What's Next for Greater Wausau?

What's Next for Greater Wausau?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM US Eastern
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US Central
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM US Mountain
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US Pacific
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM UTC

How to Accelerate Positive Change and Build a Brighter Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a catalyst for unprecedented economic turmoil and social upheaval.  Together, these once-in-a-generation crises continue to impact communities around the world in ways that are both immediate and long-lasting.

Faced with such conditions, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the day-to-day, leaving little time to focus on what comes next.  And yet, carving out time to address questions critical to the future of every community and every organization is necessary.  Seeking good information (in a time of much misinformation), providing a forum for sharing and establishing a framework for decision-making and implementation are essential roles for leaders to play.

Join Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) Secretary, Caleb Frostman, as he discusses relief, reopening and recovery in the wake of COVID-19.  Secretary Frostman will share information on services available through DWD and the Job Center of Wisconsin that may be valuable to businesses as they continue to adapt to the current economic climate.

Additionally, with this perspective in mind, the 2019 Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan becomes even more relevant for the success of our region.  The Greater Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with MCDEVCO, has already achieved several major accomplishments in the pursuit of a more sustainable economic future for the region.  With careful planning and leadership, these efforts can continue.  Join TIP Strategies' Jon Roberts and John Karras as they revisit the Strategic Plan, highlight the achievements to date and explore ways the region can continue to achieve its goals in the face of economic uncertainty.

This program/event is being hosted by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) and is intended to provide information, education and/or entertainment to individuals and businesses.  The content presented does not necessarily represent the position of the GWCC Board of Directors, staff, sponsors and/or membership as a whole.

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About the Speakers

Caleb Frostman

Governor Tony Evers appointed Caleb Frostman as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on January 7, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Senator of Wisconsin's 1st District, representing Door and Kewaunee counties as well as parts of four others. He previously served as Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation and worked in commercial real estate finance for nearly a decade.

Frostman grew up in Green Bay and graduated from the UW-Madison Business School. He has served on the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, the boards of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Door County Visitor Bureau, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, and Sunshine House, and the Advisory Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County.

Frostman is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, beekeeping, and gardening.

Frostman is committed to advocating for the economic advancement of Wisconsin working families through effective and efficient workforce programming.

Jon Roberts

Jon Roberts served as the principal-in-charge for the preparation of the 2019 Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan. He is a frequent speaker for the International Economic Development Council, having taught the organization’s leadership and strategic planning in cities across the US, as well as in Russia and the Virgin Islands. In addition to his consulting work, Roberts has held leadership positions for state-level economic development organizations in Texas, Washington, and Oregon, and has managed start-up technology companies in the Pacific Northwest.

John Karras

John Karras was the lead consultant for the Greater Wausau strategy. Karras has built a reputation as a leading thinker on urban revitalization trends and their impact on economic development. He founded urbanSCALE.com in 2013, which introduced the first comprehensive measure of how urban a city is on a scale of 1 to 10. Opinion pieces and research from urbanSCALE have been featured in Planetizen, Outside Magazine’s annual “Best Places to Live” feature, and dozens of local media outlets around the US. He speaks frequently for a variety of associations and has taught the strategic planning component of Georgia's Basic Economic Development Course for the past three years.