WI Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
- 2010 State Conference Host City Appleton, WI
Hosting the 24th Annual WI SHRM State Conference in 2010 is Appleton, WI. This will be the fifth time that Appleton has been the host city. Annual WI SHRM State Conferences have been held there in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and now again in 2010.
In 1848, the same year that Wisconsin entered the union as the 30th state, the name "Appleton" was used for the tiny village that was growing around the Lawrence Institute. The village was named to honor Sarah Appleton, the wife of Amos Lawrence, and Samuel Appleton, her father's cousin, who donated money to the Lawrence Institute. Also of interest is that In 1957, United States Senator Joseph McCarthy, a resident of Appleton who gained world-wide fame for his work against communism and who was condemned by the Senate for his methods, died in Washington D.C., and was buried in Appleton's St. Mary's Cemetery.
In 1854, the system of Fox River Locks and canals began operating. A boat from the Mississippi River met a boat from the Great Lakes for the first time at Appleton. In 1988, for the first time in its 116 year history, all 17 locks in the Fox River Locks System were closed. From this year on, only three of the locks would be re-opened, those in De Pere, Menasha, and Kaukauna. Then in April 2006, work began on the two million dollar restoration of the four Appleton locks on the Fox River. This was the first of three phases planned to restore the 14 locks that had been closed since the mid-1980s. The estimated cost of the complete restoration was $150 million. One year later in April 2007, repairs on the four locks on the Appleton portion of the Fox River were completed.
Appleton's thriving downtown is the heart of the Fox Cities, a metropolitan population of 250,000 offering urban living in a vibrant community with small town values. Downtown Appleton is the heart of Wisconsin's safest city and one of the fastest metropolitan areas, as well. As the economic, cultural, and social heart of the Fox Cities, Downtown Appleton is truly a destination of choice.
If visiting during the summer months, you wouldn't want to miss taking a free Trolley ride that makes a complete loop of Downtown and the Riverfront every 20 minutes with 12 scheduled stops along the way, Thursday's through Saturday's. There are black, green and red trolley stop signs, where you can hop aboard and enjoy the sights, sounds, and delicious smells of Downtown Appleton's vibrant area. (Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Trolley Map.
The map also shows points of interest that you may want to see during your visit to Appleton.)
You don't need a trolley to take you around the Downtown and Riverfront to see the sights. You don't need a car for that matter either. Explore everything Downtown Appleton has to offer with its new 1-, 2-, and 3-mile routes! Whether at a leisurely stroll, a brisk walk, or a healthy run, you can stop along the way to visit Downtown establishments or make plans to visit when you've finished your route. Safe, healthy fun for the whole family! (Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Walking Map
. The map also shows the location of the AED's stationed throughout downtown.)
Appleton Demographics & Facts
- Appleton has been rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the two best cities in Wisconsin for business
- Downtown enjoys a daily traffic count of over 25,000 vehicles
- Downtown hosts community celebrations, events and parades throughout the year
- You'll find direct access to downtown from all major highways and convenient access from the airport
- Appleton boasts a median household effective buying income within 3 miles of Downtown of over $66,000
- Riverfront and downtown development opportunities are attractive and affordable
Appleton's Downtown is home to
- A thriving arts and entertainment district
- Over 100 restaurants and retail establishments
- 2 upscale hotels with convention accommodations
- 7,000 employees
- 5 public parking ramps
- The public transportation hub
- Lawrence University and museums
- A diverse mix of residential, office, retail and entertainment