A study commissioned by the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, shows an exhibition center will bring an estimated $6.5 million annually, via thousands of new visitors to the region.

Flexibility of use is the key factor to the success of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. Its primary use will be for convention exhibits and related events, which require large spaces. Its open, customizable spaces could potentially be used for secondary purposes such as: consumer tradeshows, graduations and proms, youth-directed activities and an endless variety of other uses of interest to local citizens as participants and spectators. They expect to draw conventions and exhibits from around the country.

The Fox Cities Exhibition Center is a collaboration among several groups of stakeholders:


  • City of Appleton
  • Village of Fox Crossing
  • Town of Grand Chute
  • City of Kaukauna
  • Village of Kimberly
  • Village of Little Chute
  • City of Menasha
  • City of Neenah
  • Town of Neenah
  • Village of Sherwood

Additional stakeholders

  • Fox Cities Exhibition Center Advisory Art Committee
  • Fox Cities Exhibition Center Advisory Design Committee
  • Appleton Redevelopment Authority (ARA)
  • ARA Fox Cities Exhibition Center Advisory Committee
  • Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Fox Cities Lodging Association
  • Hotel Room Tax Commission
  • Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley

Miron Construction Co., Inc. was the construction manager and general contractor for the project. Architects include Fentress Architects and Zimmerman Architectural Studios.

The construction of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center will be paid for through room tax dollars collected by area hotels, not tax revenue from area residents.

The construction cost for the building is $31 million.

The overarching goal of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center is to create a sense of pride and excitement throughout the communities and the region as well as to increase the number of guests staying at area hotels. Surrounding communities will benefit in several ways. Citizens will have access to more events in the form of tradeshows, exhibits, tournaments, youth programs, and other activities. Additionally, the number of convention-goers participating in related activities (especially shopping) is expected to increase. It is estimated that there will be more than $6.5 million annually in new economic development for the entire Fox Cities. The presence of an Exhibition Center could present unanticipated positive consequences such as attracting new or different businesses or unique state/national marketing opportunities.

No, the City of Appleton will be paying for the upgrades to Jones Park.

The park will be renovated in 2018 and re-open in 2019. The new park will include a new pavilion, playgrounds, ice rinks, ADA access and many other improvements.

No. The Jones Park improvements will not result in size reduction.

The construction of the park will be complete in late fall 2018. In order to utilize the grass/turf areas it will be necessary to keep all activities off these areas until they are established, thus the park will not open until 2019.

The public spaces and meeting rooms are scheduled to be complete by the end of February 2018. There will be continued work throughout the year.

There are currently 17 signed agreements for events in 2018 and many more in the process. They are all either conventions or expos.

You can book an event by calling the sales and catering team at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley or by clicking here to Book an Event.

The Fox Cities Exhibition Center is designed for exhibits and conferences. This design entails a polished concrete floor and 25-foot exposed ceilings. This design does not typically work as an ideal wedding venue.