About – Economic Development
A Community for Business
Diversified, Vibrant Commercial Center
Neenah’s early settlers built a strong local economy by harnessing the energy of the Fox River in the manufacture of lumber, flour, and paper products. Today our area is ranked as one of the 50 largest manufacturing centers in the nation, led by a diversified mix of businesses dealing in paper products, printing, computer technology, flexible packaging, cast metals, insurance, finance, and health care. The City’s many assets, including progressive community leadership, the charming downtown district, exceptional workforce, and infrastructure network continue to attract new and expanding businesses.
Progressive Community Leadership
The City of Neenah’s professional approach to attracting business has been recognized by Moody’s Investors Service as a key factor in fueling local economic growth and building the area’s financial strength. Strong collaborative efforts, through public/private partnerships, support such initiatives as economic development and community enrichment programs, as well as social, cultural, and recreational events for people of all ages.
Charming Downtown District
Our nationally-recognized historic downtown offers a variety of shopping and dining choices, and serves as a venue for numerous community festivals and events. The downtown has also become a thriving commercial business district, including being the corporate headquarters for major corporations such as Plexus Corp., Bemis Co., Alta Resources, Inc., and having a major presence from Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Bergstrom Corp.
An Exceptional Workforce
Our strong economy is supported by exceptional workers. Because over 90% of the area’s workforce are at least high school graduates, local employers can count on intelligent, hard working employees. In fact, national companies consistently report that their Neenah operations are 20%-30% more productive than at similar facilities around the country.
Supported by Infrastructure
Neenah’s thriving economy is supported by a fully developed infrastructure network including connections to federal and state highways; two regional airports with nationwide jet service connections; rail service to major industrial areas and across the nation; intermodal facilities that make it easy to combine truck and rail transportation; and fiber optic installations that offer state-of-the-art telecommunications and high-speed internet service.