“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth
This past week many witnessed a few last second comebacks by the college football teams playing in one of the many bowl games. There were thrilling wins and great examples of perseverance and determination.
Oneida County Economic Development Corporation’s (OCEDC) strategy is to grow the most dynamic economy in the Northwoods by striving for excellence. That path to excellence starts with participating in the success of the five county (Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida & Vilas) “Grow North” regional economic development organization that in the aggregate is hard to beat. Our accountability at OCEDC is to then let decision makers know the Oneida County business climate, cost competitiveness, market access, and talent is hard to beat.
To take this sport analogy a bit further I would suggest that the following principles be applied to our
Oneida County economic development strategy:
•Home field advantage: a determined and relentless focus on assisting existing businesses that
need help in expanding, finding and training new talent, and navigating the challenges of the global
•Execution: by preparing the physical infrastructure, quality workforce, and economic development
system that is well prepared to serve the needs of businesses acting proactively as much as
possible and reacting efficiently when required.
•Don’t beat ourselves up: by investing in economic development in our communities, our county, our
Northwoods region, and the State of Wisconsin. We must aggressively participate in the
marketing of the five county region and State as a business location consistently and not create unnecessary
obstacles to our own success here in Oneida County by acting parochially or without a vision for the
•Deliver big in the biggest games: when big moments arrive, be it an individual opportunity or a
regional economic issue – we must continue to rise to the challenge for the benefit of our
businesses, and most importantly, those unemployed or displaced by the economy. This requires
creative thinking by including all aspects of our Oneida County community in the effort to win.
Then and only then will we be hard to beat.