Dept. of Tourism: Economy and jobs focus of sixth annual Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit

Lisa Marshall, Wisconsin Department of Tourism
(608) 267 – 3773; [email protected]

Dawn Zanoni, Wisconsin Department of Tourism
(608) 266 – 3978, [email protected]

MADISON, Wis. (Dec. 6, 2012) — Members of Governor Walker’s cabinet along with leaders from the University of Wisconsin System and Wisconsin Technical College System will meet with area businesses, local officials and economic development groups at the Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit. The annual event provides an opportunity to address the unique challenges and opportunities of Northern Wisconsin’s economy through a series of workshops, speakers and a forum with the Governor’s cabinet.

This year’s event will be held December 13-14 at the Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat in Trego. This is the first time the event has been held in this location. Registration for the two-day event is $75 through December 12 and $85 for on-site registration. Agenda and detailed information can be found at

Agenda highlights include:

Conversation with Leadership: Eight state agencies will provide a 5-minute briefing on key issues impacting from their Department and how it pertains to Northern Wisconsin. Time for open forum questions is provided.

Education & Worker Training: UW-System leaders will discuss bold efforts to leverage the state’s public universities, colleges, and extension to strengthen economic development in the northern region.

Labor & Employment: Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will provide an analysis of current employment and labor for Northern Wisconsin and share efforts by the state to meet the skills gap.

Natural Resources & Businesses: Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp will present information on the new Office of Business Support and Sustainability and how it can help businesses navigate rules, regulations and permitting.

Economic Development & Trade: The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will present their new brand “In Wisconsin” and show how your company can grow its export business by accessing training, funding and in-country resources.

Travel & Hospitality: The Department of Tourism will conduct a workshop to help businesses and organizations develop specialized customer service training for frontline employees.