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Posted on: July 14, 2016

WisDOT Release: Flooding in northwest Wisconsin has several highways closed

For release: July 14, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Flooding in northwest Wisconsin has several highways closed. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation continues to assess roadways for damage and detour routes as necessary.

Ashland County
• US 2 is closed east of Odanah at Lake Road. Traffic detoured via US 51, WIS 77, WIS 13, WIS 77, US 63, and US 53.
• US 2 is closed at Denomie Creek near Bad River in Odanah.
• WIS 13 is closed between Mellen and As...


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Posted on: July 8, 2016

NWRPC Commission Officers Elected

The Annual Commission meeting of Northwest Regional Planning Commission took place June 29th, in Hayward, WI.

During the Annual Commission meeting, an election of officers was held resulting in Doug Finn of Douglas County re-elected as Chairman, Don Taylor of Burnett County elected as Vice Chairman and Tom Mackie of Washburn County re-elected as Secretary/Treasur...Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2016

Visions Northwest Awarded Grant from the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Visions Northwest was notified that a proposal for funding to assist in efforts to form a regional wood products initiative has been accepted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.

The $4,950 cooperative forestry grant will be used to organize and plan meetings for a regional wood products collaborative to explore ways to fully utilize the potential of our forests in Northwest Wisconsin by looking beyond traditional markets and prod...Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2016

WisDOT Announcement: 2017 Application for §5310 will open on June 15, 2016

WisDOT will launch the 2017 annual application for the “Enhanced Mobility for Senior and Individuals with Disabilities” (§5310) grant program on June 15, 2016 for non-urban, small urban and the large urban areas of Appleton, Green Bay and Milwaukee.

Application information and materials will be released on June 15th, 2016 and made available on the WisDOT §5310 website and the BlackCat® Grant Management System. The hard deadline for application submissions is August 15, 2016 at Noon (12:00pm).

The...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

DNR seeks information from communities on Forestry Division headquarters relocation

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking information from communities as it develops a proposal for consideration by the Governor and Legislature to relocate the Division of Forestry Headquarters.

As requested under WI Act 55, DNR is developing a proposal for the potential relocation of the Division of Forestry headquarters outside of Madison. As an initial step in the process, the department has issued a formal request for information, or RFI, to ...Read on...

Posted on: April 19, 2016

Northwest Cleansweep announces the 2016 Household Hazardous Waste schedule!

View the 2016 Northwest Cleansweep Schedule!!!

The NW Counties of Wisconsin host special mobile hazardous waste collections during the summer months and all county residents are encouraged to participate. Residents in the following counties are encouraged to utilize ANY of the collections offered, the...Read on...

Posted on: March 23, 2016

Myron Schuster and NWRPC Honored for Outstanding Support

An Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award was presented to Myron Schuster, retired Executive Director of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, on Wednesday, March 16th.

ESGR Patriot Award

Pictured from L-R are: Myron Schuster, Retired NWRPC Executive Director; Jeff Dietrich, Loan Program Manager; Tim Kessler, ESGR; Sheldon Johnson, NWRPC Executive Director

An ESGR Patriot Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual supervisor for support to service members of the National Guard and Reserve. Jeff Dietrich, Loan Program Manager at NWRPC, nominated Mr. Schuster for the award in 2015 for unmatched flexibility and consideration in support of Mr. Dietrich’s service in the Army Reserve. The Northwest Regional Planning Commission was also recognized for its commitment in upholding the Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

The Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve that NWRPC makes pledges that the organization will fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); as well as equipping managers and supervisors with knowledge and tools to support Guard and Reserve members, while fully recognizing and supporting our country’s Service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in warRead on...

Posted on: March 2, 2016

Home Repair and Down Payment Funds Available

Housing rehabilitation funds totaling $2.1 million are available to qualifying home owners to assist in repairs to roofing, siding, well, septic, heating, electrical, windows, doors, sewer and water laterals, and handicapped accessibility modifications.

Funds are also available for emergency housing repairs threatening health, safety, and general household welfare. Qualifying home owners can access zero percent interest deferred payment loans secured by a mortgage. The property must be titled in the own...Read on...

Posted on: March 2, 2016

Visions Northwest to Partner in RIsE Breakfast Sessions

Together with the Northwest Workforce Investment Board and Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional Development, Visions Northwest will host a series of RIsE (Regional Insights on the Economy) Sessions throughout the region.

Regional Insights on the Economy in Northwest Wisconsin (RIsE) sessions will provide attendees with an overview of the economic status and trends as well as the opportunity to participate in a facilitated discussion regarding economic, workforce, and educ...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2015

Fabrication Laboratories Grant Opportunity for Public School Districts

The Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Program will provide grants to districts to help them equip fab labs within public schools.

As you may know, fab labs incorporate technologies such as 3D printing and computer-assisted design to give students hands-on experience, allowing them to put into practice concepts they have learned in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematic...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Welcome to the Team: Stacie Haus

Stacie joined the NWRPC staff back in October 2015 as our Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. Here is a background interview of what brought Stacie to us here in Spooner, WI.

Stacie Haus

What brought you to NWRPC?

The Administrative Secretary/Receptionist position. I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to be part of such a great team of dedicated individuals and working for an organization that is so involved with the well-being and enrichment of our local community and region. It makes me very happy to be here, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish next.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in the past few years (personally or professionally)?

The past decade of my life has been more of an internal journey, so I would say what I’m most proud of accomplishing during that time would be the personal growth, awareness and healing that took place while I was living in Oregon.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

Having just returned to Spooner after 13 years, in my down time I now enjoy re-exploring the countryside with a new perspective and appreciation. I also involve myself in a variety of creative endeavors such as painting, sewing, weaving and dancing, and I study/practice Sound Healing: the “therapeutic application of sound to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health”. I love itRead on...

Posted on: October 28, 2015

NWRPC Adopts 2015-2019 Northwest WI Region's "Vision for Prosperity" CEDS

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission adopted the 2015-2019 Northwest Wisconsin Region's "Vision for Prosperity" Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) on October 28, 2015 at the NWRPC Executive Committee meeting.

2015-2019 CEDS

For more information about the CEDS, please see last month's news story relating to the "Vision for Prosperity".

2015-2019 - Vision for Prosperity CEDS Highlight Summary

2015-2019 - Northwest Wisconsin's Vision for Prosperity CEDS Full BackgroundRead on...

Posted on: September 25, 2015

Draft 2015-2019 Northwest WI Region's "Vision for Prosperity" CEDS

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission and Visions Northwest Regional Economic Development Organization have prepared the Final Draft 2015-2019 Northwest Wisconsin Region's "Vision for Prosperity" Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

2015-2019 CEDSIn 1973, the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce designated the NWRPC as an Economic Development District (EDD). As a result, a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is prepared to guide the economic growth of the District. This year NWRPC and Visions Northwest, who served as the CEDS Strategy Committee, prepared a major update to the CEDS. The document is being distributed in two shapes this year. The first being a "highlights and summary" document consisting of the top three priority goals and key committed projects set to take place in the region. The second provides an analysis of local conditions; identifies the problems, needs, and opportunities of the district; defines the vision, goals, and objectives of the district; and designates and coordinates strategies and/or activities to accomplish and implement its goals.

Formal public comments on the final draft of the CEDS can be made from September 25 through October 27, 2015. To request a hard copy you may contact Crystal Rohde, who is taking all public comments on the document at 715-635-2197 or email. Any public comments received will be incorporated into the final strategy to be adopted by the NWRPC Executive Committee at the October 28, 2015 meeting in Spooner.

2015-2019 - Vision for Prosperity CEDS Highlight Summary
2015-2019 - Northwest Wisconsin's Vision for Prosperity CEDS Full BackgroundRead on...

Posted on: September 13, 2015

September Employee Spotlight: Clem Larson

Each month, we are excited to proudly highlight someone from our wonderful staff here at NWRPC! Our September employee being "spotlighted" is Clem Larson, Geographic Information Systems Specialist.

Clem Larson

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I grew up on the shore of Lake Michigan, in Escanaba, and attended college on Lake Superior, in Marquette. In my free time, I enjoy disc golf, hiking/snowshoeing, cooking, reading, film, Detroit Red Wings hockey, and spending time with my wonderful wife and dog.

What is your role at NWRPC and what are you currently working on?

I am the Geographic Information Specialist for the Planning Commission. I take care in creating and designing the maps and graphics used to disseminate information through visual media. I also manage a library of spatial data for use in various planning projects. Currently, I’m wrapping up a series of 15 fire response wall maps for the DNR’s Gordon Ranger Station. The maps cover Douglas and Bayfield Counties, and show the locations of existing structures and fire response zones.

How long have you worked for NWRPC and what has been your proudest moment working here?

I started working for the Planning Commission in August of 2012. My proudest moment was finishing the hazardous material storage site data collection, for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This was a huge undertaking, involving the collection of GPS points at all of the hazardous materials storage sites along the southern shore of Lake Superior, in both Wisconsin and Michigan. This project allowed me to explore several locales that I probably would never have explored otherwise, and being a new Wisconsin resident at the time, really helped me learn my way around Northwest Wisconsin.

What do you enjoy most about working at NWRPC?

What I most enjoy about working at the NWRPC are the people I meet. The staff members here are some of the kindest most helpful people you could know. Also, the people I have worked with in local government, on committees, or individually, either to help or for help, have all been stellar.

What’s your personal motto?

Stolen directly from the late Douglas Adams (Author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy):

“The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead.”

Lastly, as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child I, I wanted to grow up to be either a cartoonist or comic book illustrator; unfortunately my drawing ability could not keep up with my aspirations.Read on...

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 from August 28, 2015 through Septe...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

Tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in Webster, WI and currently live here in Spooner with my family. I have a seven year old daughter who keeps my life outside of work busy and interesting – she’s a blast and being her Mom is my favorite role! I love music, the great outdoors, staying active, and EVERYTHING about summer! I feel grateful to live and work near my extended family and spend as much time with them as possible.

What is your role at NWRPC and what are you currently working on?

I recently accepted a promotion to become a Business Development Specialist at NWRPC. This is a wonderful opportunity and I’m really looking forward to the new role and the challenges it will bring. In the past, I was an Administrative Assistant/IT Specialist. When I fully migrate into my new position, I will continue to manage all technology related items in the office, etc. as well as the phone system and our website/social media presence.

How long have you worked for NWRPC and what has been your proudest moment working here?

I have been with NWRPC for 10 years now! Hard to believe it’s been that long. I was very proud of the new website when it launched back in December of 2011. It was a pretty big project for me to undertake and I was very happy with the outcome.

What do you enjoy most about working at NWRPC?

I’ve formed some good friendships here at the planning commission - makes it fun to come to work. I’m proud of the work we do here and the people we are able to help through various programs.

What’s your personal motto?

I try to focus on the positives and always find the silver lining. I’ve been through some tough experiences with the health of my daughter that have helped me gain a lot of perspective and appreciation for the little things. My favorite quote – simply because it is SO true is this:

“There is more good than bad in this world, more light than darkness, and YOU can make more light.” Peter H. Reynolds

Lastly, as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was very young, I wanted to be an actress. When I was a little older, I wanted to be Diane Sawyer and report the news.Read on...

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 contractors to secure the resources 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 for the business.

Mobile Meta...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 economic impacts associated with ...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 replace outgoing Executive Director Myron Schuster, who will be retiring as of December 31, 2015.

“Sheldon has been with the Planning Commission for 21 years and has served as Deputy Director for the past 14 years. We feel he is extremely well-qualified to lead the organization and continue to provide the Commission’s services and programs in the 10-County Northwestern Wisconsin region.” said Doug Finn, Douglas County Board Chairman and Chairman of the NWRPC Executive Committee.

Schuster stated, “Sheldon Johnson is well-known and very respected by his peers throughout the State of Wisconsin. I have every confidence that he will be very successful in guiding NWRPC and will continue to provide top quality services to the citizens, businesses, and units of local government in our region.”

NWRPC was established in 1959 and the 10-County region includes Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn Counties as well as the Tribal Nations of Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff and St. Croix. Its offices are located at 1400 South River Street, Spooner, WisconsinRead 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

Tell us a little about yourself:

I was born and raised right here in Spooner and married a ‘hometown’ boy. We raised five children and have two grandchildren. My hobbies include gardening and crafts and I enjoy remodeling and building homes with my husband.

What is your role at NWRPC and what are you currently working on?

I began my career with NWRPC as secretary to the Executive Director and moved into the Finance Specialist position two years later. I support the loan programs of NWRPC, NWBDC, WBIC and NWREDF by completing loan documents, tracking loan repayments, and filing reports to federal and state agencies. Keeping loan files up to date with current financials and insurance information is a constant project. I also do the tenant billing for the enterprise centers in our region and support the Fiscal Director in her duties.

How long have you worked for NWRPC and what has been your proudest moment working here?

I’m in my 17th year at NWRPC and my proudest moment came from a sticky note included with a borrower’s loan payment which said, “Thanks for listening and the support. It’s people like you that help me get through the day.”

What do you enjoy most about working at NWRPC?

My commute. It’s five minutes. Also the flexibility and support of staff. During my first 10 years here, I had five high school graduations, four college graduations and three weddings. I also had two children survive cancer and lost both parents and my father-in-law. It is important to have the flexibility to take care of family.

What’s your personal motto?

How may I help you? We’re not in this world to achieve personal gain, but to help each other on our life journeys.

Lastly, as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a mom… and design/build houses. Guess I did thatRead 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

Tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in Minong. Have lived in the Minong/Trego area all my life. Went to college at WITC Rice Lake and at Vermillion Community College in Ely, MN. Married Kent in 2013. I have 2 horses, 3 cats, and 1 dog. I enjoy riding horses and spending time with friends, family, and my animals. I ref high school volleyball and bartend in my spare time!

What is your role at NWRPC and what are you currently working on?

I am the Fiscal Manager at NWRPC and oversee the accounting on all of our companies. Currently, I am working on closing out the 2014 books and getting ready for our auditors!

How long have you worked for NWRPC and what has been your proudest moment working here?

I started at NWRPC in 1992 as an Administrative Assistant, in 1995 I became Finance/Systems Specialist, and in 1997 I became the Fiscal Manager. Proudest moment would be working at NWRPC for 22+ years!

What do you enjoy most about working at NWRPC?

I enjoy watching all the accomplishments within the ten county region that we have assisted with, such as housing rehabilitation, recycling, business loans, project studies, etc. Also love that my job is not the same thing, day in and day out.

What’s your personal motto?

Life is short … Live for today … Who knows what will happen tomorrow.

Lastly, as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Don't rememberRead 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

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am from Pennsylvania, about one hour west of Philadelphia, the heart of “Pennsylvania Dutch Country.” I grew up in a small town with lots of dairy farms, so I can relate to the Wisconsin landscape pretty well. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, my wife Gina, and our two girls, Brenna and Kira. I also like to play and coach volleyball. I am also a Captain in the Army Reserves with 16 years of combined active and reserve service to our nation. I do not have any nicknames, per say, but I prefer Jeff to Jeffrey. If I hear someone call me Jeffrey, I think that I am in trouble.

What is your role at NWRPC and what are you currently working on?

My role at NWRPC is the loan fund manager. We have 10 revolving loan funds consisting of just over that are consolidated under four entities within NWRPC. I am currently working on a few financing requests throughout our region that promise to have significant economic impacts and the creation of good quality jobs. I am responsible for the underwriting of all loan requests and the overall administration of the $14.7 million in assets under management.

How long have you worked for NWRPC and what has been your proudest moment working here?

I joined the team in October of 2012. I am the newest member of the organization, and I am happy to be part of a great staff here at NWRPC. There have been a lot of great moments since I came aboard, but the best moments are the times when we can assist a small business in starting up or expanding their operations. Our loan programs are meant to fill a gap that may exist in a plan, and when we can help an eligible business, that always feels good.

What do you enjoy most about working at NWRPC?

I enjoy working with my colleagues, who are all great people. I also like that our organization has so many diverse responsibilities and capabilities to help everyone in our 10 county region. In my activities as loan program manager, I am always delightfully surprised to see the entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity that exists in the Northwoods.

What’s your personal motto?

I try my best to live by the following:

“That's the whole challenge of life - to act with honor and hope and generosity, no matter what you've drawn. You can't help when or what you were born, you may not be able to help how you die; but you can - and you should - try to pass the days between as a good man.” ? Anton Myrer, Once an Eagle

Lastly, as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child, I was always interested in becoming an archaeologist. Indiana Jones inspired me to learn about African history, which quickly opened up interest in South American history. The discovery of ancient civilizations was always fascinating to meRead 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

Tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in Cameron, WI and attended college at UW Barron County and UW River Falls. I currently reside in Trego with my future husband Travis and our 3 dogs…a Jack Russell Terrier named Spuz, a Chocolate Lab named Boss and a Siberian Huskie named Kona. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with Travis and our fur children, our friends and family, being outdoors, working out and playing or watching sports.

What is your role at NWRPC and what are you currently working on?

I have recently become a Housing Development Specialist here at NWRPC. Currently, I mail and review applications, prepare and mail bid packets and bid comparisons, and will be doing mortgage signing with clients shortly. I have also taken over the NWAH HOME program and continue to learn all the ins and outs. In addition to assisting in the housing department, I am the Administrative Secretary overseeing the day to day office operations and I am also the assistant to the Executive Director (Myron). I plan and host our monthly, annual and semi-annual Executive Committee meetings.

How long have you worked for NWRPC and what has been your proudest moment working here?

I have worked for NWRPC for 10 ½ years. My proudest moment has been reaching 10 years of commitment to my work, staff and the communities and members of our 10 County Region.

What do you enjoy most about working at NWRPC?

I enjoy getting to wear a variety of hats here at NWRPC so that each day is different and challenging. I also enjoy the work and assistance that we provide to the 10 County Region and the sense of pride that brings.

What’s your personal motto?

It’s the simple things in life!

Lastly, as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher and coach growing up.Read on...

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 Regional Housing Program Page.

2) Homeow...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 repair or replace windows, exterior ...Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2015

NWBDC Loan Funds Extended to Italia Ristorante in Hayward

Northwest Wisconsin Business Development Corporation (NWBDC) recently assisted Italia Ristorante located on County Highway K in Hayward, WI with a working capital loan to assist the restaurant with its incredible success since opening November 11, 2014. ...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 Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) to publish the 5-year CEDS as a condition of maintaining its status as a recognized Economic Development District (...
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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 discussed and approved before the Fede...Read on...

Posted on: October 23, 2014

MIC Approves 2015-2018 Superior Urbanized Area TIP

MIC

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, and Superior.

To learn more a...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 August 26, 2014 at NADO’s Annua...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 within the fire-prone barrens ecosys...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 Center” of the NWRPC webpage or by clickin...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, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Pri...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 Northwest Wisconsin Business Development Corporation (NWBDC). The funds are being used for the purchase of a new coffee roaster that will be prominently f...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 purchase and renovation of the former Skyline Motel. Lakeside Villa plans to open its doors in the upcoming weeks and will offer assisted living and respite care, 24 hours per day, featur...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.

View more information about the Superior TIP or
download t...Read on...

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," said Jill Shannon, director of community partnerships at the Foundation, which has facilitated the Heritage Initiative to this point. "This experience will strengthen our region's reputation nationally and internationally as a National Heritage Area.

As Coordinating Entity, NWRPC's job will be to bring voluntary partners together to plan and implement regional projects that will create a climate of sustainable economic development built on the region's shared heritage. It will also seek to create awareness and interest in the region's culture and heritage among residents and tourists by working with its local partners.

"NWRPC stands out because of its track record of economic development," said Marty Harding, chair of the Heritage Initiative task force. "They are well-positioned to support small business growth, while also increasing the understanding of our region's special historic, natural and recreational qualities to visitors and residents alike."

There are currently 49 National Heritage Areas in the U.S., though there are none in either Minnesota or Wisconsin. Heritage Areas celebrate places with important connections to our country's culture and history.

Learn more about the Heritage Initiative at http://www.stcroixheritage.org/.

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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 production was funded by a Grea...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.

Nado News
The meeting was held in conjunction with the association’s 46th annual training conference in San Francisco, California. The NADO Board of Directors oversees the association’s budget and operations and develops policy on issues affecting regional develo...
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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.
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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 and assist in developing goals,...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

Northwest Regional Economic Development Funds (NWREDF) ) extended a loan for working capital purposes to facilitate future commercial construction projects that the business will be participating in. K-Wood Truss Rafters, incorporated in 1973, is a certi...
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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 services, aesthetics, land use, and r...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 a home.

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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 products;
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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.

Mercer Building Supply 1

Mercer Building Supply 1

Northwest Regional Economic Development Funds (NWREDF) are being used to fund the start-up which will operate out of the former Mercer Home Furnishings building on Highway 51 just south of Mercer, WI. Mercer Building Supply will primarily be a full servi...

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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 how incubators are organized. Incubators like the NWECN "offer flexible space so startups can secure more space as they grow while staying in an incubator setting."

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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 left): Jeff Dietrich, Program Manager, NWRPC; Georgianne Kleiss, Retired CEO, Kleiss Gears; Val Johnson, Village of Grantsburg Trustee; Brent Blomberg, Burnett County Supervisor; Tasha Burilini-Olson, ...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

NWBDC funds are being used to remodel the restaurant and provide funds for inventory. The opening of the Park Falls Family Restaurant will provide residents and passers-by a great place to stop and eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The business is planni...Read on...

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 person. Until then, however, here is a flavor of what he is all about.

What are your degrees, qualifications, and previous work experience th...
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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 Specialist at NWRPC?Degrees & QualificationsB.S. Geography from Northern Michigan University, 2009Major: Geographic Information Systems
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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 accessibility, but will also provi...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.

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