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Calumet County’s Community Economic Development program serves the needs of businesses including business retention, business expansion, supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs, and helping with workforce development.  It also works closely with cities, villages, and towns on local economic development and quality of life priorities such as downtown revitalization and business attraction.  Finally, the Community Economic Development program is a liaison to economic development programs available from the state and region including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, and others listed below.

Calumet County is the second fastest growing county in Wisconsin with plentiful business opportunities.  We are part of the Fox Cities/Appleton metropolitan area, a region with a labor force of nearly 800,000 within 50 miles.  Manufacturing accounts for approximately 30% of all jobs in the county, and includes such notable companies as Amerequip, Ariens, Endries, and Kaytee Products.  The county’s dynamic agricultural sector employs approximately 19% of the county’s workforce, with noted food processing firms such as Bel Gioioso, Briess, and Sargento.

To learn more about Calumet County's economy you are encouraged to review our 
Workforce Development Profile and our Agriculture Value & Impact Report.

Services for Business
  • Training programs and workshops are available periodically throughout the year to assist with business plan develop and business development decisions.  In particular, Fox Valley Technical College offers a number of e-seed entrepreneur training programs.  For information go to

County Partnerships and Memberships   FCRP

  • The Fox Cities Regional Partnership (FCRP) is an economic development organization serving all of Calumet County, Outagamie County, and the northern portion of Winnebago County.  FCRP focuses their services on industry, specializes in business retention and expansion, and works with site selectors to bring businesses to the area that support the region's major industry clusters. Clusters targeted are: manufacturing; food processing; regional offices; and transportation. Visit their site for a list of available properties.
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is a statewide economic development corporation which offers business incentives including tax credits, grants, training dollars, and other incentive packages. They also provide brownfield and community development services.
  • NEW NORTH, a regional economic development organization serving 18 counties provides business and talent development services. NEW NORTH works to attract and expand defense; marine; new agriculture and food manufacturing; power and energy; dairy product manufacturing; pulp, paper, and paper converting; and electrical equipment manufacturing.
  • The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board and Fox Valley Technical College work with businesses in the County on workforce development and training needs.
  • Calumet County's tourism sector focus on nature based tourism and agri-tourism. For more information visit  The county is a member of the Wisconsin Counties Association, which has regional economic development organizations known as International Trade, Business and Economic Development Councils (ITBECs). The East Central Regional ITBEC focuses primarily on tourism and promotes four counties via their Travel the Lakes promotion.

Other Helpful Links
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (Food Processing Business Resources)
Small Business Development Center
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership 
SCORE (Business Mentoring)
United States Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Links

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Mary Kohrell
Community Economic Development Director


206 Court St.
Chilton, WI 53014

Ph: 920-849-1680
Fx: 920-849-1614

Generally Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or by appointment.
Call or email to confirm availability before stopping in.
Calumet County
206 Court St
Chilton, WI 53014

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