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History of the Paper Industry in the Fox Cities

The paper industry began in Wisconsin in 1848 and continues to have a major impact on the economy in the Fox Cities. Currently, there are 24 paper and pulp mills along the Fox River. These mills currently produce millions of tons of paper products every year and employ 12,497 people. Here’s a fascinating history of […]



October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin!

One of the foundations of the Wisconsin and Fox Cities economy is manufacturing. From machining parts to assembling planes, we make all kinds of cool stuff here! The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) has planned lots of great events to celebrate Manufacturing Month. Check out more information here: http://www.wmep.org/node/2645 Happy Manufacturing Month!

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Fox Cities: Can’t Hire Tech Workers Fast Enough

Over the past six months I have had the pleasure of visiting with business-owners of all kinds, and one thing I hear from many of them is they can’t find enough technology workers to meet their needs. These anecdotes gave me a sense of the issue, but today I came upon an article that gives […]

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Why Positivity is So Essential in the Workplace

We all “know”G that a positive outlook is good for business, but here is an article that spells out exactly why. Create HEROES in your business. Happy Tuesday, Melody Most of us are familiar with the terms “economic capital” or “human capital”, but have you considered the notion of “psychological capital” and how it relates […]

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Focus on Keeping our Local Businesses Here

I spent two days in Madison with economic development professionals from across the country discussing best practices for Business Retention & Expansion Programs. I am the manager for the FIRE UP Business Retention program that is part of the Appleton Regional Partnership. Studies show that 80% of future job growth comes from companies that are […]

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