Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit Dec. 16-17 in Pembine

PEMBINE, Wis. Registration is now open for the annual Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit to be held on Dec. 16-17 in Pembine.

The annual summit provides an opportunity to address the unique challenges and opportunities of Northern Wisconsin’s economy through a forum with the Governor’s cabinet, keynote speakers, and a series of workshops. This year’s agenda focuses on small business assistance and regulatory reform.

“To help grow jobs in the state, it’s important to sit at the table with job creators and talk about the issues and barriers they face, and that’s what this event is all about,” Gov. Walker said. “This year’s Summit will focus heavily on the relationships with state agencies, what we can do to help small businesses reach their potential, and regulatory reform. We look forward to the input and insight we will gain that will help small businesses build on their success in Wisconsin.”

This event will be at the Four Seasons Island Resort in Pembine. Registration for the two-day event is $75 through Dec. 13 and $85 for on-site registration. Agenda and detailed information can be found at

Agenda highlights include:

– Conversation with Leadership: Nine state agencies will provide an 8-10 minute briefing on key initiatives and issues from their department and how those pertain to Northern Wisconsin. Time for open forum questions is provided as well as an informal “shirtsleeves” forum with agency leadership in the afternoon.

– General Session Keynote Address: Jerry Murphy, New North Executive Director, will present the regional economic development agenda for 2014, including talent development, business development, and branding for the regional economy.

– Labor & Employment: Leaders from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Technical College System, and the University of Wisconsin System will discuss strategies that will benefit northern Wisconsin including Wisconsin Fast Forward, the In Force Network, and education’s impact on economic development.

– Natural Resources & Businesses: Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff will present information to assist businesses in navigating the permit process for the DNR Small Business Assistance Program, which serves as a resource for small businesses needing guidance with environmental compliance.

– Agriculture & Businesses: Leaders from the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will present on food hubs and how they create economic opportunity.

– Regulatory Reform & Businesses: Directors from the Office of Business Development, part of the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), will share how the organization works to give business a voice in guiding government reforms and support business interests from within government.

– Sustainability & Businesses: Public Service Commission leaders will present information on Focus on Energy, a program that helps small businesses lower their energy costs by funding renewable projects and provides access to programs on energy efficiency.