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Lakeshore Site Development

Joint Statement: Oshkosh Corporation Deserves a World-Class Location
Posted October 6, 2017

We are extremely fortunate to have Oshkosh Corporation headquartered in the City of Oshkosh. As a global company with operations and facilities across the United States (Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida) and throughout the world (Europe, China, Australia, and Mexico) the company's headquarters could be located practically anywhere. This is a possibility that we cannot afford to see become a reality.

Because of this potential reality, it is essential that we do everything possible to keep Oshkosh Corporation headquartered in Oshkosh. A failure to do so will have a devastating impact on our local economy and quality of life that will be felt by us all for decades to come. Oshkosh Corporation is experiencing significant growth across all of its divisions which has resulted in the company's need to grow its workforce and expand its workspaces. Locally, Oshkosh Corporation has nearly 40 buildings scattered throughout the Oshkosh area and is running out of space. A new state of the art headquarters will help the company work more efficiently and effectively and continue its growth trajectory.

When Oshkosh Corporation announced its search for a new headquarters location, the City presented site selectors with 19 locations in Oshkosh for the company to consider. Using the criteria provided by Oshkosh Corporation there is only one location in the City of Oshkosh that meets all of the requirements for their new world headquarters. That location is Lakeshore Golf Course.

As a multinational Fortune 500 company, Oshkosh Corporation has specific needs that have to be met in order to remain competitive and successful in the global economy. The location of its new world headquarters must address these needs:

  • Talent and workforce
  • Unique location
  • Minimum of 30 acres to be developed
  • Easy access to major highways
  • Good visibility
  • State of the art technology and amenities
  • Welcoming and supportive community that embraces its employees and mission
  • Makes financial sense

Attracting and retaining top talent is one of Oshkosh Corporation's biggest priorities. A new state of the art corporate headquarters located on a unique piece of land will reflect the quality and status of Oshkosh Corporation and will be a crucial element for attracting the best and brightest to work and live in our city.

Now is the time for all of us to work together to secure a future where we all gain. The City of Oshkosh keeps Oshkosh Corporation headquartered here with new jobs and tax revenue generated. All citizens of Oshkosh get increased access to the waterfront and greenspace with more recreational opportunities and improved amenities on the Lakeshore site. Oshkosh Corporation gets a new world headquarters creating a world-class destination that will attract the most talented minds from all over the globe to live and work in our community.

We encourage our organizations' members as well as citizens of Oshkosh to take action and show their support for Oshkosh Corporation by putting yard signs up, attending and speaking at upcoming public input sessions, and contacting City Council members regarding the urgency and importance of this matter. Together we can keep Oshkosh Corporation in Oshkosh and secure the city's economic future.

John Casper
President & CEO
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Jason White
President & CEO
Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation

About Project Oshkosh:
Project Oshkosh is a collaborative community-focused initiative that works to grow and improve the local economy and quality of life in the City of Oshkosh. For more information, visit: www.projectoshkosh.com

Show Support:
Contact Joan at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 920-303-2266 or Audra Hoy at the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation, (920) 230-3326 to request a sign in support of Oshkosh Corporation and the development of the Lakeshore site.

Contact City Council Members to express your support and the importance of developing the Lakeshore site and keeping Oshkosh Corporation in Oshkosh. Click here to email City Council members.

Public Input Sessions: Attend and speak at upcoming public input sessions to show your support of Oshkosh Corporation and the development of the Lakeshore site. Make your voice heard online here.

 


 

OSHKOSH, WIS. (September 25, 2017) – The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation share similar missions to advocate for business, industry and improved quality of life for all residents in our community, which is why our organizations support the sale of a portion of the Lakeshore Golf Course site to Oshkosh Corporation for its new headquarters.

For 100 years Oshkosh Corporation has been the economic engine driving our local economy, having a significant positive impact on many individuals and families by providing jobs, supporting hundreds of local businesses, and contributing significantly to the quality of life we enjoy. Oshkosh Corporation has put our city on the map nationally and internationally and has instilled a sense of community pride in all of us for protecting and saving American lives every day thanks to the machinery and vehicles it manufacturers right here in Oshkosh.

The City of Oshkosh cannot afford to lose Oshkosh Corporation; the company is too important to our city's economic future and quality of life. We believe selling a portion of the Lakeshore Golf Course site to Oshkosh Corporation is a must to ensure that our city and economy remain strong and vibrant for generations to come.

John Casper
President & CEO
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Jason White
President & CEO
Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation