Initiative 41

The goal of Initiative 41 is to create an atmosphere focused on a regional approach to economic collaboration, with an understanding by community, business, education, and elected leaders that the region is interconnected and that a success in one community is a success for all communities in the region.


Why was Initiative 41 formed?

Initiative 41 was formed as a result of large-scale layoffs by Oshkosh Corporation in 2012-13 that impacted much of East Central and Northeast Wisconsin. The layoffs were a result of government defense spending cuts which, in turn, created a ripple effect throughout the I-41 Corridor Region as companies supporting Oshkosh Corporation also experience significant economic hardship.

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Aerospace Cluster Implementation Project

The Aerospace Cluster Implementation Project targets the expansion of existing manufacturers as well as the development and location of new aerospace related companies to the I-41 Corridor Region.

Project Outcomes

  • Identify key industries that pose similar risks
  • Align regional and economic workforce development strategies
  • Implement strategies that will diversify the economy and reduce the impact of future economic downturns

Project Objectives

  • Develop MRO and Additive Manufacturing Clusters
  • Aviation and Aerospace Talent Recruitment
  • Aviation/Aerospace Development Best Practices Seminar Series

Additive Manufacturing

As part of the Aerospace Cluster Implementation Project, the I-41 Corridor Additive Manufacturing Cluster will be recognized as an established Additive Manufacturing (AM) center in the Midwest and become the preferred partner of general and business aviation aircraft owners and operators for their additive manufacturing needs.

Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

As part of the Aerospace Cluster Implementation Project, the I-41 Corridor MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) Cluster will be recognized as the premier comprehensive MRO center in the Midwest and become the preferred partner of general business aviation aircraft owners and operators for their maintenance needs.

Who’s involved?

Initiative 41 was developed by the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) in partnership with several regional stakeholders that bring expertise and resources to the table in order to improve the overall economy within the region.

Stakeholders include:

  1. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC);
  2. East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC);
  3. City of Oshkosh;
  4. Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation;
  5. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh;
  6. Fox Valley Technical College;
  7. New North, Inc;
  8. Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP);
  9. City, County and Regional Economic Development Corporations and Partnerships;
  10. Area Workforce Development Boards and more.

To learn more about the initiatives associated with the Aviation Cluster Study contact art.rathjen@greateroshkosh.com.