What makes a community an attractive place to live and work, and what motivates people to invest in their community? These were some of the questions attendees were presented with during the Northwoods Research Summit held March 20.
The event took place at Treehaven, a natural resources education, conference, and research center located in the Northwoods between Rhinelander and Tomahawk.
The annual day-long conference was designed to explore economic, cultural and environmental issues and opportunities in the Northwoods. This year’s theme focused on what elements make a community healthy and active. The summit was sponsored by Nicolet College, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and the GrowNorth Regional Economic Development Corporation.
This year’s conference highlighted keynote speaker Jerry Hembd, professor of business and economics at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, who shared stories from his own life experiences and research on what factors that make up a local living economy.
Hembd is also a state specialist in community and economic development with UW-Extension and co-leader of the UW-Extension Sustainability Team.
Other speakers included Naletta Burr from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Ron Skallerud and Michelle Madl-Soehren from Nicolet College, Dave Eckmann from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Erica Brewster and Tim Brown from the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County, Bob Martini, Oneida County Board Supervisor, Ricker Floral from the Oneida County Lakes & Rivers Association, Leah Van Zile from the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, and Linda Conlon from Oneida County Public Health.