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In recent years, local industries faced stiff competition, and great pressure to get big, or sell out. Many closed or lost their local ties, and some transformed to meet the new demands. While the cities turned down an opportunity to consolidate, they have merged their fire departments. A series of public/private partnerships led to a new industrial park, and revitalized downtown areas.
Funded in part by major support from Richard and Amy Jo Aylward and the Aylward Family of Neenah, Mary and John Sensenbrenner, Bergstrom Automotive, Community First Credit Union, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., Daniel and Mame Heaney, Thomas J. Prosser, and Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation, with additional support from Alta Resources, John and Katherine Davis, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Legacy Private Trust Company, Bettie Hill, Miron Construction Company, Friends of Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin History Fund, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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