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Portage County developed this nearly 400 acre Business and Industry Park along Interstate 39/US Hwy 51 in the City of Stevens Point, Wisconsin to provide a setting and opportunity for attracting new companies to the area and to grow and retain existing business. The plan included keeping prices reasonable, and creating an excellent environment with green space, appealing buildings, and excellent access. The county's vision has not changed, but the park has certainly grown to become a business hub and along with neighboring developments has created one of the strongest synergetic areas for business of all types to grow and prosper into the future. Establishing your company in the park is made easy by a streamlined process that consists of the Portage County Planning and Zoning Department Director as the primary source for all approvals, an Economic Development Committee with authority to act rapidly, if needed, and a strong relationship with the City of Stevens Point's Planning Department to get your project approved and permitted.

Portage County Business Park Is Located in Central Wisconsin At Exit #156 I 39-US Hwy 51 and County Hwy HH Stevens Point, WI 54481

Portage County Business Council, Inc. 5501 Vern Holmes Drive ďż˝ Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-344-1940 ďż˝ www.portagecountybiz.com


Table of Contents Portage County Business Council Helping Area Businesses Grow for Over 80 Years .................................................................................. 4

Grow Your Business Here

Portage County Is A Great Place To Start And Grow A Business .......................................................... 6 Demographics and Data......................................................................................................................... 8

Access To Opportunity To and From Portage County and Beyond ............................................................................................ 10

Housing & Community Development Make a Life Here ..................................................................................................................................... 12

Live Here Stevens Point........................................................................................................................................... 14 Plover and Amherst ...................................................................................................................................... 15

Learn Here

Stevens Point Area Public Schools ......................................................................................................... 18 Pacelli Catholic Schools ......................................................................................................................... 19 Mid-State Technical College .................................................................................................................. 20 UW-Stevens Point .................................................................................................................................. 21 UW-Oshkosh College of Business ......................................................................................................... 22 Rasmussen College-Wausau ................................................................................................................... 22 Lakeland University-Central Wisconsin ................................................................................................ 23

Be Well Here Ministry Health Care ............................................................................................................................. 24 Marshfield Clinic..................................................................................................................................... 25 Aspirus .................................................................................................................................................... 26 National Wellness Institute .................................................................................................................... 27 Klasinski Medical Complex .................................................................................................................... 27 Bone & Joint Clinic................................................................................................................................. 27

Have Fun Here Explore Portage County ......................................................................................................................... 28 Photography ........................................................................................................................................... 34 Lodging & Dining .................................................................................................................................. 35

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Portage County Business Council Helping Area Businesses Grow for Over 80 Years

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he Portage County Business Council (PCBC) works to facilitate a vibrant business climate throughout the county. We do this work through the two divisions of our organization – the chamber of commerce and the economic development division. Through meeting the needs of our members and new and existing businesses in Portage County, we fill a variety of needs in a variety of ways.

Business Recruitment, Retention And Expansion Portage County Business Council offers a breadth and depth of assistance to existing businesses whether they are 4

growing and expanding, or working through a challenging time. Whether we provide a referral for technical assistance or work with a municipality or the State of Wisconsin for financial assistance, our resources are as numerous as the variety of needs out there. PCBC’s website features available property, resources, and news of interest to potential businesses. We promote the county aggressively to draw in compatible business and industry to enhance the region’s economic success.

Leadership And Education The Business Council Foundation makes

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talent and leadership development a priority through the Partners in Education (PIE), and Leadership Portage County (LPC) programs. A talented workforce is critical to business success, as is a strong group of community leaders. The Foundation has developed partnerships with high quality educational institutions to deliver programs to ensure Portage County’s future is in talent development and leadership. Through the LPC program, community leaders share their expertise and help participants gain leadership skills that will allow them to enhance their careers and take on important civic tasks.


Business-Education Summit This annual event brings business and education together to learn more about talent development issues facing Portage County. Knowledge from guest speakers and small group discussions leads to a more informed community, increased partnerships, and future planning.

Member Benefits Serving nearly 500 members, PCBC offers valuable benefits, including increased marketing opportunities through events like the Annual Dinner, Business on the Green Golf Outing and the Business Council’s printed and online communication tools. PCBC advocacy and our Government Relations Committee provide the membership with a strong, unified voice on local, regional and national issues that have an impact on area businesses.

Wines of the World, held in the fall of the year, features network development opportunities for leaders to informally share successes and challenges. Business After Hours is a networking event hosted by a different Business Council member each month. The event offers participants a chance to network, exchange ideas, enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and view the business facilities of other members.

community with input provided by local industry leaders and other speakers.

Women in Business events sponsored by the Portage County Business Council are open to the public and provide an opportunity for businesswomen in Central Wisconsin to network and discuss issues that affect their work and daily lives. This popular event includes lunch with a featured speaker and the chance to learn from the experiences of other participants.

SalesNet is a sales-oriented group that encourages business owners to meet once a month in a noncompetitive atmosphere and build a referral network that can benefit all members. Participants enjoy increased visibility, new network development and a monthly lunch with guest speakers who share success stories.

throughout Portage County.

For More Information Portage County Business Council, Inc. 5501 Vern Holmes Drive Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-344-1940 www.PortageCountyBiz.com http://www.facebook.com/ PortageCountyBusinessCouncil http://twitter.com/pocobiz

Portage County Job Fair Job seekers, anyone contemplating self-employment and those in search of career development opportunities are welcome at this annual event. Through its core areas of activity – business development, member development, talent development and community development — the Business Council strives to create a better future

Business X-Change meets monthly throughout the year. Programs focus on business topics pertinent to the

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Grow Your Business here

Portage County Is A Great Place To Start And Grow A Business

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he top two considerations for employers in locating a business are access to qualified workforce/talent and access to transportation. Portage County is home to a variety of business and industry leaders who have started and grown their businesses right here in the area. Portage County Business Council works hard to meet the needs of employers both growing and expanding in the area as well as meeting the needs of companies new to Portage County. We have access to resources, both financial and technical, to assist businesses to pursue training programs, reach new markets, add capital equipment, expand plant and facilities, overcome seasonal business issues and many other challenges to doing business. The companies who choose to call Portage County home are a diverse mix of business and industry, employing thousands of

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high quality, hardworking individuals. Businesses in four specific categories have been identified as parts of unique clusters of business in Portage County. They include: 1) Agribusiness/Food Processing & Technology 2) Transportation/Logistics 3) Energy 4) Manufacturing Super Sector It’s not difficult to start and grow a business in Portage County. There are numerous resources at your fingertips and all kinds of successful businesses from which to learn. So many of our local companies started here, have grown here and are now employing second and third generations of family members. There are also many great locations within Portage County for your business. There are industrial parks, business parks and central business districts:

East Park Commerce Center: Certified Shovel Ready through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, this park is comprised of hundreds of acres with infrastructure in place to support your company. Shovel Ready makes the approval process quick and easy, and your site is ready for construction in a much shorter time. The industrial park is also part of a Tax Increment Financing District which means there are opportunities for financial incentives as well. Portage County Business Park: This park includes 420 acres and offers direct access to Interstate 39 and Highway HH, as well as indirect access to Hwy 10. It is located 20 minutes from the Central Wisconsin Regional Airport and five minutes from the Stevens Point Municipal Airport. Rail access served by Canadian National is within close proximity.


Pines Corporate Centre Business Park: Located in Plover, this business park features direct access to I-39 and Hwy 54, is 30 minutes from the Central Wisconsin Regional airport and offers rail access on a Canadian National line. Amherst Business Park: Affordable land in a rural community provides opportunities to varying types of businesses and boasts many of the same transportation amenities as the other Portage County parks: easy access to I-39 and Hwy 10, nearby rail access and airports in close proximity. Stevens Point Industrial Park: The nearly 300 acre Stevens Point Industrial Park lies directly west of Interstate 39. Much of the park is developed but vacant parcels do exist that are shovel ready, ranging in size from 1 acre to over 10 acres. Opportunities also exist for leasing or purchasing vacant buildings in the park.

Resources To Grow Your Business Serving as a central connecting point, Portage County Business Council can be your one stop shop for referrals to assist you in growing your business. If you need property, you can search available sites in Portage County on Locate In Wisconsin, or www.inwisconsin.com. This site selection website provides state, county, metro, building, and site information for companies seeking available industrial and commercial property. For additional assistance, call us at 715-344-1940.

of Plover, and the State of Wisconsin. Your business might qualify for tax credits, loans, grants, bonds or other incentives through tax incremental financing. Call us and we will connect you! The UW-Stevens Point Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers confidential, no-cost business counseling on a variety of issues. This technical assistance is available by appointment by calling us at 715-344-1940, or by calling the SBDC office directly at 715-346-4609. Portage County is part of a greater region called Centergy (Central Wisconsin Alliance for Economic Development) which represents the region on business attraction efforts and other regional projects and issues. Our organizations and businesses benefit from the power of collaboration with a strong tie to the greater region across Central Wisconsin. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provides assistance to businesses in ways that the local municipality or region cannot. The state has access to loan funds, tax credits and grants which assist businesses to grow jobs right here is Wisconsin. Your business can be connected to WEDC through a referral from our office, or you may contact the state directly via their website, www.wedc.org.

If you need financial assistance for expanding in or relocating your business to Portage County, you’ll find a variety of opportunities offered through City of Stevens Point, Village

“If you build a place where people want to visit, you build a place where people want to live. If you build a place where people want to live, you build a place where people want to work. If you build a place where people want to work, you build a place where business needs to be. And if you build a place where business has to be, you’ll build a place where people have to visit.”

715-344-2110 • www.covantagecu.org 1200 Badger Ave., Stevens Point • 800-398-2667

- Maura Gast, Executive Director Irving, TX Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Demographics & Data Age Distribution

Population

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2010 Census......................................................... 70,019 2014 (est.)............................................................ 70,482 Population Growth, 2010–2014........................... +.7%

24.39%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

20%

Educational Attainment 18.03%

15%

15.15% 13.74% 11.2%

10%

Source: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (2015)

11.29%

Climate Avg January daily low............................................4.4°F Avg July daily high...............................................81.6°F Median growing season...................... May 9 - Sept. 27 Avg annual rainfall..........................................32 inches Avg annual snowfall........................................41 inches

5%

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20-29

30-39

40-49

50-64

65+ Age

Source: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (2015)

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Persons Age 25+ High school graduate or higher..........................87.1% Associate Degree..................................................8.18% Bachelor’s Degree.................................................16.9% Graduate Degree..................................................14.9%

Sources: www.wisconline.com, courtesy Midwestern Regional Climate Center; Portage County Business Council


Labor Force Total Labor Force........................................................ 41,703 Employed..................................................................... 38,599 Unemployment Rate......................................................5.2%

Household Income Distribution

$75k-$100k 13.11%

Greater than $100k 16.45%

$60k-$75k 12.14%

Source: State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (July 2015)

Cost of Living Index-Stevens Point Overall................................................................................ 96 Food................................................................................. 97.4 Utilities............................................................................. 106 Misc.................................................................................... 98 Source: Sperling’s BestPlaces / Cost of living indicies are based on a US average of 100

Less than $30k 29.27%

$50k-$60k 8.65%

$40k-$50k 9.95% $30k-$40k 10.42%

Source: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (2015)

Top 10 Major Employers

Employer............................................................. Industry/Category Sentry Insurance................................. Corporate Headquarters University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point......................Education St. Michael’s Hospital/Ministry.................................Healthcare Lands’ End....................................................Clothing/Catalogue County of Portage.....................................Government Services McCain Foods........................................... Food/Manufacturing Donaldson Co. Inc................................Filtration/Manufacturing H. O. Wolding..................................................General Freight Trucking AIG....................................................... Corporate Headquarters Associated Bank............................Financial/Customer Service Source: State of Wisconsin–DWD

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Access to Opportunity You can get there from here!

Driving

Portage County is located at the crossroads of newly improved State Highway 10, which runs east and west, and along Interstate 39, which runs north and south from the Illinois border south of Madison, to north of Wausau. State Hwy 29 can be accessed just north of Portage County which connects the state from east (Green Bay) to the Twin Cities of MN toward the west. Other east/west highways connecting the region include Hwy. 10, 54 and 66.

Flying

Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) is our regional airport with daily jet service through Delta, United, and American Airlines. Several flights daily connect business and personal travelers through Minneapolis, Detroit or Chicago. Also available at CWA is full service car rentals from six national car rental companies. www.fly-cwa.org

Superior 263

Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN 215

Distance to Major Cities Highway Miles

Wausau 34

Green Bay 150

The City of Stevens Point also offers public airport services through Stevens Point Municipal Airport, located just three miles from the City’s central business district. www.stevenspoint.com

Rail Transport

Portage County is served by Canadian National Railroad which provides freight services to Canada and destinations in 14 states, including key port facilities. With access to an intermodal facility right here in Portage County, rail transport is a major player in moving goods into and out of the county. www.cn.ca

Bus Transport

The Stevens Point City Bus includes fixed –route and paratransit service to Whiting, Park Ridge and Crossroads Commons in Plover, and a new transit facility was recently completed in the Portage County Business Park. www.stevenspoint.com Greyhound bus service is also available 200 Division Street, Stevens Point. Call 715-341-2266 for schedules. www.greyhound.com

Trucking

Our area is served by a number of quality trucking companies which offer short, regional and long haul services, including state of the art shipment tracking technology. http://business. portagecountybiz.com/ list/ql/transportation-25 10

Madison 109

Milwaukee 150

Source: Rand McNally

Chicago 248

Your Own Power Bicycling in Portage County

Portage County takes pride in being a great place to live, work, and play. Providing opportunities for citizens to integrate bicycling and walking into their everyday lives is essential to maintaining the vibrancy of the community and enhancing quality of life. With over 80 miles of biking trails along the Green Circle Trail, Ice Age Bike Trail and the Tomorrow River Trail, riders can check out the sites in all four corners of Portage County. According to the League of American Bicyclists, Wisconsin ranks #9 in the nation and #2 in the Midwest for being a Bicyclist Friendly State.

HIT THE ROAD! Check out these bicycle clubs in Portage County: Heartland Bike Club www.Heartlandclub.org Poky Pedaling Stevens Point www.pokypedalingstevenspoint.org


 With over 80 miles of bike paths along the Green Circle Trail, Ice Age Bike Trail and the Tomorrow River Trail, riders can check out the sites in all four corners of Portage County.

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Housing and Community Development Make a Life Here

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ortage County offers a great environment for homebuyers and renters with a wide variety of affordable options. The average home price in the Central Wisconsin region in 2014 was $112,000 according to the Wisconsin REALTORÂŽ Association. New high-end multi-family residential opportunities can be found in Plover, and downtown living opportunities in Stevens Point are highly sought after, and growing! Community groups are focused on provided urban living environments for those who like easy access to shopping and dining in a downtown setting. Stevens Point, a scenic college town of nearly 27,000, features a variety of singlefamily houses, condos and apartments. A three-bedroom, three-bath ranch home can be purchased for under $200,000. Plover, with a population of over 12,000, offers family-friendly residential areas with easy access to parks, trails and shopping.

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Contemporary homes with modern amenities are available for $250,000 and up. Those seeking small-town charm and scenic beauty in more rural areas of the county can choose from properties ranging in price from $120,000 to over $375,000. Fans of historic homes will find examples of Victorian, Prairie and Federal Revival styles priced according to their size, location and condition. College students, young professionals and an influx of new residents have kept the demand for apartment rentals strong. Rentals range from $525 for a onebedroom/one-bath to $900 and up for two-bedroom, two-bath and luxury units with amenities like clubhouses, on-site fitness centers and swimming pools. The Central Wisconsin Apartment Association (cwaaonline.org) offers assistance to those seeking apartments, houses and duplexes and works closely with landlords to provide off-campus housing for college students.

Recognized nationally as a top community for retirement, Portage Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high quality of life, scenic surroundings and excellent access to cultural activities and health care providers make it a great choice for retirees seeking an affordable place to relocate. Single-family homes, condos, duplexes, apartments and independent living residences for those 55 and over are available. For those seeking a balance of independence and support, a number of quality assisted-living communities in the Stevens Point area provide short- and long-term care options, 24-hour skilled nursing, hospice, and respite care. The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County (715-346-1405) can provide additional information on senior living resources. In addition to operating a senior center, the agency oversees a transportation program and helps connect seniors with volunteer opportunities.


A small-town charm and scenic beauty

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Community Life

Stevens Point - www.stevenspoint.com Wisconsin’s best-kept wonderful secret isn’t so secret anymore. Stevens Point, seat of Portage County, has been making appearance after appearance on national lists of America’s best cities (see below). With smalltown appeal and college-town sophistication, Stevens Point has been growing steadily, reaching close to 27,000 residents according to Census Bureau

estimates. New residents and visitors discover a historic downtown area, a variety of shopping and entertainment options, and a diverse calendar of events, including cultural, athletic and church affiliated events. Parks and natural areas such as the Sculpture Park and Green Circle Trail inspire outdoor enthusiasts to explore the beauty of Central Wisconsin.

Stevens Point Accolades #1 Best Water in the Nation American Water Works Association

Bizjournals

#7 Best Small City in the USA

Top 10 Places to Live

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Top 10 Dream Towns

Relocate America

Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen Outdoor Life

Top 25 Places to Retire CNNMoney.com


Plover

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ocated adjacent to Stevens Point, the Village of Plover has grown from just 2,618 residents when it was incorporated in 1971 to a current population of more than 12,000.

This prosperous community with an average household income above the state average has attracted a growing number of retail plazas such as Crossroads Commons and Village Park. It has truly become a popular shopping and dining destination. Even with its rapid growth, Plover has maintained its Midwestern charm, and there is great pride in preserving the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historyas evidenced at the Korean War Memorial. Plover is also home to several greenspaces, parks, and trails that provide opportunities for youth sports, picnicking, hiking, and biking.

Amherst

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traddling the banks of the Tomorrow River, a Class 1 trout stream, and surrounded by the natural beauty of rural Wisconsin, the scenic Village of Amherst is surprisingly independent for a community of just over 1,000 residents. Medical services, groceries, banking, dining and most other necessities are readily available within Amherstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small-town atmosphere. The Village has a municipal library, a community center, a school district, and even its own tree nursery. Several industrial businesses call Amherst home, and the Village has a developing business park, as well as a charming downtown.

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A Smart Choice For Young Professionals Central Wisconsin residents enjoy short commutes, traditional neighborhoods with friendly neighbors, and the opportunity to have a balance between work and leisure. In addition to affordable housing and an excellent education system, Portage County offers year-round outdoor recreation, plus evergrowing arts and entertainment venues. The easygoing lifestyle is perfect for young professionals looking for a safe place to put down roots.

Ignite

715-341-6740 http://www.facebook.com/ UnitedWayIgnitePortageCountyWI Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County is a group of committed young professionals who are focused on providing professional, social and philanthropic opportunities that benefit both members and Portage County. Members develop peer-to-peer relationships for personal and professional growth while creating a brighter future for the county. 16

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Maintaining good health is easier here with an abundance of clean air and water, scenic walking and jogging trails, and access to highly rated health care providers. Portage County CAN (www.portagecountycan.org) is a partnership of community businesses, organizations and individuals committed to promoting physical activity and healthy eating through education, policy and environmental changes. Portage County CAN works to positively impact the health of all Portage County residents where they live, learn, work and play. Central Wisconsin is also making strides with its vision for green living. From adopting environmentally friendly practices to promoting alternative energy resources and supporting local sustained agriculture, the region is working to reduce waste, save energy and adopt eco-municipal resolutions that will have long-term benefits. People who live here take pride in their community and work together to support civic projects that will improve the quality of life for everyone. Businesses, educational providers and government agencies work as partners, supporting

entrepreneurial ventures and offering training programs to ensure a skilled workforce for emerging new industries. Boasting a low cost of living, a thriving economy and excellent prospects for long-term growth, Portage County is a great place to work and an inviting place to call home.

Starting a Business in Portage County Getting a new venture off on the right foot, or taking a current business to the next level, requires capital, expertise, qualified labor and following proper legal procedures. Thankfully, the Portage County business community offers resources that remove the guesswork and streamline the process of growing within this well-established marketplace.

Locate In Wisconsin

608-210-6837 â&#x20AC;˘ wedc.org locateinwisconsin Developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), this online site selection tool is designed to be a one-stop shop for comprehensive information about available business sites,


commercial buildings and demographic data throughout the state.

SCORE

715-340-9004 â&#x20AC;˘ www.score.org SCORE is a nonprofit organization that helps small businesses get off the ground and grow by providing education and experienced mentors for entrepreneurs at no charge or at a very low cost. Local chapters are located in Wausau and Marshfield, with workshops held in Stevens Point.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 800-898-9472 â&#x20AC;˘ www.uwsp.edu/ conted/sbdc

Partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the SBDC at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is one of a network of 12 Small Business Development Centers in the state. The center offers confidential, no cost business counseling

as well as workshops and information to help small-business owners and entrepreneurs make informed business decisions.

Wisconsin Angel Network

Research, laboratory services and education provided by WIST help businesses and organizations meet their goals in ways that make more sustainable use of natural resources.

888-443-5285 www.wisconsinangelnetwork.com

The Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN) fuels the growth of entrepreneurial, early stage financing.

Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) 715-346-4266 www.uwsp.edu/wist

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Stevens Point Area Public Schools Have A Tradition of Excellence

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or years, the Stevens Point Area Public School District (SPAPSD) has been known throughout Central Wisconsin as an organization that fosters innovation and new concepts in learning. The District continues this mission to this day, working to enhance student achievement by preparing all children to be successful beyond the classroom, whether they enter higher education or the workforce upon graduating.

The school district consists of nine elementary schools, two junior high schools, one EL Education charter school, two specialized learning schools and one senior high school, serving Stevens Point, Plover and several surrounding communities.

With programs like Project Lead the Way at SPASH, which exposes students to engineering projects, the District is able to offer the opportunity to earn college credit. The District also continues to increase its use of technology in the classroom to help students and teachers develop important skills. Through a gift from the Sentry Insurance Foundation all students in grades 9-12 receive a laptop to use at home and in school. Students in grades K-8 have access to chromebooks, laptops and tablets to support their learning during the school day.

•T  he District includes an exceptionally strong 4-year-old kindergarten program for young learners.

With a variety of exciting programs and services available to students at SPAPSD, the District continues to be a destination for families who want to provide their children with the best educational opportunities possible.

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• S tudent enrollment is over 7,300. • It is one of the largest school districts in Wisconsin, in terms of both land area and enrollment.

•T  he District’s foreign exchange program is represented by 16 different countries. • S tevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) has its own TV station and student newspaper. “The Stevens Point Area Public School District provides a world class education to students. Our curriculum offers a strong foundation coupled with expanding opportunity, delivered by dedicated and committed staff members all while being supported by our community. Students graduate with a foundation of skills, knowledge and confidence that prepares them to be successful in the next chapter of their lives.” - Stevens Point Area Public School District


Pacelli Catholic Schools

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acelli Catholic Schools (PCS) are a vibrant part of Portage County and the educational community. PCS is the first Catholic school system in the state of Wisconsin to be fully, nationally accredited, and has a rich, deep history of educating young people in the area. Catholic schools in Wisconsin and nationwide have historically enjoyed a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation for unparalleled quality. The schools have received numerous national awards, including three Blue Ribbon Schools awards for high educational achievement. St. Stanislaus/St. Stephen School is the only school in Wisconsin (public or private) over the past twenty years to receive this award twice. Strong academics, small class sizes and individual attention, and the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities makes the educational program unique. The teaching of Christian values is incorporated into the entire educational program. PCS offers preschool through high school education at six sites, including Pacelli High School, St. Peter Middle School, St. Stephen Elementary School, St. Stanislaus Elementary School, St. Bronislava Elementary School and St. Joseph Early Childhood Center. Families are heavily involved in their child’s education and this partnership provides outstanding results.

•N  inety percent of middle school and high school students are involved in co-curricular activities. • Average student-to-teacher ratio is 13-to-1. • ACT composite scores are significantly above local and state averages. •O  ver one-third of the faculty hold master’s degrees or higher. • S tudents perform over 10,000 hours of community service each year. •F  oreign language instruction begins in kindergarten. •T  hree National Blue Ribbon Schools (St. Stanislaus, 2008; St. Stephen, 2008; St. Peter Middle School, 2000). • Well over ninety percent of the 2012 graduating class continued their educational career in post-secondary education. •G  raduates score in the top ten percent for college success rates. •C  onference and state champion sports teams. •M  entoring, community meetings, flexible scheduling and J-Term at Pacelli High School.

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Mid-State Technical College

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id-State Technical College (Mid-State) offers students a supportive and caring learning environment with small class sizes, state-of-theart technology, and instructors with years of professional experience in the fields they teach. As a result, Mid-State graduates have the real-world knowledge, hands-on skills, and confidence they need for an in-demand career right here in central Wisconsin. In fact, 9 in 10 Mid-State graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

workforce needs and economic development, and subsequently a substantial bonus for the many central Wisconsin companies who rely on Mid-State to provide a trained and readily available workforce. Thus, Mid-State graduates like Scott are shaping the success of future Mid-State students, one of many reasons why Scott was honored with the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association (WTCDBA) 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

One of those graduates, Point of Beginning President Scott Groholski, has left a tremendous imprint on central Wisconsin and future Mid-State students. Raised in the Amherst area, he earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from Mid-State’s Civil Engineering TechnologyHighway Technician program in 1990. In 2001, he founded Point of Beginning, a respected and successful civil engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and material testing firm located in Stevens Point and Green Bay. His influence can be found in a number of area projects, including Mid-State’s new and highly-acclaimed Stevens Point Campus.

Mid-State: hands-on education for in-demand careers

That campus, located at 1001 Centerpoint Drive, opened in May 2014, offering additional services, courses, and conveniences in a much more spacious and functional design. This increased capacity is an investment in 20

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• Provider of quality higher education for over a century. • Wide variety of in-demand associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. • C ampuses in Stevens Point, Marshfield, and Wisconsin Rapids, and a learning center in Adams. • D edicated to providing exceptional education to about 8,000 central Wisconsin residents each year. • A ffordable tuition and opportunities to transfer to four-year colleges and universities • Average age of program students is 28. • About eighty percent of students receive financial aid each year. For more information, visit www.mstc.edu or call 888.575.MSTC.


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point UW-Stevens Point’s Thriving Communities project works toward: Vibrant Communities: • 2 1 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients have studied abroad, a higher percentage than at other UW regional universities •T  he Invitation to the Arts partnership with Sentry Insurance has brought distinguished artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Mandy Patinkin, Patty LuPone and Wynton Marsalis to work with school district and university students.

Healthy Communities: •T  he Healthy Communities Initiative, a partnership with educators and health providers in North and Central Wisconsin, prepares regional health care workers for work in their own neighborhoods. •T  he campus’ Center for Communicative Disorders serves more than 400 clients with audiology and speech therapy needs each year.

Prosperous Communities: •T  he annual economic impact on Central Wisconsin is $420.2 million. •P  rograms that partner students with local businesses

to create technology improvements have saved $400,000 in personnel hours.

Sustainable Communities: • O ne of the nation’s largest undergraduate College of Natural Resources. •R  esearch at the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology offers sustainable solutions for the future. • Founded in 1894 • 2 015 enrollment: 9,200 •M  ore than 100 undergraduate program choices within 58 undergraduate majors •T  hirteen graduate programs, including a doctorate in audiology in collaboration with UW-Madison •C  ollaborative degree programs with regional UW Colleges as well as other UW institutions •C  onsistently rated among the Midwest’s best public universities by U.S. News and World Report •M  ore graduates go on to earn doctorates than any other Wisconsin regional university • A mong colleges included in Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll 21


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh UW-Oshkosh College of Business Accreditation/Academics: Learn more at uwosh.edu/cob

• COB is accredited by AASCB. Only 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited. • APICS received 17th platinum award, most of any school in the nation.

• Over 50% of students receive full time offers from internships. • Alumni holds leadership positions in 80% of fortune 100 companies. • More than 1,000 alumni who are current CEO’s, Presidents, Owners, or Partners.

• Supply Chain is 1st program in the nation to require environmental management as part of major.

UW-Oshkosh MBA Programs

Internships/Experiential Opportunities:

Executive MBA Path:

• SMEF is only fund in state completely managed by students. Consistently outperforms DOW.

• Convenient Saturday classes held at our Appleton Executive Education Center.

• UWO COB is only accredited business program in state that requires internship to graduate.

• Only 16 months with an extended summer break.

• We have won the national intern of the year twice in last 6 years.

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• Cohort learning environment allows you to build a powerful, influential network. • Streamlined admissions process with generally no GMAT/ GRE requirement.

Professional MBA Path: • Part-time option that offers online or evening classes. • Flexible format fits around your schedule. • Classes held in Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and online. • Classes begin Spring, Summer and Fall.


Rasmussen College Rasmussen College was founded in 1900 in St. Paul, Minn., as an innovator in education, bringing practical, career focused education to the classroom. Today, the Rasmussen College community includes 24 campuses and more than 40 diverse online degree programs available to students around the globe. While much has changed over the past 115 years, Rasmussen’s focus remains the same: Students are the first priority, the employer who hires Rasmussen graduates continues to be the primary customer, and developing programs that support the constituents the college serves remains at the forefront of its Mission. Rasmussen College is regionally accredited.

Wausau Campus The Wausau campus offers bachelor’s and associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in the schools of Business, Health Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Justice Studies, Nursing, Technology and Design. The Wausau campus opened in 2010 and now serves upwards of 400 students who value the flexibility of Rasmussen’s online and residential course options, the AcceleratED bachelor’s degree completer programs, robust Support+ services, and the small-campus, friendly environment. • Innovators in education for over 115 years. • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. • Over 14,000 students enrolled through 24 campuses and the online college. • Support +, Rasmussen’s student support model, offered to both online and residential students. • Career Service Advisors available for every Rasmussen student to assist with resume writing, mock interviews, JobConnect and more! • Live online environment and warm, welcoming campuses are open to all students. Meet faculty, staff and tutors and learn about Library resources and online tutoring services.

Lakeland University Central Wisconsin Center Lakeland University knows all the reasons why people think going back to school may not be possible. It’s time to change that thinking. Lakeland makes it easier for people to act on their aspirations

At Lakeland: • I t’s about making education affordable. • I t’s about learning in and outside the classroom without intimidation. • I t’s about real-world instructors students can approach and contact any time. • I t’s about scheduling self-paced education on your time as you’re ready.

Lakeland University, Change Your Mind. Most of Lakeland’s courses are offered in the BlendEd® format, which allows students to take classes in person, access courses and complete work entirely online, or a mix of both.

Lakeland’s Central Wisconsin Center has served the Central Wisconsin region since 1990. Courses are conveniently located at Mid-State Technical College’s Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield centers, as well as in Wausau and Stevens Point, in addition to online courses. The majority of MSTC graduates who choose Lakeland for their bachelor’s degree programs start as juniors. Financial aid packages are available to students who qualify, as well as flexible payment plan options. Lakeland’s evening, weekend and online program has awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees to thousands of students. To hear why Lakeland is their educational choice, visit Lakeland.edu/ Testimonials. Some of the most popular bachelor’s degree options include accounting, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice and more, as well as master’s degree options in business administration and counseling. For details about all the programs offered, go to Lakeland.edu/Programs. 23


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Ministry Health Care

inistry Saint Michael’s Hospital is a fully accredited, acute-care facility offering a comprehensive range of services to residents of Stevens Point and surrounding communities. More than 300 credentialed providers on the hospital’s medical and allied health staff, along with 800 associates, serve patients on the campus it shares with Ministry Medical Group, a multi-specialty clinic that offers services including audiology, dermatology, diabetes services, ENT (ear, nose and throat), gastroenterology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthopedics and pediatrics. Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital has served the people of the Portage County area since 1913. Over one hundred years later, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the community it serves. In the spring of 2013, Ministry Medical Group opened a new primary care clinic in Stevens Point at the intersection of McDill and Hoover avenues. The 14,700-square-foot facility provides primary care and related ancillary and support services.

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In the fall of 2013, Ministry Saint Michael’s broke ground for renovation and construction of a new Emergency Department (ED) and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). As part of Ministry Health Care, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital offers advanced technology and skilled providers. Other services provided include Ministry Medical Group occupational medicine, Ministry Behavioral Health, Ministry Dental Center, various support groups, and numerous community education programs that provide free health information. Urgent Care at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group in Plover see patients for problems related to earache, sore throat, cough, cold, headache, fever, toothache, urinary tract infection, vomiting, diarrhea, simple lacerations, minor burns and minor cuts with mild bleeding. For more information on Ministry Health Care, contact us at www.ministryhealth.org.


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Marshfield Clinic

arshfield Clinic, a major health care organization in Wisconsin, observes its 100th anniversary in 2016 and acknowledges hundreds of thousands of area residents over the course of this time for seeking their care through the Clinic. The Clinic system’s 700 physicians and about 6,800 employees provide state-of-the-art health care close to home. For example, Marshfield Clinic Stevens Point Center, a 47,000-square-foot facility located at 4100 State Highway 66, was constructed in 2013. And, Stevens Point Cancer Center offers expertise of physicians and care teams from Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital to provide the latest advances in cancer treatment including state-of-the-art technology, clinical services, medical oncology, hematology and radiation therapy.

health care professionals throughout the Marshfield Clinic system are engaged in medical research. MCRF has research centers in clinical research, agricultural health and safety, epidemiology, human genetics, biomedical informatics and oral and systemic health. About 450 clinical trials and other research projects are active at any one time. Marshfield Clinic Education Foundation offers residency programs, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, in internal medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, surgery, dentistry, general surgery, med-peds, (PGY1) pharmacy and (PGY2) pharmacy informatics; and fellowships in palliative medicine and post-doctoral psychology. For more information about Marshfield Clinic, visit www.marshfieldclinic.org.

Marshfield Clinic’s 100 years of innovation in medical care, research and education are remarkable and have carved out a local, regional and national reputation. Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF)’s mission is to discover and communicate scientific knowledge that substantially improves human health and well-being and Portage County residents have participated in research projects. MCRF, a division of Marshfield Clinic, was founded in 1959 and is the largest private medical research institute in Wisconsin. In addition, about 150 physicians and other

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Aspirus Health System

spirus is a nonprofit, community-directed health system based in Central Wisconsin. With more than 7,000 employees. Aspirus serves patients in central and northern Wisconsin and the western portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan through eight partner hospitals, more than 50 community-based clinics, and a vast physician network of more than 350 physicians in 35 specialties. The Wausau-based health system features one of the nation’s top heart programs and also provides leading-edge cancer, trauma, women’s health, and spine and neurological care. In addition to these services, Aspirus also supports local communities through a philanthropic and research foundation through grants and other programs.

Aspirus’ network of clinics provides primary care, specialty and outreach services throughout the region. In 2006, Aspirus opened a clinic in Stevens Point to serve residents of Portage County. Aspirus Stevens Point Clinic offers comprehensive medical and preventive care for the entire family, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/ gynecology. The facility includes an on-site laboratory and offers advanced imaging technologies such as diagnostic X-rays, ultrasound services, CT scans, MRI services, and bone density and mammography exams. Walk-In Care for minor illnesses and injuries is also available seven days a week, including holidays. Advanced specialty care in a variety of areas is also available on-site. Aspirus’ network of clinics provides primary care, specialty and outreach services throughout the region.

Ear-to-ear, a simple smirk, a toothy grin, or that sparkle-in-the-eyes kinda smile. Whatever you call it, you deserve it. For individuals, families, small employers, or large, Delta Dental of Wisconsin has a plan for everyone’s pearly whites.

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The National Wellness Institute The National Wellness Institute (NWI) is a memberbased organization providing state-of-the-art education and resources for wellness professionals. This mission continues to drive NWI and forms the basis for the annual National Wellness Conference, the most highly acclaimed professional conference in health and wellness. The event draws more than 700 wellness professionals for a week of wellness immersion in programs, activities and entertainment. In addition to the Conference, NWI provides wellness training and certification programs, academic program accreditation, and monthly wellnessrelated webinars throughout the year.

Klasinski Clinic Medical Complex Klasinski Clinic has been serving the Stevens Point area for over 40 years. The Klasinski Medical Complex is home to orthopaedic and neurology clinics, The Urology Clinic, the Physical Therapy Associates, a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, and podiatry and dental offices. Physician-owned and -operated, the associated medical groups are made up of board-certified and fellowshiptrained physicians and physician assistants with strong local ties to the community, including serving as the official team physicians for the athletic department of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Patients come to KIasinski Clinic from throughout Central Wisconsin. All the health care professionals are recognized specialists, offering the latest and best in medical expertise with personalized treatment in a family-oriented and hometown setting.

ADDItional Resources in Portage County Scoliosis Rehab Inc.

715-295-9820 • www.scoliosisrehab.com Located at 2918 Post Road in Stevens Point., a specialized physical therapy clinic, is led by two highly experienced therapists certified in the Schroth method of conservative, non-surgical management of scoliosis-related spinal problems.

UW Health

608-263-6400 • www.uwhealth.org Located in Madison, the UW Health complex is anchored by UW Hospital and Clinics, a 566-bed facility featuring more than 1,200 UW Health physicians and 85 outpatient clinics. UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital and UW Carbone Cancer Center are also located on the campus.

Portage County CAN

www.portagecountycan.org Portage County CAN is a network of local individuals and organizations interested in connecting all the good work that’s already happening to make our community healthier. Portage County CAN supporters believe that a healthy community enhances the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We believe that walking trails, biking trails, farmers markets, community potlucks, as well as a myriad of other activities going on in the Stevens Point area, improve lives. We believe that a community that emphasizes health will attract quality people and businesses to our community.

Walk Wisconsin

www.walkwisconsin.com Held annually the first Saturday in June each year, Walk Wisconsin is the premier walking event in the Midwest! This is a non-competitive event, encouraging walkers of all ages and ability levels. The full, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 marathon events utilize the scenic Green Circle Trail which passes the Wisconsin River, Plover River, several lakes, and unique ecosystems. The trail base for all routes include a combination of wood chips, crushed granite, road surface and wood boardwalk.

Bone & Joint Clinic Bone & Joint Clinic is a high-quality orthopaedic provider in Central Wisconsin. The independent, physician-owned organization has clinic locations in Medford, Merrill, Plover and Wausau. Founded in 1969, Bone & Joint declares its mission is to make the organization the best place for patients to receive care, the best place for employees to work, and the best place for physicians to practice medicine. Bone & Joint has earned respect throughout the central region of Wisconsin for its dedication to quality. The expert and caring team of orthopaedic specialists and medical professionals are empowered to deliver a full-range of surgical and nonsurgical orthopaedic, podiatric, spine care and pain management services to people of all ages. For additional information, please visit www.bonejoint.net.

Providing multi-specialty outpatient surgery including outpatient joint replacement. We provide skill, care and comfort beyond your expectations.

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o matter your age or place in life, there is plenty to do to entertain and recreate here is Portage County. Whether you are interested in activities for small children, or weekend warriors, or silent sports or cultural activities, you can find it here! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d even challenge you to try something new and different to expand your horizons.

Outdoor Recreation

www.co.portage.wi.us/parks www.stevenspoint.com/parks www.dnr.wi.gov

Portage County is an outdoor loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderland all year round. Boating, fishing, waterskiing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking are popular summer activities, with easy access to more than 40 public lakes and the Wisconsin, Plover and Tomorrow rivers. Excellent trail systems, including the Green Circle Trail and Tomorrow River State Trail attract hikers, 28

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cyclists and horseback riders, and the 275acre Schmeeckle Reserve, on the campus of UWSP, is a favorite with birdwatchers, picnickers and nature enthusiasts. Winter activities include cross-country skiing at Plover River Ski Trail and Standing Rocks Park. Iverson Park in Stevens Point is a favorite spot for skating and sledding, while snowmobile riders find plenty of room to explore at the 6,000-acre Dewey Marsh Wildlife Area. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the City of Stevens Point and Portage County maintain thousands of acres of land and water so that residents of the region may enjoy camping, water sports, hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation with convenient public access. Local parks also provide residents with plenty of choices, from fitness trails and playgrounds to horseshoe pits, shooting ranges, softball diamonds and dog exercise areas.

Born Learning Trail

1201 W. Whitney Street, Stevens Point 715-346-1531

Located in Mead Park, this interactive trail adjacent to the Wisconsin River features 10 stations with activities and learning opportunities for children and their families. The trail is an Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County project, an affinity group of United Way of Portage County.

Green Circle Trail

715-346-4992 www.greencircletrail.org

Hikers and bikers enjoy scenic views along this 30.5-mile trail that circles Stevens Point and passes the Wisconsin and Little Plover rivers. The trailhead is situated in Schmeeckle Reserve, the 280-acre nature preserve on the UW-Stevens Point campus. The main loop connects with over 20 miles of additional trails.


Arts Create Portage County

945 A Main Street, Stevens Point www.artsportagecounty.org 715-254-0460

With a mission to connect, engage and advocate for arts and culture across Portage County, this nonprofit group helps secure grants to support the arts and provides consulting services for local artists and organizations. The Alliance initiated the Annual Central Wisconsin Film Festival and cosponsors Arts Week, Arts Month and annual fundraisers to help benefit arts in the region.

Central Wisconsin Area Community Theater Rehearsals/Meetings: The Act Shack 2952 Minnesota Ave., Stevens Point Performances: Sentry Theater 1800 North Point Drive, Stevens Point 715-341-6744 www.cwact.org Entertaining Portage County audiences for almost 40 years, this community theater group produces two plays and a musical each season at Sentry Theater in Stevens Point. Past productions have included Camelot, Oklahoma and Harvey. During the summer an original play is presented as an annual fundraiser. Members of the community with an interest in theater arts are encouraged to share their acting skills or get involved in behind-the-scenes stagecraft.

Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

800 Main Street, Stevens Point

715-345-2976 www.cwso.org For 64 seasons the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra has presented high-quality concerts and fostered an appreciation of symphonic music in the community. Providing a performance venue for area musicians and continuously developing educational opportunities for youth, CWSO is affiliated with the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Riverfront Arts Center

1200 Crosby Ave., Stevens Point 715-343-6251 www.stevenspoint.com/rac

A fixture in the arts community for 14 years, the Riverfront Arts Center features gallery exhibits and regional artists in a variety of media. The Center hosts themed exhibits, art sales, juried shows and workshops. Admission is free. Closed Mondays.

Scarabocchio Art Museum 800 Main St., Stevens Point 715-345-7726 www.facebook.com/ ScarabocchioArtMuseum

Founded by Dr. David L. Smith and showcasing his work, this unique museum is now owned by the city of Stevens Point and managed by the Central Wisconsin Symphony. Named for a patented technique of artwork, meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;doodleâ&#x20AC;? in Italian, the museum offers a variety of fine art exhibitions and educational programs to enhance the cultural growth of the community. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free admission.

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Stevens Point Sculpture Park 900 N. Second St., Stevens Point stevenspointsculpturepark.org

Situated on 20 acres and connected to the Green Circle Trail, this scenic park showcases artwork from local, regional and national artists. Throughout the year the park features environmental art exhibitions, performance events and educational programs. Free admission: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: College of Fine Arts 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point 715-346-4920 www.uwsp.edu/cofac

Serving Portage County with a broad range of cultural and educational opportunities, UWSP provides entertaining theater, music and dance productions at the Noel Fine Arts Center on campus and at other community venues. Visiting artists and speakers frequently hold public lectures and performances.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Jenkins Theatre 1900 Portage St., Stevens Point 715-346-4429 www.uwsp.edu/theatre-dance

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This 372-seat theatre presents a variety of musicals, concerts and plays performed throughout the year by University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students. The exceptionally well-equipped theater, featuring a traditional proscenium stage, provides students with an opportunity to work with complex lighting and sound systems.

Central Wisconsin Craft Collective Central Waters Brewing Company 351 Allen St., Amherst 715-824-2739 www.centralwaters.com

Offering over 18 types of beer and serving over 200 retail locations in Central Wisconsin, Central Waters Brewing Company throws open the doors of the Tap Room on Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 9 p.m. The beer bar, situated in the center of the production facility, attracts an eclectic crowd of locals, tourists and beer lovers.

Great Northern Distilling 1740 Park Avenue, Plover 715-544-6551

A Wisconsin based craft distiller making potato vodka, herbalist gin, brandy and whiskey. Our mission is simple: “Make Great Liquor...”

Kozy Yak Brewery & Fresar Winery

197 North Main Street, Rosholt 715-677-3082

Kozy Yak has been serving ales, stouts and lagers since 2012, and visitors can also sample tasty wines from Fresar Winery when they stop by this homegrown business.

Sunset Point Winery

1201 Water Street, Stevens Point 715-544-1262 www.sunsetpointwinery.com

When you step into our tasting room we want you to relax. This should feel like your living room away from home. We carry products for everyone, you don’t need to love wine to enjoy the atmosphere and the 2nd story view of the river and city. Closely located to the parks and the city square we offer not only wine, but craft beer and soda as well. Enjoy snacks made from other Wisconsin businesses. Enjoy shopping for the perfect gift in our retail space; we carry a variety of novelty towels, cutting boards, natural honey products and wine related items.

O’so Brewing Company

3028 Village Park Drive, Plover 715-254-2163 www.osobrewing.com

Central Wisconsin’s microbrewery offers tours from 1 to 6 p.m. and opens its Tap


House Monday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. Known for its freestyle brewing, The Tap House features 40 Wisconsin craft beers.

Stevens Point Brewery

2617 Water St., Stevens Point 715-344-9310 www.pointbeer.com Enjoy a narrated walking tour of the brewing, aging, packaging and warehouse facilities of one of the oldest breweries in the United States. Sample beers on tap and gourmet soft drinks and browse the gift shop, brimming with logo apparel, glassware, magnets and other fun items. September through May, Tours available Tuesday to Friday, 1 p.m.; Saturday 11 to 2. Reservations are recommended.

Festivities and Events Art in the Park

715-344-8901 www.artintheparkstevenspoint.org

This annual gathering along the banks of the Wisconsin River provides artists and craftspeople a chance to demonstrate their skills and gives children a chance to participate in a variety of fun art projects. A food tent is manned by local nonprofit organizations. The mid-September event is held at Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point.

Celebrate Plover

Off Highway I-39/Maple Drive, Plover 715-345-5258 www.ploverwi.gov

Attended by nearly 7000 people, this family friendly annual event is held at Lake Pacawa Park and offers free admission. Activities include a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade, music, flea market, farmers market, arts and crafts, food vendors, games, and a fireworks finale. The Saturday festival runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dozynki Harvest Festival 715-343-5356

Held in mid-September, this annual festival takes place on Friday and Saturday. Along with authentic Polish food, participants enjoy craft brews, polka dance competitions.

Farmers Market - Stevens Point

715-344-4104 www.stevenspointfarmersmarket.org

From May through October the Farmers Market in downtown Stevens Point offers shoppers a chance to purchase fresh produce and other locally produced products. The best time to shop is 8 a.m. through noon, or visit the Monday evening market from 3 to 7 p.m.

Point Bock Run

715-344-9310 www.pointbockrun.com

This annual five-mile run held in March at the Stevens Point Brewery helps promote running and healthy lifestyles in Central Wisconsin and raises funds for local charities like the Casey R. Davis Benefit Fund.

Pointoberfest

715-344-9310 www.pointbeer.com

Held in late September at Stevens Point Brewery, this event raises awareness for deserving nonprofit organizations and offers visitors a chance to enjoy live music and sample the breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beers and a mystery brew.

Portage County Cultural Festival

715-341-1525 www.portagecountyculturalfestival.org

Held at Stevens Point Area Senior High in May, this eagerly anticipated event celebrates the ethnic diversity of Portage County with a variety of activities. The day-long festival features a variety of

international foods, arts and crafts, and exhibit booths, plus live entertainment on four stages. Admission is free.

Portage County Fair

715-572-4758 or 715-677-4802 www.rosholtfair.com

This three-day event in Rosholt on Labor Day Weekend, started in 1922, has been a Portage County tradition for 93 years. Featuring a parade, carnival rides, live music, livestock shows and games, the September event offers fun for all ages.

Riverfront Jazz Festival

715-544-4504 www.riverfrontjazzfestival.net

The largest jazz festival in Central Wisconsin takes place on Labor Day weekend at scenic Pfiffner Park in Stevens Point. The annual event featuring live jazz, beautiful river views and ethnic cuisine supports scholarship programs for UWSP music students.

Riverfront Rendezvous

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Independence Day is celebrated in Stevens Point with a three-day festival held along the riverbank at Pfiffner Park. Featuring regional and national entertainers on four stages, the event includes a lighted boat parade, food and beverage vendors, games for adults and children, and a dazzling fireworks display. 31


Worlds Largest Trivia Contest WWSP 90 FM, Stevens Point www.90fmtrivia.org

Originated and sponsored by WWSP 90 FM Radio, this spring tradition spanning three days in April began in 1970 when the radio station launched a trivia contest that ran for 54 consecutive hours, with teams of players competing for answers to media-oriented trivia questions. The contest is supported by local businesses that offer food and drink specials during the event. Teams accumulate points by participating in a variety of activities, including running questions, the trivia stone rally and music questions.

Recreation and Education Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and UWSP Observatory 2001 Fourth Ave. Science Building B109, Stevens Point 715-346-2208 www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs

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Central Wisconsin Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum 1100 Main St., Stevens Point 715-344-2003 www.cwchildrensmuseum.org

Founded in 1997 through the efforts of the community and local businesses, the museum has expanded from its modest storefront to a location on Main Street spanning 18,000 square feet. Designed as a space where children and adults can share discoveries and explore their creativity through hands-on activities, the museum features permanent and rotating exhibits with a variety of classes and special events offered throughout the year. Admission $5; closed Monday.

Golden Sands Speedway

10992 Highway 54, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-4660 www.gssraces.com

Hosting seven different classes of stock and modified racing events, Golden Sands Speedway has brought racing thrills and family entertainment to Central Wisconsin for more than 45 years. The high-banked, one-third-mile track has produced many racing legends who moved on to NASCAR.

KASH Playground

Mead Park, West Clark St. & Whitney St., Stevens Point www.kashplayground.org

The Kids Are Special Here Playground (KASH) was initiated by a Leadership Portage County program and was the brainchild of Kareen Everman, mother of a special-needs child. The idea to build a playground for the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,000 specialneeds children has become a reality through communitywide efforts, generous donors and a close working relationship between the Stevens Point City Council, the Portage County Health and Human Services Employees Foundation, and the Stevens Point Parks Department.

Golf SentryWorld

601 N. Michigan Ave., Stevens Point 715-345-1600 www.sentryworld.com

This par-72 public course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. combines scenic views with challenging play for all skill levels. The facility includes a pro shop, indoor tennis courts and a restaurant.

Stevens Point Country Club

1628 Country Club Drive, Stevens Point 715-345-8900 www.stevenspointcountryclub.com

Members and their guests enjoy stunning views and a diverse array of tees, greens and bunkers at this private golf course surrounded by lush forest.


Wisconsin River Golf Club

705 West River Drive W, Stevens Point 715-344-9152 www.golftheriver.com

Boasting views of the Wisconsin River and wildlife, this par-72 public course offers 18 holes with multiple tee locations to ensure beginners and experienced players have a memorable and challenging experience.

Casinos Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa 949 County Road G, Nekoosa 715-886-4560 www.ho-chunkgaming.com

Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa is committed to providing excellent customer service to our guests. This will be accomplished by: treating all who enter our doors with respect and friendliness; creating an atmosphere that is fun, relaxing, exciting, and rewarding for our guests and ambassadors; providing a clean, tidy, and secure environment; and providing quality training for our ambassadors.

World-class golf. Within reach. Nestled in the heart of Wisconsin, SentryWorld is the Midwest’s premier parkland course, offering rolling green fairways, sparkling blue waters and impeccable white sands.

A healthy dose of everything that makes Wisconsin great With more than 27 beers on tap and a menu featuring

“My Mona Lisa”

– Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Open to the Public Call 715-345-1600 or 866-479-6753, or visit sentryworld.com to reserve a tee time or for more information

awesome appetizers, fresh greens, wood-oven pizzas, scrumptious sandwiches, delicious desserts and so much more, PJ’s – SentryWorld truly has something for everyone— for lunch or dinner.

Classic Wisconsin comfort food, lighter fare and everything in between Full bar featuring our exclusive PJ’'s White Ale, brewed by Point Brewery Family friendly atmosphere complete with kids'’ menu No reservations required Open daily at 11 a.m. Located inside SentryWorld 601 N. Michigan Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481 sentryworld.com • 715-345-1600

601 N. Michigan Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481

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photography Portage County in Pictures

Pg. 4 Nicole Peters Portage County – A place to call home.

Pg. 14 Marty Welter

The Junction City Ice Company hosts an annual ice cutting event each winter. The ice that is harvested is used at local picnics, fairs and festivals with proceeds to support local organizations.

Pg. 29 Patty Soik - Winter Mill

Pg. 30 Steph Jones - Them Pg. 5 Bob Dietrich

Enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and relaxing in and on one of Portage County’s lakes, rivers and streams.

Pg. 6 Jeremy Splinter

This mural titled “Market Square” depicts common activity on the square circa 1910. It’s a historic representation of what the market and Stevens Point residents looked like in that era. The people on the mural are the faces of actual Stevens Point residents, past and present.

Pg. 15 Al Scherwinski

Prairie Chicken Nearly extinct in this state, the prairie chicken began its return in 1954, when the Wisconsin DNR partnered with Wisconsin conservation groups to establish a prairie chicken management program on the Buena Vista Grasslands in southwestern Portage County. Successful growth and continuation of this project has saved a species.

Discover a unique connection between nature & art at the Stevens Point Sculpture Park. Sitting on 20 acres and connected to the Green Circle Trail, the Sculpture Park features artwork from local, regional, and national artists.

Pg. 31 Casey Konopacky

Riverfront Fireworks Enjoy live music, entertainment, food and fireworks at River Front Rendezvous, Portage County’s 4th of July celebration on the river.

Pg. 18 Olivia Krutza SPASH Basketball

Pg. 32 Michael Okray Jr.

Stevens Point Brewery Founded in 1857 by Frank Wahle & George Ruder, the Stevens Point Brewery is the fiftholdest continuously operating brewery in the U.S. and the oldest business in Portage County.

Pg. 12-13 Casey Konopacky

Patch Street Bridge Railroad bridge crossing over the Plover River near Patch Street.

Pg. 23 Olivia Locasio Riverfront Rendezvous

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Pg. 28 Gina Miresse

Nature Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association hosts The Energy Fair, transforming rural Central Wisconsin into the hot spot for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living education. The Fair brings over 15,000 attendees together annually.

Pg. 33 Casey Konopacky

Downtown Fountain Mathias Mitchell Public Square Fountain– in the heart of it all.


Lodging & Dining A Taste of Portage County

Lodging and Dining Arbuckles Eatery & Pub

1320 Strongs Ave. Stevens Point WI 54481 715-341-2444 www.arbuckleseateryandpub.com

Amber Grill

1001 Amber Ave. Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-344-0200 www.ambergrillrestaurant.com

Arby’s Restaurant

5700 U.S. 10 E Stevens Point WI 54482 715-342-0950 3115 Church St. Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-345-7888 www.arbysostrowski.com

Big Apple Bagels

1600 American Drive Plover, WI 54467 715-342-5740 www.bigapplebagels.com

Bistro 212

3217 John Joanis Drive Stevens Point WI 54482 715-343-0212 www.adventure212.com

Buffalo Wild Wings

5370 Highway 10 E, Suite H Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-344-3287 www.buffalowildwings.com

Culver’s

332 Division St. Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-544-6684 5346 US Hwy 10 E. Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-341-8666 1805 Plover Rd. Plover, WI 54467 715-570-8026

Fazoli’s

5665 U.S. 10 E Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-344-8739 www.fazolis.com

Grazies Italian Grill

5327 U.S. 10 E Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-345-7808 www.graziesitaliangrill.com

Ho-Chunk Gaming

949 County Road G Nekoosa, WI 54457 715-886-4560 www.ho-chunkgaming.com/nekoosa

5601 Carrie Frost Dr. Plover, WI 54467 715-341-6660

Stevens Point Country Club

1628 Country Club Drive Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-345-8900 www.stevenspointcountryclub.com

Catering

Jordan Bar & Grill

Rockman’s Catering

Matsu Ya Sushi - Grill

Hotels and Motels

5696 State Hwy 66 Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-544-6732 www.jordanbarandgrill.com 5725 Windy Drive, Suite A Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-341-8893 www.matsuyasushistevenspoint.com

Mitchell’s Hilltop Pub & Grill 4901 Main St. Stevens Point WI 54481 715-341-3037 www.hilltoppubandgrill.com

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 143 Division St. N Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-341-5044 www.perkinsrestaurants.com

PJ’s SentryWorld

601 Michigan Ave N. Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-345-1600

Subway

32 Park Ridge Drive Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-342-4408 135 N. Division Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-341-7777 201 West Clark Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-342-1438 1201 Badger Ave. Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-295-0804 3296 Church St. Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-544-4436

2807 Plover Springs Drive Plover WI 54467 715-341-2552 www.rockmanscatering.com

Best Western Plover Hotel & Conference Center 5253 Harding Ave. Plover, WI 54467 715-544-6200 www.bestwestern.com

Comfort Suites

300 Division St. N Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-341-6000 www.stevenspointcomfortsuites.com

Country Inn & Suites 301 Division St. N Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-345-7000 www.countryinns.com

Fairfield Inn

5317 U.S. 10 E Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-342-9300 \ www.marriott.com

Hampton Inn

3090 Village Park Drive Plover, WI 54467 715-295-9900 www.ploverstevenspoint. hamptoninn.com

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

1001 Amber Ave. Stevens Point, WI 54482 715-344-0200 \ www.holidayinn.com

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