Wednesday, September 11, 2019

GET ME REWRITE: Foxconn reneges on its $100,000,000 Scott Walker campaign pledge to UW-Madison


August 27, 2018

You'll note that Scott Walker was struggling in the polls during July and August of 2018.  He needed a blazing burst of good news to give himself some momentum during the home stretch of the gubernatorial election.


Luckily for us, all Foxconn news was taken with a grain of salt by that time.

And now...

But developments appear to be progressing slowly at the flagship campus. Some UW-Madison officials visited company locations in Asia last spring, but a System-wide trip to Foxconn sites was postponed last fall and has yet to be rescheduled. Citing changes in Foxconn’s executive leadership and business priorities, 
UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas described “no significant progress in discussions” relating to the $100 million investment, which was heralded at the time as “the largest research partnership in the university’s history.” 
Foxconn announced last week that Louis Woo, who has often represented the company in Wisconsin and served as a special assistant to Foxconn founder Terry Gou, stepped down for personal reasons. Earlier this year Gou resigned as Foxconn chairman to pursue political office.

Related posts:
Foxconn/UW-Madison agreement locks out engineering faculty, graduate students.  (11/6/2018)
GET ME REWRITE: Foxconn, UW-Madison take the sharing of platitudes to the next level.  (3/19/2019)
Dear Becky Blank and Ray Cross, Time to move on. Best, Retiring Guy.  (8/2/2019)

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