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WIGCOT Round Tables

WIGCOT 2016 Roundtable Discussions

Community and Economic Development Resources

The Center for Community and Economic Development, which is a program of the UW-Extension, provides information and assistance to individuals, local governments and community organizations. This roundtable will be an opportunity to discuss challenges and strengths in your community, as well as provide information on the many programs available from the Center and how you might best utilize them in support of your economic development.



Partnerships Between DMO's and Land Managers to Develop and Promote Recreational Opportunities

This session will focus on maintaining relationships with local destination marketing offices (Chambers, Visitor Centers, and Economic Development Corporations) and public land managers in the interest of promoting outdoor recreation experiences to visitors. Recent closures of some public lands in Wisconsin’s Northwoods have created the opportunity for coordination among local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders and illuminated the need for additional communication and partnerships to maintain and promote these important resources. Land managers at the county, state, and federal level will participate in the conversation to discuss opportunities for enhanced partnerships within various stakeholder groups in Northern Wisconsin.



Intergovernmental Relations in Wisconsin

The Division of Intergovernmental Relations provides a broad array of services to the public and state, local and tribal governments. It supports counties, municipalities, citizens and businesses by providing support services in land use planning, land information and records modernization, municipal boundary review, plat review, demography, and coastal management programs. The Division of Intergovernmental Relations also works to strengthen the relationship between the state of Wisconsin and the governments of the state's 11 Native American Tribes.



Labor and Employment in the Wisconsin Tourism Industry - Resources and Discussion about Staffing Needs

This session will focus on recruiting and maintaining a loyal and available work force in the Wisconsin tourism industry. Learn about available resources for finding candidates to fill your staffing needs. Learn about resources from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Technical Colleges, and other public and private employment agencies. The session will allow attendees to share details about their specific needs and challenges regarding employment and will also encourage participants to share best practices for recruiting quality employees.



Solutions for Success: Access to Broadband and Reducing Government Red Tape

Access to broadband and interacting with state government are two givens for any business. Have you ever needed help solving problems or reducing red tape encounters with state government? Are you planning for future success by having adequate broadband access for your business and guests? Deputy Secretary Sarah Klavas will facilitate a session that focuses on state government services for hospitality businesses. You’ll learn how the Office of Business Development and the State Broadband Office can help you succeed. Angie Dickson, State Broadband Director will highlight the work of the State Broadband Office to expand broadband access across Wisconsin; including information about the Public Service Commission’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program. Nancy Mistele, Director in the Office of Business Development will show you how her team works to remove red tape, reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and help businesses connect to state-wide resources. Nancy will feature specific examples of success in the tourism industry.

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