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In this issue . . .

JUNE 2019

Member News Calendar of Events New Members Golf Outing recap Ribbon cutting

Understanding the importance of placemaking By David Eckmann, President/CEO

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s we move forward in the 21st Century global knowledge economy, our community will be challenged to think and behave differently. Long-held generational beliefs that many hold tightly, must be released and deposited in the bin of antiquity, along with television picture tubes and transistor radios. The world is rapidly changing, and our community must change with it or be left behind to manage an insidious decline. According to Welch and Anderson’s Place Matters: The Role of Placemaking in Economic Development, “Placemaking is a community and economic development strategy that seeks to use local assets to create appealing and unique places where people want to live, work, and play. For communities that have transitioned from economies centered around commodities and natural resources to economies centered on knowledge, quality of place has become a key differentiator in being able to recruit and retain talent.� In the current state of the adverse demographic shift in which our region is losing younger people to larger communities, a strong focus must be directed to developing a high quality of place. This focus will aim to retain our

younger demographic, while also attracting new talent who see economic opportunity and realize a sense of belonging. This means it is critical to establish vibrant night life venues, creative outlets in the arts and culture, and affordable housing. The list goes on and on. Also important is creating a quality place for those people that are planning for their later working years and retirement. Demands in life change as you grow older, just ask me and I will tell you my new story. While we often place our efforts on community amenities, brick, and mortar, there is a very important aspect to placemaking that often goes unnoticed or is avoided. The world we live in today and forever more, requires all of us - our community - to be inclusive - to welcome and support diversity. What does this mean? It means that we must be intentional to learn about, understand and respect the differences that each person holds in life. It means building a place for people of color, diverse cultures and sexual orientations where they feel safe, welcome and supported. We live in a global economy where technology now conducts financial transactions in seconds. People, in all walks of life, have choices. They can live, work and play where they feel welcome and engaged. Our community has work to do. Of all the things in the world we can control, placemaking is it. We are responsible and accountable for the place we call home and for the place we want others to look to.

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Coming up on our calendar: July 11: Business PM: Wausau Events Inc July 19: Nothing But Networking July 25: Business PM: Mosinee Brewing Company August 6: Financial Analysis with QuickBooks August 8: Business PM: La Taqueria Mexican Street Food August 22: Business PM: Olson Tire & Auto For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

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

A pair of Business PM networking events were held earlier this month. Events were held at North Star Mohican Casino in Bowler, top, on June 6 and at Ho Chunk Gaming Wittenberg on June 20.

Davczyk & Varline LLC DJ Justin Pitlik Lumen Advisory Group LLC Norde Memorials Rondele Ranch Silver Lake College of the Holy Family - Manitowoc Spectratech Services Corp Straight Shot Investment Group LLC WBD Inc

Ribbon Cuttings

A ribbon cutting was held at SC Swiderski LLC’s Urban West on June 12. For more information on ribbon cuttings and ground breakings, visit WausauChamber.com

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Winning foursomes named at Golf Outing The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce held its 30th annual golf outing on Monday, June 24 at the Wausau Country Club. 160 golfers participated in the 18-hole scramble. Lunch, beverages, contests and a reception buffet were included at the outing. Dozens of photos from the event can be found on the Chamber’s Facebook page. The Dirks Group was the presenting sponsor for the event. Platinum level sponsors included Aspirus Arise and Ruder Ware LLSC, while Church Mutual Insurance Company, HoChunk Gaming – Wittenberg and Keller Inc - Wausau were gold sponsors. Cellcom, CoVantage Credit Union, EO Johnson Business Technologies, Jim Kryshak Jewelers, Kerber Rose SC, Manpower Inc - Wausau, Nicolet National Bank, North Star Mohican Casino | Resort, Office Enterprises Inc, Peoples State Bank, Wausau Smiles Dental and Wisconsin Kenworth also sponsored holes at the event. A number of golfers were recognized for their achievements on specific holes: Closest to pin (men): Jon Dippel Closest to pin (women): Allison Brill Longest drive (men): Dan Augustine Longest drive (women): Corleen O’Malley Longest putt (men): Mark Kopplin Longest putt (women): Meredith Otte The Northwest Tool & Manufacturing Company Inc team made up of Allison Brill, Nate Brill, Joe Meyer and Bob Radtke won the best ball competition with a score of 57.

A foursome from Northwest Tool & Manufacturing Company Inc won the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf outing on Monday, June 24. The team was made up of Allison Brill, Nate Brill, Joe Meyer and Bob Radtke.

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Member News Visit WausauChamber.com for news items, like the ones below, from members.

We Want to Hear from You! Please submit your stories and photos via your Member Information Center login or to Brian Otten at botten@wausauchamber.com. Use of the submitted content 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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Returning in 2020! The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce is offering its members a unique marketing opportunity again this fall. The Chamber will publish a printed calendar for 2020, featuring local photography, local events, local faces and local businesses. The Chamber is looking for members to sponsor each of the twelve months in the edition. Members can sponsor a month for a rate to be announced soon. Sponsors will receive 20 copies of the calendar (which will be sold at the Chamber for and inserted in our November Chamber Pak and delivered to 1,600 members).

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THE IMMERSION PROJECT 2019-2020 The Immersion Project is an intensive year-long program designed to provide meaningful experiences that will immerse and connect participants to the region. These experiences are aimed to cement the participants’ roots in the greater Wausau area through a deeper understanding and awareness of important topics and issues relevant to the region. Session Topics & Dates: Session 1: Welcome & Introduction Tuesday, September 10 Session 2: History & Heritage - Tuesday, October 8 Session 3: Community Development Tuesday, November 12 Session 4: Community Issues Tuesday, December 10 Session 5: Government - Tuesday, January 14 Session 6: Education - Tuesday, February 11

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Session 7: Business & Industry - Tuesday, March 10 Session 8: Entrepreneurship - Tuesday, April 7 Session 9: Non-Profit Organizations Tuesday, May 12 Session 10: Public Safety/Judicial System Tuesday, June 9 Session 11: Quality of Life - Tuesday, July 14 Session 12: Program Wrap Up - Tuesday, August 11


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“The Branch connected M3 to the best student talent in the Wausau area. We gave them a multi-disciplinary project that will both build their resumes and have an impact on our clients. Win! Win! ” - Nan Pum, Director of Professional Development

“We gave the students in The Branch the unusual opportunity to help us make a decision usually reserved for a board of directors or senior management. And investing $5,000 in the ten weeks of what was essentially consulting work was a great value for us.” - Mike Rayome, Retired Director of Human Resources

To become a supporter of or to submit an innovation challenge to The Branch, contact Renae Krings at rkrings@wausauchamber.com or 715-848-5942.


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Chamber Connection, June 2019  

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

Chamber Connection, June 2019  

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