Welcome to the first edition of the Visions Northwest Quarterly Beacon E-Newsletter! Each quarter, you'll get updates on regional economic development and what our group is doing to assist in those efforts. We hope you will find something of value in every issue and that you will share it with interested stakeholders throughout the Northwest Region of Wisconsin. Please make sure that you subscribe to receive our newsletter in the future!
Who We Are
Visions Northwest is the one of nine regional economic development groups in the State of Wisconsin. We receive funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to address the development needs of regional projects and support regional economic development in Wisconsin. Visions Northwest members represent county economic development, tribes, education, chambers of commerce, workforce development as well as the private and public sector.
What We Do
Since its inception in 2012, Visions Northwest has developed partnerships in economic development by serving as a unifying group to coordinate efforts throughout the region. We try to focus on initiatives that will improve the overall business climate within the Northwest Region of Wisconsin. In 2013, Visions Northwest assumed the role as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee. The CEDS is a short-term (5-year) plan required by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of all federally recognized Economic Development Districts (EDD's).
The CEDS Committee uses a variety of assessment tools that shape the regional development and the goals and objectives that drive the regional CEDS. The Northwest Regional Planning Commission adopted the 2015-2019 Northwest Wisconsin Region's "Vision for Prosperity" CEDS on October 28, 2015.
In 2015, Visions Northwest partnered with the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB), UW-Superior's Department of Business and Economics, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which provided the funding for the project, to create the Northwest Wisconsin Skills Gap Analysis of the labor market in the region. The analysis can be found on the NWWIB website at http://www.nwwib.com/. Visions Northwest has also submitted an application for a Capacity Building Grant to the WEDC to complete an inventory and evaluation of existing natural gas, sewer and water, and broadband in Northwest Wisconsin. The goal of this study is to gain an understanding of existing infrastructure conditions and how these conditions could impact and possibly restrict future economic development throughout the region. If funding is awarded, the project will be fully underway in 2016.
We look forward to 2016 as a year of prosperity in Northwest Wisconsin as we continue to build and nurture our partnerships while striving to advance economic development throughout the region.