Subject: 04.16.2020 New North Newsletter

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New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
Nature’s Way’s Green Bay workforce adapts rapidly to keep up with “off-the-charts” demand for nutritional supplements, vitamins
Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay nutritional supplement maker Nature's Way has seen demand for its products spike amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sales of its immune health products, in particular, have tripled compared to the same time in 2019, easily outpacing the company's already-rosy projected growth in 2020.

"People are absolutely focused on being healthy right now," Nature's Way CEO Mike Devereuxsaid. "They're generally always focused on it, but acutely,...

Economic Development Feature
Wisconsin has an Office of Rural Prosperity; It’s new and it now has its first director

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin’s newly created Office of Rural Prosperity has named its first director, a woman who grew up on a La Crosse County farm and has worked for a member of Congress from Maine.

The office, created by Gov. Tony Evers under the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., is meant to help rural communities, farmers and others navigate.....

Economic Development Feature
Wisconsin companies get $7.2 billion in payroll loans – 10th highest in U.S.
The Daily Reporter
Wisconsin businesses have secured $7.2 billion in loans under a federal program to cover payroll during the COVID-19 outbreak — the 10th-highest sum in the U.S.

The $349 billion federal Paycheck Protection Program, passed by Congress as part of the recent $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, allows businesses to apply for forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration to make payroll amid the economic shutdown imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

By Monday, 31,000 Wisconsin companies has received $7.2 billion worth of loans approved through the program, just seven business days after Wisconsin banks began taking....

Economic Development Feature
Wisconsin Air National Guard awarded F-35 fighter wing
The Daily Reporter
The Wisconsin Air National Guard unit based in Madison has been awarded a squadron of F-35 fighter jets, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday.

The proposal to place the jets with the Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing has divided opinion in Madison in the past three years. Many people who live near the airport contend the resulting....


New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
Essential businesses throughout Sheboygan County are looking to hire now
Sheboygan Press
Good news! Some local essential businesses are hiring. put together a list of COVID-19 hiring resources including a list of essential businesses that are looking to hire immediately, according to a news release from the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation.

There are four categories of businesses looking....


New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
Airports in Appleton, Green Bay, Central Wisconsin to receive FAA grants amid pandemic
Appleton Post-Crescent
Several Wisconsin airports — including Appleton, Green Bay and Mosinee — will receive grants from the federal government to relieve the economic loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration will award more than $83 million to 87 airports in Wisconsin in response to the COVID-19 impact. The funds come from the....


COVID-19 Updates & Resources
As the COVID-19 begins to have an increased impact on our businesses and communities, we thank our local media for keeping us informed. Additional resources can be found on the COVID-19 Updates page on the New North website.

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