For many of us, the internet plays an important role in our daily lives. The increase in remote work, online learning, and telehealth services with the onset of the pandemic underscored the need for broadband expansion not only in Marathon County, but across the United States. Learn about the history of broadband expansion in Marathon County and the ongoing efforts of the Broadband Task Force. (Click title to read article…)
Marathon County has been awarded a $1 million Community Development Block Grant in partnership with North Central Community Action Program (NCCAP) and MCDEVCO (Marathon County Development Corporation).
The purposes of the grant are to provide relief due to hardships from the pandemic to support low- to moderate-income individuals with mortgage and rental assistance and small businesses severely affected by COVID-19. This grant is available to rural areas only; therefore, the grant excludes the City of Wausau from eligibility. (Click the title for details…)
After 4 months of weekly classes, 35 (volunteer) professional business class instructors, and one-on-one mentoring, 18 entrepreneurs are on their way to launching — or already have launched — their businesses right here in Marathon County with the help of MCDEVCO.
Learn about their “dolphin tank” experience, upcoming programming for future assistance, and their “Crops & Shops Marketplace” events that feature food trucks and children’s crafts and are open to the public to purchase items that are ag-related (CROPS) or from a small business located throughout Marathon County (SHOPS).
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An accomplished professional and attorney with Judicare, Jenifer Bizzotto has already immersed herself in Marathon County culture and government, though she has only lived here since 2018.
Bizzotto ran for a position on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors in 2020, and, while she did not win the election, she was appointed by the Board to represent District 2 when former Supervisor Romey Wagner resigned after moving out of the district.
Learn why this young professional was inspired to move to Marathon County from Madison and get involved in our local politics in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
County Board Supervisor Matthew (Matt) Bootz is a true hometown hero. His story is one sprinkled with adventure, a focus on family, a commitment to service, and unfortunately a tragedy to overcome that most of us can’t even imagine.
Learn what he feels is the most meaningful work he’s done so far on the board — and more — in the full article. (Click the title for details.)
Coming from a missionary family who modeled the art of giving throughout a lifetime, Marathon County Board Supervisor Rebecca Buch has a natural desire to serve her community.
Supervisor Buch shares her globe-travelling stories, her views on the local Pride and the No Place for Hate resolutions, her love for Marathon County, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
The Marathon County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning (CPZ) Department has started the process of adding nearly 7,000 Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (commonly called “POWTS” or “septic systems”) to its Maintenance Program. State regulations now require counties to include all septic systems and holding tanks — regardless of age — in the POWTS Maintenance Program. (Click the title to read the full story…)
MCDEVCO is working daily to assist small businesses in Marathon County with questions about loans, grants, and federal programs available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how businesses, municipalities, and others can look to MCDEVCO for helpful resources and mentoring as the State implements a phased reopening of businesses through the Badger Bounce Back plan. (Click the title to read more…)
The March 2019 regional Strategic Plan concluded that the Wausau community is not organized for long-term, sustainable economic development success. In order to correct that, the plan recommends that community and business leaders join together in a new way to provide oversight and accountability for implementing several actionable tactics laid out in the 99-page Economic Development Strategic Plan. (Click the title for details…)
With several successes already racked up in its Sports Tourism portfolio, Marathon County now hopes to take things to the next level with a brand-new sports complex that could possibly become an Olympic Training Center for hockey, ice competitions, and more! (Click the title to learn more.)