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DECEMBER 2017

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We’re building a competitive and thriving community By David Eckmann, President/CEO n the first days of the Great Recession, our region was faced with a high level of uncertainty. Businesses were contracting and preparing for the down cycle. Many businesses closed. Our community faced the worst economy since the Great Depression. Times were tough, but we persisted.

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Many in our community know very little about the challenge that we will face over the next two decades. Our community has an abundance of questions. For this reason, the Chamber and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board will collaborate with community stakeholder groups to present a series of community conversations (awareness sessions) on the topic of the demographic shift and what it means to our families, businesses, education institutions and government entities.

Today, we are enjoying a much stronger economy. Our industry sectors in manufacturing, health care and finance/ insurance are making significant investments and hiring. Our regional unemployment is at 3.7%. You’ve likely noticed as you drive around that our municipal leaders are making improvements for today and our future. Although the economy has vastly improved, our community, region and state are faced with a significant economic threat: the demographic shift. Put simply, we do not have enough talented people to support the growth of our industry sectors and business organizations. As a result, businesses are turning away orders and drastically repositioning to compete to attract talent in a limited talent pool or beginning to automate. Our education systems are moving to reposition resources due to declining enrollments and the rising demand for technology. Our governmental units are walking the fine line of investing for the future, while being stewards of the public dollar.

In the coming months, the general public along with our members will have the ability to attend a session outlining the demographic shift and the clear and present threat it presents to our economic vitality. A second session will enlighten the community on the current state of business and what our industries are facing both today and in the future. The third program will focus on the changing face of education as it adapts to support the needs of business and industry. The fourth event will feature a panel of local, regional and state government leaders. With a diminishing tax base and limited expenditure capacity, governments are forced to make difficult decisions to ensure our region is competitive in the global economy. The demographic shift, which is projected to encompass the next two decades, presents a significant economic threat to our community. If we are to build a thriving community, we, collectively, must come together to understand and acknowledge the threat and then take steps to attack it. These community conversations are a starting point. Watch for more information on these sessions in the coming weeks.

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Chamber News

Keynote speakers named for fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference National speakers Fawn Germer and Liz Uram are the presenters who will be featured at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference. The Women’s Leadership Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center in Rothschild. The Conference is designed to inspire and encourage women of all ages and career levels. This event offers an opportunity for women to develop skills that will carry through to both their work and personal lives. Fawn Germer is a four-time, Pulitzernominated journalist and bestselling author of an ‘Oprah’-featured title. Germer has spoken internationally to groups from the Department of Defense, NASA, Harvard Business School, the Central Intelligence Agency and many more. Liz Uram is the author of four books, including an Amazon.com bestseller.

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Fawn Germer Uram speaks at more than 100 events annually with audiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. Individuals interested in attending can register online or by calling the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at 715-848-5953. For more information about the program, visit WausauChamber.com.

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The presenting sponsor of the 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference is Peoples State Bank, the gold sponsors are Ameriprise Financial – Wausau Cornerstone Advisors, the Boy Scouts of America – Samoset Council and Church Mutual Insurance Company, silver sponsor is QPS Employment Group - Wausau and the bronze sponsors are Featherstone Cabinetry and Design Rothschild, MCDEVCO Inc, Prosper Wealth Management and River Valley Bank.


Chamber News

Coming up on our calendar: January 3: Significant Accounting Changes Impacting Your Organization in 2018 January 9: Business Essentials: Talent Spotting January 11: Business PM: Scherrer Construction Company Inc and Midwestern Risk Advisors

Registration is open for Business EXPO 2018: Don’t miss your opportunity to host a booth at the largest business trade show in the state! The Business EXPO is the time to showcase new products and services, make key business contacts and network with thousands of attendees from around Wisconsin. Register now to take advantage of an ‘Early Bird Rate.’

Help us welcome the newest Chamber members! Support the regional economy do business with members.

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January 17: Women’s Leadership Conference January 19: Nothing But Networking January 12: Business Essentials: Conflict Management January 25: Business PM: Wisconsin Public Radio, UW - Marathon County, Stevens Point Brewery For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

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Chamber News The Immersion Project continued this month with a day spent visiting Greenheck, Wausau Supply Company and Mullins Cheese on Dec. 12. The program’s fifth session to be held next month will focus on education.

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Demo Day highlights efforts by student team The Branch hosted a Demo Day for the program’s fall session on December 7 at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. The event included a presentation by college students to the leadership team from Church Mutual Insurance Company. Over the span of nine weeks, students in The Branch worked as a team on an innovation challenge for the Merrill business. “At a time when our community faces challenges in terms of access to talent, this program offers students an opportunity to work on a real world problem and connect with the companies involved.” said Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “What takes place between the student and the business is special.” The team assembled for the fall session included students from Northcentral Technical College and Mid-State Technical College. Previous sessions have included students from Nicolet College, UW-Marathon County and UW-Stevens Point. The Branch is a workforce development initiative introduced by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, Northcentral Technical College and Church Mutual in 2016. The program is a skills accelerator which will both help to build businesses and retain talent in central Wisconsin. The program’s previous Demo Day events, along with

The Branch hosted a Demo Day for the program’s fall session on December 7 at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. testimonials from students and mentors, can be viewed on The Branch’s YouTube channel. Ansay & Associates LLC and M3 Insurance have recently joined AROW Global, Church Mutual Insurance Company and River Valley Bank as sponsors of the program. Westphal Staffing Inc is a supporter of The

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Branch. For more information or to register as a student, mentor or business for the spring 2018 session, visit The Branch’s website or contact Brian Otten, marketing manager at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at botten@wausauchamber.com or 715848-5947.


GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY Celebrate your holiday or special occasion and support local businesses at the same time! Details at wausauchamber.com

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Pre-order your gift certificates by calling the Chamber at 715-845-6231 200 Washington Street, Suite 120, Wausau

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To ensure your gift certificates are ready in time for the holidays, please place orders by Friday, December 8.


Chamber News

Ribbon cuttings Several ribbon cuttings and a groundbreaking have been held over the last few weeks. Clockwise from below, a ribbon cutting was held at Jemma’s Cafe in Wausau on Nov. 22, a groundbreaking was held by First Weber Larkin Group in Wausau on Nov. 30, a ribbon cutting was held at the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Wausau on Dec. 6, a ribbon cutting was held at Mountain Bay Dental in Weston on Dec. 11, a ribbon cutting was held at LIFT in Rib Mountain on Dec. 12 and a ribbon cutting was held at Central Wisconsin Insurance Associates in Weston on Dec. 18.

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Chamber News

Chamber President/CEO earns doctorate in higher education leadership Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, received his doctorate in higher education leadership from Edgewood College on Sunday, December 17 at a ceremony to be held at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Eckmann completed his dissertation titled ‘University of Wisconsin System leaders’ perceptions of economic development’ earlier this year. The dissertation examined the role of the UW Comprehensive University in economic development. Eckmann indicated that the study provides greater understanding on how the universities can be an impactful economic development partner. “With the UW-System restructure underway, much of the study is relevant in helping to shape the UW of the future.” said Eckmann. Dr. Lori Weyers, Ph.D., President of Northcentral Technical College, placed the doctoral hood on Eckmann at the commencement ceremony.

Dr. Lori Weyers, Ph.D., President of Northcentral Technical College, placed the doctoral hood on Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at a commencement ceremony held in Madison on December 17, 2017.

Ciana Rose, talent development assistant at the Chamber, and Samantha Thiel, advocacy intern at the Chamber, graduated from UW-Stevens Point on Dec. 16.

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Create ConfidenCe Create Change Create Community 2018 - 2019 SeSSion Leadership Excellence will lead participants down the road to success, achievement and goal fulfillment. It is an interactive leadership program designed to develop your professional and personal self, based on your strengths.

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Member News AbbyBank welcomes Tracy Engman as a personal banker. In her new role, Tracy will establish strong relationships with our business and retail customers by helping them with the right products and electronic services to meet their deposit needs. Engman joins the AbbyBank team with 16 years of banking experience in Tracy Engman the greater Wausau market. She has her Associate’s Degree in Human Services, and has attended the Wisconsin Bankers Associations Mortgage Lending School. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the South Area Business Association, is involved in Junior Achievement and volunteers at the Wausau Children’s Museums after school program. “Tracy’s in-depth and well-rounded understanding of banking will ensure her to be a great asset to our customers and our bank.” said Jenny Jakel, Executive Vice President of Retail.

exploring the future of 3D design, fabrication and innovation. The event featured industry leaders introducing technology Matthew T. Graun Karl Kemper advancements, innovative workflows, and new programs to aid in delivering more efficient, cost effective and sustainable designs. Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc is pleased to announce Karl Kemper, PE, has recently passed the Principles and Practices of Engineering Examination and is now a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. Kemper specializes in airport engineering, primarily working on Wisconsin DOT – Bureau of Aeronautics projects. He is also an accomplished private pilot.

Officials at Ascension Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin have announced the next evolution of their clinical and academic partnership in Central Wisconsin. College physicians and advanced practice providers practicing in Ascension hospitals and clinics in Central Wisconsin will transition to Ascension Medical Group. “We believe this partnership has improved patient access to specialty care in the region and opened many doors for greater growth opportunities,” said Stewart Watson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, North Region, Ascension Wisconsin. “Ascension Wisconsin will continue to build the clinical workforce in Central Wisconsin and across the state.” Patients currently established with college physicians will be notified of the change and can expect a seamless transition over the next few months. The physicians will continue to serve as teaching faculty at the college. “We are pleased with the evolution of this partnership and we will continue to work to improve patient access in all communities throughout Wisconsin by expanding medical education programs that encourage students to remain in their community to complete residency training and begin their practice,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, provost and executive vice president, and dean of the school of medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin.

Wausau Bowl for Kids’ Sake will offer a disco theme this year and will be held on March 9 and 10 at Dales Weston Lanes. The event is organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin. Teams can register online.

Matthew T. Graun, a civil 3D designer of Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc recently attended Autodesk University in Las Vegas. Graun was among 10,000 designers and engineers

We Want to Hear from You! Please submit your stories and photos to Brian Otten at botten@wausauchamber.com. Use of the stories will be at the discretion of the Chamber and may be shortened to fit the appropriate platform. Only stories from members in good standing with the Chamber will be used.

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PROGRAMMING:

MEMBERSHIP:

hype offers programming that serves to connect young professionals to the community and provides them with meaningful opportunities to interact with others in their demographic, as well as with businesses and community leaders.

To ensure greater value in Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce membership, effective September 1, 2017, hype no longer has a separate membership structure.

hype programs and events are designed with the specific interests of young professionals in mind.

ENGAGEMENT: hype is designed to help attract, retain and meet the unique needs of young professionals (ages 21 to 45).

All employees of Chamber member businesses have the ability to access to hype young professional activities.

FOLLOW AND FRIEND US: hype on social media Facebook: www.facebook.com/hypewausau

Twitter: @hypeWausau

If you would like more information on hype, visit WausauChamber.com or contact Renae Krings at rkrings@wausauchamber.com


Did you know ... ... the Chamber hosts the largest business tradeshow in the state each April?

About 250 members fill more than 300 booth spaces at the Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center in Rothschild. Thousands attend this event, part of the Chamber’s annual Small Business Week. For more information, visit WausauChamber.com

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Member News The City of Wausau is pleased to release Request For Proposals for retail properties on Grand Avenue and remnant parcels along the newly completed Thomas Street phase one redevelopment corridor in the City. The Win Brockmeyer Memorial Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 22nd annual Win Brockmeyer Memorial Scholarships, a program administered by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. The 2017 student athletes nominated by their school’s respective coaching staffs Zach Mueller include: Marshall Hackel – Newman Catholic High School, Mitchell Michalski – Wausau West High School, Zach Mueller – D.C. Everest Senior High School and Nathan Rodman – Wausau East High School. From these nominees, a selection committee, composed of members of the press, area school athletic directors, and a representative of the Community Foundation, named Zach Mueller, DC Everest Senior High School as the Win Brockmeyer Outstanding Senior High School Football Player of the Greater Wausau Area for 2017. Each nominee will be honored with a $500 scholarship. Zach Mueller, selected as the Outstanding Player of the Year, will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

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the Marathon County Hunger Coalition – an increase of over $9,000 from last year. The sold-out event included 1,750 runners – 250 more than the sold-out event in 2016. In addition to the record number of participants and dollars raised, 1,747 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Marathon County Hunger Coalition. Eastbay thanks all of the participants, volunteers, sponsors, city workers, and Eastbay associates who had a hand in this year’s event. Because of your support, we’re able to make a huge difference right here in our community. “We are fortunate to have a community that supports our efforts to help families who are in need,” said Dave Eisenreich, Marathon County Hunger Coalition Chair. “The success of this event speaks volumes for the The Eighth Annual Eastbay Turkey Trot raised $52,380 for generosity of the community and Eastbay.”

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Member News The Kids Kount program administered by Greater Wausau Christian Services will presented gifts to children in the Wausau area this month. The program provides Christmas gifts to children with a parent held at the Marathon County Jail. Last year, 71 children received gifts or gift cards, up from 52 in 2015. The program is managed by Marlene Schalow and Sally ScintoReinertson. “Last year we helped more than 70 children have a better Christmas celebration and this year, because of the kindness and support of so many wonderful people, we hope to reach even more.” said chaplain Ray Slatton, director of the organization. Greater Wausau Christian Services thanks 89Q Hope is Here for their generous help in previous years with toy drives. If you would like to help with the 2018 Kids Kount program, please contact Marlene Schalow at 715-842-5635.

Peoples State Bank announced that Mark Oldenberg, CPA, has joined the bank as Chief Financial Officer. Oldenberg will also serve as CFO of PSB Holding, Inc., parent company of Peoples. Oldenberg’s responsibilities will be to maintain a high quality of financial reporting both internally and externally with investors Mark Oldenberg and bank regulators. Additionally, he will monitor all aspects of balance sheet management and support merger and acquisition initiatives and investor relations. Oldenberg has over 20 years of experience in community banking and will be a great addition to the senior management team. He is coming to Peoples from Citizens Community Federal Bank in Eau Claire where he was CFO The Marathon County Historical Society has created a varied and executive vice president. “I am looking forward to joining list of speakers and topics for thei upcoming History Speaks a financial institution with a great reputation, that has a proven presentations at the Woodson History Center in Wausau. All record of financial success, and being part of a management of these presentations will begin at 2 p.m. All are free and open team with a history of supporting local economic growth,” to the public, and no advance registration is needed. Donations Oldenberg said. Oldenberg has experience in many areas of will be accepted. The lineup includes: Saturday, January 27, the banking industry including accounting, finance, marketing, 2018: Forward: Progressive Era Women Reformers, Paul compliance, audit, operations, human resources and lending. Clark; Saturday, February 17, 2018: Between Two Cultures: The Story of a First Generation Hmong American Who Becomes a Professional, Maysee Yang Herr; Sunday, March 25, 2018: Advances in the Treatment of Heart Disease Since 1970, Dr. Rick Engelmeier; Sunday, April 8, 2018: John James Audubon and “The Birds of America,” Brett Barker; Sunday, April 29, 2018: Streets of Downtown Wausau, Gary Gisselman Saturday, May 19, 2018: 150 Years of the Wisconsin Valley Fair, Ben Clark; Saturday, June 23, 2018: Civil War Medicine – Hollywood Style (The Good, The Bad, The Ugly), Dr. Gordon Dammann; Sunday, August 26, 2018: New Discoveries in Wisconsin Archaeology: Rock Art and the Mississippian Settlement at Trempealeau, Danielle Benden and Robert Boszhardt; Native American stone tool and implement identification for the public begins at 1 pm; September 2018 Peoples State Bank’s military care package drive has concluded (date to be determined): Tibet: Culture and Conflict on the with over 7,300 items and $575 in cash donations collected Roof of the World, Rick Lohr; Saturday, October 6, 2018: from customers, employees, and the public throughout Capturing the Packers: 75 Years of Biever Family Photography, all Peoples State Bank locations. Craig Lau, vice president Matt Foss; Saturday, October 20, 2018: The Milk Industry in commercial lending at Peoples, presented the items to the Wisconsin, Patrick Geoghegan; Saturday, November 3, 2018: Rhinelander Military Support Group earlier this month. The Over Here: the American Home Front in World War I, Brett items were collected in a donation drive held from October 23 to Barker. The Historical Society is grateful to Janke Book Store November 13 in honor of Veterans Day. “We are overwhelmed and to Compass Properties for their sponsorship of the History seeing all this,” said LeRoy Eades of the Rhinelander Military Speaks series. Support Group.

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Member News REI Engineering Inc’s President/Owner Jeny Nieuwenhuis recently spoke on a panel for ‘Baby Business 2: Strengthening Today’s Workforce, Preparing Tomorrow’s’ presented by the United Way at Northcentral Technical College. Nieuwenhuis joined other panel members to discuss the importance of building a Jeny Nieuwenhuis family-friendly workplace. Business and community leaders talked about what local early childhood issues impact current or prospective employees and explored how our community can retain quality employees, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and ensure future generations of a skilled, educated workforce. RMM Solutions has finalized an agreement to acquire the Enterprise division of Dedicated Computing. “Last year when we opened our Milwaukee office, we recognized southeast Wisconsin as a strategic market for us. By adding Dedicated’s Enterprise division to the RMM Solutions team, we expand our client base, gain a knowledgeable team of employees, and increase our recognition in the Milwaukee and Appleton markets. With this acquisition we expand our solution offerings, continually providing world class technology expertise to businesses throughout Wisconsin,” said Rimon Moses, CEO/ Owner of RMM Solutions. With the addition of Dedicated’s Enterprise division employees, RMM Solutions will have over 80 employees throughout the state. With current offices in Milwaukee, Wausau and Rhinelander, RMM will also acquire offices in Wauwatosa and Appleton. With the support of partners, like HPE and Cisco, RMM will continue to be a leader in the technology market and focus on providing end to end technology solutions for their customers.

to the community. From our family to yours, we wish you all a very happy holiday season!” For more information about this event contact Boehlen at rboehlen@riiser.com. The local chapter of the Salvation Army in Wausau needs your help to support the local community this holiday season. As of December 11, the Salvation Army has raised approximately $86,000, which is 42% of the 2017 Red Kettle campaign goal of $205,000. The campaign still has many open two-hour bell ringing slots to be filled now until December 23. Volunteers can call 715-845-4272 or sign up online at www.sawausau.org. New this year is the Text-to-Give program for those that may not carry cash for the red kettles. Donors may text the word ‘bells’ to 91999 to give or can also donate on the website. The money raised during the Red Kettle campaign stays local and not only helps provide food and toys for almost 400 families seeking assistance this holiday, but goes to support other services throughout the year including feeding programs, the transitional living shelter, medical, rent and utility assistance, disaster relief and spiritual comfort without discrimination, to individuals and families.

The Gunderson Family Companies, Menasha, acquired Classic Cleaners in the Wausau and Merrill area on Dec. 15. Gunderson Family Companies will continue offering dry cleaning, laundry and alterations services to Wausau area customers at Classic Cleaners’ locations on Stewart Avenue, Sixth Street and Schofield Avenue. The Gunderson Family Companies owns six Tradition Cleaners locations in Wausau, Schofield, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield. The company plans to consolidate the Tradition and Classic Cleaners brands in the coming weeks. “We are delighted to be able to continue serving Wausau area customers of both Classic Cleaners and Tradition Cleaners in Wausau,” said Greg Gunderson, general manager Riiser Energy and its associates will hold their 27th annual of Gunderson Cleaners and Tradition Cleaners. “We’re bringing Holiday Dinner at the Salvation Army Community Center several successful family-owned dry cleaning businesses in Wausau. The dinner will be held on Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m. A together now as Gunderson Cleaners: a family tradition of traditional Holiday Dinner will be prepared by the Salvation classic cleaning.” Army staff, and served by Riiser Energy associates. The event will include a traditional holiday meal, desserts, holiday décor, The 33rd annual Good Ideas: A University Experience for and a visit from Santa who will provide a gift for each child. Adults will be held on Jan. 9, 10 and 11 at UW-Marathon Riiser Energy and its associates are very excited about getting County. Registration by Jan. 3, 2018, is required. The program out in the community and helping others. “Every year our staff fee is $59. There is an optional lunch buffet for $38 which is thrilled to be a part of this dinner,” stated Rachel Boehlen, includes soup, sandwich, side and desert. For more information, marketing coordinator with Riiser Energy. “So many associates or a brochure, contact the Office of Continuing Education at are excited to donate, purchase the food, and truly give back 715–261–6294, or visit this website.

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Member News Wausau River District has added a new page to their website that lists apartments and homes for sale and lease within easy walking and biking distance of the River District. The idea came from a strategic plan and subsequent activities assessment the organization undertook earlier this year. “As someone who has always lived and worked in downtowns, this is a feature I would have used had it existed,” said Elizabeth Brodek, executive director of Wausau River District. “Until now, and in every other community I’ve lived in, I’ve been left to my own devices to understand what living options were in and near the city center. We hear that same problem from people here or moving here looking to live downtown. Downtown properties can be hard to find with everything that’s out there. This page makes that search a lot easier.” In addition to listing residential units, the site also lists a variety of amenities in walking and biking distance of the River District.

The Alexander Walkway in the Upper Third Street neighborhood has a new glow to it thanks to some innovative and caring citizens in the area. Gisy Marks, owner of the Glass Hat bar, and others wanted to continue the momentum created with Art Lives Here, the street art contest organized by the Wausau River District that produced more than a dozen murals up in the area this past September. Christmas Lives Here was born from that desire. Through December 25, community members are invited to contribute a tree to the walkway. Please contact organizers if you need assistance getting a tree. The event aims to bring Christmas down Third Street and encourage pride in the upper Third Street neighborhood. More information can be found on the event page on Facebook.

worked with UW-Stevens Point’s Treehaven to extract lumber, using a portable sawmill, from a large red oak tree reclaimed from a Wausau School District property. Students learned how timber is made, selected, what to look for in a tree, heartwood vs. sapwood, how to calculate board feet and many other aspects of the timber industry. Students enjoyed this unique experience and are excited for the opportunity to use this beautiful red oak in projects when it returns from being kiln dried at Northcentral Technical College’s Antigo campus.

Each month, Wisconsin Central Time NEWS brings you insightful articles, updates, and events about the issues being discussed and the goals being achieved by Marathon County government. Check out the latest articles from Wisconsin Central Time NEWS — now in a mobilefriendly format — to see how county officials and employees are working to make Marathon County a great place to work, play, live, and do business. View or subscribe at WisconsinCentralTimeNEWS.com.

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Member News Wausau School District is one of 447 school districts in the United States and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the Honor Roll, Wausau School District had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. “More students are taking AP classes. More students from underrepresented populations are taking AP classes. Among the AP students, more students than ever in the Wausau School District are taking the end-of-year AP tests,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Schwei. “And, importantly, more students than ever are succeeding on those tests with scores of 3, 4 or 5! It is incredibly difficult to increase participation in AP classes, while also increasing test-takers, while also increasing the number of students passing AP tests with a 3, 4 or 5. Congratulations to our students, to our AP teachers, and to our Wausau School District high schools for making the AP Honor Roll. This is truly reflective of advancing student learning, achievement, and success.” Christian Kiepke of Wausau West High School has been chosen as Wisconsin DECA’s December Member of the Month. Kiepke has been serving Wausau West’s DECA chapter for four years, and is the current president. The Wisconsin Woodchucks have announced promotions for Traci Wisz, Bailey Schepp and Megan Birchmeier. Wisz has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. She has been with the organization since 2015, when she was hired to improve the Woodchucks’ social media efforts and was quickly promoted to Director of Ticket Sales & Operations. “The Woodchucks are very fortunate to have a person with Traci’s talent, creativity and drive,” said team owner Mark Macdonald. “On a daily basis, she oversees all aspects of the ticket department and social media. For many fans, Traci has become the face of the Woodchucks and this promotion reflects her importance.” Schepp has been promoted to Director of Group Accounts. She joined the Woodchucks in 2016 and has been focused on group sales for the past two seasons. “Bailey really stepped forward as a leader during the 2017 season. She was asked

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to step in and fill some voids, and proved very capable. In addition to her ticketing responsibilities, she oversaw on-field entertainment, community relations and many of the other details that go into game day operations.” added Macdonald. Birchmeier has been promoted to Director of Operations from her previous role as the Director of Food and Beverage. “Megan has been an important contributor to the improved fan experience at Athletic Park,” said Macdonald. “When Megan came to the Woodchucks in the spring of 2016, she was faced with a huge challenge. We had just completed the Phase 2 renovations and the new concession and group outing areas needed to be incorporated into game day operations. Megan stepped up to the challenge.”

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Chamber Connection, December 2017  

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's monthly e-newsletter.

Chamber Connection, December 2017  

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's monthly e-newsletter.

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