Rhinelander, WI 54501 — TEL: 715-365-4468

Grow North Initiatives

Broadband Expansion

With a ever-changing world, having high speed internet services available is a requirement for modern business.

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Workforce Development

Our goal is to stimulate business in the Northwoods through government grants and local sponsors.

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Forestry & Rail

We actively work on sustaining the forests of Northern Wisconsin – stimulating business in the process.

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Capacity of the Organization

With all the great effort and projects Grow North Regional Economic Development is doing, comes a cost. While our current operating budget is greatly funded through funds from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) we are at the mercy of government administration, spending, and budget. Grow North has really stepped up it’s focus and initiatives beginning in 2014. We are gaining momentum and bringing excitement back to economic development for the Northwoods. It’s no secret, for a long time attention was focused on the states larger Metro areas. While these area’s are still very important, the state is finally recognizing the importance and business climate in the Northwoods. State Officials are becoming more engaged and taking more notice of us. It is imperative we stand strong and continue to have a loud voice as well as continue to engage State Officials. We are so much more than “just recreation” in Northern Wisconsin. Tourism and recreation is huge for us, but we also have amazing businesses, amazing entrepreneurs, amazing schools, as well as very involved community leaders. Grow North plays an important role in all of this. With that being said, the proof is in the actions and projects of the organization. Depending on state budget cuts, Grow North may have to cut some of these very vital projects. Projects that not only affect the business climate of today, but will affect the business climate in years to come. NOW is the time to get the word out about Grow North.  Who we are, what we do, how we help businesses and community’s. In order to keep the momentum going and make a difference with today’s business climate, today’s workforce, and future business climate and our pipeline of youth for tomorrows workforce it is imperative that this organization becomes self sustaining. We are currently seeking event sponsorship’s, expansion of our Board of Directors, expansion of our working committee’s, assistance with an awareness campaign to get the word out about Grow North. If you, your business, or an organization would like to see our local community’s that we all call the Northwoods of Wisconsin grow, thrive, and prosper we ask that you get involved by investing into Grow North Regional Economic Development. Contact us today to find out how!!

Along with the above initiatives and projects we also work with regulation, legislation and infrastructure issues.

Grow North follows four main strategies to accomplish our mission and has developed actions to move the organization forward in development of the economy of the region.

  1. Strengthen relationships and two-way communication so as to understand economic development issues and be able to act on those issues. Leverage, collaborate and coordinate efforts for the region on Federal, State, and Local levels.
  2. Monitor issues that impact economic development in the region, and be a voice to advocate for change.
  3. Market the economic strengths and natural assets of the region to those within and beyond the region.
  4. Continue consistent presence and dialogue with Federal and State Agencies and Officials.

Regional Data + Demographics

The biggest difference about building a future in the North is our long history of offering a friendly helping hand!