nesses in the city. The Altona Supper Club, Calumet Feeds, Studio 1796 (formerly Country Floral), Mid-Shores Recycling, New Holstein True Value, South Town Restaurant and Village Inn are all among examples of the younger generation making positive changes to existing businesses.
City officials also acknowledge the positive economic impact of current industries which have helped make New Holstein what it is today. Companies such as M-B, Amerequip, Milk Specialties, Kestell Furniture and Metko—just to name a few—provide the city with a strong industrial base and opportunities for job growth to a shifting population.
New Holstein is fortunate to have attracted two new thriving businesses to the Park Avenue Industrial Park, Precision Carburetor & Machining, LLC, and Beattie Manufacturing. In addition, city officials are currently working with the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation (NHEDC) to attract additional attention to this area. The Tax Increment Finance District along STH 32/57 on the city’s north side continues to grow with the addition of Gruett’s, a dealer of New Holland implements and other equipment; and the construction of a building by Altitude Roofing which is now under way.
Every business contributes to the city’s overall success—those which have survived the test of time, and new entrepreneurs who have stepped up to the challenge to achieve that status.
Working with EDC, Chamber
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the NHEDC and the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce to keep communications open, working together to help New Holstein continue to grow and prosper. The city also works in conjunction with the East Central Regional Planning Commission to offer incentives to new businesses. The city’s Revolving Loan Fund and business development assistance via the University of Wisconsin-Extension office also helps. With a joined effort of support, information, education and development, New Holstein is on the right track for growth and development.
Progress in the city’s administrative area is not always visible. The City of New Holstein, along with other municipalities in the state, saw a severe cut in shared revenue for 2012. Despite this reduction in revenue, the city’s Common Council realized the importance of keeping the current services which are provided to the community by the offices of City Clerk, Public Works, Police, Library and Recreation departments.
The city puts great emphasis on keeping department heads and their staffs educated on the continually changing laws and regulations which keep the city in compliance and up to date. With these changes comes the challenge of finding ways to communicate the information to the public. The city now has changed the way in which ordinances are presented to allow for public feedback before they are passed at the Common Council level.
The city also has initiated public forums to invite the public to hear firsthand the changes which will be made at the administrative level. The city also is working on revamping its Web site to create an even more efficient method of communicating news and events to the community.
The New Holstein Police Department also continues to provide the best quality of service through a partnership with the community and surrounding communities. With limited resources and funding available, the New Holstein Police Department works in conjunction with the Calumet County Law Enforcement Executive Committee which is comprised of the offices of District Attorney, Calumet County Sheriff’s Department and municipal police chiefs. This joint session allows the surrounding communities to share resources for law enforcement improvements.
NHPD adds medication drop box
In the past year the NHPD has implemented a drug drop-off box for unused medications. The department continues to take part in the biannual national drug drop-off sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines which languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
Another important program in the community is the Neighborhood Watch group. This group sponsors the National Night Out in August. This program is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participate in local anti-crime efforts; and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
These two services are extremely important in keeping New Holstein a safe community which, in turn, will help attract new residents.
These programs, plus many more, are examples of the progressive steps the City of New Holstein is taking to stay strong and keep moving forward.