Subject: 04.28.2020 New North Newsletter

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Elevate Sustainability as an Economic Driver
Wisconsin State Parks And Forests To Reopen on May 1
DNR Press  
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen 34 state parks and forests on Friday, May 1 at the direction of Gov. Evers with special conditions.

Under Gov. Evers Badger Bounce Back Plan which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so, the DNR will modify current operations to maintain the safest....

New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
Investors Community Bank supports restaurants, healthcare workers amid COVID-19

Herald Times Reporter 
Manitowoc's Investors Community Bank, a subsidiary of County Bancorp, Inc., recently launched a special program to feed frontline health care workers in Manitowoc County and support the bank’s restaurant customers.

Employees at Aurora Medical Center and Holy Family Memorial received meals courtesy of Investors Community Bank as part of the bank’s Fueling the...

New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
Little ‘food pantries’ – akin to Little Free Libraries – pop up around Sturgeon Bay

Green Bay Press Gazette
Door County Habitat for Humanity plans to build and stock free food pantries throughout Sturgeon Bay, to help those needing food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They stand outside, look like over-sized birdhouses and many may recognize them as Little Free Libraries. Instead of used books though, owners of American Petroleum partnered with Habitat to keep them stocked with....

New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
De Pere non-profit creates small business relief grant fund
A De Pere non-profit has created a special relief grant fund for small businesses in downtown De Pere.

The organization, Definitely De Pere, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District.

Definitely De Pere announced the fund Monday afternoon, saying it will provide small business relief grants to the area businesses which are....

Economic Development Feature
WEDC's Wisconsin Ready plan to provide resources, including where to find PPE
Milwaukee Business Journal
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is preparing to launch this week an online list of resources for nonessential business to help them navigate the reopening process.

The resources are part of the organization's Wisconsin Ready action plan, said WEDC CEO Missy Hughes during a webinar with the Greater Milwaukee Committee Monday. Wisconsin Ready falls under the state's....


Economic Development Feature
Wisconsin housing construction posts strong start to 2020
Biz Times
The construction of single-family homes in the state showed strong growth in the first quarter of 2020 over the same period of 2019 — a good sign not only for homebuilders but the entire economy, according to the Wisconsin Builders Association.

According to state Department of Safety and Professional Services data, 1,941 single-family home building permits were issued in the state in 2020. That’s a 20% increase over the 1,613 permits issued in the first quarter of last year.

“This (20%) increase in new home permits is great news for the homebuilding industry and economy...

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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