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A look at Foxconn in Green Bay, one year later

Posted: 6:33 PM, Jul 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-08 19:37:25-04

GREEN BAY — A year ago, Foxconn pledged to bring hundreds of jobs to the old WaterMark building. Since then, the building hasn’t seen much activity.

Today, it just looks like an empty building. When NBC26 asked leaders downtown to confirm whether any changes have been made to the building, or if any jobs have been created, they say they were unaware of that.

"I think it would be a great opportunity for the Green Bay area to have Foxconn," says Green Bay resident Dane Ver Velde.

But this isn't the only “innovation center” in the state that doesn't seem to be progressing. Reports from different parts of the state confirm it's happening in other cities as well. One of the few people willing to share his thoughts on the project says he has been following what Foxconn has been up to.

"I know initially Foxconn had big hopes and dreams to help the Midwest and predominately the state of Wisconsin,” Dane says.

But he also says for whatever reason, he thinks the progress has maybe slowed down. While the anticipation for the new “innovation center” might have worn off, there is still a building downtown, bought by a company that's promised many jobs and opportunities in our state.

NBC26 did reach out to Foxconn and did not get a response back. NBC26 tried to talk with city leaders as well, and they say their understanding is Foxconn still plans to move into the downtown building, it’s just taking a little bit longer than expected.