Forest County Economic Development Partnership (FCEDP) elected officers for the new fiscal year at their annual meeting June 13.
At the meeting, outgoing president Jason Neilitz called attention to the accomplishments for which FCEDP provided assistance during his tenure. Among those projects were the expansion of Hometown Trolley, launch of Infinity Wood Floors, completion of the Scenic Byways application to draw additional tourists, leadership on the National Forest issue (for which FCEDP’s executive director was called to Washington, D.C., to testify), worked toward restoration of rail service to the county, and toward the potential off-road park for which Forest County is being considered.
Incoming officers are as follows: president, R.T. Krueger, president of Northern Lake Service Inc.; vice president, Richard Popp, president of Laona State Bank; treasurer, Thad Yeager, vice president of Laona Machine Supply; and secretary, Melinda Otto, executive director of the Forest County Chamber of Commerce. The Executive Committee includes Eugene Shawano Jr., tribal administrator of the Forest County Potawatomi Community; Bucky Dailey, owner of Perfect Touch; Jason Neilitz, president of Glacier Cattle Company; and Rob Jaeger, mayor, city of Crandon (alternate).
FCEDP was launched as Millennium Economic Development Corporation in 2003. In 2011, the organization changed to its current name and hired a full-time executive director.
The stakeholders of FCEDP include the city of Crandon, Forest County Board of Supervisors, Forest County Potawatomi Community and Foundation, Forest County Chamber of Commerce, Forest County Tourism Commission, Sokaogon-Chippewa Community and Wabeno Chamber of Commerce.