What’s Happening?

[Friday October 16, 2020]

Project Updates:

Project Unit: Followed up on several sites an out of area developer looking at our region for a hospitality project.

Project Supply:

Provided utility information on possible sites for Project Supply, which is seeking a location to build a 200,000 square foot building in phase one and doubling that size in phase two.

Winnebago County Rapid Recovery Loan Notification:
  • Notified Winnebago County Rapid Recovery Loan Recipients of upcoming repayment date and optional deferment option.
  • Funds are still available for Winnebago County and Oshkosh businesses.
Municipal Updates:
  • Attended Winneconne Chamber of Commerce October Monthly Meeting
  • Attended Utica Township October Monthly Meeting
  • Attended Winneconne Township October Monthly Meeting
Partner Meeting Notes:

Ascension – Courtney Shears

  • The hospital system is very busy, COVID numbers have drastically increased.
  • New: some electives to be canceled or rescheduled further out to preserve hospital capacity.
    • Limited visitations
    • Working through surge plans
    • Past 2 ½ weeks, all hospitals in NE and Central WI have been on red status (at or near capacity of staffed beds).
    • Reviewed how and when patients would go to the reserve facility at Milwaukee
    • Length of stay is between 10-15 days

City of Oshkosh – Allen Davis, Kelly Nieforth

  • City council adopted virtual meetings for all council, committees, and commissions for the foreseeable future.
  • Starting next Monday early voting will begin at City Hall in Oshkosh.

BID – Jessie Meidl

  • Finalizing plans for holiday promotions before announcing
  • Meeting with business owners, City Officers, and Kelly Nieforth on trying to prevent disruption to Downtown businesses and homelessness in Downtown Oshkosh.

ECWRPC – Kevin

  • EC Offices are virtual as of last week
  • Comprehensive E Strategy update is in public comment review right now – full commission at end of October
  • 3-year EDA planning partnership grant application in works

Fox Valley Work Force – Bobbi Miller

  • Will be a while until job centers can open in a normal fashion.
  • Continue to engage by phone and virtual meetings.
  • Cold weather will prevent drive-thru job fairs – looking at a virtual format.
  • Disruption in retail and foodservice – might we see people looking more seriously at other types of work – staff are available to support through the remote staff.

New North – Barb Lamue

  • We’re All Innovating Applications are due Sunday wisconsininnovates.com
    • Want to reward those who have been doing great things to beat the pandemic
  • 2nd cohort of Microsoft and gener8tor – Working on upskilling
    • Virtual coffee chat next week to meet with service providers in these areas.
    • Had great success with the 1st cohort

OASD – Vickie Cartwright

  • Staying in model 4 due to community spread.
  • Hard to staff and keep students within schools.
  • Do have 2 referendum questions – website for information

United Way – Mary Ann Dilling

  • Campaign mode – looks different than ever before
  • Biggest ask is that everyone run a campaign within their organization
    • Seeing huge challenges and large requests to support COVID needs

CVB – Amy Albright

  • Last week we talked about joint meeting with city leaders and COVID communication strategy for the City
    • Working on this with two council members and hoping to push something out sooner than later
    • Looking for positive messaging to get in front of people
    • Using Be Safe Wisconsin platform

SBDC – Dan

  • Consulting sessions, mostly virtual
    • Helping small businesses with cash flow planning, business startups, and understanding programs
  • Pitch Fox Cities Partnership with entrepreneur center
    • Tomorrow night
    • Pitchfoxcities.com
  • Start-Up Week Wi – Nov 11 – 19
    • Over 100 virtual events in WI.

UWO – Alex Hummel

  • Numbers of positive COVID rates have diminished on campus.
    • University should be a model for behavior change and how it works for the Community as well.
    • Daily positivity has gone from 17% to 3.5%
    • Isolation is key – students have been obliging
  • Rumor is that off-campus students are spreaders in the city
    • Found that 4.2% of positive cases are within the most popular tracks of off-campus housing – in line with other areas of the county.
    • Not seeing a disproportionate level of COVID in these areas.

Winnebago County Health – Shelley

  • Sunnyview is testing 750-800 tests a day (50% are from Winnebago county and others from surrounding counties.
  • More testing sites coming online for standing days of testing up to 300 tests per day
  • Significant increase in deaths across the board
  • 1/3 of all deaths since COVID started have been in the last two weeks
Winnebago Catch-A-Ride:

Featured in the Herald: Winnebago Catch-A-Ride tops 2,000 lifts – page 4

Featured on Fox 11: Winnebago Catch-A-Ride wants drivers to help Greater Oshkosh get back to work

We’re All In Grant – Phase 2

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) We’re All In Small Business Grant Program provided much-needed financial assistance to thousands of Wisconsin small businesses affected by COVID-19. Despite the infusion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds administered by WEDC throughout the summer, many Wisconsin small businesses continue to struggle. That is why WEDC is opening up a second phase of We’re All In Small Business Grants, making available more than $50 million of additional CARES Act funding to Wisconsin businesses hard hit by the pandemic.


We’re All In Small Business Grant – Phase 2 makes CARES Act funding available to Wisconsin small businesses that were unable to apply for Phase 1 of the program. And, it makes additional funds available to companies that were awarded Phase 1 grants.

Phase 2 grants of $5,000 will be awarded based upon the business’s annual revenue. Businesses with more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues (gross receipts less returns and allowances) and one to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) in 2019 are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to applicants that did not receive funding from the Phase 1 of the We’re All In Small Business Grant Program. Once these new applicants are awarded Phase 2 grants, Phase 1 recipients’ applications will be considered, with priority given to ethnic minority-owned businesses followed by businesses in industries most affected by the pandemic.


Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, to 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 2, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to gather the necessary information and documents before the application window opens, but should note that the timing of their application does not affect their chances of receiving a grant. Grants are not awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.


Phase 1 of the We’re All In Small Business Grant was designed, marketed and administered by WEDC. Phase 2 of the program is receiving administrative assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.


For more information and to apply for a Phase 2 We’re All In Small Business Grant, click here.