• Economic Development Strategic Plan

    Greater Wausau Region

  • The Greater Wausau 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 provides 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


    Project Timeline:

  • The Strategic Plan:

  • 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
    • Quality of Place / Placemaking



    A survey collected information in November 2018 which will help inform the strategies that will guide the region’s growth over the next ten years. The survey was 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 / Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce - Board Chair
    • Dave Eckmann, Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
    • Jeffrey Voigt, Major Industries Inc / MCDEVCO Inc - Board Chair
    • Jim Warsaw, MCDEVCO Inc


    Executive Steering Committee

    • Scott Cattanach, Peoples State Bank
    • 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
    • Brad Karger, Marathon County
    • Paul LaPree, Miron Construction Co Inc
    • Jim McIntyre, Greenheck
    • Bernie Patterson, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
    • Richard Poirier, Church Mutual Insurance Company
    • Matthew Rowe, Ruder Ware LLSC
    • John Skoug, Marathon Cheese Corp
    • Rick Socha, Wisconsin Public Service
    • Vijay Talwar, Footlocker.com/Eastbay
    • Lori Weyers, Northcentral Technical College

  • Background / Supporting Data:

  • More resources:

    The North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board shares a quarterly overview of the region's economy. View or download the report here.

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation offers a guide for locating a business in the state on the InWisconsin site.

  • Supporters:

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