As we move forward in this new era of workforce development under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, our focus will remain on excellence and continuing to achieve high impact, quality outcomes that serve the needs of the workforce and employers. The NWWIB has been working to strength the current and future workforce of northwest Wisconsin in order to increase and expand economic development activities within the region through many regional collaborative efforts.


Building upon discussion and outcomes from the 2016 Regional Insights on the Economy Sessions, Visions Northwest, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board and the Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional Development, hosted a series of three breakfast sessions throughout the region focused on young professionals, talent, and attraction in Northwest Wisconsin. The loss of young people is an issue that many of our rural communities are facing throughout the region. Many strategies are being developed and implemented to attract and retain young people throughout the state and across the country. The 2017 RIsE Sessions provided attendees with information focused on gaining and retaining young people in rural communities. In addition, RIsE engaged the audience with a panel of local young professionals offering insight as to why they choose to live and work in Northwest Wisconsin. Below are two infographics based on information obtained from the three RIsE Sessions.


Bridge banner with post its on it from strategic planning activity

Building off of the success of the 2015 E3 Summit: Employment, Education & Economic Development and the three Regional Insights on the Economy in Northwest Wisconsin (RIsE) sessions, the RIsE3 Summit used the input collected from both events to begin working on innovative strategies and potential solutions to enhance workforce and economic development growth. This summit brought together regional leaders in employment, education, and economic development.