LAC DU FLAMBEAU - A local tribe wants to lead the way for job creation.
The Tribal Economic Development Summit was hosted by the Lac du Flambeau tribe.
This was the first year of the summit.
Their goal- to provide discussion and bridge the gap between tribal and state leaders.
"What we wanted to do is get people to gather, to discuss strategies for building relationships and moving towards building businesses and job creation together," said Brandon Thoms, executive assistant of the Business and Economic Development Office for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
Attendees listened to speakers and participated in roundtable discussion.
Event organizers were happy to see ideas from the tribes and state leaders.
"I think we've got six or seven tribal representatives from the eleven tribes in Wisconsin, [that] are here. We have state- Madison from the regional economic development people. We've got people that have come from all over the state for this," said Lac du Flambeau tribe business development director Brent McFarland.
The two day summit wraps up this afternoon.
The tribe hopes to host additional summits at different Wisconsin locations throughout the year.
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.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
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