Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Trego, WI

The ninth annual Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit is scheduled to be held on Dec 1, 2015 in Trego, WI.

The Northwood’s summit brings together key stakeholders, including state agency leaders and staff, representatives from the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College Systems, state and local chambers of commerce, government officials, businesses, tribal representatives and others.

Governor Scott Walker will kick off the one-day summit with an opening address. “Our administration has focused on key issues that benefit residents and businesses throughout northern Wisconsin, and we look forward to the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit, where we’ll discuss how we can continue to move Wisconsin and this part of the state forward,” said Gov. Walker in a release announcing that registration for the Northwood’s Summit is now open.

In fact, the Governor’s opening address will be followed by a discussion about the Future Wisconsin Project, which takes a comprehensive look at what Wisconsin will look like in 20 years, and what can be done now to grow the state’s economy and prepare workers for the future.

The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation, Wisconsin Technical College System, and UW-Green Bay will lead this discussion, and will highlight a number of shared workforce development initiatives, including the new Engineering Technology program at UW-Green Bay.

After this discussion, the Summit participants will be joining one of five breakout sessions. The session topics include Broadband for Businesses and Telecommuters; Access to Capital for Community and Economic Development; Recreational Trail Development and Promotion; Opportunity and Prosperity for All: Special Populations; and one more about JobCenterofWisconsin.com, the state’s online public labor exchange.

In the Access to Capital session, key leaders from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) will provide an overview of state resources for economic development and housing.

Similarly, two post-lunch sessions will feature leadership from participating state agencies providing a briefing on the key issues within their agency as they pertain to northern Wisconsin. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of state agency leaders and interact one-on-one with agency leaders and staff.

Also new this year is that members of Governor Walker’s cabinet will be traveling during the week of the summit to visit businesses, local governments, and tribes throughout the Northwoods to highlight success stories and hear from local businesses and residents.

What: Northwood’s Summit

When: Dec 1, 2015

Where: The Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat, Hoinville Rd, Trego, WI 54888

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