Visions Northwest, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, and the Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional Development are excited to announce the 2017 Regional Insights on the Economy (RIsE) RIsE Series. RIsE is a series of three breakfast sessions throughout the region focused economic trends and workforce development issues. The 2017 sessions will build upon the issues, priorities, and solutions identified in the inaugural 2016 RIsE Series.The topic of this year’s series is young professionals, talent, and attraction in Northwest Wisconsin.

The loss of young people is an issue that many rural communities are facing throughout the region. However, many strategies are being developed and implemented to attract and retain young people throughout the state and across the country. Each session will include a presentation on a research project conducted by the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology from the University of Wisconsin. The project aimed to identify the combination of factors that come together in rural communities that successfully gain and retain young people, then create a process where others can study their own communities and plan recruitment and retention strategies. In addition to this presentation, RIsE will engage a panel of local young professionals offering insight as to why they choose to live and work in Northwest Wisconsin. The session will close with a facilitated discussion among attendees.

The first RIsE Session is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake. The following two RIsE Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, at Sharon’s Coffee Company in Hurley and on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, at North Cedar Academy in Ladysmith. Each event will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 10:00 AM.

Registration is required to attend with a registration fee of $10.00 per person. Registration can be completed at For more information about the RIsE Series or for assistance with registering, please contact Crystal Rohde, Visions Northwest Administrator, at 715-635-2197 or

 Visions Northwest is the one of nine regional economic development groups in the State of Wisconsin. Visions Northwest receives funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to address the development needs of regional projects and support regional economic development in Northwest Wisconsin. Visions Northwest members represent county economic development, tribes, education, chambers of commerce, workforce development as well as the private and public sector. For more information about Visions Northwest, please visit

The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) is one of over 600 Workforce Boards in the U.S. and is responsible for the oversight of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other training and employment initiatives in Northwest Wisconsin, including the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Price, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn. The NWWIB Board of Directors is comprised of business leaders, workforce development partners, and tribal representatives who are committed to creating a workforce system that meets the needs of the employers and workers in the region. For more information about the board, please visit

Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional Development (NorthWERD) is a regional consortium of representatives from public, private and tribal higher learning institutions and agencies. The consortium is focusing on responding to regional educational and economic development needs, assess existing research and gather additional data to pinpoint economic opportunities, provide career pathways to success and offer academic advising and assessment for parents and students. For more information, please visit