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Community Profile: Town of Grand Chute

August 23, 2016
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Community Profile: Town of Grand Chute
With just over 21,200 residents, the Town of Grand Chute is the largest town in the state of Wisconsin.  Almost half of the town is residential which means there are plenty of opportunities to build!  Here is the community profile we have created for the Town of Grand Chute:

Location
Bordering Appleton and Greenville, the Town of Grand Chute is right in the heart of the Fox Cities.  US Highway 41 bisects the town and there are multiple other highways that connect the town to the rest of the Fox Valley.  These include state highways 96, 15, and 125 as well as county highways A, EE, JJ, and OO.

Economy
One of the main forces of Grand Chute’s economy is the Fox River Mall.  The mall and surrounding shops, restaurants, and hotels bring the “day time” population to over 70,000.  Another large business in the town is the Class A minor league baseball team the Timber Rattlers.  The top three sectors of employment in Grand Chute are: manufacturing, social services, and retail trade.  Major employers in these areas include: Pierce Manufacturing, Omni Resources Inc., Fox Valley Technical College, the Fox River Mall, Plexus, and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Education
The Appleton Area School District serves most residents of the Town of Grand Chute.  Badger and Houdini elementary schools are actually located within the town boundaries.  The northeastern section of the town attends the Hortonville School District.  Fox Valley Technical College is located in the town and serves over 50,000 Fox Valley residents each year.

Government
The Town of Grand Chute’s government is made up of the chairman David Schowalter and four supervisors: Jeff Nooyen, James Pleuss, Travis Thyssen, and Bruce Sherman.  The town government also employs over 130 full-time staff.

Parks and Recreation
Located in the town are 2 community parks and 3 neighborhood parks providing opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.  The Town of Grand Chute is also home to the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve.  There you can enjoy all the scenic trails the nature preserve has to offer and watch for wildlife throughout.  Guests can hike during the summer and snowshoe or cross country ski during the winter.  Plamann Park is also located in the town offering an abundance of outdoor activities.  Individuals can enjoy the hiking trails, play disc golf, volleyball, or baseball.  Other options include swimming in Plamann Lake during the summer and visiting the children’s farm which is home to cows, pigs, goats, and sheep.

Restaurants and Entertainment
Grand Chute residents don’t have to look far for restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.  The Fox River Mall is home to over 180 stores and restaurants offering something for everyone. There is also a wide variety of stores in the surrounding area such as Pier 1 Imports, Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Local restaurants include Nakashima of Japan, Bennigan’s Grill and Tavern, Carmella’s, and Fox River Brewing Company.  Other entertainment options include seeing a movie at the Hollywood Cinema or watching a Timber Rattlers baseball game.  

 

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This post was written by Greg Drusch

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