Madison ranks 4th on ‘growing cities’ list

Madison secured the No. 4 ranking on the U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth Cities for 2015. Growth rankings are determined by the net gain of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals for the past calendar year.

Elite executives

When IB developed the annual Executive of the Year program, we wanted to recognize organizational excellence, and members of our 2016 class have demonstrated this in impressive fashion. In this third annual Executive of the Year presentation, we honor local business leaders who have made their mark in construction, consumer products, the life sciences, technology transfer, and the moving industry.

EatStreet partners with UberRUSH to improve food delivery in Chicago

EatStreet, the Madison-based independent online and mobile food ordering service, and Uber are working together to expand the companies’ online food delivery reach beginning with the Chicago market. EatStreet will integrate a new private API for UberRUSH into existing infrastructure that will optimize restaurant delivery placed through EatStreet’s online and mobile platforms.

MadREP survey: Arrow's pointing up for local biz

There’s no need to beat around the bush with the results from the Madison Region Economic Partnership’s (MadREP) expansive Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Survey that was conducted in 2015 to better understand the challenges, opportunities, needs, and concerns of companies in the region. Businesses in Madison and the surrounding region are remarkably healthy and optimistic about their future, according to respondents.

Walker appoints new state railroads commissioner

Governor Scott Walker has appointed Yash Wadhwa as the Commissioner of Railroads. The appointment is effective Jan. 11, 2016, pending Senate confirmation. Former Commissioner Jeff Plale submitted his resignation effective January 4.

Technology on a tear

Google those somewhat frightening words “driverless cars” and you’ll likely see a litany of intriguing headlines: “U.S. Secretary of Transportation: Driverless cars all over the world by 2025,” “Uber fleet to be driverless by 2030,” “Ford CEO expects fully autonomous cars by 2020,” “IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) predicts up to 75% of vehicles will be autonomous in 2040.”

‘Ozzie’ the octopus is no more

“Ozzie,” the iconic mascot of Octopus Car Wash, waved its last goodbye this week at the three Madison locations of the venerable car wash. Arizona-based Mister Car Wash purchased Octopus Car Wash in June and new signs are being installed.

Madison startup wants to become ‘Expedia for buses’

Tixora, a Madison startup, is launching a new app aimed at students and millennials that will allow bus riders to search for and order bus tickets from several companies on one app instead of from each company’s website.

Making the case for another stimulus package

In the aftermath of the 2008 Lehman collapse, most banks froze lending and, in fact, requested their money back. At one point, 74.5% of the banks said they were tightening their lending standards. This caused a full-blown banking crisis, in which money was leaving the economy at an alarming rate. In human terms, there was a lot of distress — after all, every dollar going to repay the bank’s call notice is a dollar that doesn’t go into the purchase of goods and services.

Fewer new vehicles sold in April

According to Reg-Trak of Waterloo, the sale of new vehicles (cars and trucks) in Dane County dropped for the first time in 2015.

Assembly advances bill to regulate Uber, Lyft

The state Assembly has advanced a bill on a 79-19 vote to regulate ride-share companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. The legislation, which now moves on to the Senate, would override any previously existing local ordinances regulating…

Legislature looking at bill to regulate Uber, Lyft

Wisconsin legislators are considering a bill that would regulate ride-share companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., removing oversight from municipalities’ control. According to media reports, if the proposed legislation passes, cities will not be able to enforce…

Uber takes dispute with City of Madison to federal court

Uber has filed a suit in U.S. District Court demanding protection from the City of Madison, which it claims “operates and controls” Madison Municipal Court, according to a story from Capital Newspapers Inc. The city is seeking fines totaling $42,000…

The Test of Time: Anniversary companies put the 'long' in longevity

The gift of business longevity isn’t simply presented, it’s earned with smart decisions — strategic or otherwise — at several key intervals in the life of a business. In this, our annual toast to Dane County businesses that will celebrate milestone anniversaries ending in a 0 or 5 in the new year, we’ll reintroduce you to several longstanding companies that have continually adapted to changing times and customer needs.

County eyes medical examiner’s facility, highway garage

Dane County is seeking bids for two construction projects slated to begin this summer. A new regional medical examiner’s facility will include state-of-the-art forensic technology that will facilitate death investigations and aid local law enforcement and prosecutors in resolving complex…

Dane County airport to see bigger aircraft

Passengers flying to and from Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth via the Dane County Regional Airport will soon travel on larger planes. In March, United Airlines will upgrade from regional jets to larger Airbus aircraft on two daily Chicago flights. In…