Green Bay, Wisconsin is the oldest permanent settlement in the Midwest. The city is home to the Green Bay Packers professional football team. The Green Bay Packers, with nine Championships and three Super Bowls, have more titles than any other franchise in the history of the NFL. This nationwide success has earned the city the unofficial nickname of "Titletown, USA." The infamous football team is not the only thing that attracts intrastate and interstate movers to Green Bay, the city also takes pride in its consistent rankings as one of the best cities to visit, live and work in.
Green Bay has a dynamic and highly diverse economy. It is an industrial city with several meatpacking and paper plants. It was recently rated as the top medium metro area for doing business by Inc. Magazine. The chief assets for major economic growth are the availability and affordability of land. The city produces an assortment of goods such as tissue paper and paper products, cheese, food products, paper mill machinery, paper boxes, steel furniture, auto parts, dairy products and many more. Growing industries in Green Bay are healthcare, insurance and transportation. Tourism is growing, as well.
The I43 Business Center and the University Heights Commerce Center, both located in the east side of Downtown Green Bay, spearhead the city's effort in providing businesses expansion and relocating opportunities. Ongoing developments in the area are sure to keep Green Bay moving companies busy in transporting people here from all over the country and even the world.
In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet (1598-1642) met the Ho-Chunk at nearby Red Banks, the earliest reliably documented contact between Europeans and Indians in Wisconsin. The first permanent white settlers, the Charles de Langlade family, arrived around 1745. In 1763, the British ousted the French and took control of Green Bay until 1783, when the Americans won control in the American Revolution.
The Americans constructed Fort Howard in 1816 to guard the entrance to Wisconsin. With the fort, the community grew rapidly. Belgian farmers and Norwegian skilled laborers arrived in the 1850s.In the 1870s, when the growth of railroads displaced steamboats as the main form of transportation to and from Green Bay, the city became a center of iron smelting, lumber milling, and paper products. Green Bay also became home to the state's first newspaper and was the first city to receive mail.
With so much to offer, it's hard to put a finger on what exactly makes Green Bay the perfect tourist destination. From sailing to leisurely boating in the bay to enjoying the action of college sports or the Green Bay Packers, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in and around the area. The city has more than 70 parks, pools, skate parks and winter fun zones. Green Bay's lively arts and entertainment community features an array of recreational and nightlife opportunities. The city also hosts the nationally renowned Green Bay Marathon and Lady Run as well as numerous festivals celebrating the rich cultural history and ethnic diversity of the city.