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PUBLIC NOTICE The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is considering a request for Federal assistance from the City of Madison to construct a Madison Food Innovation Center in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin for the purpose of providing infrastructure, services, and programming that strengthen the region's food system. This includes cultivating a stronger food workforce, creating job opportunities, connecting farmers to buyers, enhancing food and beverage processing capacity, helping startups grow, encouraging new product development, and connecting products to larger markets in the Midwest. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, EDA is conducting an environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed project. The Madison Food Innovation Center (FIC) will be located at the intersection of the corner of First Street and East Johnson Street in Madison, Wisconsin. This project is part of the eight-county Madison Region of south-central Wisconsin that consists of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk Counties. The project is located in a region that has the necessary assets required for a successful implementation. At the same time, the Food Innovation Center will serve as critical infrastructure that addresses urgent needs within the region's economy and workforce, especially with regards to the agriculture, food, and beverage sector. The FIC will specifically support mission related manufacturing and distribution clients whose businesses will benefit from colocation with the vendors and services envisioned in the balance of the facility. For many of the proposed FIC clients, the ability to efficiently and affordably conduct market research and product development in the high-traffic, ethnically and culturally diverse environment of the Madison Public Market cannot be replicated anywhere else in the region. The project will be located at 200 N First Street, Madison, WI, 53704. The purpose of the project is to construct the Madison Food Innovation Center, an integral component of the Madison Public Market, which is vital for food-based economic development in the region that will create jobs and new businesses. It will be a regional center for workforce training, processing, entrepreneurship, research, and collaboration. Project information is available for review at The City of Madison's Engineering Division project page: https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/madison-public-market. If you have any information regarding potential environmental impacts associated with this proposed project, please provide it in writing to: Robin D. Bush, LEED, AP Coordinator, Environmental & Strategic Analysis US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Chicago Region rbush@eda.gov A copy of the NEPA/NHPA decisional document will be available upon request at the above EDA Regional Office. Comments received in the EDA Regional Office by 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 20, 2021 will be considered. WSJ: May 3, 4 and 5, 2021-50889WNAXLP

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