Greater Green Bay Envisioning the Future–Report to the Community (2018)

This report is rooted in the 2016 Brown County LIFE Study and the proceedings of the Greater Green Bay:
2017 Envisioning the Future conference. The conference was held on September 29-20, 2017.

Nearly 200 community leaders representing a diverse cross section of public and private sectors, elected officials, ages, ethnicities, races, religions, and other backgrounds attended. The event was supported through the generosity of many funders, the work of over 50 volunteers, and many types of in-kind support.
The recommendations in this report are directional, indicating what actions can be taken to arrive at better
outcomes for greater Green Bay. Area experts are best positioned to determine how and by whom these
recommendations could be accomplished.

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Journey to a Greater Green Bay (2016)

The 2012 BC 20/20 Envisioning the Future conference (BC 20/20), which had its roots in the 2011 Brown
County LIFE Study, set forth a vision for Brown County in the year 2020 around:
 Education
 Overcoming Divisions
 Economic Development
 Personal and Community Health
 Self Sufficiency
The Bay Area Community Council (BACC) convened five corresponding study groups to take the conference
results to the community. This report is the product of the Economic Development study group, which
convened in December 2012, comprised of volunteers from the BACC and the community at large with
input from community leaders and economic development experts.

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Click here to read the executive summary.

County Half Percent Sales Tax: Frequently Asked Questions (2014)

The Bay Area Community Council (BACC) believes it is important for the Brown County Board of Supervisors to take deliberate steps to debate and consider a future County Sales Tax before the current Stadium Sales Tax expires. BACC has researched the use of the county sales tax throughout the state of Wisconsin. That research of facts and other considerations of sales tax policy has been summarized in this white paper, which we hope will provide a starting point for informed discussion among county residents and their elected representatives.

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Brown County 20/20: Envisioning the Future–Report to the Community about the Conference Held February 17-18, 2012 (2012)

By 2020, the youngest children in Brown County will be ready for formal education in schools
that are focused on preparing them for careers in a global marketplace and life in a community
where health and wellness are part of the culture.

The Brown County in which they grow will be safe and supportive, built on personal and shared responsibilities tied to economic self-sufficiency. Its governments will be led by responsive officials who represent all parts of an inclusive, diverse place.

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Alcohol Abuse in Brown County: Changing Our Community Culture of Acceptance (2010)

For decades, we have been warned of the dangers of excessive drinking and alcohol abuse,
especially as they relate to the social costs attributed to such use. Unfortunately, the organizations
issuing these warnings have been drowned out by the louder, better-financed group of alcohol
advertisers, distributors, brewers and distillers. We can no longer afford to ignore the warnings.
We WILL continue to wreak havoc on our society, and our bodies, if we fail to heed the advice – and
scientific research – that clearly shows the damaging impact early alcohol use has on developing

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Poverty in Brown County: The Urgency of Moving People to Self-Sufficiency (2007)

Brown County has a poverty problem that is significant and increasing. The number of people
in poverty in 2004, the last year for which Census Bureau information is available, totaled
23,269, or 10% of the population. That’s up from 14,835, or 6.6% of the population, in 2000.
(The federal government defines poverty as annual income of just under $20,000 for a family
of four.)

Over the last two years, BACC directors found their monthly discussions of local issues
returning often to the continuing challenges and implications of poverty in our community. It
is unclear how well the community understands its poverty problem.

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