brewing facility in the community.
All options remain open
As a group, however, the EDC agrees that it will pursue any offers for use of the building, a portion of the building, or the land, regardless of the industry. Schneider said, “All options are out there.”
While Marketplatz is a big focus of the EDC, members have not forgotten about pursuing other businesses for other locations in the community. Working in conjunction with city officials and others, Weir said he fielded about 20 inquiries in the past year from people interested in starting or relocating a business in/to New Holstein.
Weir helps those prospects with ready-to-go information about available buildings and land in the community, referrals to the city’s Revolving Loan Fund for new or existing businesses, and referrals to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay business counselor who visits with people monthly in Chilton. The pace of inquiries has picked up even more in 2016.
Economic development is a challenge in small communities everywhere. The decisions made in the private sector are still the overriding reason why business do or do not start or locate somewhere. But the EDC, along with the city and Chamber, stand ready to provide whatever assistance they can.
New businesses move in
Several businesses have moved to the community in the past year or two from neighboring communities or have started up in New Holstein. While the EDC does not take any credit for those decisions, officials do point out that business owners are happy to make New Holstein their home base. Playback Movies & Games, Calumet Woodworks, Scott’s Lawn Care, Crafter’s Studio, The Olive Branch Picture Framing, Ball & Bone Kennels, and Meridian Surveying are examples of businesses which have located in the New Holstein area in the past year or two.
Also in the past year the EDC arranged a seminar for elected officials and others on economic development, and it also was represented at northeast Wisconsin’s InDevelopment Conference.
Membership in the EDC is open to anyone for an annual dues amount. The EDC generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting at 8 a. m. at City Hall. Meetings are open to everyone, and anyone wishing more information about the EDC or becoming a member can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Everything we’re doing right now is not visible,” Schneider said. “People have to be patient.”