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New DNR video highlights Neenah's award-winning brownfield redevelopment

A new video provides a snapshot into one of the state's award-winning brownfield redevelopments: a mixed-use redevelopment including the Plexus Corporation's $16 million headquarters, a $7 million medical clinic and new parks and public amenities along Neenah's downtown waterfront.

"Reclaiming and Rebuilding Neenah" highlights the partnership between city officials, the Department of Natural Resources, developers and private partners as they revitalized the 100-year-old vacant Glatfelter paper mill property, located in the heart of the city's downtown business sector.

The project helped create new jobs and retain several hundred jobs.

"We're in the business of helping communities like Neenah achieve their vision of economic renewal for their downtowns," said Darsi Foss, DNR brownfields chief. "We are very proud of our partnership with the city and what they've achieved in such a short time."
Foss said the DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program worked with the Community Development Authority of Neenah and its consultant on the cleanup and redevelopment of the former six-acre brownfield. The department lent technical oversight and liability assistance, along with more than $525,000 in assessment and cleanup seed money.

"This video showcases how great public-private collaboration can result in a world class redevelopment worthy of national recognition," said Foss.

This October the city of Neenah received two awards for the Glatfelter site, the 2012 National Brownfield Renewal Economic Impact Award from Brownfield Renewal Magazine, and the "Adaptive Re-use of Urban Land Award" from 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin. The national award will be presented in Atlanta, Ga., during the Brownfields 2013 conference next May.!