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Eagle River now home to 20th certified site in the stateSubmitted: 04/24/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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Eagle River now home to 20th certified site in the state
EAGLE RIVER - Governor Scott Walker made a stop in Eagle River on Tuesday for a special announcement.

Eagle River is now home to the twentieth certified site in the state, something that could bring new business into the area.


"This is a big, important step for Eagle River," said Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop.

It's a big step towards potentially big business.

"This can easily handle up to 300, 350,000 square feet of building or buildings depending on who might come to us," said Carl Ruedebusch, CEO of Ruedebusch Commercial Investments.

Eagle River now has a 21-acre, certified site off the Intersection of Highway 45 and County Highway G, across from Northland Pines High School. A certified site means the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has reviewed and determined the site is "development ready." 

"It's really about making it simple saying that everything's set up. Utilities, local permits, all the things a developer normally needs to come in and do," said Gov. Scott Walker.

Normally, getting those things is a big expense for developers. 

"A site like this would probably cost $50,000 to $75,000 to do all those processes," said Ruedebusch.

Clearing the way for new business to break ground, clears the way for Eagle River to grow.

"We need good jobs up here, we need economic development and that's what this allows," said Hyslop. 

"It's the first one north of Wausau," said Walker. "So it's really important for us to say is we want not just sites developed but really what it's about is careers." 

Eagle River's mayor is grateful for the opportunity a certified site gives the city.

"[I] just appreciate everybody that helped to get it done," said Hyslop. "It is just so important to the City of Eagle River."

For now, the site is ready to be sold and developed.


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