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Visions Northwest
Quarterly Beacon

Illuminating the Path to Economic Growth in Northwest Wisconsin

March 2016

Welcome to the 2nd Edition of the Visions Northwest Quarterly Beacon E-Newsletter! Each quarter, you'll receive updates on how our group is assisting efforts in regional economic development. We hope you will find something of value in every edition 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!

Take a Closer Look

Visions Northwest is proud to announce the launch of our newly designed website. Visit for an opportunity to get to know us better and who we are as an organization. The new website is a foundation to build upon as Visions Northwest continues to support economic development throughout the Northwest Region of Wisconsin. You'll find the site is divided into five main sections: Home, About, Initiatives, Buildings and Sites and Economic Reports. We hope you find it easy to navigate our site and locate information. The Buildings and Sites portion of the website serves as a regionally specific, interactive map to search buildings, sites and businesses for sale. These are listed by brokers, realtors, municipalities and economic development professionals. View our Economic Reports section for up-to-date overviews of the economy for each specific county located within the Visions Northwest footprint or the region as a whole. Website feedback and suggestions are welcome and can be emailed to Crystal Rohde, Visions Northwest Administrator at

Visions Northwest Receives Capacity Building Grant Award

Visions Northwest was awarded a Capacity Building Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to contract with Northwest Regional Planning Commission to complete an inventory and evaluation of existing natural gas, sewer and water, and broadband in Northwest Wisconsin. Through GIS data development, the creation of an internet-based map server will accompany the study to allow economic development officials, business owners, and communities to visually see capacities and service areas. This will be a powerful tool in assisting the ten counties and five tribes in identifying and addressing the lack of capacity or availability of this infrastructure, recognizing these issues can limit or restrict business development, expansion and attraction for communities. Work on this project is expected to begin soon with the evaluation and map server available to stakeholders early in 2017. 

RIsE Breakfast Sessions: Regional Insights on the Economy


Together with the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board and the Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional Development, Visions Northwest will be hosting a series of three breakfast sessions throughout the region. These sessions will provide an overview of the economic status and trends of the region and focus on a facilitated discussion regarding economic development, workforce and education. Save the dates below and look for an email invitation with required registration information to follow soon. Each session will begin at 8:00 AM and wrap up by about 10:00 AM. 
  • Thursday, April 7th, 2016 - Siren, WI
    • The Lodge at Crooked Lake
  • Thursday, May 12th, 2016 - Ashland, WI 
    • Hotel Chequamegon
  • Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - Phillips, WI
    • Northcentral Technical College   
Visions Northwest Key Initiatives
  • Infrastructure Needs Analysis and Funding
  • High Potential Workforce Attraction and Retention Strategies
  • Expand Wood Products Potential
Visions Northwest Regional Economic Development Group serves Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn Counties and includes the five Native American Tribes of Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff and the St. Croix Chippewa.
County Economic Development Links:
Quick Links & Reports

2015-2019 NW WI
"Vision for Prosperity"

NW WI Skills Gap Analysis

County & Regional Economic Summary Reports

Wisconsin Economic Development Guide

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1400 South River Street | Spooner, WI 54801

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