Welcome to the Fox Cities Regional Partnership:
a Wisconsin Business Powerhouse
We don’t just roll out the red carpet for business, we roll up our sleeves.
The Fox Cities Regional Partnership is comprised of some 60 towns, villages and cities located throughout our service area of Outagamie County, Calumet County, and the northern portion of Winnebago county in east-central Wisconsin.
Population growth outpacing the Wisconsin average!
- "To be competitive in manufacturing, having a stable, solid workforce is essential. At Pierce Manufacturing’s facilities in Grand Chute and the Town of Menasha, we have highly skilled employees who are not only extremely productive, but also have a work ethic that can’t be beat."Jodie LarsenVice President, Community Engagement at Oshkosh Corporation
- “We have highly skilled employees who are not only extremely productive, but also have a work ethic that can’t be beat.”Jodie Larson, VP Human Resources,Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. Grand Chute and the Town of Menasha
- "The Regional Partnership’s focus on talent attraction is also a huge benefit to Werner Electric. (more…)Craig Wiedemeier--VP OperationsWerner Electric
Very Competitive Cost of Doing Business
The region offers lower-than-average wages and affordable utilities, resulting in a cost of doing business that is significantly lower than the national average. The mean hourly wage in the Fox Cities Region is lower than the U.S. and Wisconsin averages.
Union Membership in the Fox Cities is on par with the Nation
Active and Thriving Workforce Training
Fox Valley Technical College is the leading vocational and adult education provider in the Fox Cities Region, serving about 50,000 people annually; including over 1,600 employers with contracted services annually serving over 24,000 employees via contracted training annually.
"In Fall 2014, we approached the Fox Cities Regional Partnership with a challenge: a substantial need for trained concrete mixer drivers and no external technical training program in existence. Within days, we were sitting down with leadership at Fox Valley Technical College, along with staff of the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association (WRMCA), discussing the idea of developing a customized training program at Fox Valley Tech that would not only serve our company, but the entire Fox Cities region. It worked! The program has been created and we’re moving forward placing our new hires in it. It is a continuously evolving project, but it is one that we know will help our industry greatly in the long run."Adam TegelmanDirector of Operations, MCC, Inc.
"Fox Valley Technical College is a long-time advocate of the Business Retention and Expansion program. The professional staff at the Fox Cities Regional Partnership are difference makers when organizations identify potential opportunities or obstacles that can impact their operations. Through their vast resource network and understanding of the regional economy, the Fox Cities Regional Partnership can make the right connections or bring needed resources to the table that can move organizations forward. Fox Valley Technical College is proud to contribute to the Partnership and its client organizations when talent development, operational process, and specialized skill solutions are required."Dale WalkerDirector-Business and Industry Services, Fox Valley Technical College
Excellent Transportation and Market Access
The Fox Cities Region is a powerhouse when it comes to transportation.
- "With a solid technical and logistical infrastructure in place in the Fox Cities Region, we’re able to provide exceptional service to more than 250,000 customers (including 90 percent of the Fortune 500 companies) in more than 100 countries."Marne Keller-KrikavaPresident and CEO, J.J. Keller & Assoc.
A Diverse Mix of Industries and World-Class Companies
|Rank||Company Name||Location||Industry||Fox Cities Employment|
|1||ThedaCare||City of Appleton||General medical and surgical hospitals||6800|
|2||Affinity Health System||City of Menasha||Offices of physicians (except mental health specialists)||3900|
|3||Kimberly-Clark Corp.||Town of Menasha||Consumer paper products||3200|
|4||Thrivent Financial||City of Appleton||Direct life insurance carriers||2000|
|20||Expera Specialty Solutions Inc. LLC||City of Kaukauna||Specialty paper products for consumer & industrial applications||1800|
|7||Faith Technologies||City of Menasha||Electrical contractor||1700|
|9||Pierce Manufacturing||Town of Menasha||Fire truck manufacturing||1500|
|5||Plexus||City of Neenah||Electronic circuit board manufacturing & assembly||1450|
|8||Miller Electric MFG||City of Appleton||Welding and soldering equipment manufacturing||1400|
|11||J.J. Keller & Associates||Town of Vinland||Regulatory compliance & safety training materials||1400|
|10||Bergstrom Corp||City of Neenah||New & used auto & truck sales & service||1200|
|6||Bemis Co, Inc.||City of Neenah||Flexible food & consumer product packaging||1100|
|15||R.R. Donnelley & Sons||City of Menasha||Book & catalogue printing||1000|
|17||West Corp||City of Appleton||Telemarketing bureaus and other contact centers||1000|
|18||Gulfstream||Town of Greenville||Aircraft manufacturing||1000|
|12||Neenah Enterprises, Inc||City of Neenah||Municipal & industrial iron castings||950|
|14||Appvion||City of Appleton||Thermal, carbonless & specialty paper products||850|
|19||Menasha Corp||City of Neenah||Plastics, packaging, paperboard products & POP displays||850|
|13||Nestle USA-Pizza Div||Village of Little Chute||Frozen specialty food manufacturing||800|
|16||SCA Tissue North||Town of Menasha||Paper converting, facial & toilet tissue & napkins||750|
|22||Guardian Life Insurance Co||City of Appleton||Direct life insurance carriers||650|
|23||Alta Resources||City of Neenah||Telemarketing bureau||650|
|21||Appleton Coated LLC||Village of Combined Locks||Coated & uncoated paper products||620|
|5||Presto Products||Town of Grand Chute||Plastic bags, wrap, stretch film & zippers, soil stabilization, surface & turf protection products & polyethylene pavers||600|
|24||McCain Foods USA Inc.||Town of Grand Chute||Frozen specialty food manufacturing||550|
|25||Neenah Paper Co||Town of Menasha||Quality bond, text, cover & recycled papers||500|
Reliable Electric, Gas and Telecommunications, and Plentiful Water
Electricity is provided by a combination of local and regional providers, including Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WE Energies) and Wisconsin Public Service.
Natural gas is provided by WE Energies.
Telecommunications are provided by AT&T, US Sprint, MCI, Charter Communications, and Nsight Telservices.
High-quality, fresh water sources are abundant in the Fox Cities Region. Water utilities draw from publicly-owned supplies such as Lake Winnebago and from ground water wells. The Fox River serves as a water source in case of emergency.
The utility providers in the Fox Cities Region offer many economic development tools to help make your utility usage work hard for you. Examples include: interruptible load credits, market-based pricing, new construction programs and technical assistance, and more. Local municipalities and others provide numerous incentives as well. Contact Fox Cities Regional Partnership for more information on which incentives would be available for your specific project.
Business-Friendly Taxes & Incentives
In Wisconsin, the corporate income tax is 7.9% and the state sales tax is 5.0% (below the average U.S. median of 6.0%). Beginning in 2016, the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Agriculture Tax Credit will be equal to 7.5% of a company’s qualified production activities income and can be taken against the corporate income tax liability, thus reducing the tax rate on Wisconsin manufacturing income from 7.9% to 0.4%. (A 5.526% tax credit is available for tax year 2015)
Wisconsin exempts property taxes on all advanced manufacturing machinery and equipment as well as on computers, software, and electronic peripheral equipment.
The Fox Cities Regional Partnership offers businesses access to a multitude of resources and programs, ranging from training, education and advice to loans and other financial resources.
See our Taxes and Incentives page for more information and links.
Living in the Fox Cities Region
School districts in the Fox Cities Region produce more graduates that exceed both state and national averages.
Source: ACS 209-2013