Balanced and Equitable Community Development
Grandview Industrial Park
In August of 2022, Carnivore Meat Company broke ground on a $55 million, 235,0000-square-foot facility that will bring an additional 150 jobs to Green Bay. The project will provide $10 million in annual salary and add $35 million in tax base to the City.
The Carnivore Project will serve as the anchor tenant to the establishment of the first phase of the Grandview Industrial Park—a 375-acre employment center—that will provide spaces for light industrial uses including manufacturing, warehousing, and supporting commercial uses.
The City received the 2022 National Brownfields Conference Award for EPA Region 5 for the Railyard Project as a successful environmental contamination remediation project. The Railyard Project is an ongoing commercial and residential re-development site in the On-Broadway corridor.
Grant and Loan Opportunities
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 and the City was allocated $23,695,516 to use within ARPA guidelines. Using ARPA funds, the City created and implemented multiple grant programs to aid impacted communities through Tourism Enhancement Grants, Façade Improvement Grants, Affordable Housing initiatives, Funding of public infrastructure, Expansion of Neighborhood Associations and Funding Public Arts.
The City is committed to supporting businesses that create stable jobs and grow our local economy. We have invested a total of $307,000 in low interest loans to women and minority-owned businesses through the City’s Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program that was established in 2018. Additionally, we have provided 67 loans totaling $6.7 million through the City’s Community Development RLF program.
Worked collaboratively with NeighborWorks, the Greater Green Bay Area Chamber and several major employers to launch the “Great Being Home” down payment assistance program. The “Great Being Home” is a homeownership program serving employees of participating Green Bay Employers. Eligible buyers will receive a $5,000 grant in addition to the other assistance programs for which they may qualify (up to $10,000). The program aims to assist employers attract and retain talent, increase awareness and resources for home ownership among local employees, increase homeownership rates within the City and strengthen neighborhoods.
The City funded a three year position with the Green Bay Community Foundation to implement the recommendations from the Greater Green Bay Blueprint to Prevent and End Homelessness. The City provided funding for area nonprofits whose mission is to address homelessness and provide shelter and co-developed the Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition Strategic Plan.
The City has been actively working with developers to create much needed housing units in Green Bay neighborhoods. Currently developers are in the process of creating 372 affordable and 730 market-rate rental units. These units vary from multiple story buildings, townhomes, single family homes and apartments created above a Broadway business.
The City has also provided funding to support neighborhood beautification efforts under our Curb Appeal Program, energy assistance for homeowners under our Home Improvement Loan Program (administered by NeighborWorks Green Bay)and will be rolling out a program later this summer to assist property owners in flood proofing their homes.
City staff will be sending out Request For Proposals on two development sites this year in the hopes of finding developers to invest in additional housing and mixed-use development.
In 2019 the City of Green Bay worked collaboratively with the Green Bay School District and community partners to create the Green Bay’s Safe Walk and Bike Plan. The purpose of the Green Bay Safe Walk & Bike Plan is to identify ways to empower adults and children of all ability levels through the Green Bay area to make walking and biking a part of their daily routines in getting to schools and other community destinations in an equitable way. In 2022 the City furthered this initiative when it approved 64 rectangular rapid flashing beacons and 66 school zone speed limit signs as identified as priorities in the Safe Walk and Bike Plan.
The City of Green Bay deployed a 28-camera Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) program. The program greatly enhances the Police Department’s ability to develop leads in crime, sometimes within minutes of an offense. It also allows the Police Department to detect vehicles sought in connection with crimes in real time as they traveled into the City.
The Green Bay Police Department implemented a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence in the City. Total number of incidents involving shots fired decreased by 25.32% compared to 2021, and the total number of rounds fired decreased by 44.98%.
The City successfully integrated the Village of Bellevue Fire Department into the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in 2021. Since 2022 the Green Bay Metro Fire Department added emergency medical response to the Bellevue services.