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City Offices and Facilities Closed for Thanksgiving

Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection
There will be no collection services Thursday, Nov. 24. Crews will visit residences scheduled for Thursday collection Saturday, Nov. 26. Residents should set their waste on the curb by 6 a.m. the day of the collection.

630-CITY Call Center
The office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. Citizens can submit a request for City service online anytime.

Jacksonville Public Library
All public libraries will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 25. All locations will reopen Saturday, Nov. 26.

Tennis Centers
Tennis centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. Southside Tennis will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

Huguenot Memorial Park
Huguenot Memorial Park will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. The admissions gate close for entry at 5 p.m. Camping is available.

Periodically, Huguenot Memorial Park managers must implement limited beach parking plans in preparation for high tides or other natural occurrences which could cause beach and/or park closures if maximum vehicle capacity is reached.  Park-goers are always encouraged to check conditions before visiting the park by calling (904) 255-4255 or visiting .

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park will open at 8 a.m. and will close at the regular time of 6 p.m. Early bird and annual passes required for entry from 6 a.m.- 8 a.m. Park Day-users and campground visitors may enter from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All visitors, with the exception of permitted campers and their authorized visitors with passes, must depart by 6 p.m. Camping reservations close at 6 p.m. daily. Only campers with prepaid reservations can gain access from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. People without a prepaid pass waiting for them will not be admitted after 5:30 p.m. All campers must check in by 9 p.m., and have tents and RVs set up by 9:30 p.m. After 9 p.m., no one may enter to set up on a campsite.

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Market watch. Stocks that will see action on March 3, 2023

Buzzing stocks: Titagarh Wagons, BHEL, Adani group stocks, Mastek, Refex Industries, Emami,Natco Pharma, Sinclairs Hotels, Happiest Minds, Ramco Systems, MOIL, Kilburn Engineering, India Grid Trust.

Mastek, a turnkey & trusted digital engineering & cloud transformation partner, today announced the appointment of Vijay Iyer as President of Americas, effective February 24, 2023. He is based and will operate out of the US.

Prior to joining Mastek, Vijay was an executive at Persistent Systems working as Senior Vice President of their digital transformation consulting and large deals business.

GQG Partners, a leading US-based global equity investment boutique, announced today the completion of ₹15,446 crore ($1.87 billion) in a series of secondary block trade transactions in the Adani Portfolio companies — Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, Adani Green Energy Limited, Adani Transmission Limited, and Adani Enterprises Limited.

The board of Refex Industries Ltd has approved a proposal to promote and incorporate a subsidiary — Refex Green Mobility Limited. The main object of the proposed subsidiary is to offer environmentally sustainable services in the urban transportation and energy sectors, and to enter into the business of using the ever-evolving innovations in the technology landscape in order to offer environmentally sustainable services in the urban transportation and energy sectors.

The consortium of Titagarh Wagons Limited and Bharat Electricals Limited has emerged as the second lowest bidder (L2) for the manufacturing cum maintenance of Vande Bharat trainsets including the up-gradation of the government manufacturing units and trainset depots.

As per the financial bid opening dated March 1, 2023, the TWL-BHEL consortium has been declared L2. The total quantity is 200 trainsets and as per tender conditions, L2 is eligible to get 80 trainsets. The quote of the L1 bidder is ₹120 crore per trainset.

Adani Wilmar Limited (AWL) has announced the launch of the Kohinoor Hyderabadi Biryani Kit as part of their expansion of the ready-to-cook range. Under the Kohinoor brand, the do-it-yourself (DIY) biryani kit helps connoisseurs prepare restaurant-like authentic biryani in 30 minutes. The brand-new offering will be available in two variants — Hyderabadi which will be followed by Lucknowi priced at ₹159.

Pradeep Metals Limited has received the “Best Supplier Performance Award-2022” from Alfa Laval for the third year in a row.

Emami Ltd has further subscribed equity share capital of Brillare Science Pvt Ltd (Brillare), the subsidiary company; consequently, the company’s stake in Brillare has increased from 80.59 per cent to 82.92 per cent on issued and paid-up capital of the said subsidiary company.

Brillare Science Pvt Ltd is a professional beauty care company offering products in skin, hair & body care for professional salons and home use. It owns Brillare Science and Root Deep brand.

A meeting of the board of directors of Natco Pharma Ltd is scheduled on March 8, to consider and approve the proposal for the buyback of fully paid-up equity shares of the company.

Sinclairs Hotels Ltd had earlier informed regarding entering into a conditional sale agreement for the transfer of the company’s one acre of land (approximately) situated in Action Area I B, New Town, Kolkata for ₹27 crore. The sale transaction has now been concluded successfully, the company said.

TCM has received the following work order from the agency for the New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT), Department of Power, Government of Kerala, as per tender for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of grid-connected SPV Power Plants in public buildings at Thiruvananthapuram under Solar City Project (funded by Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd).

The board of Happiest Minds Technologies has approved the fundraising of ₹125 crore via the issue of 12,500 non-convertible debentures on a private placement basis in the domestic market in three tranches.

The funds will be utilised for general corporate purposes. The issue of commercial papers in the domestic market on a private placement basis has been deferred for consideration at an appropriate time.

The board of Magellanic Cloud Limited has approved and taken on record that the company has identified a corporate body that is into the drone manufacturing business for the acquisition and that the company had formed a committee that is conducting due diligence on the target company.

Etihad Airways Engineering, one of the world’s leading aircraft maintenance and engineering solutions providers, has partnered with global enterprise aviation software provider Ramco Systems to implement its Aviation Suite V5.9. The project was officially announced at the 2023 edition of MRO Middle East, held at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai.

MOIL announced the production of 1.31 lakh tonnes of manganese ore in February, a 10 per cent growth over the same period last year. Manganese ore sales at 1.32 lakh tonnes during the month increased by 19 per cent year-over-year.

Kilburn Engineering Ltd has received various orders worth ₹82.74 crore from rotary calciners with accessories for intermediates of API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients).

India Grid Trust has completed the acquisition and management control of Khargone Transmission from Sterlite Power Transmission for ₹1,497.5 crore.

The addition of Khargone Transmission to the portfolio will take IndiGrid’s assets under management to ₹22,700 crore and the company’s overall asset base to 8,416 ckms (circuit kilometer) of transmission lines and 17,550 MVA of transformation capacity.

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No, you don’t need to freak out over Facebook’s new listings rule

Is it over for real estate agents to post their listings on Facebook? Here’s what’s going on. So you may have gotten an email over the last few days, if you’re a real estate agent, saying that you cannot post real estate listings to Facebook anymore, and you might have freaked out.

Here’s what this means. The change that’s happening to Facebook is that you cannot post your listings to Facebook Marketplace through your business page. That’s the only change that’s happening.

So can you still post your listings to your Facebook business page? Yes. You can also still link to your website. You can still post photos of your listings on your business page. You can still post videos, Reels, Stories, and all of that. Facebook Live can still happen on your Facebook business page.

The only change is if you’re posting rentals or properties through Facebook Marketplace, you have to do so through your personal profile, not your business page. That’s it. This has caused a lot of concern, but that’s all that this email means.

Katie Lance is the author of #GetSocialSmart and founder and CEO of Katie Lance Consulting, a social media strategy firm and founder of the #GetSocialSmart Academy. She’s been recognized by Inman News as one of the 100 most influential people in real estate and is a featured keynote speaker at many industry events. Katie is also is the author of the best-selling book, #GetSocialSmart.

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Wisconsin experts predict 2023 inflation, employment, housing trends

APPLETON – In November, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue released a forecast wherein IHS Markit, a provider of information, analytics, and solutions for governments and financial markets, predicted a slight recession in the last quarter of 2022 and continuing into the first half of 2023.

“Inflation continues to be the largest downside risk to the economic outlook,” it stated.
It is now projected that the Consumer Price Index — a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services — will rise 4.3% next year.

Over the past 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an increased CPI of 6.8% in the Midwest region. The bureau also reported an increase of 11.7% in food prices, and an increase in energy prices of 11%, due to an increase in the price of gasoline.

Brad Tank, an investment management expert and University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus, thinks federal officials will be successful in limiting inflation in 2023.

Tank explained in a recent UW Now livestream, “Predictions for 2023,” that he expects inflation to remain above 4% up until the middle of 2023. The rate most likely wouldn’t hit 2% until 2024.

Inflation, he said, is most likely to continue due to factors that coincided with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“A big part of that is the demographic shift affecting workforces for major world powers including the United States and China,” Tank said.

Aside from a slight recession, here’s what economic changes are predicted for Wisconsin for 2023:

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue predicts employment throughout the state will post small declines of 0.4%, fluctuating around 4.6% in 2023.
Through October, the Wisconsin unemployment rate sat at 48,800 jobs, which was 1.6% below its rate before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in February 2020.
Nationally, there will be less job hopping and fewer counteroffers — offers made by an employer, such as a better salary package or career prospects — in 2023 as demand for talent and the supply for candidates becomes steady, Forbes predicted in November.

“Salary rises will be less common, too,” Forbes wrote. “Many employers have already increased wages over the past 12 months — a shortfall of talent left them with little choice. So, any pay raises they can afford to award in the future will be marginal.”

The state’s Department of Revenue reported a 7.8% wage growth in Wisconsin in 2022.
“Generally, we are seeing many of the same hiring trends from the past two years persist into 2023,” said Jeffrey Sachse, director of the Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS) and economic development at UW-Oshkosh. “Companies are hiring across most staffing levels with a focus in health care and manufacturing on entry level workers, citing attendance and time management as key concerns. This continues to drive up wage rates in a more competitive environment.”

Sachse said while there are some genuine concerns for a recession in 2023, it is unlikely that there will be large layoffs locally, because many firms are already understaffed.

“I have seen projections recently of the local unemployment rate increasing to as high as 4.5% by the end of 2023, but this is still well below historical averages,” Sachse said.
The Department of Revenue predicts professional and business services will face the largest decline in the new year. The construction industry will be the second most affected, as high interest rates are expected to continue reducing home affordability, resulting in a decline in residential investments. Manufacturing jobs are also expected to decline within the next two years.

Ryan Long, a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development regional economist in the Bay Area and Fox Cities, said its most recent data from August showed 1.73 job openings per unemployed job seekers. Long said this ratio has been on a downward trend since April.
Long said that some challenges the workforce had been facing pre-pandemic and throughout 2021 were also due to long-term demographic patterns such as an aging population, declining labor force participation rate, below-replacement fertility and minimal net migration. These patterns will also need to be addressed in order to bring the workforce back to a stable market.
This year proved to be difficult for people looking to buy homes, as demand to purchase became greater than the inventory of houses available.

Because of low inventory, those who did find a house often had to put in an offer higher than usual.
According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, Wisconsin inventories remained very tight, in March 2022 there continued to be just 2.1 months of available supply. Rapidly rising prices and a significant uptick in mortgage rates, 4.17% in March, has led to a reduction in housing affordability across the state by 19.5%.

Michael Sewell, president of Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin, said local interest rates have gone up significantly in the past year and are about the highest they have been in 20 years.
However, Sewell said he believes interest rates will begin to decline in the beginning of the year.
“I think, probably, by the middle of the year, they’ll be around 5½ (percent), and I think they’re going to hover between 5 and 5½ for a while,” Sewell said.
According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, the average cost of a home in November 2022 was $259,950, a jump from $240,000, the average cost in November 2021. The number of sales averaged 5,400, down from the 7,905 sales in November 2021.

The report shows that in Outagamie County, sales have continued to decrease since 2020 while prices have steadily increased since then.
Trends in the national real estate market doesn’t necessarily reflect local real estate market, Sewell said. Although the market is still seeing high interest rates, Sewell said the Northeast Wisconsin market is much more stable than many other parts of the country.

“The reason we’ve had issues the last couple years is because inventory’s low,” Sewell said. “There’s much higher demand for houses than we have supply.”
Sewell said, going into 2023, there will be an increase in inventory over the course of the year, but demand will continue to be greater than supply.
Part of the reason inventory is low is because people are hesitant to move or purchase a new home because their current interest rate is lower than what the average rate is now, Sewell said.

“But I think as interest rates start to loosen up after the first of the year that we will see more of those people decide to put their house on the market and that will help our inventory as well,” Sewell said.

Foreclosure trends will change going into the new year as well. For the past two years, foreclosure rates had declined due to homeowners receiving extra funds from forgiveness programs put in place by the pandemic.

Now that most of the programs are done, foreclosure rates will increase bringing them slightly higher than what the normal rate has been in the past.
“Back in the last recession, in 2008, 2009, 2010, people’s houses weren’t worth what they owed on them,” Sewell said.
Now, most homeowners have significant equity, meaning even if they’re struggling to make payments they have the option to sell their home, pay off their loan and move forward.
Despite these changes, Sewell believes Northeast Wisconsin will have a more normalized market moving forward into 2023.

“There won’t be as many as many sales as we’ve had the last couple of years, but I think that it’ll still be a very solid market in the coming year,” Sewell said.

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