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Updates from your regional economic development alliance
September 2011- Vol 2, Issue 8
In This Issue
Quality of Life DVDs now available
Meeting scheduled to address rising fuel costs for local businesses

Economic indicator forum announced 

In an effort to benchmark the level of economic activity in our region, we are pleased to announce the next economic indicator report will be presented on Friday, October 7 at 7:30am at the Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau. We wish to acknowledge the sponsorship of this assessment by M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group, and the work of the Central Wisconsin Economic Research Bureau as part of UWSP. 


The special report, written and presented by Professor Edward Miller is entitled "Medicare:  A Policy in Transition."  


Please contact the Centergy office for more details and to register.

Focal Point 2011  

Please mark your calendars and plan to join UWSP's Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology gathering on Tuesday, October 4 from 9:15am - 12:45pm (lunch included) to learn how applied research and development is set to provide new market opportunities and address business challenges throughout the state of Wisconsin.  Details can be found at  

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Conference scheduled for early October to discuss regional growth in global economic development 

Barb Fleisner

Centergy has partnered with the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service and the Wausau Region Chamber to bring to the region a meaningful, thought provoking conference to discuss how we can better position Central Wisconsin to compete in the global economy, identify technologies and trends that are fundamentally changing the way business is globally conducted, and prioritize what we need to do regionally to attract or launch competitive businesses in the global marketplace.



TIME: 8AM - 12PM




For more information, please contact Connie Nikolai at 715.261.6368, or view the conference brochure and registration materials HERE.


Hope to see you there. 


Best regards,  


Barb Fleisner 

Executive Director   

'We have quality of life down to a science' DVDs available
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In an effort to promote the regional talent and business recruitment efforts in Central Wisconsin, Centergy has released a quality of life DVD that is available at no charge.  We wish to thank the Grand Theater for hosting our premiere release, Red Eye Brewing Company for providing refreshments, and Phil Valitchka and Golden Icon for the video production.


Nature and people of region showcased in quality of life video

The quality of life in Central Wisconsin is best described by blending images of the area's natural beauty with those that portray the progressive spirit of its people.
Letting these images speak on its behalf, Centergy created the five-minute video to attractively communicate its belief that the communities, culture, natural environment and people make the region special.  In addition, to carry its branding message that life and science are connecting the region to tomorrow, the video creatively make the statement, "We have quality of life down to a science."   

The viewer is guided by a couple on bicycles through a montage of scenes that communicate more effectively than words the values that make the region special.  From sunrise to sunset, the eye is led through the natural environment in which people recreate and find relaxation while showing as backdrop the extensive array of infrastructure that sustains local, national and global business enterprises.


Most importantly, the eye is drawn to expressions of people creating community through cooperation and participation.  Scenes include school children exploring lessons outside the classroom that teach skills desired by employers, young adults participating in civic planning activities, and the myriad of diverse events that occur within the arts, culture and entertainment realms that bring people of the region together for fun and enjoyment.


Centergy is distributing the video through its web site,, as a resource of its member organizations and affiliated economic development partners, and various electronic media it employs in its marketing and communications program for their use in promoting our region for business and talent attraction.  Please contact the Centergy office for your copy.

Meeting scheduled to address rising fuel costs
In an effort to explore options for business and industry on how to reduce energy costs, Centergy has partnered with local industry experts to host an informational gathering on Monday, September 26 from
3-5pm in Wausau. Attendees will take part in dialogue that addresses:

- Environmental, energy security and economic market factors that are driving the trend.

- Calculating fuel cost, simple payback and life-cycle savings.

- Open forum with opportunity for questions.

- Next steps in implementing a successful natural gas vehicle program.


Please contact any of the following for more information:


Bob Kulp, Kulp's of Stratford:

Cory Tomczak, IROW:

Barb Fleisner, Centergy: 

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