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After a historic paper mill in downtown Neenah closed in 2006, the 16-acre site was in danger of becoming an eyesore that lowered property values and hindered economic development.

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WEDC provided $243,000 toward a $2 million expansion of the regional grocery store. The expansion also created space for two additional businesses, generating 45 net new jobs. The retention of the grocery store downtown has allowed other projects to move forward, with a public-private Exploration Center project in planning phases and a Minnesota-based brewery considering relocation to the downtown area.

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In 2016, WEDC awarded $500,000 toward the $4 million redevelopment of the historic Garver Feed Mill and adjacent 10.5-acre site into an artisanal food processing facility including a food incubator, office and retail tenants and hotel/residential space.

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Oshkosh received $375,000 in Idle Sites Redevelopment Program funding for their $1.5 million redevelopment of the former Jen-Weld manufacturing site. The site will include mixed-use development with residential, commercial and office space, including a grocery store, located on a 27-acre riverfront site. Upon completion, the project is expected to represent $60 million in private investment.

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