Dept. of Commerce: Gov. Doyle Announces Planning Grant in Calumet County

Contact: Jim O’Keefe, 608/264-7837

MADISON – Gov. Jim Doyle today announced that Calumet County, in partnership with Winnebago and Outagamie Counties, will receive a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to create a plan for the area’s economic future. The partnership also includes the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Fox Cities Economic Development Partnership.

“My Grow Wisconsin plan calls for promoting economic growth,” said Gov. Doyle. “This grant will allow the tri-county consortium to develop an economic development strategy for expanding employment opportunities.”

The plan will identify the target industries and types of firms that could power future economic expansion. The plan will create a regional implementation strategy with specific steps and will also identify the location for a regional Business Park. The total project cost is $100,000.

Commerce has administered the federally funded CDBG Program since 1982. These grants play an important role in helping communities finance a wide range of projects designed to enhance the economic vitality of the community through the expansion of the tax base, job creation, and increased private investment in downtowns. Grants are awarded to projects that will primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. For further information on the CDBG Program contact James Frymark, Commerce, at 608/266-2742.