Saturday, March 02, 2013

Counties urged to make economic development regional

“No county is an island.”

Jerry Murphy’s observation, made at Monday’s meeting of the Intercounty Coordinating Committee in Baraboo, defined the tone for a discussion, among representatives from six south-central Wisconsin counties, on the importance of making economic development a regional effort.

Murphy is executive director of New North Inc., an economic development consortium that is composed of 18 northeast Wisconsin counties, including ICC member counties Marquette and Green Lake.

Attracting new businesses, keeping existing businesses and maintaining a high quality of life all depend largely on the ability to think not just in terms of one community or one county, but rather in terms of the assets that exist in a particular region, Murphy said. More here.

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