Business & Industry

Below peak years of 2005 and 2006
2:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Oneida Co. New Construction Shows Slight Rise

New construction
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One indicator of how the economy is doing are how many sanitary permits are issued. It appears after several tough years, new construction in Oneida county is holding it's own.

Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich says 2013 saw a small increase in numbers...

".....January through December of 2013, sanitary permits that allowed the installation of the septic system were up by approximately 50 permits. New homes were up by about 3 over 2012, and about 11 from 2011....."

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2015 funding
4:54 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Northwoods United Way Seeking Agencies To Fund

The Northwoods United Way is seeking human care agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties who are looking for funding. Executive Director Nancy Sattler says they want to talk to agencies meeting certain criteria...  

Record winter, record bills
5:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Heating Assistance Money Still Available

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  As winter drags on, Wisconsin Public Service reminds customers that heating assistance money is still available.  Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says many low income people are  feeling the  pinch of a record-setting cold winter....  

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Northwoods Research Summit
5:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Economic Models Are Changing To "Local Development"

Eagle River downtown
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  There's a change going on in local economies, centering on more "micro" and less "macro". The 7th annual Northwoods Research Summit opened Thursday UWSP-Treehaven near Tomahawk. Keynote speaker was Jerry Hembd, Professor of Business and Economics at UW-Superior. Hembd says there's a shift happening between how we economically relate to the environment and the environment. He says current thinking is a short-term dynamic,  that we can continue to grow infinitely, and  technology has all the answers...  

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Step Forward for Off-Reservation Casino
2:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Reaches Agreement with City of Shullsburg

Lac du Flambeau’s plan for an off-reservation casino in southern Wisconsin is moving forward.  

The tribe and the city of Shullsburg have reached an agreement on the terms of the 20-acre casino resort complex.

Lac du Flambeau’s Project consultant Joseph Hunt says the agreement indicates the tribe and the city are on the same page.  But he says it’s one step in a long process.  

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Median Prices Steady in North
3:19 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northern Home Sales Slumped in February

Housing sales dipped significantly in the northern part of the state - down 16 percent compared to February of 2013.
Credit Bill McChesney

Northern Wisconsin’s housing market did worst in the state in February, compared to last year’s numbers.

According to the latest figures from Wisconsin Realtors Association, sales in the Northern region dropped more than 16 percent last month compared to February of last year.

Statewide sales also dropped, by about ten percent. 

Economist Dave Clark says weather is to blame.

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Meeting People and Sharing Knowledge
2:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Conference Aimed at Women in Business

A conference this week focuses on networking and skill sharing for women in business. 

It’s hosted by Nicolet College and the Northwoods Women in Business networking group.

Organizer Michelle Madl-Soehren says the one-day conference is designed for women already involved in business or thinking of starting one. 

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Feinstein Funds
5:50 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Gets Matching Funds

Unloading donations
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   The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is participating in a $1 million national challenge to raise money for local pantries. Executive Director Guy Hansen says the Alan Feinstein Foundation will grant to the Rhinelander pantry in proportion to what is raised locally during March and April. Hansen says the donations include cash, checks and food items...  

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Joins several other Northwoods schools
1:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Join WPS "Solarwise" Program

Solar panels
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  Three Lakes schools have joined the Wisconsin Public Service "Solarwise for Schools", designed to teach about renewable energy with a hands-on program. WPS Program Manager Mike Moore says they donate a two-to-three kilowatt solar system, a 26 lesson curriculum,  train teachers in the fall, and in the spring offer the "Solar Olympics", a solar-based science fair. He thinks Three Lakes more northern location will provide some valuable data for the program...  

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Jobs, Education and Beyond
5:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research Summit Asks How to Strengthen Communities

A research summit next week looks at community development in the Northwoods.  It takes place at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven.  

Community sustainability is the theme of the 7th Northwoods Research Summit. 

Treehaven Director Corky McRenolds says presentation and discussion topics are broad…to look at all the components of a thriving community. 

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