2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book

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Greater Green Bay

Work. Live. Play.


Indulge in the Packers year-round at Lambeau Field. With ongoing tours, events, shopping and dining, your passion can play on and on.



to Greater Green Bay!

The 2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book is a comprehensive guide to our community. If you are looking to relocate your family, your business or expand your existing facility, the Fact Book contains everything you need to know.


Collaboration is more than a buzz word in Greater Green Bay. Our municipal leaders work in partnership to conserve resources, grow our economy and increase our quality of life. Our business leaders work in conjunction with our K-12 and post-secondary educators to ensure students are community, college and career ready; continuing our tradition of cultivating generations of strong work ethics that are second to none.


Be part of a


Greater Green Bay is more than two cities, nine villages and 13 towns. We’re a community. As a business leader or resident, you’ll be welcomed into the community and become part of our rich tradition of hardworking, friendly and outgoing people who have the pleasure to enjoy all four seasons and the adventures that come with them. Cities: Green Bay and De Pere

We you to explore everything we have to offer.

Villages: Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Denmark, Howard, Pulaski, Wrightstown, Bellevue, Suamico and Hobart Towns: Eaton, Glenmore, Green Bay, Holland, Humboldt, Lawrence, Ledgeview, Morrison, New Denmark, Pittsfield, Rockland, Scott and Wrightstown. County: Brown

Greater Green Bay Chamber Mission Statement

To strengthen member businesses through enhancing economic and workforce development, resulting in improved quality of life in our community and region. Laurie Radke president/CEO 920.593.3405

Amy Mattek human resources manager 920.593.3410

Peter Zaehringer vice president, economic development 920.496.2113

Gary Baranowski vice president, finance and administration 920.593.3414

Renae Schlies membership and retention director 920.593.3418

Sue Zittlow workforce development director 920.593.3412

Steve Levin marketing and communications director 920.593.3423

Jayme Sellen government affairs director 920.593.3428

For more information on opportunities for economic development contact Advance by calling 920.496.9010.

Table of Contents

Why Brown County? 2 Brown County Snapshot 3 Demographics Summary 4 Population Density 5 Tourism, Culture, Arts & Entertainment 6 Recreation 8 Households and Families 10 Workforce and Commuting 11 Education 12 Post Secondary Education 13 Key Industries 14 30 Largest Employers 15 More For Less 16 Income and Poverty 17 Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport 18 Port of Green Bay 19 Rail 20 Ground Transportation 21 Foreign Trade Zone 21 Telecommunications 22 Water 24 Electric & Gas 25 Healthcare 26 Tax Rates 27 Climate 28 Incentives 29 Communities 30 Transportation Infrastructure Map 33

Green Bay is



in the state

Ranked 47th

for being least affected by inflation

out of 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in Economic Strength

3 fastest growing

Ranked 12th

Smart Asset’s 2015

Municipalities in Wisconsin – Towns of Ledgeview & Lawrence and Village of Hobart

Policom Corporation 2014

Best State in the Nation for Business Chief Executive Magazine 2014

WI Department of Administration


Green Bay Packers | Inside front cover Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau | 7 Workforce Developement | 9 Current - Young Professionals | 9 Green Bay Area Public School District | 12 Ashwaubenon School District | 13 Port of Green Bay | 19 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Corporate Training & Economic Development | 23 Greater Green Bay Chamber | 23 Greater Green Bay Chamber - Advance | 23 American Transmission Company | 25 Wisconsin Economic Development Coporation | 27 Rasmussen College | 29 Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport | Back Cover

Ranked 66


for cost of business in Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers Forbes 2015

Green Bay area ranked

as a top 10 Food Processing Employment Leader (Mid-Sized Metros) Business Facilities Magazine,2015

Ranked 50th

out of 396 in 2014 Best Mid-Sized City for Job Growth New Geography 2014

The top 100 Family Fishing & Boating Spots Take Me Fishing 2014

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Green Bay area ranked

10th best place

in the nation for physicians and surgeons Good Call 2015

Green Bay is

the 5th best college town to find a job!

ZipRecruiter 2015


Brown County

Located in Northeast Wisconsin, Brown County is home to 13 townships, nine villages and two cities, of which the City of Green Bay is the largest. Green Bay is one of the most rapidly growing cities in Wisconsin while retaining its beautiful and charming residential and community assets.


Brown County is located miles from:




Des Moines Madison St. Louis

Population (2015 Estimate):


Change from 2010 Census: 10,211 or 4.1% Percent of Wisconsin Total: 4.5% Source: American Fact Finder: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population

Population Growth Projection (2010 – 2040):

Largest Nonfarm Industry (MSA Average 2015):

Milwaukee Chicago


Private Sector Wage (2015 annual average):

Trade, Transportation and Utilities


Percent of Wisconsin Average: 104.1% Change from 2014: +1.7%

Employment: 32,700 Percent of MSA Employment: 18.8%

Source: Department of Workforce Development

Source:Wisconsin’s Worknet

Median Home Price (February 2016):

Unemployment Rate (2015 Average Non-Adjusted):


Brown County Per Capita Personal Income (2014):

Total Nonfarm Private Sector Employment (MSA Average 2015):

5-year High (Feb. 2012): 7.6% 5-year Low (Sept. & Oct. 2015): 3.2% Wisconsin Rate (2015): 4.6% US Rate (2015): 5.3%

Percent of Wisconsin Total: 6.8% Change from 2014: +1.3%

Industry with Highest Average Annual Wage (MSA 2015):


Percent Change (2010 – 2040): 25.9% Wisconsin State Average: 14.1% Source:Wisconsin Department of Administration


Source:Wisconsin’s Worknet

Change from February 2015: +15.3%



Source:Wisconsin’s Worknet

Percent of Wisconsin Per Capita Income (2014):


Utilities Sector: $104,587

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

Source: Department of Workforce Development

Crime Rate Comparison

Green Bay MSA







(crimes/100,000 inhabitants)

Madison MSA







Milwaukee MSA







Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation: Uniform Crime Reports

Violent Crime 2012 2014 %Change

Property Crime 2012 2014 %Change

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Brown County is growing rapidly. The three fastest growing municipalities in Wisconsin are located in Brown County - a sure sign of our economic vitality, quality of life and future success.

2015 State of Wisconsin Population (estimated):


2015 Brown County Population (estimated): 258,718 Percent Increase Over Census 2010: 4.1% Percent of the Green Bay MSA Population in Brown County: 83.3% 2014 Brown County Median Age: 36.9 2014 Wisconsin Median Age: 38.8

2014 Population 25+ by Educational Attainment

Source: US Census Bureau

2015 Households: 102,315 Percent Increase Over Census 2010: 4.2% 2015 Average Household Size: 2.46 2016 YTD Median Home Price: $150,000

Less than 9th grade 3.0% 9th – 12th grade, no diploma 5.7% High School Graduate/GED 31.9% Some College, No Degree 20.7% Associate Degree 10.3% Bachelor’s Degree 18.9% Graduate/Professional Degree 9.5%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau,Wisconsin Realtors Association

2015 Median Household Income: $53,392 Percent of Wisconsin Median Income: 101.3% 2014 Per Capita Person Income: $45,704 2014 Percent of Wisconsin Per Capita Income: 103.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Source:Wisconsin Worknet, US Census Bureau

Percent Change in Population 2010-2015 Brown County










2000-2010 % CHANGE

Total Population






Population Density






Total Households




















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Source:Wisconsin Department of Administration, Demographic Service Center

Population Density Brown County Population per square mile by Census Tract

People per square mile 489 105 2,289 2,056 2,985 2,582 3,037

Brown County: Wisconsin: City of Green Bay: City of De Pere: City of Appleton: City of Oshkosh: City of Madison:

Source:Wisconsin Department of Administration, Demographic Services Center; U.S. Census Bureau

5,000 - 46,259 5,000.0 5,000.0 to to 46,259.0 46,259.0 1,000 - 4,999.9 1,000.0 1,000.0 to to 4,999.9 4,999.9 200 999.9 200.0 200.0 to to 999.9 999.9 -to 199.9 79.6 199.9 79.6 to 199.9 30.0 to 30.0 to 79.5 79.5 30 - 79.5

Percent of Brown County Population by Age 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 00

2014 Population over age 18 (estimated)

2015 2020 2025

Source: DOA State Population Projections




10-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75-84 85+

Race & Ethnicity

Brown County is growing more diverse with each year. Minority populations have been steadily increasing since 2010, especially among Black (18.9), Hispanic (17.5) and Asian (19.6) populations. Population projections show that Brown County will continue to become more diverse. These growths in our population present opportunities in the areas of small business development, education, healthcare and housing. Hispanics and African Americans have made a home here in Brown County, causing an increase of 140 percent and 75 percent in those populations between 2000 and 2015. The Hmong have also become an important part of our community. Wisconsin is a place with a strong Native American presence where students learn the history of the various nations in elementary school.

Population by Race/Ethnicity, Brown County


2010 2015 2020 White 86.5% 84.8% 82.8% Black 2.2% 2.6% 3.0% American Indian 2.7% 2.8% 2.9% Asian 2.7% 3.1% 3.6% Hispanic origin 7.3% 8.3% 9.7% Two or more races 2.2% 2.5% 2.8% Other races 3.7% 4.2% 4.9% Source: ESRI

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Entertainment Tourism, Culture, Arts &

The Green Bay area has a vibrant energy and strong sense of community unlike any other city. Nothing compares to the camaraderie you feel during a game at Lambeau Field or at one of our many community festivals or within our thriving local art and music scenes. Check out Greater Green Bay. We have something for everyone.


Greater Green Bay ranks fifth in Wisconsin in visitor spending. In 2015, 5.4 million people visited Brown County spending $614 million.

Locally owned restaurants: over 200 Area Wineries and Vineyards: 9 Area Microbreweries: 6 Live Entertainment:

433+ shows in 2015 at Resch Center Complex, Meyer Theatre and Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Plus 100’s of live shows at small local venues.

Spending by season Fall 25.4% Summer: 31.4% Winter 19.3% Spring 23.9%

What do visitors spend money on?

Source:Tourism Economics

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Food & Beverage 23.6% Accommodations 21.5% Shopping 19.6% Recreation, Arts, Entertainment 18.7% Transportation 16.5%

Pride in History and Tradition

As the oldest settlement in Wisconsin first settled in 1634, you can experience our rich history in a spectacular line-up of museums and heritage destinations throughout Greater Green Bay. From the golden era of the railroad and local native history to full costume reenactments of frontier life, we love to celebrate our storied traditions. Museums: 10 Historical sites: 6 • Lambeau Field • Meyer Theatre • Bay Beach Amusement Park • Packer Heritage Trail • Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral • Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

If you build a place where people want to

visit live work

, you’ll build a place where people want to live.

If you build a place where people want to

If you build a place where people want to

, you’ll build a place where people have to work. , you’ll build a place where business has to be.

And, if you build a place where business wants to be, you’ll be back to building a place where people want to visit. It all starts with the visit...and that visit is influenced by your convention and visitors bureau.

Become a member today, and help us build a place where people WANT to visit. The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau is an internationally accredited, award-winning tourism organization serving Brown County, Wisconsin.

www.greenbay.com 920-494-9507

Coming in 2017 Titletown District with a 10-acre public plaza.

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Located at the base of the Bay of Green Bay, our community has ample recreational opportunities. We have been blessed with abundant wildlife, natural scenic beauty and a strong sporting heritage. Whether you are an adventurous soul or more easy going, the Greater Green Bay area has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages and abilities.

Super Bowl Champions and Much More

Get into the spirit of community by joining the lively crowds that support our local sports teams. Our dedication to the world-famous 13 time national champion Green Bay Packers is legendary, but we also cheer on other high-caliber professional and collegiate sports teams including the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Phoenix, St. Norbert College Green Knights, Green Bay Blizzard’s arena football, Green Bay Bullfrogs baseball and the Green Bay Gambler’s hockey.


Lambeau Field may be known as the “Frozen Tundra,” but that has never stopped us from enjoying time spent outside. We have four seasons that each offer exciting recreational activities, such as hiking, paddling, hunting, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, biking, fishing and many more.

Normal average temperatures:



Outdoor Activities

The people of Brown County have been blessed with numerous natural resources to enjoy. From the stunning beauty of Fonferek Glen Park to the rolling hiking trails of the Reforestation Park or the serene sights of Duck Creek, Brown County has something for all outdoor enthusiasts.

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Nearly 13 acres of parks per 1,000 residents Beaches, lakes and waterways Cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails 4 Dog parks 16 golf courses NEW Zoo & Adventure Park

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Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Green Bay Botanical Gardens Hunting/sporting Horseback riding Access to 112 miles of paved and gravel biking trails Off road biking trails – 2.5 mile to 10.5 mile loops



Four Seasons of Celebrations No matter the season, the streets are often lined with area residents enjoying one of our many festivals or public events. • 8 weekly farmers’ markets with fresh produce and entertainment • Restaurant Week • Craft Beer Week • Celebrate De Pere • Fridays on the Fox • Dine on the Deck • Fire over the Fox • Hmong New Year • Oneida Nation Pow Wows • Holiday Parades • WinterFest

Business success is all about great planning. Now’s the time to be thinking about your future workforce. Showcase careers and opportunities in your field and help motivate our future workforce to pursue a career within your company! Your Future Greater Green Bay – Promote your company to over 30,000 educators and students by building your profile, then connect, communicate and collaborate with students and educators. Potential connections include:    

Youth Apprenticeship Job Shadows Company Tours Mock Interviews

 Career Exploration Events  Classroom Speakers  MORE!


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Households and


When comparing Brown County to the U.S., State of Wisconsin and other Wisconsin counties, we keep pace in the retention of long-term residents; retaining 97 percent of our residents in 2014.

Never married 31.5%

Separated 1.0%

2014 Population 15+ by Marital Status

Divorced 10.7%

Source: 2014 American Community Survey

Widowed 4.9%

2010 Total Households



Married 51.9%

2010-2020 % CHANGE

98,383 102,315 106,040 7.2%

Average Household Size





Total Families 63,721 65,819 67,950 6.6% Average Family Size 3.02 3.00 2.99 -1.0% Source: ESRI Forecast

Households by Income in Brown County 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 08 06 04 02 00

Source: ESRI Forecast

2010 2015 2025



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Workforce and Commuting

Brown County businesses proudly boast about their impressive relationship with major universities and technical colleges to provide a strong talent pool. Businesses here thrive with a diverse, educated workforce that embodies the Midwestern work ethic.

Brown County Commuting Patterns

Brown County residents enjoy short commutes, averaging just

18.7 minutes

Public Transportation: 0.4% Bike: 0.6% Other means: 2.3% Walked: 2.5% Worked at Home: 2.9% Car,Truck or Van – Carpooled: 6.6% Car,Truck or Van – Drove Alone: 84.8%

2015 Green Bay Metro Transit Ridership:

1,394,851 Average cost per trip: $3.54

Source: 2014 U.S. Census, American Community Survey

Brown County Private Nonfarm Wage and Salary by Place of Work

Brown County Industry Makeup

(2015 Annual Average)

Natural Resources and Mining: $33,242 Construction: $49,679 Manufacturing: $52,029 Trade,Transportation and Utilities: $38,652 Information: $52,256 Financial Activities: $57,439 Professional and Business Services: $60,461 Education and Health: $52,141 Leisure and Hospitality: $26,269 Other Services: $22,347

Trade, Transportation and Utilities 19% Manufacturing 17% Education and Health 14% Government 12.2% Professional and Business Services 11.6% Leisure and Hospitality 9% Financial Activities 7% Other Services 4.9% Construction, Mining, Natural Resources 4.3% Information 1.1% Source:Wisconsin Worknet

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

Employment and Business Green Bay MSA May 2016, Preliminary (includes Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto Counties) Total Civilian Labor Force: 170,239 Employed: 164,096 Unemployed: 6,143 Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (non-adjusted May 2016) Number of Establishments for Q3 2015: 6,732 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Wisconsin’s Worknet


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Unemployment Rate

8 7 6 5 4

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Education summary

School Performance 2014-2015

Ashwaubenon De Pere Denmark Green Bay Area Howard-Suamico Pulaski Community West De Pere Wrightstown Wisconsin

Pa th rti e cip A a C ti T o % te n st po ud st in st en -s ts ec e on n A ve da rol ra ry led ge in A C T A ve sc ra or ge es te ac he r sa la ry

Education is a high priority in Brown County. We have eight public school districts and 32 private schools. Our dedication to high-quality education is apparent through our average ACT scores (23.5) which is higher than the state average (22.1). Wisconsin consistently ranks in the top two in the nation among states testing 50 percent or more of high school seniors.

59.9% 69.5% 56.0% 44.3% 66.6% 59.2% 62.3% 65.1% 63.5%

68.2% 75.3% 72.9% 62% 73.4% 65.8% 70.2% 67.6% 62.1%

24.0 24.8 23.0 21.6 23.9 24.1 24.0 23.0 22.1

$57,405 $56,125 $50,148 $53,204 $50,169 $53,601 $50,071 $48,550 $50,401

Source:Wisconsin Information System for Education

Average ACT Scores Brown County: 23.5

Wisconsin: 22.1 United States: 21.0

Source:Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, ACT.org

Total District Enrollment 2015 - 2016 Ashwaubenon De Pere Denmark Green Bay Area Public Howard-Suamico Pulaski Community West De Pere Wrightstown Community Wisconsin

3,306 4,284 1,525 21,014 6,081 3,682 3,367 1,323 869,574

Source: DPI’s Wisconsin Information System for Education

Total public school enrollment 2015-2016: 44,582 Total private school enrollment 2015-2016: 4,703 Brown County Average Teacher Salary: $52,409

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Post-Secondary Education Medical College of WI – Green Bay

Enrollment: 55 There’s more to Green Bay than professional football, but living near Lambeau Field is a nice bonus of our new campus serving Northeastern Wisconsin. MCW-Green Bay works in partnership with the best academic and medical institutions in the region to bring contemporary classroom technology and labs, a first class clinical education experience, and one-on-one attention to ensure your questions are answered, and your learning is personalized.

Rasmussen College

Enrollment: 407 For more than 115 years, Rasmussen College has met the needs of its local communities by providing market-relevant and career-focused programs as well as public service. The regionally accredited, private College currently offers programs at the certificate and diploma level through the associate’s and bachelor’s degree levels in seven schools of study including business, health sciences, nursing, education, justice studies, technology and design. Students can earn their degree online or at one of the College’s 23 Midwest or Florida campuses, including Green Bay located at 904 South Taylor Street.

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Enrollment: 6,779 UW-Green Bay is a public institution known for its superb faculty and staff, top-flight facilities, beautiful bay shore campus and strong academic reputation. Students choose from more than 40 programs of study. Most remain in Northeast Wisconsin following graduation, serving as the region’s teachers, health care professionals, urban and regional planners and business and civic leaders. The University prizes its role in community development with a deep commitment to expanding public-private partnerships, student and faculty involvement, and the transformative benefits of higher education.

Other Greater Green Bay Private Post-Secondary Institutions:

St. Norbert College

Enrollment: 2,180 St. Norbert College, the only Norbertine college in the world, consistently ranks among the best liberal arts institutions in the nation by U.S. News, Forbes and others. Its world-class facilities include nearly $130 million in donor-funded new construction over the past seven years, including an indoor sports center, a state-of-the-art science center, library, stadium and dining commons. Additionally, 2014 saw the establishment of the college’s Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics – the hub of business intelligence in Northeast Wisconsin – that, with it, launched an MBA program. Robust service-learning and study-abroad programs, winning athletics and a wealth of opportunities for student engagement also contribute to an outstanding educational and living experience on a quintessential college campus.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Enrollment: 17,000 Founded in 1912, NWTC is a nationally-ranked, two-year public college where students prepare for high-tech careers. The College served over 32,000 students; 7,800 students pursued degrees and diplomas and worked with over 1,100 businesses for contract training. NWTC has welcomed students from more than 23 countries around the globe including Egypt, Pakistan, South Africa, Brazil, Ghana, Spain, Moldova, and China. All NWTC students are provided with resources needed for success. As a result, the College produced 2,588 graduates in 2015. Graduate success: 93 percent of our grads have careers within six months of graduation; 80 percent of those grads are employed in their career fields. Hundreds more continue their education through NWTC’s transfer agreements with nearly 40 other colleges/universities. Start here. Go anywhere!

Lakeland University Bellin College Concordia University

Globe University Marian University College of Menominee Nation


A Tradition of Excellence Opportunity Ashwaubenon High School 2391 S. Ridge Road 920.492.2950

Parkview Middle School 955 Willard Drive 920.492.2940

Pioneer Elementary School 1360 Ponderosa Avenue 920.492.2920

Valley View Elementary School 2200 True Lane 920.492.2930

Cormier School & Early Learning Center 2280 S. Broadway 920.448.2870

Why Ashwaubenon?      

World Language in Grades 1-12 4-Year Old Kindergarten Community Service Graduation Requirement Extensive & Successful Extra-Curricular Programs New Auditorium & Aquatics Center in 2016 Great Students, Parents, Staff, Facilities, and a Supportive Community!

www.ashwaubenon.k12.wi.us @AshwaubenonSD

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Key Industries and Clusters

Key Industries in our Diversified Economy Brown County’s diverse economy creates unlimited business opportunities. Our businesses are known for their innovation and ingenuity – from phytomedicines to machine design. Many of our key industries are part of clusters established by the state of Wisconsin: Biotechnology Dairy Food Products & Processing Paper Plastics Printing Tourism Information Technology Medical Devices

Brown County’s Core Industry Makeup Includes: Trade,Transportation and Utilities Brown County is home to the headquarters of several large transportation companies, the largest of which is Schneider, a multi-national leader of transportation, logistics and related services. As a regional shopping hub, serving the Green Bay MSA, as well as surrounding counties and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Brown County’s retail trade provides needed goods, services and jobs. Agriculture & Food Processing Agriculture production and agribusiness generate over $4.6 billion in economic activity in Brown County, about 15 percent of the total economy. Within this category, dairy is the largest income generator, although canning, cash crops and livestock are also substantial contributors.

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Education and Health Brown County is home to four hospitals, the Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic and 40+ clinics.We also have 11 post-secondary and technical training institutions and eight school districts serving 44,500+ students to guarantee that Brown County has the capacity and capability to meet the current and future needs of its residents. Manufacturing Making up almost one-fifth of the county’s employment alone, manufacturing thrives in Brown County. With a range of companies like Procter & Gamble, RR Donnelley, Fox Valley Metal Tech, GeorgiaPacific, Belgioioso Cheese, Schreiber Foods and C.A. Lawton, Brown County’s manufacturing sector is diverse. Among others, this sector includes paper, food, metal and machinery product manufacturing, as well as printing and publishing.

30 LARGEST PRIVATE EMPLOYERS IN THE GREATER GREEN BAY AREA (Employment numbers reflect full-time equivalent employment as of May 2016) i.e., every 40 hours counts as one employee




NAICS/Main Product or Service




Multiple branch locations

524114 – Health insurance and related services.



Bellin Health

Headquarters - Green Bay, multiple locations

622110 – Acute care hospital specializing in cardio, neuro. & critical care.



Oneida Nation

Headquarters & branches in Oneida

921190 – Tribal enterprise and government of the Oneida Tribe of Indians.




Headquarters - Ashwaubenon, multiple branches

484230 – One of the nation’s largest truck load carriers.




Branches - Green Bay

322121 – Multinational manufacturer of paper and tissue products for retail & commercial markets.




Branches - Howard

524292 – Markets and administers health and life insurance plans designed especially for small business.



Aurora Health Care

Hospital in Green Bay, multiple clinic & pharmacy locations

622110 – Full service medical care facility with a 167 bed capacity, home health and multiple clinic and retail pharmacy locations.



St.Vincent Hospital

Branch - Green Bay

622110 – Acute care hospital and regional center for trauma, cancer treatment, physical rehabilitation, perinatal care, dialysis and specialty surgery with a 517 bed capacity.



American Foods Group

Green Bay

311611 – Meat distributors – animal (except poultry) slaughtering.



Prevea Health

HQ Ashwaubenon multiple Locations

621111 – More than 500 physicians trained in 42 primary and specialty care areas regionally.



Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Headquarters - Green Bay, multiple locations

322211 – Corrugated and solid fiber box manufacturing.



Wisconsin Public Service

Headquarters - Green Bay, multiple locations

221112 – An electric and natural gas utility company serving Northeastern and Central Wisconsin.



JBS Green Bay

Branch - Green Bay

311611 – Beef slaughterer and processor.



ShopKo Stores

Headquarters - Ashwaubenon, multiple branch locations

551114 – Discount mass-merchandiser retail.



Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Multiple branch locations

452112 - Retail shopping store chain.



Associated Banc-Corp.

Headquarters - Green Bay, multiple branch locations

522110 - Diversified bank holding company offering a full range of traditional banking services and a variety of other financial products and services.



Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance

Headquarters - Ashwaubenon

524126 – Personal lines property casualty company (auto & home insurance) servicing in 44 states.



Festival Foods

Multiple branch locations

445110 - A family and employee-owned grocery chain operating 23 grocery stores and 2 banquet and catering facilities, known as The Marq, throughout Wisconsin.




Headquarters - Bellevue

337214 - Manufacturer of contract furniture.



Schreiber Foods, Inc.

Headquarters - Green Bay, multiple branch locations

551114 - Manufactures and markets processed and natural cheeses and dairy products to the food service and retail markets.



Paper Converting Machine Company

Multiple branch locations (a division of Barry Wehmiller)

333291 – Manufacturer of state-of-the-art converting machinery.



RR Donnelly

Multiple branch locations

511140 – Printing, mailing and direct mailing services.



Belmark, Inc.

Headquarters - De Pere

323112 - Manufacturer of packaging-pressure sensitive labels, flexible film and folding cartons.



Procter & Gamble Paper Products

Branches - Green Bay

322121 - Paper products manufacturer.



St. Norbert College

Headquarters - De Pere

611310 - Private religious, educational institution.



APAC Customer Services

Branch - Green Bay

561422 – Inbound call center.



Nsight & Cellcom

Headquarters - De Pere, multiple locations

517210 - Wireless telecommunications carriers.



St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center

Branch - Green Bay

622110 – Acute care hospital with 158 private rooms; handles a broad range of medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetric and gynecological problems.




Branch - Wrightstown

322221 - State of the art flexible packaging producer.



Nature’s Way

Headquarters - Green Bay

325411 – Medicinal and botanical manufacturing; herbal supplements manufacturing and distribution.


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Your hard earned dollars go a lot further in Brown County than most places in the U.S. The average cost of living in Greater Green Bay is 6.5 percent below the national average. The cost of housing, groceries and transportation are on average lower in the Green Bay region than other regions in the Midwest.

2014 Median:

Home Value

Rent per Month

Brown County $157,100 $696 Minneapolis $204,600 $876 Chicago $219,800 $968 United States $181,200 $934 Green Bay MSA $155,200 $692

Rent as a Percentage of Household Income

2012 2013 2014 Less than 20% 30.2% 29.9% 30.9 20 – 29% 25.7% 27.9% 24.9 30% or more 44.1% 37.2% 44.1 Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey 2014

Whether buying or renting, housing is very often a family’s largest expenditure. Construction numbers and home prices are commonly used to measure the strength of the economy, while homeownership and rent numbers measure household wealth. Brown County offers:

Housing Stock - # Units

2013 2014 Total Units 106,216 107,319 Single Family 66.4% 69.1% Multi-Family 32% 30% Mobile 1.5% 1.0%

Brown County Age of Housing

Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey 2014

New Residential Dwellings (2015 – single family, multiple) New homes built: 480 Multiple units built: 584

Source:The municipalities of Brown County

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Brown County Homeownership Owner Occupied 64.7% Renter Occupied 35.3%

Built 2010 or later 1.8% 2000 – 2009 14.8% 1980 – 1999 26.0% 1960 – 1979 29.4% 1940 – 1959 14.6% 1939 or earlier 13.4% Source: U.S. Census, 2014 American Community Survey

Income and Poverty

Income and poverty rates are a gauge to determine the health and well-being of a community. While Brown County’s median income is slightly below the national average income, we make up for that with lower cost of living (6.5 percent below the national average). Brown County’s poverty rate and Gini Index are incrementally better than Wisconsin and U.S. rates and indexes. Our economically diverse community is better equipped to meet the demands of all community members; resulting in a more stable and vibrant community.

Median Household Income BROWN COUNTY 2015 2020 (forecast)


WISCONSIN 2015 2020 (forecast)


Gini Index Brown County: 0.4066 Wisconsin: 0.4397 United States: 0.4804


UNITED STATES 2015 2020 (forecast)

(0.0 represents total income equality and 1.0 represents total income inequality) $60,187

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

$53,217 $60,683

Source: ESRI

Poverty Rate




ALL RESIDENTS 12.5% 12.4% 13.5% 13.2%


18.4% 18.4%




17.4% 18.1%


22.2% 21.7%

Source: U.S. Census, 2014 American Community Survey

Cost of Living Comparison Composite Green Bay, WI 94.1 Detroit, MI 95.4 Akron, OH 101.3 Milwaukee, WI 100.4 Madison, WI 104.6 Minneapolis,MN 108.3 Chicago, IL 116.3 Index Weighting (%) 100.0

Groceries 90.1 88.8 117.0 101.3 102.8 108.0 116.7 14.0

Housing 80.6 91.1 110.3 99.7 111.6 112.3 136.2 28.0

Utilities Transportation 110.7 103.6 104.5 104.8 93.7 104.6 108.2 97.7 92.2 105.5 93.1 111.9 104.2 114.3 11.0 11.0

Healthcare 107.0 96.4 90.4 117.4 121.7 105.5 99.1 4.0

Misc. 97.1 95.5 90.0 96.7 100.6 108.8 105.9 32.0

Source: Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), 2015 Annual Average Data 2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book  17

Green Bay - Austin Straubel

International Airport Serving more than 600,000 passengers annually and offering 40 commercial flights daily, Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) has positioned itself as the “go to” airport for convenience. As Northeast Wisconsin’s largest airport and the third largest airport in Wisconsin, GRB is your gateway for business and leisure travel. GRB’s daily flights to major metropolitan hubs and regular investment in key infrastructure make it a key player for economic growth and improved quality of life for commercial as well as corporate travel. Airport land is also available for development and lease for future business growth or expansion.

Non-stop Destinations Chicago TYPICAL # FLIGHTS PER DAY:



Commercial Airlines with Service to/from Green Bay - Austin Straubel International American



Airport Passenger and Freight Comparison 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total air passengers 586,943 610,673 623,261 609,829 Total air freight (lbs.) 385,543 542,856 361,947 311,943 Source: Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport

Fixed Base Operations:

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Air Cargo

With Brown County being a one-day drive to more than one-third of the nation’s population, Green Bay - Austin Straubel International is a prime choice for companies looking for efficient cargo distribution. Dedicated Cargo Carrier Freight Runners Airline Cargo Service American Delta



of Green Bay

The Port of Green Bay is the western-most port of Lake Michigan offering a direct route for shipping raw goods and materials using the most cost effective and sustainable method of transportation available. There are 14 port businesses located along three miles of the Fox River. These businesses moved more than 1.9 metric tons of cargo during 2015 and handle dry bulk commodities (coal, limestone and salt), bulk liquids (petroleum products, liquid asphalt and tallow), breakbulk commodities (wood pulp and forest products) as well as oversized cargo. Port activity remains steady as 141 vessels came through the port in 2015.

Green Bay’s Vibrant Port Offers Shippers: Experienced pilots 24-hour tug service Efficient stevedores Custom house brokers

Foreign freight forwarders U.S. Customs Extensive docking and storage areas 100-ton capacity

Terminals located on the adjacent Fox River include: 14 docks capable of handling dry bulk commodities such as coal and limestone Four docks capable of handling bulk liquids including tallow, petroleum products and asphalt

Port tonnage comparison


2012 1,917,651 2013 2,216,904 2014 2,329,834 2015 1,992,876

Meet Your Next Business Partner

Two docks capable of handling wood pulp, machinery, bagged agricultural commodities and forest products

Channel depths and turning basins The Port of Green Bay maintains 24’-26’ below Low Water Datum (LWD), with channel widths of 300’-500’. Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Port for channel conditions. There are two turning basins – the East River turning basin (24’below LWD) and another one immediately north of CN’s railroad bridge (20’ below LWD). For more information, visit www.portofgreenbay.com

Partnering with the Port of Green Bay is a strategic way for businesses to reach new markets, save money and run more efficiently. See how we can help improve your business operations.

www.portofgreenbay.com www.facebook.com/portofgreenbay



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The major categories of freight traffic products:

Originating in Wisconsin Glass and Stone Products 11% Farm products 13% Nonmetallic Minerals 22% Pulp & Paper Products 14% Food Products 11% Other 29%

Efficient, dependable freight rail service plays a vital role in the movement of goods for Wisconsin’s many and varied industries. Wisconsin’s 4,200 miles of track are served by eight freight railroads: four major (Class 1) railroads, four regional and shortline (Class II and III) railroads. These railroads last year carried more than 2.7 million carloads of freight weighing in at nearly 164 million tons.

Terminating in Wisconsin

CN and Escanaba Lake Superior rail are the two rail lines serving Brown County.

Coal 53% Metallic ores 13% Farm products 5% Pulp and paper 7% Chemicals 5% Other 17%

Commodity forecasts produced for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicate the state’s freight rail tonnage is expected to grow by more than 50 percent by 2020. Major growth categories include:






Source: Forward Wisconsin

These products provide Wisconsin companies with the materials they need to meet consumer and business demand while rail companies, at the same time, provide a reliable and affordable service to transport bulk goods and get finished products to market. 20   2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book

Ground Transportation There are almost 100 motor freight carriers serving Northeast Wisconsin. Inbound and outbound cargo has the advantage of reaching more than one-third of the nation’s population within a one-day travel time (500 miles).

Major market days by truck Milwaukee Chicago Minneapolis Dubuque Indianapolis Des Moines Detroit Cincinnati

.25 0.5 0.5 0.5 .75 1.0 1.0 1.0

St. Louis Dayton Atlanta New York Denver New Orleans Los Angeles

1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0

A solid ground transportation infrastructure is important to Brown County as evidenced by the pledge to maintain 100 percent of Brown County’s 361 miles of county highways in ‘good’ condition.



North Dakota

Sault Ste. Marie


Minnesota South Dakota


Green Bay

Wisconsin La Crosse



Madison Milwaukee





Des Moines






Kansas City





New Jersey

Ohio Md. 250-MILE RADIUS




New York



West Virginia



Foreign Trade Zone #167 Foreign trade zones (FTZ) are secure areas under U.S. Customs supervision that are considered outside the Customs territory of the United States. These zones allow certain types of merchandise to be imported, repackaged, assembled with other components and then exported without having to go through formal customs entry procedures or incurring import duties.

Originally granted operational authority in 1990, Green Bay’s zone #167 included approximately 2,300 acres that includes Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport and an Ashwaubenon industrial park. However, due to the area’s rapid growth over the past years, zone #167 was expanded in 2005 to include additional parcels in Hobart and Wittman Airfield and an Oshkosh industrial park. Additionally, our general Considering the economic indicators for Brown County, purpose zone oversees three subzone tenants located it’s easy to see why the Green Bay area obtained foreign elsewhere in Wisconsin. trade zone status, FTZ #167 is surrounded by the economic might of the nation’s Midwest and direct For more information on FTZ #167, contact Dean access to world markets via land, sea and air. Haen of the Port of Green Bay at 920.492.4950.

Foreign Trade Zone Benefits Relief from inverted tariffs Duty exemption on reports Duty elimination on waste, scrap and yield loss

Weekly entry savings Duty deferral 2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book  21


Similar to cities twice our size, businesses in Greater Green Bay can rely on our telecommunications infrastructure to give them a competitive advantage. Brown County has a robust telecommunications infrastructure that includes two gigabit business parks (Pulaski North Industrial Park and Pulaski Industrial Park) and a fiber network connecting all parts of the county. With one of the most extensive telecommunications infrastructures in the country, Wisconsin gives companies access to high quality telecommunications services at competitive prices.

Wisconsin Telecommunications Quick Facts Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) 39 as of December 2014

Residential Fixed Connections 1,350,000 as of December 31, 2014

Lifeline customers in Wisconsin Include ILEC, CLEC and Reseller customers 194,253 as of October 29, 2015

Mobile Wireless Connections 5,537,000 as of December 2014 (4,697,000 residential, 840,000 business)

Source: FCC Form 477

Source: FCC Form 477

Source: FCC Form 477

Source: USAC





Brown County Village of Suamico

Barkhausen Preserve

Howard 141 Village of Howard

Howard Suamico SD


Green Bay

Village of Howard

Bay of Green Bay

Public Works Howard Library


Hobart Allouez

UW Green Bay

City of Green Bay

Brown County Jail

Neville Museum



NWTC Downtown Green Bay Sophie B. & Library

141 Southwest Library

City of Green Bay

Ashwaubenon Library

De Pere

Village of Ashwaubenon

UW Extension

Brown County Airport

Village of Hobart


Village of Ashwaubenon


Business/Government wireless download speed Wrightstown

Village of Bellevue DePere Library St. Norbert College

City of Depere

City of DePere

50+ Megabits per second Access recorded no speed available 2014

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Village of Allouez County Fairgrounds



Investing in your people

Learn how: nwtc.edu/businessresources




to be a Greater Green Bay Chamber member!

The Greater Green Bay Chamber works diligently to strengthen member businesses through enhancing economic and workforce development, resulting in improved quality of life in our community and region. We serve as the voice of the more than 1,150+ member businesses and their 88,000+ employees.

We are a community of like-minded individuals whose goal is to launch and grow thriving businesses.

The benefits of being a member of the Greater Green Bay Chamber are numerous and invaluable.

Discover the benefits that more than 260 fellow entrepreneurs have at the incubator.

The incubator offers: ✓ Manufacturing, research & development, industrial, warehousing, virtual or private office spaces ✓ In-house business experts that assist with anything from marketing to protecting your inventions ✓ Shared resources such as wi-fi, meeting rooms, a receptionist, copier and much more

Join Join us us at at www.titletown.org www.titletown.org.

CALL 920.496.2110 OR VISIT ADVANCEINCUBATOR.ORG TODAY. 2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book  23

Access to


The Green Bay Water Utility operates the water system for the city and wholesales water to the Village of Ashwaubenon,Village of Hobart and Town of Scott. Green Bay Water Utility average demand is 17.8 million gallons per day (mgd) and has the capacity to treat and deliver a maximum of 42 million gallons per day. The surrounding municipalities each operate their own municipal water services or contract with other Northeast Wisconsin communities, with wells and Lake Michigan as the main source. The communities of De Pere, Allouez, Bellevue, Howard, Lawrence and Ledgeview are served by the Central Brown County Water Authority, which purchases treated water from Manitowoc Public Utilities and transports it to the area. The Authority has a contractual commitment for 20 million gallons per day with rights to expand up to 40 mgd. In 2015, approximately 2.4 billion gallons of water was purchased and delivered to members; an average of about 6.3 mgd. Each member community independently maintains and operates their own water systems and set their own water rates.

Green Bay Water Utility 2015 Green Bay Water Utility Retail Water Sales

SOURCE: Lake Michigan

RATED CAPACITY: 42 million gallons/day

AVERAGE ANNUAL DEMAND: 17.8 million gallons/day



Municipal 4%

Sanitary Sewer Service Commercial 21% Industry 44%

Residential 31%

NEW Water is a wholesale provider of wastewater conveyance and treatment service for more than 230,000 residents in 18 municipalities. NEW Water works with municipalities who then set rates and bill users of the sanitary sewer services. NEW Water is the largest wastewater treatment service provider in the northeast and the third largest in Wisconsin. NEW Water operates two facilities, one in Green Bay and one in De Pere. For more information visit www.newwater.us. NEW Water Rated capacity 49.2 mgd (Green Bay) 10 mgd (De Pere)

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Average daily demand

38 million gallons/day

2016 rate for typical household

$3.07 per 1,000 gallons

Electrical and Gas


Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: WEC), is an electric and natural gas utility headquartered in Green Bay. WPS serves approximately 450,000 electric customers and approximately 326,600 natural gas customers in residential, agricultural, industrial and commercial markets, as well as wholesale customers.

Typical Industrial Electric Bills ($/month) as of January 1, 2016

Demand in kW Consumption in kWh WPS (estimated) Wisconsin average U.S. average

75 15,000 $1,482 $1,770 $1,931

75 30,000 $2,475 $2,878 $3,083

75 50,000 $3,438 $4,251 $4,540

1,000 200,000 $21,906 $23,785 $24,353

1,000 1,000 50,000 400,000 650,000 15,000,000 $30,723 $41,743 $1,277,702 $35,685 $50,071 $1,396,165 $37,452 $53,182 $1,423,998

50,000 25,000,000 $1,718,510 $1,931,916 $2,019,850

Source: Forward WI

Electrical Power

WPS owns and operates the J.P. Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay as well as the Weston Power Plant near Wausau, and Fox Energy Center in Kaukauna. Electric generating capacity based on summer capacity ratings is 2,517 megawatts, including the utility’s share of jointly owned facilities. They own 25,400 miles of electric distribution lines and are directly interconnected with other regional electric utilities including Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Xcel Energy. American Transmission Co. (ATC) also owns and operates transmission lines in Brown County. ATC’s transmission system allows energy producers to transport electric power from where it’s generated to where it’s needed.

Rate Comparison for Industrial Customers November 2015, Cents per kilowatt hours WPS 5.79¢ Wisconsin 7.44¢ East North Central 6.81¢ United States 6.62¢

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Gas Service

WPS’s 8,250 miles of natural gas piping supplies gas for home heating, decorative fireplaces, water heating and commercial & industrial uses. WPS purchases natural gas from suppliers in the southern United States as well as Canada, and stores gas for winter use in a storage facility in Michigan. When needed, the natural gas is transported to WPS and its customers by the ANR and Guardian Pipeline Companies.

MOVING ENERGY INTO THE FUTURE Electricity powers our world. Each day, light switches are flipped, computers are powered up and factories hum with activity. Electricity enables automation, convenience, productivity and opportunity. At American Transmission Co., we’re hard at work keeping the lights on and planning today for how the electric grid of our future will deliver reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible power.

Read more at www.atcllc.com/PowerForward 2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book  25

Healthcare Quality care from top hospitals

With four hospitals, Brown County serves as a healthcare hub, serving all of the healthcare needs of the residents of Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our medical facilities are some of the top medical centers in the nation, including two hospitals ranked in the top 100 nationally. Brown County also offers a vast network of clinical services (including Prevea Health and the Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic), outpatient programs, emergency care and support services to ensure the highest level of care for residents of all ages and needs.

Surrounded by people who care

Friendly, quality care for elderly residents is easy to find. Our community offers resource and advocacy centers, hospice and in-home care, nursing homes, assisted living and independent apartments for older adults. Recognition of diversity is also important in our senior care community with services for people of Hmong, Native American and Hispanic descent.

Insuring lives and ensuring jobs The Green Bay area offers a wealth of insurance options, which not only provides benefits to employees and their families, but also contributes to the local economy by providing thousands of job opportunities. Humana and UnitedHealthcare are two major employers and providers in the health insurance industry, with large offices in our community.

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Hospitals St.Vincent Hospital stvincenthospital.org

Aurora Baycare Medical Center aurorabaycare.com

St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center stmgb.org

Bellin Hospital bellin.org

Wisconsin Tax Rates Corporate Income Tax Base Flat rate Economic development Surcharge

Net Income 7.9% 3.0% for corporations with at least $4 million in gross receipts. Minimum surcharge $25; maximum $9,800

Personal Income Tax Rate range

Property Tax Base Exemptions


4.00% to 7.65% depending on marital status and income

Real property and tangible personal property Machinery and equipment used in manufacturing; manufacturing merchant and farm inventories; and computer hardware and software. Statewide average effective rate is $21.09 per $1,000 of full value, except for Milwaukee County. The effective full value rate in Milwaukee County is $27.83 per $1,000. Average rate for all cities is $24.44/$1.000

Sales and Use Tax State rate Exemptions

Local county option Combined rate range

5.0% Agricultural equipment, manufacturing equipment and consumables, pollution control equipment and production fuel and electricity. 0.5% (Brown County does not assess a local sales tax) 5.0% to 6.75%

Unemployment Compensation Taxable wage base Rate range New employers

New construction



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$14,000 0.27% - 12.0% for experienced employers Small firms (<$500,000 payroll) 3.6%; Large firms (>$500,000 payroll) 4.10%; 6.60%

Source: Forward Wisconsin 2015 2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book  27


While Green Bay is often described as the frozen tundra, residents know that the overall climate is more temperate with its variability and distinctive weather patterns across the seasons. Extended periods of humid or subzero temperatures are uncommon due to the moderating effect of Lake Michigan. Wisconsinites are able to work through what others may consider inclement weather conditions. Only in the most severe cases does the weather impact business.

Temperature °F for 2015 90 80




Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office

Number of Days with Elevated Ozone Levels Green Bay 4.8 Madison 4.0 Milwaukee 13.5 Chicago 19.0 Detroit 10.2 Indianapolis 7.7 Cleveland 14.0 Los Angeles 109.2

70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

Air Quality Weighted Annual Average











Source: American Lung Association; State of the Air Report, 2015

Annual Average Rainfall

Annual Average Wind Speed

Annual Average Snowfall

Average Growing Season

32.12 inches 56.2 inches

8.8 mph

Elevation above Sea Level:

581 feet at Green Bay

174 days

Percent of Populations Affected by Conditions Green Bay Milwaukee Chicago Minneapolis Portland Pediatric Asthma 2.5 2.5 1.9 2.0 1.4 Adult Asthma 7.9 7.9 7.1 6.6 8.3 Cardiovascular Disease 5.2 4.9 5.7 4.9 5.6 Diabetes 6.4 6.0 7.4 5.9 6.3 Source: American Lung Association, State of the Air Report, 2015 28   2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book

Incentives Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit

The State of Wisconsin provides an income tax incentive to manufacturers to maximize their production in Wisconsin. Chief among them is the Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit which virtually eliminates the tax on income from manufacturing activity in this state. The credit is a percentage of “eligible qualified production activities income.

Other Special Tax Incentives and Tax Treatment • • • • • • • •

Tax year 2016 = 7.5% (effective corporate tax rate: 0.4%) The amount of credit not entirely offset against Wisconsin income or franchise taxes may be carried forward and credited against Wisconsin income or franchise taxes due for up to 15 years.

Property Tax Exemptions

Machinery and Equipment used in Manufacturing • Manufacturing, Merchant and Farm Inventories • Computer Hardware and Software • Waste Treatment Facilities • Tax Increment Finance Districts Allowed for Cities,Villages and Towns

Deduction for Corporate Dividends Received Deduction for Job Creation Exclusion for Long-Term Capital Gains Postsecondary Education Credit Single Sales Factor Apportionment Special Capital Gains Treatment for Wisconsin Small Businesses Wisconsin law permits formation of Subchapter S Corporations Wisconsin law permits formation of limited liability companies (LLCs)

Venture and Investment Capital • •

Angel Investment Credit Early Stage Seed Investment Credit

Other Incentives • •

Revolving Loan Fund programs in De Pere, Green Bay, Howard and Brown County 26 TIF Districts with positive value increments in Brown County

Source: Forward Wisconsin 2015

Sales and Use Tax Exemptions • • • • • •

Alternative Energy used in Manufacturing Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers’ Materials Pollution Abatement, Waste Treatment & Recycling Equipment Production Fuel and Electricity Biotechnology and Manufacturing Research

Tax Credits • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Community Rehabilitation Program Credits Dairy and Livestock Farm Investment Credits Dairy Manufacturing Facility Investment Credits Development Opportunity Zone Credits Economic Development Credits Engine Research Credits Enterprise Zone Job Credits Film Production Credits Food Processing Plant and Food Warehouse Investment Credits Jobs Tax Credits Meat Processing Facility Investment Credits Relocation Tax Credits Research Expenditure Credits Research Facilities Credit Supplement to the Federal Historical Rehabilitation Credits Woody Biomass Harvesting & Processing Equipment Credits

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Located in the heart of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, Allouez boasts a convenient location to many area amenities. Both businesses and residents enjoy quick access to major highways and airports, while still being able to take advantage of the parks, trails, and recreational activities Allouez is known for. Population:

2010: 13,975

2015: 13,790

% change: -1.3%

Type of Government: Village board consisting of village president and six trustees, each with a threeyear term; full-time village administrator. Business Development Areas: Allouez TID#1 covers land along Riverside Drive/HWY 57 and Webster Avenue, making this area an excellent space for development and redevelopment projects. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at villageofallouez.com.


Ashwaubenon encompasses 13 square miles between Green Bay, De Pere and the west bank of the Fox River. Both businesses and residents have convenient access to major highways and airports, while enjoying the amenities of a progressive community. Ashwaubenon residents enjoy neighborhoods with tree-lined streets and neighborhood parks. A strong commercial and industrial sector provides access to jobs, services, and amenities. Being the regional shopping and dining destination, the population doubles and sometimes triples on a daily basis as visitors, shoppers and commuting workers flock to the community’s many businesses and attractions. Population:

2010: 16,963

2015: 16,940

% change: -0.1%

Type of Government: Village board consisting of village president and six trustees, each with a 3-year term; full-time village manager. Business Development Areas: Ashwaubenon Business Center, Retail Center, Ashwaubenon Riverfront and Multi-Family Areas. Lots Available, contact Kristan Sanchez, 920.492.2327. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at ashwaubenon.com.


A progressive community located within the Green Bay Metropolitan Area, the Village of Bellevue is a great place to grow your family, your business and enjoy a high quality of life.The Village is a full-service municipality offering quality municipal services while maintaining combined local municipal tax and utility rates that are among the lowest compared with the other incorporated communities in the Brown County area.

Type of Government: Village board consisting of a village president and four trustees, each with a three-year term; full-time village administrator. High Growth Areas: Intersection of County GV and Hwy 172: Location with a mix of established national and local retail establishments including Costco, Target, Copp’s, and Walgreens. High traffic volumes and available land for retail/office/mixed-use development. Area is within a Tax Incremental Finance District. South Huron Road: Located along Brown County’s eastern arterial connecting State Highway 54/57 and Interstate 43. Area with a YMCA, Bellin College and Bellin Clinic in close proximity to the I-43 Business Park and Aurora Bay Care Hospital. Available land for retail/office/mixed-use development. Contact Andrew Vissers, Community Development Director, 920.468.5225. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at villageofbellevue.org.


Brown County encompasses a total land area of about 529 square miles of Northeastern Wisconsin, ranging from urban, active downtowns to quiet, suburban residential neighborhoods, to rural agricultural areas. Brown County provides a comprehensive set of community services, including such amenities and economic drivers as a Library system, Park system, Neville Public Museum, Golf Course, Green Bay – Austin Straubel International Airport, and the Port of Green Bay, among many other services. Brown County would like to invite you to visit our communities to experience what we have to offer. Population:

2010: 248,007

2015: 255,376

% Change: 2.97%

Type of Government: Elected County Executive and elected 26-member County Board Business Parks: Brown County Research and Business Park, located just south of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay on the northeast side of the City of Green Bay with convenient access to State Highway 54/57 and Interstate 43. Land available for development. Contact Chuck Lamine, Brown County Planning and Land Services Director at 920.448.6480 or lamine_cf@co.brown.wi.us. Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport, located on the west side of the Green Bay Metro Area with convenient access to State Highway 172 and Interstate 41. Land available for development may be viewed at: http://www.flygrb. com/available-property. Contact Tom Miller, Airport Director at 920.498.4800 or miller_tw@co.brown.wi.us. Learn more about Brown County at co.brown.wi.us.


Bellevue is serviced by four major highways, and within 15 minutes of Green Bay – Austin Straubel International Airport and the Port of Green Bay. Surrounded by rural landscapes, this progressive community maintains a small-town atmosphere, making it a great place to live, work and play.

Denmark is a steadily growing, full service community characterized by its rural charm, including areas of woodlands, farms, pastures, and rural subdivisions.The diversity in the landscape, selection of quality building lots, excellent schools and well maintained local parks has attracted many people to this area.


Denmark is located about 15 miles southeast of Green Bay, just off I-43. More than 2,000 residents enjoy life in this idyllic country setting a heartbeat away from Door County.

2010: 14,570

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2015: 15,047

% change: 3.3%


2010: 2,123

2015: 2,161

% change: 1.8%

Type of Government: Village board consisting of village president and six trustees, each with a twoyear overlapping terms; full-time village administrator. Industrial Parks: Viking Business Park, Piontek Business Park, Woodrow Industrial Park, and the new I-43 Business Campus. Lots available, contact the Village at 920.863.5692. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at denmark-wi.org.


Located directly on the Fox River, De Pere offers its over 24,000 residents a hometown atmosphere with the benefits of a progressive urban city. Fountains, sculptures and community art add modern touches to the city’s charming old-world architecture. The bustling downtown district is balanced by more than 400 acres of parks and green space, including two outdoor swimming pools, three boat launch facilities and a community center. De Pere’s historic downtown offers unique shopping, casual and fine dining and live entertainment, including a comedy theatre and a variety of original live music and art. De Pere boasts an exceptional quality of life and is known for its beautiful river views, water sports, parks, progressive attitude and family friendliness. Population:

2010: 23,800

2015: 24,447

% change: 2.7%

Type of Government: Mayor-council-city administrator.The city administrator is the professional chief administrative officer for all city operations and is appointed by the common council. Business and Industrial Parks: West Business Park and East Industrial Park. Lots available, contact Director of Planning and Economic Development, 920.339.4043. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at de-pere.org.


The City of Green Bay is the flagship city and economic hub of the metropolitan region. It continues to be an employment magnet, leveraging its substantial assets and significant competitive advantage in its strongest traded industry clusters: agriculture and food processing; paper, packaging, and printing; advanced manufacturing; and transportation and logistics. The City hosts hundreds of cultural events, including those provided by local theatre organizations and civic symphony, at the Meyer Theatre, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the ART Garage, and the KI Convention Center. Population:

2010: 104,057

2015: 105,051

% change: 1.0%

Hobart’s residents represent the highest median income and highest median home value of all municipalities in Brown County, coupled with one of the lowest property tax rates. Additionally, the Village’s proximity to area highway systems, airports and the Port of Green Bay makes it an appealing destination for new businesses. With an abundance of land suited for development, Hobart is well positioned for continued growth. Population:

2010: 6,182

2015: 7,958

% change: 28.7%

Type of Government: Council-manager with a five-member elected board of trustees and a full-time administrator. Business and Industrial Parks: Centennial Centre at Hobart, Southeast Hobart Business Park, Golden Pond Court Business Park, Orlando/Packerland Planned Development Districts, Mason Street Corridor/Pine Tree Road. Lots Available. Contact Andrew Vickers at 920.869.3804. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at hobart-wi.org.


The Village of Howard is contiguous to the City of Green Bay, the Village of Hobart, and the Village of Suamico and abuts the bay of Green Bay with more than three miles of shoreline. Howard boasts one of the best school districts in Wisconsin and is also home to several corporate offices. Howard offers 11 parks, a municipal golf course, a recreation program and an active forestry department. Population:

2010; 17,399

2015: 18,901

% change: 8.6%

Type of Government: Nine-member village board — with an eight-member elected board of trustees — and one elected president. Business and Industrial Parks: Lancaster Creek Business Park, AMS Business Park, Howard Industrial Park, Brookfield Industrial Park, Mills Industrial Site (State Certified). Lots available. Contact Dave Wiese, 920.434.4640. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at www.villageofhoward.com.


As the first town in Brown County, Lawrence is located eight miles south of the City of Green Bay. A portion of the town is along the Fox River which flows into Green Bay. Interstate 41 runs directly through the heart of the community. The Town of Lawrence is a popular, quickly-growing community with a big appetite for growth.With more than 10,000 acres and an approximate population of 4,709 residents, there is more than enough space for everyone to enjoy.

Type of Government: Aldermanic consisting of 12 aldermen and a full-time elected mayor serves four-year terms.

Commercial developments have expanded in Lawrence in recent years. Proximity to the highway and a strong local work ethic make this a great community to locate your business.

Business and Industrial Parks: I-43 Business Center and University Heights. Lots available, contact Kevin Vonck, 920.448.3395.


Learn more about Green Bay at ci.green-bay.wi.us.


The Village of Hobart is situated on 33 square miles of wooded hillside and scenic terrain, bordering the west side of the City of Green Bay, De Pere and Ashwaubenon. Hobart showcases high quality residential neighborhoods with large lots, yet is transitioning to focused commercial and industrial planned development to diversify the village’s vast economic opportunities.

2010: 4,284

2015: 4,709

% change: 9.9%

Type of Government: Town board consisting of five members with overlapping terms of two years each. Business Parks: Lawrence Business Park. Lots available, land is privately owned. Contact Bob Bartelt, 920.336.9131. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at townoflawrence.org.

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Surrounded in part by suburban communities and rural landscapes and located just south of Green Bay and east of De Pere, Ledgeview offers its residents the atmosphere and lifestyle of a small town with the best amenities a suburban venue has to offer. In recent years, Ledgeview has been recognized as a booming residential and business center. With more than 55 percent of Ledgeview’s residents holding college degrees or higher, this community has a highly qualified talent pool to draw from. Population:

2000: 6,555

2015: 7,431

% change: 13.4%

Type of Government: Town board consisting of five members with overlapping terms of two years each. Business Parks: Ledgeview I-43 Business Park and Ledgeview Industrial Park (east of CTH PP/ Broadway). Lots available. Contact Sarah Burdette, 920.336.3360, ext. 108. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at ledgeviewwisconsin.com.


The Oneida Nation is a federally recognized Indian Tribe with approximately 17,000 Oneida citizens. Their reservation was established in 1838 and covers nearly 65,400 acres. The General Tribal Council (GTC) is the governing body of the Oneida Nation. GTC members elect and authorize the Oneida Business Committee to oversee Tribal operations.The Oneida Business Committee consists of a Chairperson,Vice Chairperson, Secretary,Treasurer, and five councilmembers, each elected to a consecutive three-year term. The Oneida Nation employs approximately 2,700 people and has 149 direct-service programs. Their purpose is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of tribal members while protecting tribal culture, revitalizing their language, and restoring the environment to improve the quality of life for the community as a whole.


Located just a few minutes northeast of the City of Green Bay, the town of Scott is a bay community that boasts more than 34 miles of waterfront shoreline. Scott is a welcoming community with fine restaurants and eclectic retail shops. The short commute to downtown Green Bay, proximity to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and access to the bay have all made the Town of Scott a popular place to call home. In business and industrial sectors, Scott has seen substantial growth in recent years. At the same time, this small town with a population of just under 4,000 residents still maintains its community spirit and know-your-neighbor approach to living. Population:

2010: 3,545

2015: 3,604

% change: 1.7 %

Type of Government: Town Board Chairman and four supervisors; Clerk/Treasurer; Deputy Clerk and Economic Development Coordinator. Business and Industrial Parks: Scott Industrial Park.Vacant commercial and industrial lots available west of the 54/57 interchange. Contact Dave Cerny, 920.412.2111. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at townofscott.com.


Suamico is a 36-square-mile municipality located in the northwest corner of Brown County, just five miles north of the City of Green Bay. With a current population of just more than 11,000, houses are now interspersed between the woodlands, while cropland and pastures have given way to subdivisions and retail developments.

The Oneida Nation has rich traditions, culture and language that are incorporated into the very fabric of the nation. For nearly 200 years, Oneida members have lived in Wisconsin and have built a community that is proud and dedicated to a good mind, a good heart, and a strong fire.

The Village also offers an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, fine dining, an entertaining nightlife and a number of distinct boutique shops.

Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at oneida-nsn.gov.

Type of Government: Village president and six village board trustees; full-time administrator.



2010: 11,346

2015: 11,819

% change: 4.2%

Pulaski is located fewer than 18 miles northwest of downtown Green Bay, but just minutes away from the many outdoor recreational opportunities of Wisconsin’s vacationland. Hosting a large section of the Mountain-Bay Trail, Pulaski offers hikers, bikers and outdoor-lovers miles of scenic trails that stretch through three counties.

Business and Industrial Parks: Norfield Business Park, East Deerfield Business Park, Lineville Road Commercial Corridor, and Town Center Development. Lots available, some land is privately owned. Contact Steven Kubacki at 920.434.2212.

Pulaski also boasts a clean and safe residential community with quality homes, excellent school system with new multi-sports complex under construction, and a thriving local job market. Three of Pulaski’s major employers are expanding and hiring! Industrial and retail developments have provided a strong economic base for Pulaski’s citizens and surrounding area residents. Proximity to two airports, Green Bay – Austin Straubel International and Pulaski Private Airport, has helped to fuel this economic growth.

Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at suamico.org.


2010: 3,539

2015: 3,519

%change: +0.2%

Type of Government: Village president and six village board trustees; part-time administrator. Business and Industrial Parks: Pulaski Industrial Park and North Pulaski Industrial Park.With curbside utilities and multiple electricity providers, as well as direct access to the Mountain Bay Trail, this site boasts the location, utilities and amenities that business and talent alike seek. New, developable lots available. Contact Kristen Fish, 715.581.4339. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at the villageofpulaski.org. 32   2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book


The Village of Wrightstown is a beautiful community located in southern Brown County along the Fox River. Wrightstown offers a combination of small-town character, affordability and a great location. A thriving industrial park near Highway 41 on the west side of the village provides numerous employment and business opportunities. Population:

2010: 2,827

2015: 2,844

% Change: 0.6%

Type of Government: Village president and six village board trustees with two-year terms; full-time administrator. Business and Industrial Parks: Wrightstown Industrial Park. Lots available. Contact Steve Johnson, 920.532.5567, Ext. 13. Learn more about this Greater Green Bay community at vil.wrightstown.wi.us.

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