“Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan” to Be Unveiled March 14, 2019

Written by Brian Otten


The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will host an Economic Outlook program at the City Grill Restaurant & Event Space in Wausau on the morning of Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Featured speaker Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner at Economic Leadership LLC, will discuss the current state of Wisconsin’s economy and its workforce trends in comparison to national averages.

Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner
Economic Leadership LLC

According to Dr. David Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce:

Dr. David Eckmann, President / CEO Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce

“We live in a rapidly changing global economy filled with disruptive technologies and fierce competition between regions and states. We have significant challenges in front of us. We as a community can rest on our past and hope for the best, or we can take measures to create a new vision. We can create a new plan for our future which leverages the full capacity of every individual and business in this community.”

This signature event for the Chamber will include the unveiling of the “Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan,” which includes actions that will enhance the region’s economic competitiveness and growth for the next 5 to 10 years.

The plan will be presented by Jon Roberts, Principal at TIP Strategies Inc. The Chamber, MCDEVCO Inc., and key stakeholders retained TIP Strategies for the creation of the plan in 2018.

Jon Roberts, Principal
TIP Strategies Inc.

The event will also include a panel of local executives who will address the region’s greatest challenges and opportunities and share their visions for a vibrant future.


Matt Heywood, President / CEO
Brad Karger, County Administrator
Marathon County
Jim McIntyre,   CEO
Dr. Lori Weyers,   President
Northcentral Technical College

Michael Loy, CEO of North Central Health Care, will serve as the emcee for the program.

Michael Loy, CEO
North Central Health Care

Please attend 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.”



8:00 a.m. — Check-In / Breakfast Buffet / Networking

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. — “Wisconsin’s Workforce, The Preliminary Findings,” by Ted Abernathy

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. — “Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan,” by Jon Roberts

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. — Executive Panel / Q & A / Wrap-Up

The event time has been extended by 15 minutes (from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.).

Cost / Registration

The cost is $35 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Members can reserve a table of 8 for $280.

To register for this event, visit WausauChamber.com or call 715-845-6231.


We’d like to offer our THANKS to our event sponsors:


Brian_OttenBrian Otten

Marketing Manager  |  Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce

Brian Otten is the marketing manager at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Brian grew up in Wittenberg and has called Wausau home for more than 20 years. He can be reached at 715-848-5947 or botten@wausauchamber.com.

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