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Community Development Department

Chris Haese: Director of Community Development & Assessments

211 Walnut St. Neenah, P.O. Box 426, WI 54956
Phone: 920-886-6125 Fax: 920-886-6129 Email: communitydevelopment@ci.neenah.wi.us

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Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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.

Neenah Business Profile

 

  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%
Oshkosh-Neenah MSA 173,157 $31,489 $57,071 20.6%
State of WI 5,881,444 $32,047 $59,057 20.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Southpark Industrial Center

 

Downtown Neenah

Downtown Neenah is strategically located along the Fox River between Little Lake Butte Des Mortes and Lake Winnebago. With its variety of restaurants and botique shops, Downtown Neenah is walkable and conveintly 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):

Neenah TIDs

TIF Documents and Informational Links:

2020 Tax Incremental District Analyses and Report
WI DOR Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) Information
Tax Incremental Law – WI State Statutes 66.1105

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:

Southpark Industrial Expansion Area Information

Property Available for sale or for lease:

WEDC Locate In Wisconsin
LoopNet
Fox Cities Regional Partnership

Opportunity Zone

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.

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