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History
Future Neenah celebrated our 30th anniversary of serving the community in 2013!
1983

Future Neenah is incorporated on April 27.

1985

Wisconsin Avenue construction completed. Future Neenah creates the Downtown Neenah Action Committee (DNAC) to manage the downtown. Vacancies reduced to less than 2%. Future Neenah receives a HUD/IDA grant to create downtown management pilot program.

1987

Centralized Retail Management program is adopted and funded by DNAC.

1989

Future Neenah implements a major redevelopment project on Doty Island resulting in the construction of the Concorde Office Building. Future Neenah also facilitates the construction of Nicolet Blvd. Pocket park.

1991

Future Neenah facilitates the purchase of the Neenah/Menasha railroad depot for future renovation. Theatre Task Force researches the feasibility of restoring the Neenah Theatre to an opera house.

1993

Future Neenah facilitates the preparation for four main projects; a community services center building on North Commercial Street, construction of new street lighting and landscaping on North Commercial Street on Doty Island, construction of One and Two Neenah Center office towers and the expansion of the Valley Inn.

1995

Neenah Jazz-Fest was born out of a suggestion at the citizens’ planning retreat. The first annual event, created and hosted by Future Neenah, drew over 8,000 people to Shattuck Park in Downtown Neenah. The United Community Services Building is constructed. Future Neenah begins developing a city-wide comprehensive beautification plan.

1997

Future Neenah assists in the funding and implementation of the Neenah Access Trails, an on-street recreational trail system. The Neenah Theatre is purchased and plans are developed to create a community arts and entertainment center. After initial fundraising efforts for the theatre fall short, a high-profile community challenge campaign is conducted. Future Neenah hosts the third annual Neenah Jazz-Fest and fifth annual Farm Market.

1999

Future Neenah hosts “Our Neenah” art contest for a cultural heritage guide. A three-year trails safety education program in initiated by Future Neenah and the City of Neenah. A consultant is hired and several waterfront workshops held for the Waterfront Improvement Project. Future Neenah renews its commitment to Downtown Neenah with a 3-phase program. Future Neenah begins publishing a quarterly newsletter.

2001

Future Neenah assists the City of Neenah with the continuing Waterfront Project and the City formed Waterfront Task Force with the goal to produce a waterfront master plan. The “Nurturing our Neighborhoods” project is forming new committees with their own agendas and events for their areas of the city. The first annual city wide clean-up day is held in May.

2003

Our 20th Anniversary. Host first Business Exchange event. Host economic round table session with Congressman Mark Green. Assist in acquisition of properties at 307-09 North Commercial and 104-104 1/2 East Forest. Worked with City to replace sick and dying central city trees. Mayor’s first charity golf outing.  Continue facilitation of BID activities by serving as the administrative arm of the BID. In 2003 we received support from 559 organizations, individuals and businesses.  Friends of the Neenah Riverwalk is formed to raise $950,000 toward the total $3.2 million project goal. 

2005

New Canal parking structure is dedicated in December. Future Neenah hosts its very first arts tour in August. Renovated Shattuck Park is dedicated July 30. New Alta Resources headquarters building is completed in fall. New Out to Lunch and Evening Concert Series hosted in brand new Shattuck Park during August.

2007

Future Neenah partners with ‘Relaunch the Rocket’ to raise funds toward a new and improved Riverside Park rocket playground structure. The new playground opened on June 13.  Neenah StreetBall Challenge is ‘sweet 16!’

2009

Robert Buckingham begins his duties as Future Neenah’s new Executive Director. Four new businesses open Downtown in fall – Lucy’s Closet, Vintique, Uncorked & Five Generations. Future Neenah Magazine goes interactive online.  Magazine features the 100th anniversary of Theda-Clark and the 50th anniversary of Bergstrom-Mahler.

2011

10th anniversary of the Neenah Central City Business Improvement District (BID).

2013

Our 30th Anniversary. 2 new projects are announced at our anniversary party — Navigate Neenah & Future Neenah office reconstruction. Downtown Neenah undergoes a market analysis and branding study process.

2015

On March 17, 2015 both the Neenah and Menasha Councils in an unprecedented joint meeting agreed to move forward with the Navigate Neenah-Menasha trestle project.

In 2015, we plan to undertake relocation services with Relocate Fox Cities and we created more donor engagement opportunities so you can be part of what makes Neenah great.

2017

A work in progress!

Hosted second annual Farm to Table event adding a brunch.
Added music to the Shattuck Park concert series for every Wednesday.

Activated PEP Partner Employment Portal for recruitment.  
Continue to raise funds toward the Loop the Lake Trestle project including a Taste on the Trestle event.

 

1984

Future Neenah funds design of downtown streetscape improvements and initiates an intensive business recruitment program. Downtown master lease program is created to facilitate district management.

1986

Future Neenah funds Doty Island redevelopment strategic plan. W. Canal Street beautification is completed.

1988

Through a special fundraising program, Future Neenah funds the extension of historic street lighting along E. Wisconsin Ave.

1990

Future Neenah funds a feasibility study for development of low and moderate income housing on Doty Island. A survey of terrace trees is funded in preparation for city-wide tree planting program.

1992

Future Neenah facilitates the purchase and renovation of the J. J. Keller Building. Doty Island Business Development Council is created to manage the business district on Doty Island. Task Force researches the feasibility of developing a human services center. Future Neenah funds terrace tree planting along Green Bay Road. Neenah StreetBall Challenge was created to promote the Downtown.

1994

Future Neenah continues to assist with the implementation of a human services office center on Doty Island, as well as Downtown and Doty Island development. A community retreat is held to solicit input and ideas from citizens for future projects.

1996

Future Neenah undergoes a strategic planning process to define its future, culminating with a new vision statement and change of name from FNDC to Future Neenah, Inc. Future Neenah sponsors the conceptual design of the Walnut Street Recreational Trail and City Entrance Signs. After learning of Marcus Corporation’s plan to close the Neenah Budget Cinema, Future Neenah initiates an effort to renovate the theatre into a community arts and entertainment center. Initial fundraising efforts for the theatre are begun to solicit support from key prospects in the community.

1998

Future Neenah moves the office to 135 W. Wisconsin Ave. Events and staff are restructured to improve efficiency. Future Neenah hosts the seventh annual Neenah StreetBall Challenge. Theatre project is determined infeasible due to lack of financial support and Future Neenah begins to focus on new development for the site.

2000

Future Neenah goes live with www.neenah.org. Production of a master plan for the waterfront improvement project begins. In conjunction with its trail safety education program, Future Neenah assists with the Governor’s Bicycle Conference to be held in Neenah in September of 2000. Production of the new Neenah Guide is completed. Work with the South Commercial and West Side neighborhoods begins.

2002

Debut issue of the Neenah Magazine is sent out in April. Future Neenah partners with the City, the BID and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to conduct a business recruitment, retention and expansion survey for Neenah. Future Neenah completes a new strategic plan for the organization. The Central City BID started on January 1. A community retreat/visioning session is held in July to listen to the citizen’s ideas.

2004

New BooFest event debuts.  FNI facilitates the West Canal development project.  Riverwalk surpasses their fundraising goal.  Construction work begins at Shattuck Park.

2006

Riverwalk Phase II – lighting of the Oak Street Bridge. Region II Soccer Tourney comes to valley in June. Fifth anniversary of the Neenah Central City BID. Expanded events – two arts tours & summer long Out to Lunch and Evening Concert Series at Shattuck Park.

2008

Our 25th Anniversary! On April 10 Plexus announced they will establish their corporate headquarters on the site of the former Glatfelter Mill.  Future Neenah partners with Gold Cross for the placement of AED heart start units in the downtown. FNI hosted and operated 10 annual events encompassing 45 day during the year.  These events included 30,000 guests with an economic impact of $700,000.  FNI unveils a new logo.

2010

Future Neenah starts a new mid-week Farmer’s Market. Amy Barker begins her duties as Future Neenah’s new Executive Director.

2012

Farmers Market is 20 years old. We can now accept SNAP/EBT at the Farmers Market. Future Neenah takes part in the Bridging Generations time capsule project.

2014

Future Neenah office undergoes a complete reconstruction to better serve the community. We start a brand new indoor fall Farmers Market. A brand new and updated Future Neenah website is launched.

2016

Future Neenah celebrates the 25th anniversary of Neenah StreetBall and announced after 25th years we would be retiring the event.

Cut the ribbon on the new bike parking patio in the downtown with unique fabricated bike racks in the shapes of waves, a family, guitars and sails.

1983

Future Neenah is incorporated on April 27.

1984

Future Neenah funds design of downtown streetscape improvements and initiates an intensive business recruitment program. Downtown master lease program is created to facilitate district management.

1985

Wisconsin Avenue construction completed. Future Neenah creates the Downtown Neenah Action Committee (DNAC) to manage the downtown. Vacancies reduced to less than 2%. Future Neenah receives a HUD/IDA grant to create downtown management pilot program.

1986

Future Neenah funds Doty Island redevelopment strategic plan. W. Canal Street beautification is completed.

1987

Centralized Retail Management program is adopted and funded by DNAC.

1988

Through a special fundraising program, Future Neenah funds the extension of historic street lighting along E. Wisconsin Ave.

1989

Future Neenah implements a major redevelopment project on Doty Island resulting in the construction of the Concorde Office Building. Future Neenah also facilitates the construction of Nicolet Blvd. Pocket park.

1990

Future Neenah funds a feasibility study for development of low and moderate income housing on Doty Island. A survey of terrace trees is funded in preparation for city-wide tree planting program.

1991

Future Neenah facilitates the purchase of the Neenah/Menasha railroad depot for future renovation. Theatre Task Force researches the feasibility of restoring the Neenah Theatre to an opera house.

1992

Future Neenah facilitates the purchase and renovation of the J. J. Keller Building. Doty Island Business Development Council is created to manage the business district on Doty Island. Task Force researches the feasibility of developing a human services center. Future Neenah funds terrace tree planting along Green Bay Road. Neenah StreetBall Challenge was created to promote the Downtown.

1993

Future Neenah facilitates the preparation for four main projects; a community services center building on North Commercial Street, construction of new street lighting and landscaping on North Commercial Street on Doty Island, construction of One and Two Neenah Center office towers and the expansion of the Valley Inn.

1994

Future Neenah continues to assist with the implementation of a human services office center on Doty Island, as well as Downtown and Doty Island development. A community retreat is held to solicit input and ideas from citizens for future projects.

1995

Neenah Jazz-Fest was born out of a suggestion at the citizens’ planning retreat. The first annual event, created and hosted by Future Neenah, drew over 8,000 people to Shattuck Park in Downtown Neenah. The United Community Services Building is constructed. Future Neenah begins developing a city-wide comprehensive beautification plan.

1996

Future Neenah undergoes a strategic planning process to define its future, culminating with a new vision statement and change of name from FNDC to Future Neenah, Inc. Future Neenah sponsors the conceptual design of the Walnut Street Recreational Trail and City Entrance Signs. After learning of Marcus Corporation’s plan to close the Neenah Budget Cinema, Future Neenah initiates an effort to renovate the theatre into a community arts and entertainment center. Initial fundraising efforts for the theatre are begun to solicit support from key prospects in the community.

1997

Future Neenah assists in the funding and implementation of the Neenah Access Trails, an on-street recreational trail system. The Neenah Theatre is purchased and plans are developed to create a community arts and entertainment center. After initial fundraising efforts for the theatre fall short, a high-profile community challenge campaign is conducted. Future Neenah hosts the third annual Neenah Jazz-Fest and fifth annual Farm Market.

1998

Future Neenah moves the office to 135 W. Wisconsin Ave. Events and staff are restructured to improve efficiency. Future Neenah hosts the seventh annual Neenah StreetBall Challenge. Theatre project is determined infeasible due to lack of financial support and Future Neenah begins to focus on new development for the site.

1999

Future Neenah hosts “Our Neenah” art contest for a cultural heritage guide. A three-year trails safety education program in initiated by Future Neenah and the City of Neenah. A consultant is hired and several waterfront workshops held for the Waterfront Improvement Project. Future Neenah renews its commitment to Downtown Neenah with a 3-phase program. Future Neenah begins publishing a quarterly newsletter.

2000

Future Neenah goes live with www.neenah.org. Production of a master plan for the waterfront improvement project begins. In conjunction with its trail safety education program, Future Neenah assists with the Governor’s Bicycle Conference to be held in Neenah in September of 2000. Production of the new Neenah Guide is completed. Work with the South Commercial and West Side neighborhoods begins.

2001

Future Neenah assists the City of Neenah with the continuing Waterfront Project and the City formed Waterfront Task Force with the goal to produce a waterfront master plan. The “Nurturing our Neighborhoods” project is forming new committees with their own agendas and events for their areas of the city. The first annual city wide clean-up day is held in May.

2002

Debut issue of the Neenah Magazine is sent out in April. Future Neenah partners with the City, the BID and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to conduct a business recruitment, retention and expansion survey for Neenah. Future Neenah completes a new strategic plan for the organization. The Central City BID started on January 1. A community retreat/visioning session is held in July to listen to the citizen’s ideas.

2003

Our 20th Anniversary. Host first Business Exchange event. Host economic round table session with Congressman Mark Green. Assist in acquisition of properties at 307-09 North Commercial and 104-104 1/2 East Forest. Worked with City to replace sick and dying central city trees. Mayor’s first charity golf outing.  Continue facilitation of BID activities by serving as the administrative arm of the BID. In 2003 we received support from 559 organizations, individuals and businesses.  Friends of the Neenah Riverwalk is formed to raise $950,000 toward the total $3.2 million project goal. 

2004

New BooFest event debuts.  FNI facilitates the West Canal development project.  Riverwalk surpasses their fundraising goal.  Construction work begins at Shattuck Park.

2005

New Canal parking structure is dedicated in December. Future Neenah hosts its very first arts tour in August. Renovated Shattuck Park is dedicated July 30. New Alta Resources headquarters building is completed in fall. New Out to Lunch and Evening Concert Series hosted in brand new Shattuck Park during August.

2006

Riverwalk Phase II – lighting of the Oak Street Bridge. Region II Soccer Tourney comes to valley in June. Fifth anniversary of the Neenah Central City BID. Expanded events – two arts tours & summer long Out to Lunch and Evening Concert Series at Shattuck Park.

2007

Future Neenah partners with ‘Relaunch the Rocket’ to raise funds toward a new and improved Riverside Park rocket playground structure. The new playground opened on June 13.  Neenah StreetBall Challenge is ‘sweet 16!’

2008

Our 25th Anniversary! On April 10 Plexus announced they will establish their corporate headquarters on the site of the former Glatfelter Mill.  Future Neenah partners with Gold Cross for the placement of AED heart start units in the downtown. FNI hosted and operated 10 annual events encompassing 45 day during the year.  These events included 30,000 guests with an economic impact of $700,000.  FNI unveils a new logo.

2009

Robert Buckingham begins his duties as Future Neenah’s new Executive Director. Four new businesses open Downtown in fall – Lucy’s Closet, Vintique, Uncorked & Five Generations. Future Neenah Magazine goes interactive online.  Magazine features the 100th anniversary of Theda-Clark and the 50th anniversary of Bergstrom-Mahler.

2010

Future Neenah starts a new mid-week Farmer’s Market. Amy Barker begins her duties as Future Neenah’s new Executive Director.

2011

10th anniversary of the Neenah Central City Business Improvement District (BID).

2012

Farmers Market is 20 years old. We can now accept SNAP/EBT at the Farmers Market. Future Neenah takes part in the Bridging Generations time capsule project.

2013

Our 30th Anniversary. 2 new projects are announced at our anniversary party — Navigate Neenah & Future Neenah office reconstruction. Downtown Neenah undergoes a market analysis and branding study process.

2014

Future Neenah office undergoes a complete reconstruction to better serve the community. We start a brand new indoor fall Farmers Market. A brand new and updated Future Neenah website is launched.

2015

On March 17, 2015 both the Neenah and Menasha Councils in an unprecedented joint meeting agreed to move forward with the Navigate Neenah-Menasha trestle project.

In 2015, we plan to undertake relocation services with Relocate Fox Cities and we created more donor engagement opportunities so you can be part of what makes Neenah great.

2016

Future Neenah celebrates the 25th anniversary of Neenah StreetBall and announced after 25th years we would be retiring the event.

Cut the ribbon on the new bike parking patio in the downtown with unique fabricated bike racks in the shapes of waves, a family, guitars and sails.

2017

A work in progress!

Hosted second annual Farm to Table event adding a brunch.
Added music to the Shattuck Park concert series for every Wednesday.

Activated PEP Partner Employment Portal for recruitment.  
Continue to raise funds toward the Loop the Lake Trestle project including a Taste on the Trestle event.