In March 2019, the Dane County Board of Supervisors approved the resolution to create the Alliant Energy Center Redevelopment Committee. The Committee will be actively working to provide guidance on financing and governing issues associated with the campus redevelopment as well as review of public and private investment in the Alliant Energy Center. Dane County Board chair Sharon Corrigan and County Executive Joe Parisi on Monday unveiled the names of a 13-member panel that will meet regularly to guide the project forward. The first meeting is scheduled for April 15.
Surrounded by community leaders from across Dane County, Gov. Tony Evers announced he was including $30 million for the expansion of the Exhibition Hall on the Alliant Energy Center campus. With the expansion, the Center will transform from a regional conference center to a full-fledged convention center and attract additional national events that currently are choosing meeting locations in other states due to a lack of adequate meeting and exposition space. “We have to stop that trend,” the Governor said, adding that venues like the Alliant Energy Center and Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee provide excellent opportunities to showcase all that Wisconsin has to offer in attracting new residents and growing our workforce.
County Executive Joe Parisi noted, “This expansion will allow us to maintain and grow our reputation as a premier destination for the national ag industry, and this frankly couldn’t come at a better time for Wisconsin’s farming community.”
Sharon Corrigan, Dane County Board Chair and chair of the committee said, “This is such a great testament to the Governor’s commitment to economic development and job growth. Investment in the Alliant Energy Center will drive a significant return for the state – estimated to be $670,000 in annual state income taxes, more than $1 million in annual state sales taxes and 644 net new jobs. But, investing in key regional assets like the Alliant Energy Center is more than just a demonstration of support for Dane County’s role in boosting the state and local economy – it is a great example of how the state can be a leader in sparking collaborative funding efforts.”
Ruben Anthony, president of the Urban League of Greater Madison, called the project a “game-changer” for Madison’s South Side neighborhoods noting that, “So often south Madison is looked at as last. I’m hoping when people come to the South Side they just won’t visit here, but they’ll spend money in the community,” adding that the Urban League is committed to working with the project to place workers in sustainable jobs and to help create partnerships for small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
About this website
This website contains documents and information that have been developed over the past ten years regarding the planning and future options for the Alliant Energy Center. Building from these past efforts, the County Board created the Alliant Energy Center Redevelopment Committee in 2019 to guide funding and governance for improvements to the campus grounds and facilities.