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Updates from your regional economic development alliance
February 2012- Vol 3, Issue 2
In This Issue
Central WI Days a success!
SAVE THE DATE: Centergy Economic Summit
Regional Manufacturing Event
Wednesday, February 29
Start: 12:30pm
North Central Technical College, Antigo campus

This event, sponsored by the
Grow North Region will feature
a presentation and discussion
of the 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study completed by the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center.
The study, conducted by the Manufacturing Performance
Institute, finds that this is a
critical point in time for U.S.
manufacturing, and
manufacturers must assess
whether they have the
workforce, business systems,
equipment and strategies in
place to successfully compete
in the future. For more
information or to register,
please contact workforcedevelopment@ or call
715.365.4905 or 800.544.3039 X4905


Compressed Natural Gas Discussion
Tuesday, April 3
North Central Technical College, Wausau campus, Room CHS

Centergy has partnered with local industry experts to host informational meetings to discuss opportunities to reduce fuel costs. 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 the following for more information:

- Bob Kulp, Kulp's of Stratford 

- Cory Tomczak, IROW, 

- Peggy Sullivan, Centergy, 

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Centergy and Central Wisconsin optimistic and moving forward during transitional period  


As I write this first newsletter, I realize it has beenPeg Sullivan

exactly one month since I began my journey as the Interim Executive Director with Centergy. And what a month it has been! I can say with confidence that cities and counties within the Centergy region are staffed with incredible economic development specialists focused on growing their respective communities by stimulating job creation, retaining existing businesses and improving the quality of life for the people they serve.  


The Central Wisconsin region has been hit hard the past year with business and plant closings that have had a profound and lasting impact on the people and businesses within our communities.  I can assure you that there are aggressive efforts taking place every day by community leaders, workforce development specialists, health care and education professionals and many others who volunteer their time within those communities to put Central Wisconsin on the map as a place where new business is welcome and encouraged and where existing businesses can thrive and grow.    


As the regional economic development organization in central Wisconsin, Centergy is committed to supporting those efforts and to work alongside you to achieve the objectives. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of those efforts and look forward to working with each of you as we take Central Wisconsin into the future.


Thanks to all of you for making me feel welcome and for your support and patience as we transition Centergy to a new Executive Director. A very special thank you is extended to Barb Fleisner for her tireless efforts the past several years as the first Executive Director with Centergy. Join me in thanking Barb for all she has done to improve our region, and also extend congratulations on her new role with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in Green Bay.  



Peggy Sullivan
Centergy Interim Executive Director    

2012 Central Wisconsin Days a success
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A contingent of over 40 business and community professionals descended on Madison February 15-16 to meet with state leaders to promote our region and to articulate the issues facing Central Wisconsin. Those attending were able to communicate directly with government leaders and see the Central WI Days 02day-to-day workings within the Capitol.

Our schedule this year coincided with "Business Days" sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. WMC is a business association dedicated to making Wisconsin the most competitive state in the nation. Members Central WI Days 03of WMC include both large and small manufacturers, service companies, local chambers and specialized trade associations. This was a great opportunity for attendees to take part in additional presentations from government leaders and to network with business and community leaders from around the state.
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Thanks to all who participated. I look forward to your comments and feedback so that Centergy can assure your voice is heard and to work to continually improve on the agenda.


SAVE THE DATE: Centergy 2012 Economic Summit
Mark your calendar
Please mark your calendars for Centergy's Economic Summit to be held on Wednesday, May 2 from 8am to noon at Sentry Theater @1800.


This annual event sponsored by Centergy brings together business leaders and community members interested in promoting and growing Central Wisconsin for a morning of regional updates, networking, and motivational messages. This year will be no exception.  Highlights will include the impact that the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is having on economic development throughout our region and details about the new initiatives and tools that this organization is deploying to communities. We are pleased to announce that Secretary Paul Jadin, CEO of the WEDC will be the keynote speaker for the event. More details will follow in the next several weeks.

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