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    There is growing diversity and an economic vitality that is flourishing in Oshkosh and its surrounding communities. Our businesses are strong and world- renowned. And, I am proud to say that members of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce have been at the heart of it all. We are exceedingly proud of all our members and their many accomplishments in 2017. Chamber members have been expanding their businesses, launching new products and services, hiring more people and attracting new talent. Our members have reached out to legislators and elected officials. The voice of the Oshkosh business community has been heard in Madison and in Washington D.C. I would like to personally congratulate all of our members’ successes, and sincerely thank the business community for working with and through the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. It is because of the committed support and continued engagement of our members that we are able to act as your ally and advocate.

    We are blessed with an abundance of natural resources that have created the backbone of a strong economy, a talented workforce, and a culture of entrepreneurship. The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce has made great strides in recent years to improve our business climate. We continue to promote our community in an effort to attract visitors, new residents, and new employers. Our community is fortunate to have a group of dedicated business leaders committed to improving Oshkosh’s future.

    Much work yet remains. We find ourselves in an increasingly challenging global economy where competition is intensifying for talent and capital. Communities around the country are working strategically to reinvent themselves.

    As Oshkosh’s voice of business, we believe now is the time to aggressively leverage our assets and capabilities and become further united in our pursuit of a more prosperous community. Our commitment to business development, business advocacy, skills training, and talent growth has been and will continue to be the tools of our success.

    On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am pleased to share with you the successes of 2017 in this annual report. Working alongside our members, the Chamber has achieved great accomplishments in support of our businesses and our community. As we launch 2018, we look forward to another year of making Oshkosh truly amazing.

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    2016-2017 Oshkosh Chamber Chairman of the Board

    message from the CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD As I reflect on the past year as Chairman of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, I am reminded how Oshkosh is such a great community to live, work, and play!

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-18 Chairman - Jon Doemel* - ZaRonis

    Javad Ahmad - Oracular IS, LLC

    Robert Albright - R.J. Albright Inc.

    John Anderson - InSight Eye Care, LLC

    Jeff Bard - Aurora Medical Center & Aurora Medical Group Brad Baumann - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

    Tom Belter* - Economic Development Advisory Council

    Tom Blaze - Oshkosh Community YMCA

    Nicole Brayton - Brayton Bed & Breakfast

    John Casper* - Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

    Steven Davis - Ardy & Ed's Drive-In, Inc.

    Hallie Detjen - Henry Schein Veterinary Solutions

    Connie Drexler - interGen web solutions - West Side Association

    Mike Floyd - Continental Girbau, Inc.

    Stephen Ford - Lapham-Hickey Steel

    Kimberly Gordon - Dream by Thimke Jewelers

    Paul Greeninger - Oshkosh Safety Council

    Devon Hudak* - ARC Contracting Inc. - Propel

    Phil Janes - Oshkosh Marine Supply Co.

    Wilson Jones - Oshkosh Corporation

    Andrew Leavitt - University of Wiscconsin Oshkosh

    Joe LeRoy* - Stannard Dry Cleaners and Launderers

    Dennis Lewandowski* - A.P. Nonweiler Co.

    Karen Liu - Oshkosh Corporation

    Bob Mathers - von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

    Grant Schwab - FirstWeber Group

    Scott Sitter* - Choice Bank

    Regina Sobojinski - Fox Valley Physical Therapy & Wellness

    John Supple - Fox River Brewing Co. & Taproom

    Amy Vanden Hogen - Caliber Law

    Brian Wierzbinski* - Experimental Aircraft Association Inc.

    Joan Woldt - Bank First National

    Bill Wyman - Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

    Wayne Youngwirth - Youngwirth Associates, LLC

    * Executive Committee member

    Total Revenue $1,280,720

    ORGANIZATIONAL SNAPSHOT

    Total Expenses $1,204,354

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    BUSINESS IS BOOMING

    Oshkosh businesses are growing at a phenom- enal rate. Led by a broad and diverse economic base and an emerging high-tech business sec- tor, the community ranked #77 in the US for Business Climate and #38 in best cities in the US for Recent College Grads. Oshkosh is home to two companies on the Fortune 500/1000 list - Oshkosh Corporation and Bemis Company.

    Oshkosh employment is at an all-time high, with 40,456 people in employed in Oshkosh. Oshkosh-based companies created 1,717 jobs last year and invested over $21 million dollars in new construction.

    “Oshkosh is a dynamic marketplace. Other communities are taking notice. The selection of Oshkosh as the site for the Wisconsin Herd, the Milwaukee Bucks G-League developmental team is a demonstration that Oshkosh is on the move,” said Tom Belter, Chairman of the Chamber’s Economic Development Advisory Council. The Council consists of business peo- ple, local developers and finance professionals that oversee the Chamber’s work in economic development, one of the strategic pillars of the organization.

    2017 Strategic Drivers • Promote and implement economic develop-

    ment services to attract, develop and retain area business.

    • Collaborate with local, regional and state- wide economic and workforce development partners to help grow our economic base.

    • Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Business Startup Culture.

    • Diversify the Local Economy.

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    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY VITALS

    97.1% Employed 34,801 Oshkosh Residents Employed 706 more Oshkosh Residents Employed in 2017 than 2016 40,456 people employed by Oshkosh Companies -1,717 New jobs

    OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIO

    102 Business Cases 63 Qualified Business Prospects 11 Project Wins 27 Site Tours Provided

    Secured $1.2 Million in Incentives which leveraged $3.6 Million in private investmentREVOLVING LOAN FUND &

    INCENTIVES

    2 Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corporation Loans Closed -$155,000 in Private Investment Leveraged -Up to 13 New Jobs Created and 32 Retained 8 Existing Loans Serviced 6 Loans Paid off

    $526,000 in Historic Tax Credits Secured