• Economic Outlook - 2019-03-14

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    Name: Economic Outlook - 2019-03-14
    Date: March 14, 2019
    Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    Join us for this important event to learn about the current state of Wisconsin’s economy, its workforce trends compared to national averages and the unveiling of the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan, which includes actions to enhance the region's future economic competitiveness and growth.  In addition, a panel of local executives will address the region's greatest challenges and opportunities and will share their visions for a vibrant future.

    Featured Speakers

    Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner
    Economic Leadership LLC

    Abernathy has 37 years of experience in directing local and regional economic development and workforce development programs. Economic Leadership LLC, is a small group of data and policy nerds that is currently working with a diverse group of public and private clients to develop state and local strategic action agendas, identify best practices, apply data analytics and reimagine the future. Over the past five years Abernathy has worked on close to 100 projects including designing an innovation ecosystem for a new science city in Kenya, producing an annual Home of Future Thinking conference, and creating a new company that assesses and improves group leadership. Born in Dallas, NC, Abernathy received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillm his master's from Johns Hopkins University, is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow for global economics.

    Jon Roberts, Principal
    TIP Strategies Inc

    Roberts is an international leader in economic development and has overseen projects throughout the US, as well as in Europe and Asia. Roberts provides strategic direction to communities and regions across the country. A hallmark of his work is recognizing the relationships between seemingly unconnected trends. He is able to communicate their relevance and offer clients a clear path of action. In addition to being a practitioner in the field, he has prepared policy papers on national economic development strategy and the future of jobs, published articles on economic development marketing, and has written editorials for major newspapers. Roberts is a sought-after speaker on economic development issues nationally and internationally. Roberts was formerly the Director of Business Development both for the State of Washington and then for the State of Texas. In these positions, he directed recruitment and investment and led international trade missions. Prior to working for the Washington Department of Trade, Roberts was with the Oregon Technology Fund, where he was responsible for venture capital investments. He also managed two start-up companies: Fiberlite Composites and LifePort Inc., and worked with the Center for Entrepreneurial Ventures.

    Featured Executive Panel

    Matt Heywood, President/CEO

    Brad Karger, County Administrator
    Marathon County

    Jim McIntyre, CEO

    Dr. Lori Weyers, President
    Northcentral Technical College



    Michael Loy, CEO
    North Central Health Care


    Breakfast is included in the price of admission.  The breakfast includes:

    • Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
    • Crispy Home Fried Potatoes
    • Sausage Links
    • Fresh Morning Bakeries Served with Fruit Preserves & Butter
    • Fresh Seasonal Market Fruits & Berries
    • House Made Granola with Low-Fat Yogurts
    • Fresh Orange & Cranberry Juices, Coffee, Herbal Teas & Water

    Special dietary requests must be submitted at the time of registration.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate requests, however, they cannot be guaranteed if they are not submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

    For sponsorship opportunities, 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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    City Grill at Jefferson Street Inn
    203 Jefferson St
    Wausau, WI  54403
    Date/Time Information:
    8 am - Check-In, Breakfast Buffet & Networking
    8:30 am - 9:15 am - "Wisconsin's Workforce, The Preliminary Findings" by Ted Abernathy
    9:15 am - 9:45 am - "Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan" by Jon Roberts
    9:45 am - 10:30 am - Executive Panel, Q & A and Wrap Up
    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.

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