Business & Industry

Two-Vote Margin
3:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Votes to Stop Funding Shullsburg Proposal

A failed referendum presents a major stumbling block for Lac du Flambeau’s off-reservation casino planned for southern Wisconsin.

Tribal members have voted not to continue funding the Shullsburg casino application process.

The margin was extremely close, with just two votes deciding the outcome.

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the next step is for the tribal council to discuss options with the Shullsburg work group. 

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U.S. DOT application
3:39 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Grant Sought To Buy Rail Cars To Haul Northern Logs

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Several northern Wisconsin and Michigan counties are working on a grant to buy rail cars to lure more rail business in the region.

Wendy Gehlhoff from Florence county chairs the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.

The group has been meeting quarterly to keep rail service viable in the region. Canadian National provides service in this region.

She says one approach is to buy rail cars to haul logs, called the Great Lakes Log Car Fleet...

 

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30 businesses seeking workers
3:31 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Large Number Of Job Seekers Attend Rhinelander Event

A job interview
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Attendance was strong Wednesday as Rhinelander hosted a Job Fair.

More than 30 employers were talking to job applicants. Dan Linsmeyer from Pioneer Equipment Company said they were talking to several applicants about three different openings...

"....there are some people that stop by and show great interest in that particular position...."

Serena Adler from Forward Service Corporation works with a program focusing on young people seeking jobs...

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Announcement in a news letter
5:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Heeg Resigns From Eagle River Chamber

Eagle River's longtime Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Connie Heeg has resigned.

In a letter to chamber members, Heeg says he's stepping down due to health concerns.

Heeg has worked for the chamber more than 13 years.

Among the accomplishments he cited was a doubling of the number of business memberships, paying off the chamber building in just over 6 years, bringing the Pond Hockey Championships to the area and others.

We'll have more on this story later.

Job Fair in Rhinelander
4:55 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Job Seekers Have Opportunity Wednesday

Job Fair in Virginia
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Last week the state released figures showing four of the 9 counties with the highest unemployment rates in Wisconsin were in this region. This week a Job Fair is being held in Rhinelander to possibly lower those rates.

The Job Fair is co-sponsored by Nicolet Area Technical College, Northern Advantage Job Center and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

One of the organizers is Angeline Kesler from Forward Service Corporation....

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New report agrees
11:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

State Economist Sees Continued Growth in 2014

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A state economist thinks the  Northwoods economy will continue to improve. Ken Krall spoke with Department of Workforce Development economist Scott Hodek about the  forecast for the next few months.

A report last Friday by BMO Economics held much the same forecast as Hodek. According to the report published by BizTimes.com,  real gross domestic product  in Wisconsin will increase 2.3 percent in 2014 and rise 2.6 percent in 2015. This is up more than a full percentage point from the 1.2 percent growth rate in 2013, bolstered by firming factory activity and modest export growth.

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Business & Industry
9:48 am
Mon April 28, 2014

DNR, Timber Industry React Against Bat Protections

Biologists fear the loss of the northern long-eared bat due to the spread of the white nose syndrome.
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Forest products industry leaders are voicing concern about a federal plan that could designate a bat species as endangered.  The listing could restrict summer logging. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering an endangered species listing for the northern long-eared bat, due to dramatic population declines and the spread of a deadly disease called white nose syndrome.  But protecting the species could cost the forest products industry.  

Federal guidelines to protect the bat discourage some types of summer logging. 

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Manufacturing Innovation
12:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Forum: Fab Lab Will Come to Three Lakes

Fab Lab in Amsterdam.
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An effort that will train high schoolers and entrepreneurs is coming to Three Lakes schools this year. 

The Fab Lab concept has been growing across the nation as a way to train people to manufacture goods in their own home, or to work for employers in a new type of manufacturing environment.

WXPR News Director Ken Krall discussed the Fab Lab, the new school curriculum at Three Lakes, and how this idea, brought about by upgraded high speed internet, could make the Northwoods into an new era enterprise zone.

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Speaking Friday in Rhinelander
1:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Sec. Chandler: Tax Reform Will Spur Manufacturing, Agriculture

Revenue Sec. Richard Chandler
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Wisconsin's Revenue Secretary thinks the newly-signed tax changes will spur the state's economy.

Richard Chandler was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation at Holiday Acres.(April 25)

Chandler says from the Walker Administration perspective, economic growth is tied to the tax climate...

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March WRA report
3:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Northwoods Home Sales Off, Prices Up

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The intense winter weather hurt Northwoods home sales in March, but prices continue to rise. An economist thinks it shows the housing market is recovering.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association monthly sales and price report shows a price rise of 14 percent in the Northwoods from a year ago, but sales were off about 100 units in the 18-county area from a year ago.

Economist David Clark noted the above average price rise here, but said statewide, it was just about 2 percent....

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