The Fox River Valley is a 5-County region in Wisconsin. This region is a renowned quality-manufacturing center, with some 25% of the workforce directly engaged in the manufacturing sector. The region is home to Oshkosh Corporation, one of the largest suppliers of military and specialty civilian heavy trucks in the USA.
The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) received almost $2 million in special grant funding from the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment. This grant was to support economic planning, realignment and supply chain support, in response to local economic impacts as a result of defense industry cuts. Future iQ was contracted to lead the regional planning efforts, examining ways to improve collaboration, develop industry diversification strategies and craft future response plans.