Lakeshore golf course decision could send Oshkosh Corp. packing

Oshkosh, Wis. (WFRV) - A deadline draws closer for the city of Oshkosh to make a major decision.  Keep a popular golf course open to the public, or sell a portion of the property to the Oshkosh Corporation.

30 acres of the 107 acre Lakeshore Municipal golf course might soon lay in the hands of Oshkosh Corp. for a new global headquarters.

"Why ruin a perfectly good piece of property that the city people pay taxes for?" said Sue Lloyd, a resident of Oshkosh in favor of keeping the golf course. 

But their are two sides to this matter.

"This is not just an issue about what the city of Oshkosh could potentially lose, but its our whole local economy," said City Manager, Mark Rohloff.

He says the golf course land was selected to hold the new headquarters simply because it was the best site of 19 other locations in the city, which would make it a "no brainer" decision for the company to stay and build.  But if this plan doesn't go through, there could be some major implications.

"As a fortune 500 company, the potential to move anywhere in the world is very possible," said Rohloff.

Losing the new corporate headquarters will mean a loss of 450 local jobs, and an economic impact of $70 million dollars annually.

Keeping the headquarters in Oshkosh could mean 200 additional jobs, adding another $30 million to the local economy.

A potential swing of $100 million dollars for the city of Oshkosh.

"We hope that we can give them assurances, that would make it worth while for them to want to stay, and that's our goal," said Rohloff.

A second public meeting to discuss the options will be held Thursday night at 6pm at the Oshkosh Convention Center.


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