. The new facility will allow the ability to play competitive games indoors during the winter season and will allow for continued growth of ISA.

“I am extremely grateful for the support of the community and our ISA athletes that have allowed us to grow so rapidly and fulfill a lifetime dream of making an impact on youth sports in my hometown. The new facility will only enhance and create more opportunities for local athletes.”

Jason Berken started ISA with a dream giving local athletes an opportunity to train with highly qualified instructors, provide them exposure and travel ball opportunities outside of NE Wisconsin.


The estimated completion of construction is Spring 2021.


Impact Sports Academy

Impact Sports Academy is a baseball and softball training facility that focuses on quality instruction and the long-term development of players through travel teams, programs, camps/clinics, and individual lessons.  ISA caters to all levels of athletes and strives to provide a productive environment that is free of the fear of failure, in turn allowing athletes to realize their full potential. With a committed staff full of experience ranging from collegiate playing and coaching to professional careers with MLB service time, elite level instruction sets ISA apart from other programs.


About Bayland Buildings Inc.
Bayland Buildings, Inc. is a 100% employee owned, Commercial and Agricultural General Contractor founded in 1991. Built on a simple principle of providing customers with a seamless experience, without compromising overall quality. Bayland is recognized as one of the most competitive and respected building firms in Wisconsin and currently employs over 200 dedicated people.






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P.O. Box 13571  |  Green Bay, WI  54307-3571

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Bayland Buildings: The Marketplace by Bliss opening new location 


July 13, 2020



The Marketplace by Bliss opening new location 


STURGEON BAY, WI – The Marketplace by Bliss has chosen Bayland Buildings, Inc., as the general contractor for their 27,000 square foot remodel location on 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI. The marketplace by Bliss; will be revitalizing the former Younkers building.

Bliss is an ever-changing gift and home accessory store. Accessories for both your life and home!  Located at their current location for 19 years, Bliss is a store that delights the senses.  We are here to help our customers put the personalized finishing touches on the home or home away from home. We pride ourselves on offering price points for most budgets. We have new items arriving daily.


“We embraced the idea of having great neighbors to share the former Younkers building. Bliss will be selecting neighbors that will complement each other and help to create a synergy. The building will showcase the nostalgia of the 1935 department store but be enhanced by an industrial and contemporary flair. As we partner with the City of Sturgeon Bay, we have addressed the needs and will be adding downtown public bathrooms and elevator to further enhance and restore this prime location, the heart of Sturgeon Bay. The community support and gratitude has been simply over the top.  We look forward to our adventure with our partners at Bayland Buildings.” – As stated by co-owners Todd and Kelton.



The project is expected to be complete by November of 2020.




If you would like more information please contact Becca Meeuwsen with Bayland Buildings, Inc., at (920) 498-9300.

Tim Hoff named Chief Lending Officer at Community First Credit Union

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July 2, 2020                                                                  Amanda Secor

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Catherine Tierney

President/CEO (920) 830-7220




Tim Hoff named Chief Lending Officer at Community First Credit Union


Long-time banking industry executive Tim Hoff has been promoted to Chief Lending Officer at Community First Credit Union.


Community First President/CEO Cathie Tierney announced the move, effective July 1, expanding Hoff’s responsibilities to lead the Consumer, Mortgage, Collections and Business Lending teams at Community First.


An Eau Claire native, Hoff graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Economics degree and has more than 30 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industry.


Since joining Community First in October 2017 as Senior Vice President of Business Services, he has led the Business Lending team to record growth and service to members, Tierney said.


Under Hoff’s leadership, the Business Services team recently helped member businesses access more than $42 million in relief funds through over 850 SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic. “While the loans were made to the businesses, the money helped to ensure paychecks for more than 6,200 employees in Northeastern Wisconsin,” Tierney said.


The greatest reward I have found in my more than 30 years in financial services is making a difference for people and organizations in our communities,” said Hoff, who has been a passionate volunteer, serving in leadership positions with Appleton Downtown, Inc., Fox Cities Chamber and Pillars, Inc., among others.


We have an amazing team bringing personal, flexible financial solutions to our members,” Hoff said. “I am humbled and excited to take on a broader scope of duties and look forward to working together to continue to deliver on our brand promise of ‘We’ll Find a Way.’”


Hoff started his career as a teller/personal banker at Marquette Bank in Minneapolis and later became an Assistant Branch Manager with ITT Financial Services. He moved to Appleton to become Retail Lending Officer with Bank One and was promoted to Assistant Vice President Business Banking.


In 1999, he became Vice President of Business Banking at M&I and later became Vice President/Senior Commercial Lending Officer for Citizens-Republic Bank.

In 2010, Hoff joined the Bank of Kaukauna as Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking Manager/Chief Lending Officer before being promoted to President/Chief Lending Officer in 2016.


Hoff and his wife, Sara, live in Menasha where he has been a diehard Menasha Bluejay football fan and also volunteers as a youth baseball and basketball coach.


Hoff replaces Tim Sciborski, who is retiring after 25 years with the credit union and more than 38 years in financial services. He has helped guide Community First’s tremendous growth as Chief Lending Officer since 1998.


Community First Credit Union offers banking, investment, financial education and insurance services to 142,800 member/owners who live or work in 13 Northeast and East Central Wisconsin counties. The financial cooperative has $3.85 billion in assets, 566 employees and operates 26 full-service branches along with non-traditional branches in schools, retirement communities and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, Wis.


Performa is honored to share that employee Alex Tessen has passed his testing to be a registered Designer of Engineering Systems – HVAC for the state of Wisconsin


De Pere, WI

June 18, 2020

Performa is honored to share that employee Alex Tessen has passed his testing to be a registered Designer of Engineering Systems – HVAC for the state of Wisconsin.  Alex Tessen has been focused on reaching this career accomplishment through education, career projects and study.  He is masterful in Revit, knowledgeable on most HVAC systems and has extensive system coordination experience. Alex has an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology-Architecture from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.


Performa Inc. was founded in 1995 as a privately-owned service corporation. Performa is a purpose-driven, fully integrated architecture, engineering and design firm that gives purpose the space to thrive™. The firm is headquartered in De Pere, WI, with offices in Atlanta, GA and Minneapolis, MN.



For more information, news and perspectives from Performa visit or contact Jennifer Kalies, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at 920-347-3145.

Bayland Buildings, Inc: Wisconsin Swim Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony





June 10, 2020



Wisconsin Swim Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



APPLETON, WI – Wisconsin Swim Academy and Bayland Buildings, Inc. are excited to announce the official ribbon cutting of a swimming facility located at 3411 E Evergreen Drive, Appleton, Wisconsin. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 2:30 PM and is open to the public. The new 6,000 square-foot aquatic center features a warm temperature-controlled pool, an observation area, spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and restrooms, an office area, and a small retail space inside the lobby.


Bayland completed construction at the end of May. The Wisconsin Swim Academy is currently holding classes for both adults and children seven days a week. They have partnered with the Hope Floats Foundation to bring an opportunity to those in the community who cannot afford the level of instruction that Wisconsin Swim Academy provides. For more information on classes and times, please call Wisconsin Swim Academy at (920) 427-8286.






About Wisconsin Swim Academy

Wisconsin Swim Academy is a professional swim school owned and operated by Susie Van Ekeren, since 2010. With an estimated 42 swim instructors and over 1,000 students, WSA’s philosophy is to take a loving, gentle approach to teaching by earning your child’s trust and building their confidence so they can become smart, strong swimmers thus giving you peace of mind.


About Bayland Buildings Inc.
Bayland Buildings, Inc. is a 100% employee owned, Commercial and Agricultural General Contractor founded in 1991. Built on a simple principle of providing customers with a seamless experience, without compromising overall quality. Bayland is recognized as one of the most competitive and respected building firms in Wisconsin and currently employs over 200 dedicated people.




Miranda Collar, Marketing Director

Office (920) 498-9300





Press Release

Contact: Ann Franz

Phone: (920) 498-5587


May 26, 2020


Green Bay, WI, May 26, 2020: The NEW Manufacturing Alliance is pleased to announce the release of a new NEWMA COVID-19 Directory. The Directory spotlights Alliance member manufacturers and associated businesses in northeast Wisconsin who provide products and services related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The idea of the Directory originated as members reached out to the Alliance in search of high-demand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 related business information. As manufacturers retooled to make PPE, others are struggling to find these products. Members are also faced with obstacles of last-minute and increased changes in logistics and legal information. It is a real benefit to the northeast Wisconsin to connect and help these companies collaborate.


Ann Franz, Executive Director of the Alliance stated, “To keep our region thriving, we need to help one another in bringing our supply chain closer to home.” Franz added, “It’s my hope companies will consider these businesses as they purchase PPE and other related products and services.”


The Directory is user-friendly with hyperlinks and free of charge to the public at  As an added membership benefit, there is no cost to members advertising in the NEWMA COVID-19 Directory.


The NEW Manufacturing Alliance has over 300 members, mostly manufacturers working with educators, workforce development, chambers of commerce, and state organizations to promote manufacturing in our northeast Wisconsin. The vision of the Alliance is that every northeast Wisconsin manufacturer will find the talent it needs.


For more information about the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, go to or contact Ann Franz at 920-498-5587 or email



Pam Blazei
Marketing Coordinator
NEW Manufacturing Alliance

Bayland Buildings, Inc. reaches 1-Million Man-Hours with Zero Lost Time Injuries


May 11, 2020


Bayland Buildings, Inc. reaches 1-Million Man-Hours with Zero Lost Time Injuries


GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN –Bayland Buildings Inc. is proud to announce that our employees have collectively reached a huge milestone of 1-Million Man-hours worked with zero lost-time injuries on May 5, 2020!


This huge milestone demonstrates our organizational commitment to keeping our employees safe on the jobsite!  Safety is a culture driven quality that is reflected in all aspects of and positions within our organization, and it’s at the heart of everything we do.  The entire organization is an active participant and should be proud of this accomplishment.


“I offer a huge congratulations to the dedicated employee-owners of Bayland Buildings for reaching this milestone,” says Tyler Nackers, Safety Director.  “Tomorrow is your reward for working safely today!”  Chad Calmes CEO, adds that “Bayland Buildings works tirelessly to bring the best possible value to our loyal customers.  Safety is an enormous part of that value as our projects continually finish on budget, on time, and with all crew members going home each day”.


About Bayland Buildings Inc.

Bayland Buildings, Inc. is a 100% employee-owned, Commercial and Agricultural General Contractor founded in 1991. Built on a simple principle of providing customers with a seamless experience, without compromising overall quality. Bayland is recognized as one of the most competitive and respected building firms in Wisconsin and currently employs over 200 dedicated people.





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Bayland Buildings Inc
Phone: 920.498.9300




St. Norbert College: What’s the real economic cost of COVID-19?


What’s the real economic cost of COVID-19?


The economic impact of COVID-19 is staggering – encompassing everything from employment numbers to product availability to the balance in your 401(k) and the price you pay at the gas pump.


That much we know. But speculation, hyperbole and competing agendas, among other things, cloud the picture from there.


What’s really happening? Join economic and industry experts for a data-driven discussion of COVID-19’s economic impact. Speakers from St. Norbert College’s Center for Business & Economic Analysis (CBEA), Breakthrough and Wipfli Financial will offer diverse industry perspectives as they examine what’s happening across the economic landscape, with particular focus on financial and fuel markets.


The Economic Impact of COVID-19
A live webinar featuring:
Marc Schaffer, Associate Professor of Economics, St. Norbert College
Rafia Hasan, Chief Investment Officer, Wipfli Financial
Matt Muenster ’09, Senior Manager of Applied Knowledge, Breakthrough


April 30, starting at 2 p.m. CST


Anyone with an interest in COVID-19’s impact on the regional, national and global economies is welcome to attend this free event. Registration is required and is open now. Your registration confirmation will include a link to access the webinar.


The event is presented jointly by the Schneider School’s CBEA and the St. Norbert College office of alumni and parent relations. We are grateful for the participation and support of our sponsors, Breakthrough and Wipfli Financial.


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Register Here



Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order

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Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress we’ve made in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again. The order is available here.

“A few weeks ago, we had a pretty grim outlook for what COVID-19 could mean for our state, but because of the efforts of all of you, Safer at Home is working. That said, we aren’t out of the woods just yet,” said Gov. Evers. “As I’ve said all along, we are going to rely on the science and public health experts to guide us through this challenge. So, as we extend Safer at Home, I need all of you to continue doing the good work you’ve been doing so we can keep our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe, and get through this storm together.”

“Before we lift Safer at Home, the steps of testing and more robust public health measures must be in place,” explained Secretary-designee Palm. “These steps will help us reduce the risk of a second wave of the virus. If we open up too soon, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and requiring more drastic physical distancing measures again.”

The extension of the Safer at Home order includes a few changes. Some changes allow more businesses and activities to open back up, while other changes help make businesses safer for employees and customers. The changes in this order include:

Businesses and activities ramping up service and operations:

  • Public libraries: Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials.
  • Golf Courses: Golf courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.
  • Non-essential Businesses: Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.
  • Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior law care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person.

Safe Business Practices:

  • Safe Business Practices for Essential Businesses and Operations: Essential Businesses and Operations must increase cleaning and disinfection practices, ensure that only necessary workers are present, and adopt policies to prevent workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work.
  • Safe Business Practices for Retailers that Essential Businesses and Operations: Retail stores that remain open to the public as Essential Businesses and Operations must limit the number of people in the store at one time, must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter, and large stores must offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations.
  • Supply Chain: Essential Businesses and Operations that are essential because they supply, manufacture, or distribute goods and services to other Essential Businesses and Operations can only continue operations that are necessary to those businesses they supply. All other operations must continue as Minimum Basic Operations.

Other changes include:

  • Schools: Public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Local parks and open space: Local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.
  • Travel: People are strongly encourage to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not to travel out-of-state if it is not necessary.
  • Tribal Nations: Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions. Non-tribal members should be respectful of and avoid non-essential travel to Tribal territory. Local government must coordinate, collaborate, and share information with Tribal Nations.
  • Duration: The changes in this order go into effect on April 24, 2020. The order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on May 26, 2020.

If you have questions, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is available here for your review.

The public should continue to follow simple steps to avoid exposure to the virus and prevent illness including:

  • Avoiding social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching one’s face; and
  • Staying home.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website. We encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook, Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

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