• Economic Development Strategic Plan

    Greater Wausau Region

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  • Economic Development Planning - Purpose:

    In a highly competitive environment, the Greater Wausau Region currently lacks a comprehensive economic development vision and plan to move our region forward. At the same time, communities of similar or greater population capacity and industry presence throughout Wisconsin are acting to advance their economic position.

    The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and MCDEVCO act in concert to collaborate - gathering and aligning community stakeholders and resources - to coalesce economic development efforts for our community.



    • Create the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan.
    • Professional services with economic development expertise will be required to take our community stakeholders through the planning process resulting in a completed economic development plan with assigned areas of responsibility and accountability.


    Intended Outcomes:

    • Forward-thinking strategies to guide economic development in the Greater Wausau Region
    • Candid assessment of the economy
    • Clear picture of the area's greatest opportunity for growth
    • A creative plan for leveraging the region's greatest assets
    • A workforce recruitment website to provide a tool for attracting and retaining talent


  • Total Investment Goal: $250,000

    ($165,000 - Creation of the economic development strategic plan)

    ($85,000 - Development of a workforce recruitment website)


    Investments Raised: $202,000


    Thank You to the following investors:

    The Judd S. Alexander Foundation, Inc.

    Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors

    Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce - Foundation


    The Wausau Area Chamber Foundation Inc will serve as an independent agency and the holding entity for the funds collected for these economic development efforts. The Wausau Area Chamber Foundation Inc is a private tax-exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Background / Supporting Data:

  • Strategic Planning Executive Leadership Committee:

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  • Jeannie Worden

    Vice President of Student Services, Northcentral Technical College;

    Chair, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce


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  • Dave Eckmann

    President/CEO, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce

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  • Jeffrey Voigt

    Director of Operations, Major Industries Inc;

    Chair, MCDEVCO


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  • Jim Warsaw

    Executive Director, MCDEVCO


  • For additional information contact Dave Eckmann, President/CEO, with the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at deckmann@wausauchamber.com.


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