Green Bay is Wisconsin's oldest city. Nearby trading posts were home to a variety of Native Americans and the Fox River a virtual highway to the waters of Green Bay.
The very first European visitors to Greater Green Bay were very successful entrepreneurs. From beaver pelts for European hat makers in the 1600s, to the invention of the world's first splinter-free toilet paper in the early 1900s, our ancestors used the area's waterways to grow the community's prosperity. Blessed with an abundance of natural resources, Green Bay was, and continues to be a major shipping center.
The city's largest employers remain the paper and shipping industries. Known around the world for contributions to industry and agriculture, no history would be complete without mentioning that Green Bay is the smallest city to host a National Football League team. Founded in 1919, the 13-time National Champion Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team to be owned by its fans. The community is widely known as "Titletown."
Population and Size
Brown County 251,495
City of Green Bay 104,300
Oneida Nation 4,501
Green Bay is located in Northeastern Wisconsin on the Bay of Green Bay and less than an hour from Lake Michigan.
Greater Green Bay has four distinct seasons. Average temperatures are:
In 2012, Greater Green Bay's tourism industry employed about 11,385 full-time equivalent residents. $550.0 million in economic impact is attributed to the travel and tourism industry. In 2012, traveler expenditures in the Greater Green Bay region (Brown County and Algoma) contributed $83.1 in local and state taxes.
Green Bay is home to Austin Straubel International Airport, the third largest airport in Wisconsin. Major highways converge in Green Bay. Travel from Chicago (208 miles) via Interstate 43 or State Highway 41. Interstate 43 also connects Milwaukee (117 miles) to Green Bay. Highway 29 is a direct route to/from Minneapolis (279 miles). Public transportation is available, as well as taxi and limousine services.
KI Convention Center
The KI is the largest meeting facility in Northeast Wisconsin, with over 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Located in downtown Green Bay, the KI is connected to a full-service hotel, with catering on-site. The convention center is conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, shops and museums.
In December, 2013, the KI broke ground for a $23 million expansion project. The expansion will nearly double the size of the facility, bringing it to 80,000 square feet of space. The project is expected to be completed in Spring of 2015.
Total Number of Greater Green Bay Hotel Rooms
Room Tax 10%
Sales Tax 5.5%
Bay Beach Amusement Park
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Green Bay Botanical Garden
Heritage Hill State Historical Park
National Railroad Museum
Neville Public Museum
The Children's Museum of Green Bay
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Artstreet - August
Cellcom Green Bay Marathon - May
Day Out with Thomas - June
Fire Over the Fox - July
Garden of Lights - November and December
Greater Green Bay Restaurant Week - July
Green Bay Packers Games
Green Bay Packers Training Camp - August
Oneida Pow Wow - July
Savour Green Bay - June
Taste On Broadway - August
Zoo Boo - October