Businesses know ensuring new employees — and their families — feel at home is vital in attracting and retaining talent. That’s where Relocate Fox Cities comes in.
Founded by Dave Sebora, a former Neenah High School counselor who was surprised at how little new families and students knew about the area, Relocate Fox Cities works with area businesses to show prospective employees around the area and answer questions. Hiring new employees is an expensive, lengthy process, and companies want to make sure their new workers feel comfortable in the community, Sebora says.
He often meets with job applicants when they are in town for a final interview. Sebora takes the prospect and members of his or her family around the community on a tour that fits their needs.
“I work directly with the job applicant and find out their interests. People always tell me they are amazed at the quality of life we have here, how clean it is and how safe it feels,” he says.
Sebora makes sure to show them the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and the waterfront and attend a Timber Rattlers game or visit a farmer’s market, depending on the weather.
“Most people have little clue about the Fox Cities. I get out a map and talk about Lake Winnebago, show them where the Northwoods are and how close Madison and Milwaukee are,” he says. “Most people just don’t realize the vibrant community we have here.”
About one-third of the people Sebora works with do not have children.
“Housing is always one of the first things we talk about — what’s available, how much it costs, etc.,” Sebora says. “They may want to look at luxury apartments or condos — it all depends on their age and how long they plan to be here.”
Once Sebora’s clients get settled, he is still there to answer questions.
“I am a friend they have in the community that’s here to provide them the information they need,” he says.
“One thing I always do with newcomers is to take them to High Cliff State Park and climb the tower. From there, I can easily show them how expansive the area is and how much the Fox Cities has to offer.”