GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A plan to connect UW-Green Bay with the community is underway. Brown County's planning director says the county is creating a Research and Business Park that would open up hundreds of jobs for the area.
The idea for the Research and Business Park came from other universities around the state that have successfully tied the community and the college together. Once built this park will be the only one in Northeast Wisconsin.
Chuck Lamine is the planning director for Brown County, he's excited about his latest project.
"We're not looking at smokestack type businesses, more of a research and business type setting," said Lamine as he described the park.
Lamine says they're looking to have environmentally friendly businesses move in, especially places that could connect closely with the university.
"Hopefully promote places for our students to intern and also perhaps get full time jobs," said the special assistant to the chancellor, Daniel Spielmann.
240 acres of county owned land is un-used right now, but work is underway. Demolition has already started at the old mental health center. That's the first step in the project according to Lamine.
"We really see this as being a major collaborative effort to create jobs in Brown County and to retain our graduates from our university," said Lamine.
Veteran's housing is the first building to be built as part of the park, just minutes from the Veteran's Clinic and the college. Leaders hope to start construction next year.
This Research and Business Park has been talked about for years, but now it's finally becoming a reality. It's expected to cost $5.6 million to complete.