Since We Last Met
Since We Last Met
Since We Last Met is a digest of business related news occurring in the Greater Green Bay, Fox Cities, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac areas in the one month since the previous issue of New North B2B.
June 26 Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Karen Seifert accepted the petition from a substantial portion of the Town of Menasha to incorporate into the proposed Village of Fox Crossing. That action allows the Wisconsin Department of Administration to review the town’s qualifications for incorporation before eventually putting the matter up for referendum among residents in the affected area on the west side of the town. June 26 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reopened the Appleton Road/WIS 47 interchange on U.S. Highway 10/ WIS 441 after it had been closed since April 13 for a complete reconstruction. Improvements included widening the U.S. 10/ WIS 441 overpasses to accommodate six lanes, adding turn lanes at ramp and crossroad intersections, and constructing two roundabouts on Appleton Road with the eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps. The interchange reconstruction is part of the larger project to improve a sixmile stretch of U.S. 10/WIS 441.
2002 August 9 – The state kicked off its SeniorCare Prescription Drug Assistance Program, a $100 million initiative to make prescription medication more affordable to the elderly on fixed incomes. 2006 August 1 – The Oshkosh Plan Commission approved a plan to purchase about 40 acres of land for $400,000 to expand the city’s Southwest Industrial Park. The land is adjacent to Clairville Road and 20th Avenue in the town of Algoma. 2007 August 2 – City of Appleton officials proposed creation of a $2.1 million tax incremental finance district on the city’s south side which would include the former Valley Fair shopping mall currently under demolition, Secura Insurance Co. headquarters, Memorial Florists & Greenhouses and a handful of other adjacent properties in the area.
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June 26 Grede announced it will close its foundry in Berlin by the end of the year, effectively laying off 157 employees beginning in September. The state Department of Workforce Development is preparing staff from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board to deliver job search, career planning and resume assistance as well as job training to affected workers. June 29 Strategic Fundraising suddenly closed its call center in Oshkosh, effectively laying off 153 employees. No reason was provided for the sudden closure. The state Department of Workforce Development is preparing staff from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board to deliver job search, career planning and resume assistance as well as job training to affected workers. July 1 Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. modified its Fond du Lac County Revolving Loan Fund program
2009 August 12 – Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in 41 counties suffering from drought conditions, including Outagamie County. The declaration expedites requests from farmers for temporary irrigation permits to divert stream or lake water to irrigate crops. 2010 August 2 – The U.S. Postal Service announced it will abandon a plan to close its Green Bay mail processing facility, all following a 9-month study on the potential efficiencies such a merger would provide. Rather, the post office plans to conduct a similar study assessing the impact of moving Oshkosh’s processing to Green Bay. Overall, the USPS is looking at measures to trim expenses and improve efficiency while mail volume decreases. Across the entire USPS system, mail volume dropped from 202 billion pieces in 2008 to 177 billion pieces in 2009. 2012 August 21 – Outagamie County received approval from the governor’s office to join the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and leave the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board from where it had been a member since its inception. Outagamie County officials requested the change after the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board came under fire earlier this year for alleged financial mismanagement. www.newnorthb2b.com