About – Economic Development
A Community for Business
Community and Business Profile
The City of Neenah is located in northeast Wisconsin in Winnebago County and along the western shore of Lake Winnebago. The City enjoys a healthy manufacturing sector accounting for nearly 23% (ESRI 2020) of the City’s total employment. Neenah’s manufacturing businesses include Neenah Foundry Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Plexus Corporation, Neenah Paper, Galloway Company, Tidi Products, Menasha Corporation, and Amcor. In addition to Neenah’s manufacturing center, the City’s corporate office sector is also strong. The following companies are headquartered in Neenah: Plexus Corporation, Bergstrom Automotive Group, Alta Resources, ThedaCare Community Health System, Menasha Corporation, Neenah Foundry Company, and Nercon Conveyors.
|Population (2019)||Income per Capita (2019)||Median Household Income (2019)||Population over 25 with a Bachelors Degree (2019)|
|City of Neenah||26,457||$34,525||$58,902||23.5%|
|State of WI||5,881,444||$32,047||$59,057||20.1%|
Southpark Industrial Center
Downtown Neenah is strategically located along the Fox River between Little Lake Butte Des Mortes and Lake Winnebago. With its variety of restaurants and boutique shops, Downtown Neenah is walkable and conveniently connected to a regional trail system.
Downtown Neenah boasts a daytime population of nearly 15,000 people and includes major employers such as Alta Resources, Plexus Corporation, ThedaCare Health Systems, Bergstrom Corporation, Ascension Medical, Kimberly Clark, and Neenah, Inc.
Downtown Neenah also plays host to a number of events including a summer Farmers Market, Out-to-Lunch Concert Series, and Wednesday Evening Concert Series.
For more information on Downtown Neenah please click the following links:
Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)
The City’s most effective economic development tool is tax incremental financing (TIF). The use of TIF in the City has helped revitalize Downtown Neenah, created the Southpark Industrial Center business park, supported the development of the Westowne Shopping District, and assisted in the overall growth and development of the City over the last 30 years.
The City currently has 7 active TIF Districts (Click here for an interactive map):
TIF Documents and Informational Links:
Available City-Owned Properties
The City is currently marketing land in the Southpark Industrial Center expansion area located along Interstate 41 and south of County Highway G. The 60+ acre area is currently undeveloped and shovel-ready. The land is suitable for manufacturing and industrial uses. For more information on this land please click on the following link:
Property Available for sale or for lease:
Opportunity Zones were created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. These zones are designed to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities throughout the country and U.S. possessions by providing tax benefits to investors who invest eligible capital into these communities. Taxpayers may defer tax on eligible capital gains by making an appropriate investment in a Qualified Opportunity Fund and meeting other requirements.
The City has one Opportunity Zone in Downtown Neenah. Please click on the following map for more information on the Neenah Opportunity Zone.