Subject: 06.04.2020 New North Newsletter

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Support an Entrepreneurial Climate and Small Business
Wisconsin metros rise in global startup ecosystem ranking
Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Appleton made significant
gains in a leading startup ecosystem ranking of 100 countries and 1,000 cities, registering “amazing momentum,” according to the report’s authors.

StartupBlink is a global startup ecosystem map and research center that works with dozens of governments, municipalities and economic development corporations on the development, mapping and benchmarking of their startup ecosystems, and support networks for entrepreneurs.

The organization’s annual report, published for the third time in 2020, uses an algorithm built over five years to develop what....

New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
New North Inc. ready to support Small Business Grant applications

New North News Release
New North Inc., the regional marketing and economic development
corporation for the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin, stands ready to support small businesses in the region with their applications for the upcoming We’re All In Small Business Grant (WSBG) program of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. WEDC will begin accepting applications online for the $75 million WSBG program beginning at 8 a.m. on June 15.

The program, which will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses, is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt...

Innovation Across the New North Region
TitletownTech invests in ag-tech company, SeedLinked
Fox 11 News
TitletownTech announced it has invested in a company that brings growers, plant breeders and data together.

SeedLinked is an ag-tech crowdsourced data platform which cultivates relationships between regional plant growers and seed companies, and ultimately strengthens biodiversity in agro-ecosystems.

“SeedLinked combines accessible smartphone technology with innovative data analytics to create a tool anyone can use to track, share, and learn about regional seed and variety...

Attract Develop and Retain Diverse Talent
Fox Valley Technical College Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting training facility opens
We Are Green Bay
On Thursday trainees from across the state will be the first group to ever go through the new Fox Valley Technical College Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) training facility.

The new ARFF training facility is in partnership with the Appleton International Airport and will be the go-to-place for advanced fire training in the specialized field of airport rescue across the USA.

The event for tomorrow is said to showcase their new hands-on skills at this one-of-a-kind venue in the Midwest, which is allegedly one of....


Foster Targeted Industry Clusters and New Markets
COVID-19 directory helps manufacturers find the products they need
NBC 26
From hand sanitizers to temperature scanners and partitions, the current needs for local manufacturers look quite a bit different than just a few months ago.

“It’s hard to find for manufacturers right now," Wisconsin Fastener Supply's Jacob Lindemann said. "The supply and demand shifted drastically. Anything COVID related is just flying off the shelves."

Lindemann said companies need to know who is producing and distributing these products and how people in the....

Economic Development Feature
Survey shows some recovery in manufacturing, but it’s focused at larger firms
Biz Times
More than three-quarters of manufacturers surveyed by WMEP Manufacturing Solutions say their business is down during the coronavirus pandemic compared to normal levels.

At 77% in May, the number experiencing declines was unchanged from WMEP’s first survey in April. There was however, a shift toward smaller declines. In April, 37% said their business was down more than 30% compared to 31% in May.

Responses on order backlog trends also pointed to some improvement. In April, 46% of respondents said their backlog was down more than 10% in the last 30 days. That figure dropped to 39% in the most....


Economic Development Feature
Construction during COVID: Coronavirus creates challenges for the building industry

Biz Times
Like virtually every other construction contractor, The Boldt Co. has felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and was tasked with adjusting the way it works in the office and on the job site.

Dave Kievet, chief operating officer of The Boldt Co., said the company is fortunate it’s only looking at a 20% hit to its forecasted revenue for the year due to the coronavirus. Many of its projects are considered essential work and have continued despite social distancing orders during the pandemic. Boldt works in sectors such as....

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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