Economic Logo.gif (42663 bytes)ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE TOWN OF MENASHA

The Town of Menasha is strategically located in East Central Wisconsin in the heart of the Fox River Valley.  The Town is one of seventeen communities that comprise the Appleton-Neenah-Oshkosh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the third largest and fastest growing metropolitan area in the State of Wisconsin.  The Town is the fourth largest township in the State of Wisconsin with a population of 16;845.  The Town is home to several Fortune 500 industries including:  Kimberly-Clark, Pierce Manufacturing, Hayes Manufacturing, Outlook Graphics, Wisconsin Tissue Mills, Neenah Paper, and Warehouse Specialist.


The Economic Structure of the Fox Valley: A Study of Economic Opportunity

Business Assistance

·        Technical Assistance: There are many sources of help for the business community.  Among them are the Fox Valley Technical College, the Fox Valley Technical College E-Seed program, Advocap, the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, SCORE of the United States Small Business Association, Workforce Development Board, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce.  These programs help with training, mentoring, providing demographics and statistics, writing business plans, and networking.

·        Grants and Funding opportunities can be found through the following organizations Winnebago County Industrial Development Board, the State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce, and SCORE of the United States Small Business Association.  Click on “Grants and Funding” for further information.

·        Business Statistics and Data including demographics and retail market potential and analysis for 1-, 3-, and 5- mile radii can be found by clicking “Business Statistics and Data.”

·        Developing or Redeveloping a Site can be aided by the Developer’s Handbook which includes information on zoning, applications, and procedures by clicking on “Developing or Redeveloping a Site.”  For further assistance please contact George Dearborn or Diana Kanter at (920) 720-7105.

Location Assistance

·        The Fox Cites Chamber of Commerce publishes four listings for available office, office mixed, retail, and industrial/warehouse on a quarterly basis.  Click here for information.

·        Business & Industrial Parks
The Town of Menasha has four industrial/commercial parks with available sites:

·         Gateway Development: 160+ acres, is a development located along the new West American Drive and server by Hwy 10, U.S. Hwy 41 and the West Side Arterial/Parkway.  This development includes a new 140 lot residential subdivision and 400 units of high end rental.  An office park and a retail center that will incorporate a grocery store and other supporting retail uses is anticipated.  For additional information click the link above or click here

·         Parkside West Business Center: 40 acres, which is serviced by State Hwy 150, U.S. Hwy 41, and the West Side Arterial/Parkway, zoned for light manufacturing and office.  Road, Sewer and Water available.  Click here for more information.

·         McMahon Business Park: 48.36 acres, which is serviced by U.S. Hwy 10, U.S. Hwy 41, and the West Side Arterial/Parkway, zoned for office and retail.  Road, Sewer and Water available.  Click here for more information.

·         All American Industrial Park: 100 acres, which is serviced by U.S. Hwy 41 and railway, zoned for industrial.  Road, Sewer and Water available.  Click here for more information.

·         Industrial Property located off of Hwy 41 and American Dr. Road, Sewer and Water available.  Click here for more information.

Community Profile

·        Manufacturers and Principal Employers in the Town of Menasha provides a list of each along with address, phone #, fax #, web site, and contact person.

·        Town Tax Rate

§         2003 tax rate is $5.94 per $1,000 of assessed value.

§         Combined 2003 Tax Rate For All Tax Districts Including the Town Tax Rate is As Follows:
Neenah School District    $24.66 per $1,000 assessed value.
Menasha School District  $25.12 per $1,000 assessed value.
Appleton School District  $25.61 per $1,000 assessed value

·        Transportation

§         Highways: U.S. Hwy 41 and Hwy 10, State Hwy 150 and State Hwy 47. The West Side Arterial/Parkway (C.T.H. CB) connects with U.S. Hwy 41, U.S. Hwy 10, and U.S. Hwy 45.

§         Air:  Within 3.5 miles of Outagamie County Airport, which services major commercial airlines and private charters.  Major commercial carriers include:  Comair, MaxAir, Midwest Express, Northwest Airlink, Skyway Airlines, United Express, Federal Express, and Airborne Express.

§         Rail:  Wisconsin Central Railroad, which is located near several industrial sites with rail spurs serving some of the sites.

·        Utilities

§         Water and Sewer: Town of Menasha Utility District, Grand Chute/Menasha Waste Water Treatment Facility, maximum capacity 3,100,000 gallons a day.

§         Electric:  WE Energies

§         Telecommunications:  Ameritech, TDS Metrocom, Fiber Optic & T-1 Lines available

§         Gas: WE Energies

·        Schools
The Town is served by the Appleton Joint School District, Menasha Joint School District, Neenah School District, and is home to St. Mary’s High School.  The Town is also in close proximity to Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and the Fox Valley Technical College. 


For more information contact:

George Dearborn, Director of Community Development or Diana Kanter, Associate Planner
(920) 720-7105
[email protected] or [email protected]