News & Events

West Side Association is proud of the role it has played in the support and promotion of community and infrastructure projects. Many times our initiatives are "behind the scene" but in the past few years, the organization has taken a more visible role in several public events such as ribbon cutting celebrations for the WI Highway 21 overpass and the Lake Butte des Morts Causeway.

Some of the most recent News & Events include:

West Side Association Developers Panel

Tuesday, February 4th

7:00am to 7:30am Registration, Program to begin at 7:30am

Cost for the event: $5 (includes breakfast)

Developers will discuss the projects they are working on in the Oshkosh area. We have the following panelists:
+ Representative from the Mineshaft Restaurant
+ Steve Hoopman
+ Art Dumke
+ Tim Hess
+ Brenda Haines

Visit our Facebook Page to learn more about the projects each panelist will be discussing.

Please register at:

Registration ends Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Screen Shot 2018 12 14 at 11.11.57 AMWest Side Association Hosts Local Developers at Developing Oshkosh--Dramatic Transformations

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

LaSures Banquet Hall
Registation at 7:15 am,
Program begins at 7:45 am

This year’s panel members include:

  • Carey Sharpe The Howard
  • Jason Havlik Oshkosh Corporation
  • Bruce Karnitz Titan Commercial Property (King Industries Property)
  • Steve Hoopman Lakeshore Plaza Development (C-Store, Hotel, and Professional building)
  • Su van Houwelingen Oshkosh & Winnebago County Housing Authority (Waite Rug Place)

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free Continental Breakfast provided

West Side Association Presents: 

Developing Oshkosh - A New Game

You have Questions...We have Answers!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

7:45am - 9:00am (Registration at 7:30am)

LaSure's Banquet Hall

Several key private Oshkosh developers will participate in a panel discussion about their visions and plans for some of the most asked-about properties in the Oshkosh area. 

Complimentary Continental Breakfast.  RSVP to Rachel Hansen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 920-232-2294

Annual Meeting: Developers Panel – Progress Continues
January 14, 2016

Why change something that’s working? Our 2016 Developers Panel featured some new faces along with a couple of familiar local developers.

Dirk Binema, the Dutch farmer who bought a truckstop—he also has invested in the Cobblestone Hotel adjacent to the Planeview Travel Plaza, and most recently opened Chester V’s Gastropub with a partner.

John Lord, 4Imprint—with a 100,000 sq. ft. addition to the distribution center in the SouthWest Industrial Park, and another 25,000 sq. ft. added to the headquarters downtown in City Center, 4Imprint is demonstrating its commitment to Oshkosh. They employ 600 downtown and 200 on the west side, and have won several workplace awards including June 2015 Great Places to Work and Fortune and one of the 100 best places for millenials in the United States.

Mike Goudreau, Discovery Properties, is strictly a residential developer, adding a new dimension to the panel. His company is currently working on the redevelopment of the Washington Building, transforming it from commercial to residential use. Built in 1914, the renovation will include 20 unique apartment units, between 850 and 1200 square feet, and each maintaining original elements of the building.

Steve Moorehead, Barr Incorporated—located on S. Washburn Street, the company parcel is over 80 acres. The main business, an international refrigeration and equipment supply company, takes up half the property. Also located there is Barr Secure Storage, the largest storage facility in the Fox Valley with 800 units ranging in size from 60 to 12,000 square feet. In addition, Barr Inc. constructed 2 multi-tenant flex warehouse facilities with 12’-14’ overhead doors, loading dock access, and restrooms to meet the needs of tenants that needed more space to run their businesses.

Peter Jungbacher, Alexander & Bishop—the long-awaited Sports Authority store discarded their plans to open at Market Fair when Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they were building in Oshkosh. The space for Ross Dress for Less is ready, with opening scheduled for March 4, and the Oshkosh Noodles and Company had the best 3 month opening in the company's history. Watch for another new restaurant to move in next to Noodles, and another fast causal national tenant next to Ross.

Grant Schwab, Morgan Partners—it was a good year with the opening of Panera Bread, Dicks Sporting Goods and Petsmart. Retailers want to develop here; they see Oshkosh’s untapped potential and our lack of shopping choices. The Jeld-Wen site is making progress too. All the buildings are gone and plans have been submitted for a 120-unit apartment building with a 30,000 sq. ft. grocery store. In addition, Verve Credit Union is planning to begin construction this year on their new location on Murdock Ave. at the former site of Vitale’s Restaurant.

Annual Meeting: Developers Panel – Moving Forward
January 8, 2015

The 2014 Developer’s Panel was quite successful, so we kept the format for the 2015 Annual Meeting, but tweaked it just a bit. This year, we decided to invite only private developers and eliminate the economic development organizations from the program. While those groups have great stories to tell, we felt they were more appropriate presenters for membership meetings where they have more time to discuss their projects. Since the general public rarely gets a chance to ask questions of the private developers, we felt that would provide better value to our members. This years panelists included:

Brian Wagner, Black Teak Properties/DealerFire
Grant Schwab, Morgan Partners/First Weber Group
Keith Holschback, The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh
Peter Jungbacker, Alexander & Bishop
Jim Larson, City Center
Mark Kastein, Floor Quest

The panel discussion was moderated by Sean Fitzgerald, the Publisher of New North B2B magazine. Each panelist was asked to address specific projects or properties with which they are associated.