North East Chamber Coalition

Northeast Chamber Coalition

The Northeast Wisconsin Chamber Coalition (NEWCC) consists of Chambers in Fond du Lac, the Fox Cities, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Waupaca. Together, we represent more than 5,000 businesses who employ over 300,000 people.

We advocate for policies that strengthen talent and business attraction and retention to protect and grow family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin. For Northeast Wisconsin to be successful, policies must be in place which allows Wisconsin companies to compete on a global level.

Economic Development

Successful economic development plans will include plans for attracting, retaining and developing a strong pipeline of young workers. States who are successful at this will grow their economy much quicker and be more sustainable into the future. K-12 education is critical in creating a pipeline of talent to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to enter the workforce quicker.

Workforce Development

Support modifications to the Wisconsin Fast Forward program so that businesses can utilize this program in a similar manner as WEDC Capacity Building Grants.

Support equitable funding for K-12 public education so that all public school districts can afford equipment and personnel to provide skills/certifications for high school aged students in collaboration with their area technical college or university.

Talent Attraction & Retention

Support modifying the ‘legacy cap’ on the medical residency programs at hospitals of Northeast Wisconsin to attract and retain medical students in the area to reduce our doctor shortage.

Support funding regional programs for career based learning initiatives which leverage current community assets.

Transportation Infrastructure

A robust transportation infrastructure network is essential to economic growth. Ensuring adequate funding is available for scheduled road maintenance and road improvements will give Wisconsin manufacturers an advantage over their competition.

Support a stable, adequately and equitably funded transportation fund that will meet our infrastructure needs.

Support the following transportation projects staying on schedule:

  • Construction of a southern bridge in De Pere with an interchange onto I-41
  • Reconstruction of State Highway 23
  • Expansion of State Highway 441
  • Expansion of State Highway 15
  • Safety upgrades on Highway 10
  • Reconstruction of State Highway 26 from I-41 to US 151

Regulatory Reforms

Unpredictable and overbearing government regulation can be responsible for driving businesses to states with more predictable and flexible regulations. Wisconsin’s regulatory environment must strike a balance between protection and the cost of implementation.

Support legislation to exempt permitting requirements for the discharge of dredged or fill material into all artificial wetlands.

Support legislation referred to as the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny or REINS Act, which requires legislative approval for any changes to state administrative code that would cost over $10 million to implement.

Support a reduction from the salary threshold for the exemption of overtime pay under the Federal Labor Standards Act that was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.