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Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan Recommends a New “Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership”

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…)

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Marathon County Aims to Draw Olympic Hopefuls With a New Multipurpose Sports & Event Center

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.)

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MCDEVCO Receives a $100,000 Grant from Governor Walker to Help Spur Minority-Owned Business Startups in Marathon County

A new fund awarded to MCDEVCO assists local minority entrepreneurs by providing gap financing to secure startup funds to bring new business dreams to life. Learn about the fund and local business entrepreneur Summer Vang’s photography venture — Aperturesque — in the full story. (Click the title to learn more…)

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Financial Hardship in Marathon County :: What the ALICE Report Reveals About Local Jobs & Wages

According to the latest ALICE Report: Occupations in Wisconsin that have projected job growth also have low wages & require minimal education. County Administrator Brad Karger offers his ideas to try to turn this negative trend around at the local level. (Click the title for more…)

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MCDEVCO’s Economic Development Efforts to Get $2 Million BOOST from Marathon County & Local Foundation Partnership

The County Board and a local foundation are working to grow MCDEVCO’s Marathon County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) by contributing $2 million to “bridge the financing gap” on approximately $20 million of economic development projects within the County! Learn about the fund & a range of programs & workshops for business owners & entrepreneurs. (Click the title to read more…)

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Celebrate “National Women’s Small Business Month” With Two Free Community Events

MCDEVCO invites you to share in two inspiring talks to be held at the YWCA to kick off their new “Women Mentoring Women Entrepreneurs” community programming in Marathon County. The talks are part of MCDEVCO’s celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month in October. (Click the title to read more…)

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Wisconsin’s Tradition Meets a New Brand… In 3 Words

When it comes to moving Wisconsin FORWARD (as our state motto suggests), there’s a new message in the air… and on billboards across the state: THINK-MAKE-HAPPEN. So, what do these 3 words mean? (Click the title to find out…)

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Secret Location of “SOUPthree” Revealed!

Have you heard of MCDEVCO’s new “Wausau SOUP” night events? You’re not gonna want to miss “SOUPthree,” featuring a massive pop-up art gallery & local musicians. Find out the SECRET LOCATION of your next chance to experience these trendy $5 crowdfunding dinners designed to enhance our local community. (Click the title to read more…)

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14 Inspiring Events for Young Professionals :: YPWeek Wausau (April 22–29, 2017)

Over 175 events in 25 communities across Wisconsin provide a weeklong series of events focusing on discovery, adventure, and meaningful conversations about issues that matter to young professionals during YPWeek Wisconsin. Local events in the Wausau area will include a Speaker Crawl, SOUPthree event, Riverfront Rally, and Cultural Festival, as well as collaborations with Urban Pulse, Friday Night Fun, Wausau Quadcopter, and Toward One Wausau, to name a few. (Click the title to learn more…)

Musicians Jacob Ramsey and Ameila Straub. Photo courtesy of Pure Entertainment.

What You Missed at “Wausau SOUP II” Crowd-Funding Event (Plus, an Exciting Urban Street Bistro Update & Exhibitour Announcement!)

Entertainment and ambiance you wouldn’t believe all for a mere $5. Find out who SOUP II attendees awarded a $957 micro-grant for a new citizen-led project. (Click the title to read more…)