• Economic Development Strategic Plan

    Greater Wausau Region

  • Photo by Tom Mortenson

    The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, MCDEVCO Inc, and key stakeholders have engaged economic development consulting firm TIP Strategies, based in Austin, in the creation of economic development strategic plan for the Greater Wausau Region. The plan will provide strategies and actions to enhance the region's economic competitiveness and growth for the next 10 years.


    Desired Outcomes:

    • Talent development & attraction
    • Retention & expansion of existing industries
    • Increased private sector investment
    • Robust employment growth


    Tentative Project Timeline:

    • Site Visit 1: Kickoff Meeting - September 2018 - COMPLETED
    • Site Visit 2: Stakeholder Engagement - October 2018 - COMPLETED
    • Site Visit 3: Opportunity Workshop - December 2018
    • Site Visit 4: Initial Presentation of Strategic Plan (Draft) - January 2019
    • Site Visit 5: Final Presentation of Strategic Plan - March 2019


    Stakeholder Engagement:

    Roundtables discussions brought together stakeholders from target demographics and business sectors to discuss needs they see on the horizon. They were conducted on the following topics:

    • Real Estate Development
    • Municipal Administration
    • Recreation & Tourism
    • Education & Workforce Development
    • Downtown & Community Development
    • Major Employers & Industry Sectors
    • Transportation, Logistics, & Infrastructure
    • Placemaking



    A survey has been created to collect information which will help inform the strategies that will guide the region’s growth over the next ten years. The survey is being conducted on behalf of the Chamber and MCDEVCO by TIP Strategies and will end on Friday, November 30. The survey is completely confidential with no identifying information collected. The results of the survey will be provided in aggregate only.


    Project Leadership:

    Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering your time and talents as part of the project's Leadership Team and Steering Committee.


    Leadership Team

    • Jeannie Worden, Northcentral Technical College / Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce - Board Chair
    • Dave Eckmann, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
    • Jeffrey Voigt, Major Industries Inc / MCDEVCO Inc - Board Chair
    • Jim Warsaw, MCDEVCO Inc


    Executive Steering Committee

    • Gary Freels, Judd S. Alexander Foundation
    • Ryan Gallagher, Rocket Industrial Inc
    • Glenn Gazzolo, Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats
    • Chris Ghidorzi, Ghidorzi Design Build Develop
    • Matt Heywood, Aspirus
    • William Hsu, Hsu's Ginseng Enterprises Inc
    • Paul LaPree, Miron Construction Co Inc
    • Jim McIntyre, Greenheck
    • Bernie Patterson, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
    • Richard Poirier, Church Mutual Insurance Company
    • Mattew Rowe, Ruder Ware LLSC
    • John Skoug, Marathon Cheese Corp
    • Rick Socha, Wisconsin Public Service
    • Vijay Talwar, Footlocker.com/Eastbay
    • Lori Weyers, Northcentral Technical College

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