Subject: 06.08.2020 New North Newsletter

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UW - WIPPS Research Partners offers ‘COVID-19 Return-To-Work’ survey tool
WIPPS Research Partners offers employers new survey tool on return to work amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a shift to working remotely for many businesses and organizations. Employers are now wrestling with when and how to bring their employees safely back to the workplace. A key decision-point they face is whether to continue with work-from-home options for a longer time period, and possible implications of ongoing remote work from the standpoint of employee productivity, engagement and overall work-life balance.

To help organizations make more informed decisions in the coming weeks and months ahead, The University of Wisconsin's WIPPS Research Partners has developed a new, online COVID-19 Return-To-Work survey tool. This survey tool gathers comprehensive and detailed information from employees about their experiences working from home during the pandemic, as well their concerns about returning to work and the continuation of remote work. WIPPS Research Partners will make a PDF version of the survey tool available for use at no cost. Businesses or organizations interested in online survey administration and data analysis may contact WIPPS Research Partners for a free initial consult. The survey can be customized to fit the needs of an individual business, including those that prefer a brief format, as well as those that prefer a more in-depth version. 

For information on how to access the survey tool or other questions on survey administration and data analysis, contact Sharon Belton, Director of WIPPS Research Partners at or call 715-302-8483.

New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
Manufacturers more optimistic, but cutting payroll
A study by UW-Oshkosh shows manufacturers in Wisconsin are feeling more confident about their long-term viability.

Jason Woldt of the business school says they’re also trying to save money, by reducing their payroll costs. He says 43 percent are implementing....

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EAA AirVenture 2020 plans to go virtual with shortened Spirit of Aviation Week

The Northwestern
While the skies above Wittman Regional Airport won't be abuzz this July, Experimental Aircraft Association members still will have a chance to experience the fun in a virtual way.

EAA Spirit of Aviation Week is set for July 21 to 25 and will feature streamed and on-demand online content, the Oshkosh-based association announced Friday. The association canceled its annual AirVenture fly-in convention earlier....

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Manitowoc lakefront welcomes Badger sculpture
Herald Times Reporter
The city has unveiled a new sculpture of the Wisconsin Badger downtown near the SS Badger dock.

Mayor Justin Nickels said in a Facebook post: "This sculpture (roughly 14 feet tall) also spins around so you can take the perfect selfie with it! Just grab its caulking mallet (which was used to build schooners) and give her a spin! (well, spin slowly ... she's a bit heavy after a long winter of social distancing) It will also be nicely....


Expansion and Business Development in the New North
Largest Wisconsin public companies moved toward growth in 2019 (Oshkosh Corp., WEC, Schneider, Plexus, Associated Bank, Nicolet Bank)

Biz Journal
A slight majority of firms on the Milwaukee Business Journal’s list of largest public companies based in Wisconsin realized year-over-year revenue gains in the latest fiscal year.

Federal financial filings show 27 out of the 49 largest public companies, also on last year’s list, saw revenue increases.

Shaking up the Top 5 is Fiserv Inc.’s ascent to the No. 3 rank. The payments and financial services technology company acquired

Economic Development Feature
Wisconsin’s percentage of positive coronavirus tests ties lowest record of 2.3%
Green Bay Press Gazette
The percent of positive coronavirus tests continues to decrease, as the state Department of Health Services reported 2.3% of tests came back positive Sunday, tying last Sunday for the lowest percentage on record....

State of Wisconsin COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Wisconsin farmers could receive up to $3.5K through coronavirus aid program
Wisconsin farmers can start applying this month for direct payments from the state in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the sign up for the Wisconsin Farm Support Program will start Monday, June 15.

Gov. Tony Evers announced in May the new program would receive $50 million of funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security....
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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