Subject: 07.16.2020 New North Newsletter

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Expansion and Business Development in the New North
Hilbert cheese plant to expand
FOX 11 News 
A cheese manufacturer is expanding its plant in Hilbert.

Irish company Ornua says it is making a $10 million upgrade to the Hilbert facility. Plans call for an additional 22,000 square feet of warehousing and cooling, increasing production capacity by 30%. The company expects the expansion will ultimately add 30-50 jobs.

The expansion is expected to be finished in...

Economic Development Feature
4th observation period of statewide business impact survey open

New North News Release
A fourth observation period of a statewide survey measuring the economic impact of COVID-19 on Wisconsin business is open through July 20. This month’s survey will map both the effects and recovery from the first months of the pandemic, along with travel activities, according to Jeffrey Sachse, director of the UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services (CCRS).
Both past and new participants may take part in the survey, which is available for completion online at The survey is open to businesses in all 72 counties...

Attract Develop and Retain Diverse Talent
Drive-thru job fair draws hundreds of people
NBC 26
The search for work drew hundreds of people to a drive-thru job fair in Oshkosh on Wednesday.

Leaders at the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, which hosted the fair, said they ran out of the 300 packets given to job seekers. They then referred an additional 100 people to find the...

New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
UW-Green Bay changes plans for in-person graduation due to increase in COVID-19 cases
We Are Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced that it will be changing its original plan for in-person graduation in the fall due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the state.

UW-Green Bay said as the number of positive coronavirus cases continues to rise, it has decided to change its original plan to hold an in-person commencement ceremony in the fall.

The institution said it will now be holding a “drive-thru” style graduation experience that...

Economic Development Feature
Gov. Tony Evers creates task force on broadband access
Gov. Tony Evers is creating a task force to address broadband access in Wisconsin.

The task force will be charged with promoting broadband expansion and researching policies and projects to meet the state's goals. One of those goals is providing affordable broadband internet access to all residents by 2025.

"The (coronavirus) pandemic itself has really given us an opportunity to think through how important broadband is to the people that are working from home, telemedicine, virtual classrooms and....


Elevate Sustainability as an Economic Driver
State-funded Dairy Innovation Hub hires first faculty members
UW Platteville News
Ryan Pralle and Joseph Sanford have been hired as faculty members by the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture, representing the first tenure-track faculty positions funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub. Both positions are 70% research and outreach and 30% teaching.

The Dairy Innovation Hub, which the state of Wisconsin is supporting with $7.8 million per year, harnesses research and development at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls campuses to keep Wisconsin’s $45.6 billion dairy community at the global forefront in producing nutritious dairy products in an economically, environmentally and socially...

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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