• Economic Outlook - 2018-03-14

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    Name: Economic Outlook - 2018-03-14
    Date: March 14, 2018
    Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM CDT
    Registration: Online registration for this event has been closed. Please contact the Chamber to register.
    Event Description:

    Join us for this important event, which includes keynote presentations on both the unique state of Marathon County's business economy and how some communities in Wisconsin are gaining and maintaining young adult populations.


    Mark Lange, Executive Director
    Division for Business and Entrepreneurship at UW-Extension

    Mark Lange is the Executive Director of the Division for Business and Entrepreneurship (DBE) at the UW-Extension.  DBE coordinates and manages a group of business development units focused on increasing the success rate of Wisconsin's new companies, and improving the performance of Wisconsin's existing businesses.

    Prior to his work the UW-Extension, Lange was the Executive Director of the Edward Lowe Foundation, a non-profit organization established to accelerate entrepreneurship and its impact on community and economic development across the United States.  Before joining the Foundation, Lange served as the Director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon and co-founded CVT Productions, a video-production and software-distribution company.

    Keynote Presentation:

    Understanding the Business Dynamics Driving Marathon County's Economic Activity

    Look inside Marathon County's business economy like never before with a detailed exploration of business establishment activity over the last two decades.  This interactive event  will provide new insights into Wausau's entrepreneurial history and current 'business personality' by exploring the county's industry mix and key contributors to job creation.  The event will highlight new time series data developed by UW-Extension's Business Dynamics Research Consortium, and will include a discussion on new techniques for developing local resources for the county's unique business economy.  Key takeaways from this presentation include:
    • A closer look at the business establishment and employment mix for Marathon County including local trade, external trade and non-trade sectors.
    • See how jobs were created and lost the last five years by a) industry sector b) startups and existing companies and c) business size.
    • Review the 20-year historical view of business activity and how Marathon County's business composition has changed since 1997.
    • Learn how business support and technical assistance efforts should be tailored to our county's business dynamic history and unique mix of businesses and jobs.

    Randy Stoecker, Ph.D., M.S., Professor - Department of Community & Environmental Sociology
    University of Wisconsin

    Randy Stoecker is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin with an affiliate appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development.

    Stoecker conducts trainings and speaks frequently on community organizing and development, community-based participatory research/evaluation, higher education community engagement strategies and community information technology.  He has led numerous participatory action research projects, community technology projects and empowerment evaluation processes with community development corporations, community-based leadership education programs, community organizing groups and other non-profits across a wide range of places, including Appalachia and rural Ontario in Canada.

    Stoecker has written extensively on community organizing and development and higher education engagement with community, including the books Defending Community (Temple University Press, 1994), Research Methods for Community Change 2e (Sage Publications, 2013), Liberating Service Learning (Temple University Press, 2016), the co-authored book Community-Based Research in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and the co-edited books The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning (Temple University Press, 2009) and the Landscape of Rural Service Learning (Michigan State University Press, 2016).

    Stoecker has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

    Keynote Presentation:

    Gaining and Maintaining Young People in Wisconsin Communities

    There is concern across Wisconsin and the nation that intelligent and motivated youth are leaving rural areas and small towns for more urban areas - creating the oft-labeled brain-drain.  But is this phenomenon happening across Wisconsin?  Are there rural and small communities that are gaining young adults?  If so, what explains the success of these communities?

    Dr. Stoecker's presentation will focus on the exceptions - Wisconsin communities that are gaining and maintaining their young adult populations.  He will provide an overview of the December 2017 report entitled, Gaining and Maintaining Young People in Wisconsin Communities, reviewing significant demographic findings and discussing important qualities of communities that are important for attracting young adults.

    For a list of sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please click here.  To reserve your space, call our Programs Team at 715.848.5953 or e-mail programs@wausauchamber.com.

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    Event Sponsors:
    City Grill at Jefferson Street Inn
    201 Jefferson St
    Wausau, WI  54403
    Date/Time Information:
    7 am - Check-In, Breakfast Buffet & Networking
    7:30 am - 9:30 am - Program
    Contact Information:
    Programs & Events Team - 715.848.5953
    Members - $35 (Includes Sales Tax)
    Non-Members - $50 (Includes Sales Tax)

    Table of 8 (Members Only) - $280 (Includes Sales Tax)

    Pre-registration is required for this event.  Limited space may be available the day of the event, but cannot be guaranteed.  Walk-in prices are $10 more than the listed prices and include sales tax.

    No Billings, Credits or Refunds.
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