…Businesses and business advocacy groups across the state are celebrating the passage of Special Session Senate Bill 1, which protects businesses, universities, schools, non-profits, and other organizations from predatory COVID-19 lawsuits. In early December, WMC – the state’s largest business lobbying organization – led a coalition of more than 70 organizations, including the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, asking Gov. Evers and the legislature to approve this type of liability reform legislation. The bill received strong support in the Senate and Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Tony Evers Thursday, making it 2021 Act 4.
…Wisconsin educators will be first in line when the state moves into Phase 1B of its vaccine rollout next week. (Journal Sentinel)
…Meanwhile, Wisconsin ranks 5th nationally for supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses available. (Journal Sentinel)
…The state’s housing market remained strong in January – including a 9.8 increase in sales over the prior January, although economists caution that inventory is low. (WPR)
…Foxconn Technology Group has entered into a memorandum of understanding with California-based Fisker to manufacture a new electric vehicle starting in 2023. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
Closer to home…
…Oshkosh Corporation is the recipient of a new 10-year, $6 billion contract to build the replacement fleet of delivery vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service. (Reuters)
…Peter Gianopoulos has been named the next President and CEO of United Way Fox Cities, replacing the retiring Peter C. Kelly, effective April 1.
…The Fox Cities Chamber announced yesterday that it will proceed with planning for a Bazaar After Dark night market in Neenah July 28. The popular outdoor event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. The 2021 event will be reviewed for health and safety concerns as the date approaches, but the Chamber is proceeding with cautious optimism as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across Wisconsin.
…The Fox Cities Chamber is teaming up with other Northeast Wisconsin Chambers to present a legislative dialogue with Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s Kurt Bauer and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s John Kirchner March 11. Registration for the free webinar is open now.
…The City of Appleton is moving forward with plans to construct a new library, with a special project team’s recommendations expected to reach the Finance Committee March 8. (Post Crescent)
…Jim Wickersham has joined the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce’s professional staff as Director of Business Partnership.