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updated: 8/1/2013 7:43 AM

Wis.-based Skyward announces expansion plans

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- A Stevens Point company plans to expand after deciding to stay in Wisconsin.

Leaders of Skyward Inc. celebrated Wednesday with community members and elected officials.

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Officials of the information system company say they were able to stay in Wisconsin thanks to a bill supported by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Skyward had threatened to leave Wisconsin if it didn't win the contract to run a new statewide student information system.

The Legislature's budget committee voted to essentially undo a contract won by a Minnesota company to run the system. Instead, multiple companies including Skyward could provide the services.

WAOW-TV reports Skyward expects to add more than 1,000 jobs during the next 10 years. The company hopes to break ground next spring on an expansion project to house those employees.

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