Infrastructure Development Activities

  • We had our Business Park Planning meetings this quarter. Meeting content included discussing the timeline for finishing of the road design at the park by August 1st, marketing the park by creating a flyer, info card and cover letter to the 2nd home owners in Bayfield County, plus also create a press release for local media, along with Business North doing a story for their July issue.  We had representatives from C&S Design (who are doing the road design) provide an update on their progress so far with additional input from the committee.  We also reviewed overall cost on the direct mail marketing piece.  We also anticipated some potential funding sources for road infrastructure to work on late summer/early fall.
  • I met with Seth Hudson of Cedar Corporation, Art Hancock Town of Cable Chairman, James Bolen Cable Chamber Director and Senator Janet Bewley (with Representative Beth Meyer’s staff person via phone). We discussed potential language and potential sponsors of legislation that Senator Bewley and Representative Meyers could assist in writing which would include resorts/conference centers to be qualified as tax increment financing districts.  There will be continued follow up on this.

Local/Regional Projects & Events

  • I am one of the planners of Business on Stage this year, and this quarter we featured 4 young entrepreneurs from Bayfield and Ashland Counties which tied to YP (Young Entrepreneurs Week) across the state. Over 80 attended.
  • I met with Andy Eaton the Tech-ed contact for CESA 12 district, along with Dale Kupczyk of Ashland Area Development Corp. We plan a day in early/mid October for high school Tech-Ed faculty throughout the CESA district to be come together at Northwestern High School in Maple.  This is an event that has progressed since my visit to Bayfield County High School Tech-Ed teachers who support such an event to assist faculty to strengthen their curriculums and to interface with local industry to support their efforts. We will meet again in July to shape the agenda for the day, involving industry, and feel the invite should include the Tech-Ed teachers, school principals, administrators and guidance counselors.
  • I attended a local farm housing/labor shortage meeting initiated by Jason Fischbach. He had local vegetable, orchard and dairy farms represented, plus had a farm labor law representative present and a representative from UW-Madison Center of Cooperatives, along with some other local stakeholders from Northland College and NWWIB.  Discussion centered around the challenges in both the pool of labor for the farms and housing, which is mostly seasonally focused, with more follow up planned.

BCEDC Specific Projects

  • I did a support letter for a local cooperative regarding a grant they applied for (and have now received) which will enable them to tap into additional markets for their products.
  • Our BCEDC marketing committee met this quarter, following up on topics from last meeting including current website content, telecommuting marketing/support materials and projection for website budgeting in 2018.
  • I crafted and provided a PSC Broadband Expansion Grant support letter on behalf of the BCEDC, for the Town of Russell to supplement their application.

Q2 2017 Total Business Visits: 73
Year 2017 Total Visits: 125

– Scottie Sandstrom, Executive Director