What has the New North done lately?
Well, if you’re a business owner, manager, professional, worker – hey, if you
live in Northeast Wisconsin – you are
the New North, we are the New North.
OK, so what has New North, Inc. done
lately? The regional economic organization hosted more than 800 people at its
annual Summit on Dec. 9 at the KI Center in Green Bay. If you were there, you
heard the latest progress of the six initiatives. Gov. Jim Doyle addressed the crowd for the
fifth straight year, reminding us that New North is at the forefront of
regional economic collaboration in Wisconsin – a model for the Milwaukee 7,
Thrive in Madison, Centergy in the Wausau area and others. David Ward of
NorthStar Economics, Insight’s December Face Time subject, presented economic
information showing just how far the New North has come since the organization
was formed in 2002.
If you missed the Summit or just
want some reference point for the accomplishments of New North the year, I
encourage you to check out the New North 2009 Report to the Community, produced
by Insight Publications. Find it on our
home page or link directly to the page-turning version at http://tinyurl.com/yz549tg.
Now, if you’re doing some research –
or consider yourself a skeptic on just what efforts of a collaborative
organization like New North can do – I also encourage you to look back sometime
at the original study Ward conducted before the New North was launched. I think
you will be pleasantly surprised to find that many of its recommendations have
been taken quite seriously by the many hundreds of volunteers working toward a
dynamic future for the Northeast Wisconsin economy. Check it out at www.neweconomyproject.org.
– Margaret LeBrun, Insight editor