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Selling in Sheboygan County can reap rewards for all

Ambassadors of Sheboygan County. It’s what each of us are, whether we realize it or not. Our actions, both as individuals and collectively, help define our community, and importantly, whether people new to our area choose to live where they work.
About one in seven persons employed in Sheboygan County do not reside here. Most of these individuals commute from Ozaukee and Manitowoc Counties. This means that about 14% of the gross annual wages earned by working in Sheboygan County businesses are spent else ware.  And surprisingly, even the perceptions our out-of-town co-workers have on our local economy is significant.
Keeping more locally earned wages spent locally can benefit us all. But what can Sheboygan County citizens do to encourage local living? A lot.
Consider that people often pull up stakes and relocate to pursue better opportunities in their career and education for their children and overall quality of life. Many area companies in their search for talent bring in professionals and skilled workers from all over the world. Many individuals relocating to our area typically rent housing for six months to a year before purchasing a home. They rent to learn the “lay of the land” before committing to a community. They often explore different neighborhoods to find the right fit, a place they feel welcomed, supported and at home. In addition, those with families may look to purchase a home in a community that boasts top schools for their children.
And herein lies the rub: For these folks, a daily commute to Green Bay or a Milwaukee suburb is considered the “norm.”  They may assume two hours of daily drive time is a price worth paying for optimal quality of life. They can be very selective about communities they consider living in. So these people need to know the full story about all your community and Sheboygan County have to offer. Among these are the following accolades we’ve earned, and rightfully so:
Smart people—Luminosity’s Smartest Cities 2013 ranked Sheboygan County 48th from among 500 U.S. communities assessed. Also in 2013, the Brookings Institution named Sheboygan County one of the top 20 most innovative communities in the nation—joined by the likes of Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and Austin, Texas!
Safe spaces—Named the fourth-safest metropolitan area in the nation in 2013 by Morgan Quinto, Sheboygan County was also ranked one of the safest MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) in the United States, according to “City Crime Rankings 2009-2010,” published by CQ Press. In 2013, Sheboygan County also was identified as the Most Equitable Community in the United States for having the smallest gap between rich and poor.
Family friendly—Named the Best Place to Raise Kids in Wisconsin in 2011 by Bloomburg Business Week, Sheboygan County was also called out by Reader’s Digest as the Best Place to Raise a Family in the entire United States! 
Your call to action? 
If an employee new to your workplace is renting before their family relocates, connect with this colleague. Invite them to a weekend cookout, a round of golf, a river paddle or forest hike. Ask them to be your guest at your fitness club or service organization. 
In doing so, you’re laying out the proverbial “welcome mat” on behalf of all our citizens. 
And once they feel welcomed, these new employees may realize that the very place they’re seeking may be right here, right now, in Sheboygan County.  

Working and living locally

Ambassadors of Sheboygan County. It’s what each of us are, whether we realize it or not. Our actions, both as individuals and collectively, help define our community, and importantly, whether people new to our area choose to live where they work.

Posted by Dane Checolinski on 6 July 2014

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High-wage careers are in high demand

With high school graduation around the corner, many are wondering what they should do.

Posted by Dane Checolinski, SCEDC on 10 May 2014

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Jumpstart your job search today

Hundreds of workers sought by local companies

Consider this. One local employee at a global manufacturing firm based in Sheboygan County started in 2005. Fast forward to today: The company, hiring from within, promoted this employee and he now makes double what he did when he started—in less than a decade.

Posted by Dane Checolinski, SCEDC on 2 March 2014

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Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. drives continued local growth

Four years since its founding, county economic development corporation is getting jobs to the table

 Jan. 13, 2014—Sheboygan, Wis.—Nearly one in ten of the 39,582 jobs impacted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in Wisconsin from July 2012 to July 2013, or 3565 jobs, were in Sheboygan County. These numbers highlight a manufacturing economic engine that is re-emerging rapidly in Sheboygan County as recent job growth bodes well for 2014.

Posted by SCEDC on 17 January 2014

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New Multi-Million Dollar Expansion in 2014 Solidifies Saco Polymers Commitment to Sheboygan County

Supplier to automotive, construction and green industries chooses to retain corporate headquarters here with bricks-and-mortar expansion to Northeast Wisconsin

Posted by on 13 November 2013

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Sheboygan County Ranks in Top 50 Smartest Areas

Sheboygan County Ranks in Top 50 Smartest Areas in America

Posted by SCEDC on 29 June 2013

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Sheboygan County Ranks in Top 20 Most Innovative Areas

Sheboygan County Ranks in Top 20 Most Innovative Areas

Posted by Malissa Powers SCEDC on 30 May 2013

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Dane Checolinski column: There are many success stories in Sheboygan

This is an exciting time for Sheboygan County as new opportunities for growth continue to surface. I am delighted to highlight several local companies experiencing tremendous success. As front-runners of economic development, these businesses are models for growth and exemplify exceptional leadership qualities.
Just recently, American Orthodontics held its global headquarters ribbon-cutting event at its new state-of-the-art, 280,000-square-foot facility. A.O. is the largest privately held orthodontics manufacturer in the world, with more than 90% of their products made right here in Sheboygan. The company employs 450 locally (more than 600 worldwide) and has not once experienced layoffs in its 45 years of existence. Displaying consistent sales growth every year since 1968, American Orthodontics typifies business growth for Sheboygan County.
Similarly, Glacier Transit and Storage is currently expanding in Plymouth to accommodate increasing customer demands for storage. The company’s $6 million project, expected to be complete in June, will add nearly 90,000 square feet dedicated to refrigerated food warehousing while also creating an additional seven jobs. Founded in 1955, Glacier Transit and Storage has grown from one warehouse to twelve, utilizing over 580,000 square feet. The company attributes its successful growth to incorporating best practices, excellent customer care that exceeds expectations and having the best, most experienced staff in the industry.
Finally, Vollrath Company’s expansion is expected to be completed in July. This $4.5 million project will create 158,000 square feet of distribution space. Within the past four years, the company has doubled in size, adding 700 employees expanding its product lines. After 138 years of successful growth, the Vollrath Company certainly is a model of business growth in Sheboygan County.
These examples are only a few of the many success stories of our local businesses. However, each and every company displaying business growth has the same fundamentals in place: strong leadership, brilliant ingenuity and dynamic teamwork. Sheboygan County is truly blessed to have a tremendous amount of businesses displaying these qualities.
With many value-added services offered to businesses big and small, the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) serves both as a catalyst and consultant.
We allow companies to spend more time doing what they do best. I encourage everyone to visit our website at www.SheboyganCountyEDC.com to get a better picture of the support and assistance we provide for our area businesses.
Likewise, I encourage every business, entrepreneur, developer, or inventor to give us a call to see how we can provide timely, value-added assistance toward your planned investment in Sheboygan County.

This is an exciting time for Sheboygan County as new opportunities for growth continue to surface. I am delighted to highlight several local companies experiencing tremendous success. As front-runners of economic development, these businesses are models for growth and exemplify exceptional leadership qualities.

Posted by Dane Checolinski on 5 May 2013

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Coastal Connections Annual All Member Meeting

Coastal Connections is hosting its Annual All Member Meeting at 12:00 pm at The Bull on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The event allows attendees to socialize with members and guests, review the organization’s events and accomplishments over the last year, and learn more about leadership opportunities in the organization.

Everyone is invited to celebrate a successful 2012 with us, preview the events of 2013, and recognize members and sponsors that support our organization. Whether you are a current member, past member, or just want to find out more about what Coastal Connections, you’ll want to attend this event. Also be sure to invite your colleagues who are looking for a way to get involved in an organization and meet new people. The All Member Meeting is a great networking opportunity for members and non-members alike!

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Posted by Coastal Connections on 30 January 2013

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Senator Leibham Reacts to State of the State Address

STATE CAPITOL- Today, State Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) had the opportunity to listen to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as he gave the annual State of the State address to members of both houses of the Wisconsin legislature.  The address took place in the State Assembly chambers.  Following Governor Walker’s remarks, Senator Leibham offered the following reaction:

Posted by Joe Leibham on 16 January 2013

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