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Posted on: August 27, 2015

Draft 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Superior Urbanized Area

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC) has prepared a Draft Calendar Year 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Superior Urbanized Area.

A TIP lists all roadway, rail, transit and other transportation related projects in the Superior metropolitan planning area that are scheduled to receive federal funds. Formal public comments on the draft TIP can be made... Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2015

August Employee Spotlight: Crystal Rohde

After a brief summer hiatus, we are very excited to proudly highlight someone from our wonderful staff here at NWRPC! Our August employee being "spotlighted" is Crystal Rohde, Business Development Specialist/IT Specialist.

Crystal Rohde

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Posted on: July 29, 2015

Opportunities for Small Contractors

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and BusinessUSA are collaborating to improve the flow of information about contract opportunities from federal grantees to businesses looking for opportunity.

The businesses also receive information about supports and assistance that can help them qualify to bid and to grow. Simple online tools provided by BusinessUSA are making it faster and easier for project owners and... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2015

NWBDC Funds Assist in the Start-up of Mobile Metal Welding, LLC

Northwest Regional Planning Commission partnered together with Johnson Bank to assist in the start-up of Mobile Metal Welding, LLC located in Springbrook.

Rene Magnuson is the owner of the business, and she is pictured along with Justin Leonard. Northwest Wisconsin Business Development Corporation Funds (NWBDC) are being used in the purchase of equipment and working capital... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2015

NWRPC Completes Taylor County Flood Resiliency Project

Using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) HAZUS-MH software, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission prepared a Level 2 (customized) flood inundation analysis for Taylor County which examines the potential... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2015

Sheldon Johnson Promoted to Executive Director of Northwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Spooner, WI, June 24, 2015 – Northwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Sheldon Johnson as the Commission’s new Executive Director effective January 1, 2016.

Sheldon Johnson

Johnson will... Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2015

May Employee Spotlight: Heidi Buchmann

We are very excited to proudly highlight each month someone from our wonderful staff here at NWRPC! Our May employee being "spotlighted" is Heidi Buchmann, Finance Specialist.

Heidi Buchmann

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Posted on: April 16, 2015

Notice of Public Hearing Regional Comprehensive Plan

A public hearing will be held May 27, 2015 beginning at 9:30a.m. at the offices of Northwest Regional Planning Commission, 1400 S. River Street, Spooner regarding a draft regional comprehensive plan and resolution of adoption.

The proposed comprehensive plan in summary contains the following items and information regarding: maps; issues and opportunities; housing; transportation; utilities and community facilities; natural, cultural, and... Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2015

April Employee Spotlight: Mariann Jones

We are very excited to proudly highlight each month someone from our wonderful staff here at NWRPC! Our April employee being "spotlighted" is Mariann Jones, Fiscal Manager.

Mariann Jones

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Posted on: March 5, 2015

Visions Northwest to Meet Regarding "Northwest Regional Comprehensive Plan"

The Visions Northwest Regional Economic Development Group will be meeting in Hayward at the WITC building on Melrose Lane on March 11, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM to provide input to create a statutorily required “Regional Comprehensive Plan.”

A Regional Comprehensive Plan is a broad-based long range plan looking forward as far as 10-20 years and considers such topics as: agriculture and natural resources, economic development, intergovernmental coordination,... Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2015

March Employee Spotlight: Jeff Dietrich

We are very excited to proudly highlight each month someone from our wonderful staff here at NWRPC! Our March employee being "spotlighted" is Jeff Dietrich, Loan Fund Manager/Business Development Specialist.

Jeff Dietrich

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Posted on: March 4, 2015

Northwest Regional Comprehensive Plan Status

NWRPC is nearing the completion of the Northwest Regional Comprehensive Plan.

In the coming months information will be made available here on the NWRPC website. Staff of NWRPC will be updating the NWRPC Executive Board at their March meeting on the plan status.

View the March 18, 2015 Executive... Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

February Employee Spotlight: Kimberly Gifford

We are very excited to proudly highlight each month someone from our wonderful staff here at NWRPC! Our first employee to be "spotlighted" is Kimberly Gifford, Administrative Secretary/Housing Development Specialist.

Kimberly Gifford

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Posted on: February 17, 2015

Emergency Housing Funds Available to Repair Imminent Threat to Health and Safety

The Northwest Regional Housing Program has funds available to assist qualifying owner-occupied homeowners make “emergency situation” repairs to ensure imminent threat to health and safety is addressed in a timely and efficient manner.

Emergency situation repairs may include, but are not be limited to, the replacement of a failed furnace, septic system, or well.

1) Homeowners must be at or below the household income guidelines found on the Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Regional Housing Funds Available

Owner-occupied housing repair funds are available to low- to moderate-income families throughout Northwest Wisconsin.

“Qualifying applicants may access zero percent interest, deferred payment loan funds to make home repairs” stated Sheldon Johnson, Deputy Director, Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Housing funds are available to... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2015

2015 Price Changes and Recycling Updates

As we start a new year Recycling Control Commission is faced with having to raise its prices on a few items for recycling. Computer monitors will increase from $5 to $8, as well as televisions (only collected in Spooner).

The current prices for televisions are as follows:

$15 ea. for units up to 21"
$25 ea. for units 21” to 41”
$35 ea. for units over 41”
$45 ea. for any wood console TV
$60 ea. for any projection... Read on...

Posted on: January 19, 2015

Strategic Planning Committee Meets to Develop New 5-Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

On January 14, 2015, the “Visions Northwest” Regional Economic Development Group met at the Flat Creek Inn & Suites in Hayward, Wisconsin to develop the new five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS as it is commonly known.

Strategic Planning Meeting

The U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration (EDA) requires the... Read on...

Posted on: January 19, 2015

NWRPC 2014 Semi-Annual Meeting Summary

NWRPC held its semi-annual meeting on December 3, 2014 at Flat Creek Inn & Suites in Hayward, WI.

The meeting started with the standard approval of the agenda, approval of the June 25th, 2014 meeting minutes, approval of the November 2014 vouchers and the approval of contracts. The NWRPC 2015 operating budget was... Read on...

Posted on: October 23, 2014

MIC Approves 2015-2018 Superior Urbanized Area TIP

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The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC) approved the 2015-2018 Superior Urbanized Area Transportation Improvement Program at their October 15, 2014 meeting.

The TIP represents federally funded transportation projects and state funded regionally significant transportation projects within the City of Superior, Villages of Oliver and Superior, and the Towns of Lakeside, Parkland,... Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2014

Myron Schuster Elected to the NADO Board of Directors

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For Immediate Release: September 17, 2014
Contact: Joe McKinney, 202.624.5947

Washington, DC – Myron Schuster, Executive Director of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission in Spooner, WI, was elected to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors on... Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

NWRPC: Title VI Public Notice

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

The NWRPC Executive Committee will be formally acting upon a Title VI Program at its meeting on August 27, 2014. A copy of the public notice is available in the "News and Announcements" folder under the “Document... Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2014

NWRPC Begins Work on Northern Washburn County CWPP

NWRPC has begun working on a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for northern Washburn County including the towns of Chicog, Minong, Brooklyn, Frog Creek and the Village of Minong.

A CWPP is a community based planning tool to facilitate wildfire mitigation activities and to protect communities and resources from the devastating impacts of wildfire. This CWPP will fill in an important planning gap... Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2014

Northwest Regional Planning Commission is New Wisconsin Micro-lender

SBA District Director Presents Funding; Dollars to Support Loans in Ten Northwestern Counties

Spooner, WI – Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) has become the U.S. Small Business Administration’s eighth micro-lender in Wisconsin. They will provide business assistance and lending services in Ashland,... Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2013

Big Water Coffee Roasters Expands Business With Help From NWBDC Loan

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) assisted Big Water Coffee Roasters of Bayfield, WI in their business expansion.

Program Manager, Jeff Dietrich (not pictured), worked with the business to secure a loan through the Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2013

Douglas County Prepares Draft 2014-2018 Outdoor Recreation Plan

Douglas County has prepared a draft 2014-2018 Outdoor Recreation Plan that will guide improvements to recreational facilities throughout the county.

The purpose of the plan is to investigate Douglas County’s existing outdoor recreational resources and anticipate future demands by developing recommendations for county administered outdoor recreational facilities.... Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2013

NWREDF Helps Fund Lakeside Villa Assisted Living in Phillips

Community Financial Bank and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission partnered together to assist Ken and Lorraine Kiefer in establishing Lakeside Villa, a new Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) on Hwy 13 in Phillips across from Elk Lake.

Northwest Regional Economic Development Funds are being used in the... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2013

Duluth-Superior MIC Adopts 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Plan

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council recently adopted the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) represents state and federally funded projects planned within the metropolitan planning area of Superior, Wisconsin over calendar years 2014-2017.

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Posted on: November 4, 2013

NWRPC Chosen as Coordinating Entity for Proposed National Heritage Area in St. Croix River Region

As the Coordinating Entity of a possible National Heritage Area (NHA), the NWRPC would work with local partners on the creation and implementation of a long-range plan for a Heritage Area.

Heritage Area

"NWRPC has the experience and relationship-building skills needed to ensure a successful community effort,"... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

NWRPC Produces Video that Discusses Dangers of Improper Disposal of Hazardous & Electronic Waste

NWRPC has produced an educational video on the effects of household hazardous and electronic waste to the Lake Superior Basin.

The goal of this video is to help educate and explain what constitutes household hazardous waste, how to dispose of it safely, and the effect it has on water supplies and Lake Superior if it’s not disposed of properly. This... Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2013

Myron Schuster Elected to the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors

Washington, DC – Myron Schuster, Executive Director of the Northwest RPC in Spooner, WI, was elected to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2013 – 2014 Board of Directors on August 27, 2013 at NADO’s annual business meeting.

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The meeting was held in conjunction with the association’s 46th annual training conference in San Francisco... Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2013

NWBDC Funds Used to Open Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Spooner

Northwest Regional Planning Commission Program Manager Jeff Dietrich, pictured third from the left, behind the children, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity (WRHFH) ReStore in Spooner on Saturday, September 14th.

Northwest Wisconsin Business Development Corporation (NWBDC) funds are being used to support the new store that will operate out of the former Spooner Country Store building on Highway 63.
The opening of the Spooner... Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2013

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans - Public Meetings

Members of the public, elected officials and representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers are encouraged to attend meetings...

...to assist in developing Locally Developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans for individual counties located in Northwest Wisconsin. Attendees will assess transit/transportation needs and gaps... Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2013

NWREDF Funds Extended to K-Wood Truss, Inc. of Grantsburg

Northwest Regional Planning Commission Program Manager Jeff Dietrich met with K-Wood Truss Rafters, Inc. owners Cynthia Leonard and Alma Karels of K-Wood Truss, Inc. of Grantsburg, WI.

K-Wood Truss Rafters

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Posted on: July 29, 2013

NWRPC Presents on Proposed Pre-Mining Socio-Economic Analysis for a Mine in the Penokee Hills

Jason Laumann, NWRPC Senior Planner/Lake Superior Coastal Specialist gave a presentation at the Iron County Citizen’s Forum meeting on Thursday, July 24th, 2013 at the Oma Town Hall regarding a pre-mining socio-economic analysis.

NWRPC is proposing the development of an unbiased study which would examine the socio-economic impacts of a mine on economic development, transportation infrastructure, public schools, utilities and energy, government... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2013

$1.9 Million in Regional Housing Rehab Funds Available

The Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Housing, has awarded the Northwest Regional Housing Program $1,933,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) housing funds.

The CDBG housing rehabilitation funds will be available to qualifying applicants to make necessary repairs to owner- and renter-occupied housing units and to provide down payment assistance to qualifying families purchasing... Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2013

Visions Northwest Regional Economic Development Group Conducting "Export Assessment Survey"

The Visions Northwest Regional Economic Development Group has partnered with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Northwest WI Manufacturing Outreach Center (NWMOC) to conduct an "Export Assessment Survey".

The "Export Assessment Survey" will be of manufacturing businesses within the Northwest Wisconsin region. The purpose of the survey is:

1. To identify those companies in the Northwest Region already exporting... Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2013

HHW events are scheduled in Burnett and Washburn Counties this May and June!

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) events are scheduled in the counties of Burnett and Washburn this May and June!

Events will be held on May 22, 2013 at the fairgrounds in Grantsburg and Webster and on June 1, 2013 at the Minong Transfer Station. Questions regarding the events should be directed to 715-635-2197.

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Posted on: April 9, 2013

NWREDF Funds Being Used to Start Mercer Building Supply, LLC

Northwest Regional Planning Commission Program Manager Jeff Dietrich, met with Jeff Stenberg and Jim Kichak, who will partner together to open Mercer Building Supply, LLC.

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Posted on: March 27, 2013

INSOURCE Online Newsletter Links to NWRPC Website

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's online newsletter recently published an article about business incubators and the roles they play in early stages of business startup.

The Northwest Enterprise Center Network is referenced in the article when it describes... Read on...

Posted on: November 28, 2012

New Grantsburg Enterprise Center Open and Operating

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the industrial incubator in Grantsburg's Industrial Park was held on November 13, 2012.

Grantsburg Enterprise Center Ribbon Cutting

Those attending the ribbon cutting included (from... Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2012

Park Falls Family Restaurant Opens

Northwest Regional Planning Commission Program Managers John Stroschine and Jeff Dietrich visited the newly opened Park Falls Family Restaurant located on Route 13 in Park Falls, WI.

Park Falls Family Restaurant

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Posted on: October 31, 2012

Welcome to the NWRPC Team: Jeff Dietrich

With the pending (well-deserved) retirement of John Stroschine, our current Business Development Specialist/Loan Fund Manager, NWRPC has hired Jeff Dietrich as a new member of our staff.

Jeff Dietrich
Jeff joined us on October 15th, 2012 and we will be providing many opportunities for everyone to meet him in... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2012

Welcome to the NWRPC Team: Clem Larson

Clem Larson joined the NWRPC staff back in August as our Geographic Information Systems Specialist. Here is a background interview of what brought Clem to us here in Spooner, WI.

Clem LarsonWhat are your degrees, qualifications, and previous work experience that pertain to your position as a GIS... Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2012

Groundbreaking for the expansion of G.A Miller, Inc.

Northwest Regional Planning Commission Program Manager Jeff Dietrich, pictured on the far right, attended the groundbreaking for the expansion of G.A Miller, Inc. of Prentice, WI.

Private funds along with NWBDC funds are being used to construct the 12,048 square foot building at the Northwest corner of Highway 13 and Old Highway 8. The new site will not only give the business better visibility and... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2012

NWRPC Holds 2012 Annual Meeting

Northwest Regional Planning Commission held its Annual Meeting at Flat Creek Inn & Suites in Hayward, WI on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

Chairman Doug Finn welcomed the attendees and expressed what great partnerships have been formed throughout the Northwest Region. Minutes of the December Semi-Annual Meeting were approved as well as the June 2012 Vouchers.... Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2012

Iron County Receives Excellence Award for a Planning Document from APA-Wisconsin Chapter

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In 2008, Iron County embarked on a multi-phase endeavor to identify inconsistencies between the comprehensive plans of the 10 unincorporated towns and the countywide zoning and subdivision ordinances, adopted in 1971.

After several joint county-town meetings, a final proposal was unveiled which created new zoning districts and significantly modified others. A revised subdivision ordinance was also developed, which includes provisions for... Read on...

Posted on: March 29, 2012

City of Spooner adopts Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

The City of Spooner adopted a Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan at their March, 2012 City Council meeting. The plan has been created to provide a local approach to meeting existing and future needs for expanding pedestrian and bicycle opportunities.

A bicycle route throughout the City has been proposed that would link neighborhoods, schools, downtown and other community assets. Northwest Regional Planning Commission assisted the City of Spooner in the plan development... Read on...

Posted on: March 22, 2012

Steve Rannenberg Receives Distinguished Leadership Award from APA-Wisconsin Chapter

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The Northwest District of the American Planning Association- Wisconsin Chapter annually recognizes outstanding individuals and planning efforts throughout the twenty six counties that make up the district.

Steve Rannenberg, Douglas County Planning and Zoning Administrator was recognized for his distinguished leadership in his work on the Douglas County multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan. From the early organizational,... Read on...