TOMAHAWK - People in the Northwoods want jobs, but a sluggish economy can hurt growth.
Helping to promote more jobs is one reason Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation formed in 2004.
They try and bring together economic groups to accomplish that goal.
Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue Rick Chandler spoke to the group Friday in Tomahawk.
He hopes changes in taxes attract more business and therefore more jobs.
"That involves reducing individual income taxes, creating new business with tax incentives and other things that make our tax structure more competitive," Chandler said.
Chandler is an appointee of Governor Scott Walker. We wanted to know if Walker could still reach his 250,0000 jobs promise in his first term.
"We're making progress in that area and we may not get all the way to 250,000," Chandler said. "I think it's good as an ambitious goal to reach for and everything we can do to get closer to that goal will help."
That’s similar to Walker’s statement on August 28th, to the Business Journal.
“By any measure — whether it’s 100,000, 150,000, 149,000 or 249,000 or whatever it might be — we went from losing jobs to gaining jobs,” Walker said.
Walker spoke to a conservative group in Seattle Thursday night with 300 protesters outside.
As the 2014 election gets closer, he can probably expect to answer that jobs question a few more times.
Technology committee wants to improve Northwoods broadband connectivity
ONEIDA COUNTY - The Oneida County board wants to attract more people to the area. That's why the Oneida County Technology committee is trying to improve Internet connectivity.
The committee is trying to get funding from federal and state sources. As of now the board has put aside $24,000 for broadband development. But they hope to get more.
“We recognize that Oneida County had deficiencies in speed and connectivity and number of people who were able to access broadband in the speeds and capacities that were necessary to do their work,” says Bob Martini, County Board Supervisor. “So we put together a technology a committee that would investigate ways that we could improve this service in Oneida County.”
The committee hopes to fix spots that don't get good broadband service in Oneida County. They think improving the internet could help the Northwoods economy.
“The idea is to give the citizens of Oneida County access, but also to make us the best rural county in Wisconsin in terms of broadband access so that we can attract retirees, businesses, and improve the people's lives that are already living here,” says Bob Martini, County Board Supervisor.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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