• Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership
  • The Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership (GWPP) has been established to serve as the leadership role in the implementation and execution of the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan.


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  • Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership Executive Committee
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    Corporate Leadership Team

    The GWPP Corporate Leadership Team is comprised of business leadership representing the region’s driving industry sectors and will serve as the decision-making body of the organization.

    • Commercial Services: Jeny Nieuwenhuis Hardel, REI Engineering Inc
    • Finance: Scott Cattanach, Peoples State Bank
    • Insurance: Richard Poirier, Church Mutual Insurance Company
    • Healthcare: Matt Heywood, Aspirus
    • Manufacturing: Jim McIntyre, Greenheck
    • GWPP Executive: David Eckmann, Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
    • Professional Services: Matthew Rowe, Ruderware LLSC
    • Food Processing: John Skoug, Marathon Cheese Corp
    • Tech/Digital Commerce: TBD
    • Agriculture: Will Hus, Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises Inc
    • Hospitality: Chis Ghidorzi, Ghidorzi Design | Build | Develop
    • Construction: Paul LaPree, Miron Construction Co Inc

     

    Advisory Body:

    The GWPP Advisory Body is comprised of a diverse composition of community stakeholders and will help to inform and advise the Corporate Leadership Team in making vital decisions.
    • Hmong American Center Inc: Yee Leng Xiong
    • K12 Education: Kristine Gilmore
    • Northcentral Technical College: Lori Weyers
    • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point: Bernie Patterson
    • University of Wisconsin – Stout: Robert Meyer
    • Marathon County Government: Brad Karger
    • City of Wausau: Mayor Robert Mielke
    • Wisconsin Public Service: Rick Socha
    • United Way of Marathon County Inc: Jeffrey Sargent
    • Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau: Brian Schulz
    • MCDEVCO Inc: Jeff Voigt
    • Wausau Events: Peter Valiska
    • Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce: Darrell Lentz
    • Boy Scouts of America - Samoset Council: Janice Watson
    • Marathon County Municipalities Future Council – Andrew Kurtz
    • Wausau River District: Joseph Mella
    • Philanthropy: Jeff Stubbe
    • Immersion Project Young Professionals: Andrew Dudley Shannon, Kevin Porter

     

    GWPP – Strategic Goal Subcommittees

    The following members of the GWPP Corporate Leadership Team serve as the Subcommittee Leads for each of the (3) Strategic Goals of the Economic Development Plan.
    • Goal 1: Talent - Matthew Rowe, Ruder Ware LLS

      Objective: Attract and Retain Skilled Workers and Talented Individuals.

    • Goal 2: Innovative Companies - Jen Nieuwenhuis Hardel, REI Engineering Inc

      Objective: Embrace Technology to Nurture and Grow Marathon County’s Driving Industry Sectors.

    • Goal 3: Placemaking - Chris Ghidorzi, Ghidorzi Design | Build | Develop

      Objective: Develop Quality places and Amenities to Attract the Best and Brightest.

     

    2019 - 2020 Tactics & Initiatives

    Tactic 1.2.1.) Develop a comprehensive new talent attraction website to market the Wausau region as a desirable destination. Use the new website as the central information hub for a broader (omni-channel) talent attraction campaign.

    Tactic 1.1.2.) Support Granite Peak Ski Area in its expansion projects, encourage growth and expansion of its facilities.

    Initiative 3.2.) Support the long-term redevelopment options for the Wausau Center Mall. Support the commission of a master plan that explores a range of viable long-term options.

    Tactic 1.4.2.) Launch a Business-Driven Innovation Center or Center of Excellence focused on areas of specialized training & research. Create alignment among area employers and (K16) education partners to address talent holistically. Foster Innovation and entrepreneurship through the adoption of new technologies to grow local and regional economies. Develop a means for business to collaborate and cultivate relationships with other regional business to ensure the stability and growth of existing employers.

     


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