09/28/2018- Marinette County’s Board of Supervisors has spent plenty of time discussing the county’s economic development needs, but what do key business leaders have to say on the topic? Eight panelists from various local industries were asked to weigh in at a round-table discussion held Thursday night. One commonly-shared struggle is recruiting and retaining employees and many agreed there’s a need to draw people in from outside of the area. Kim Brooks with Rusty Wolfe Studio says in order to attract employees, the county needs to offer more to do outside of work hours.
Taking a more regional approach to solving the issue, Lois Ellis from the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance was invited as a panelist. She says now more than ever, moving a family means moving two careers and a new network in the Iron Mountain area is addressing that.
County Board Chairman Mark Anderson says the county needs to take the lead on economic development, and that starts with analyzing the demographics and how those numbers are being projected for the future. He also stressed the importance of creating a regional economic development plan that encompasses the area from Dickinson to Oconto County.