Governor Walker promotes more opportunities in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 05/14/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

Governor Walker promotes more opportunities in the Northwoods
RHINELANDER - Northwoods businesses and industries need qualified employees. But finding them can be a challenge.

"Grow North" is a development corporation that works to grow businesses and employees in Northern Wisconsin.

"We comprise of an eight county area in Northern Wisconsin," said President of the "Grow North" board Vicky Oldham.

Oldham says "Grow North" started 14 years ago with the goal of creating, sustaining and promoting businesses in the Northwoods.

"Just making the great northern Wisconsin even better," said Oldham.

Monday, members attended the annual Grow North meeting to share their ideas with local business owners in the area.

"I hope that it gives people an opportunity to network," said Oldham.

Two speakers spoke about how to retain and inspire young talent in the area.

Governor Scott Walker spoke at the meeting.

"If you build it they will come. If you build a strong work force in our schools it means with our fab labs..it means building off of youth entrepreneurships," said Walker.

Walker said a big focus on building the workforce should be on attracting millennials to the Northwoods.

"Graduates from our high schools have to have a reason to come back. They have to have careers not just jobs that are out there," said Walker.

Walker also spoke about the 28 companies chosen to do initial construction on the gigantic Foxconn manufacturing plant in southeast Wisconsin.

One of those 28 is located in Marathon County.
No companies headquartered north of there in the state will work on the initial phase.

"Sixty of the 72 counties saw an impact. And I imagine by the time each of the phases are completed all 72 will benefit," said Walker.

Walker says this is only phase one of many for the manufacturing plant.

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The state documented its first human infections from West Nile in 2002. Last year, 51 cases of West Nile infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

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All funds raised from the Dragon Boat Festival will go toward the center's construction.

Foundation president Erin Biertzer was pleased with how many people turned out to help.

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