Sawyer County
Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corp. Update
Jan/Feb 2020 v.1
To Subscribe: send us your name and email address , here

For information on any topic, contact: 
The First Story - Construction
A new building is being constructed on HWY B for a local non-profit. The instructors and trainees creating this building are part of a program bringing workforce training to inmates in Sawyer County. The goal: to provide employable skills to individuals working to design a better future and not return to jail. The program is a partnership between several organizations both in and outside of Sawyer County, including the SCLCOEDC. It has been very well received.
Plans to Expand
The vision is to expand the program beyond Construction, to include training avenues for Hospitality, computer skills and more. The efforts to secure funding, trainers, and support organizations is underway.

If you would like more information on ways to contribute to this project, contact us at
Reminders and Updates
Don't Overlook Students
As Spring approaches, students will be looking for jobs for the summer and recent grads will be looking to build experience. If you have job openings, connect with our local Sawyer County schools to post listings or send them to us at .
Wayfaring Signage Designs Under Consideration
Our local Placemaking volunteers have been hard at work chasing the details for developing signage to connect visitors to our sites. They have also contacted Sara Balbin about creating a sculpture for downtown. Sign-up for updates

The busy season is approaching. The SCLCOEDC has a page on our website dedicated to featuring Sawyer County business properties for sale. Make sure they see YOUR listing first! Click for Details
"I Choose Sawyer County" Video Attracting Attention Beyond Wisconsin
It's no secret that people who vacation here, decide to move here! They find out what we already can live and chase your dream in the same place you find joy, wonder, excitement and fun!

To say the secret is out is becoming more and more of a truth. After the video released in January, it's circulation on social media has garnered the attention of local media as well as out-of-state news stations, inspiring a front-page newspaper story and nightly television news feature.

All this is great news for a proj ect, initiated in the fall of 2019 as way to address a workforce shortage in Sawyer County. The collaboration between the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce , Hayward Lakes Visitors and Conventions Bureau and the SCLCOEDC includes the video, created by James Netz/Due North Digital, a Youtube Channel and a webpage dedicated to sharing the many selling points of Sawyer County.

Check out the website to see how you can help further this project, including getting your business, organization or service listed (along with a link to your website). Our categories and listings help visitors better understand the amenities available throughout Sawyer County. Some categories to choose from:
Welcome Michelle Beaudin of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board and Luke Beirl of Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water's Edge to our Board of Directors
Michelle and Luke's nominations to the SCLCOEDC Board of Directors were unanimously approved and they joined us in January.

Their diverse career and management experiences, as well as their industry perspectives will be tremendous strengths for our organization. Their volunteerism helps us move our mission forward. Thank You for joining our team!

Board Member Spotlight
Bruce Paulsen
A large segment of our Sawyer county residents were not born here. They moved here. Among those, we have a wonderfully large share of individuals who have adopted their new community and blessed it with not only their work skills, but also their selfless contribution to any number of governmental and civic organizations. Bruce Paulsen is exactly this type of resident. He is a workhorse for the SCLCOEDC, dedicating countless volunteer hours to an ever expanding number of SCLCOEDC initiatives including Placemaking, broadband expansion, and new business support. He is our Treasurer, as well. Now, if you think that is where the list of hats Bruce wears ends... think again!
Bruce is a founding member of the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation. In addition, he is on the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors.
Bruce is a Green Bay boy who left his home state to work in Minneapolis for a CPA firm, Cargill and before retiring as The Carlson Companies Corporate Controller. As soon as he was able, he moved back home to Wisconsin. He and his lovely wife Margi have been full-time Hayward residents since 1999.

Meet more of our board members at
Workforce Housing in Sawyer County remains a pressing topic. SCLCOEDC has been working with stakeholders across Sawyer County to address the shortages and bring development to our county. To participate or find out more:
Sawyer County Board of Supervisors and the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Governing Board continue their support of the SCLCOEDC

Thank You to C. Hadlai Hull and Jump River Electric Cooperative for your recent donations. Without the generosity of individuals and organizations like these we would not be able to continue the services and programs being currently generated through SCLCOEDC.
We are grateful.
If you would like to support the SCLCOEDC with a financial contribution, please email Bruce Paulsen: . Remember that we are now a 501(c)3, non-profit. As such, your contributions may be tax-deductible.
Join Us In
Promoting a Thriving Sawyer County
Do you have an interest in economic development in Sawyer County? Do you have business experience you would be willing to share? Drop us a line, we are always looking for volunteers.

 SAWYER COUNTY is a Certified
Sawyer County has taken the steps to reduce obstacles to broadband investment in our area. We are eager for broadband expansion and our streamlined permitting will expedite the process for new broadband developers. Interested? Contact Bruce at:

Don't forget, if you are an employer looking for help, we can post your listing to our Facebook and Web page. Submit your position descriptions (or link to your posting) to .

If you would like to meet to discuss a business idea or resources available through SCLCOEDC, send an email:
Save the Date:
March 5, 2020
SCLCOEDC Board Meeting – Thursday, 8:30 a.m, at WITC-Hayward. Please note the time change. Public Welcome!

Stay up-to-date:

Workforce Resource Guide
If you are looking for employees or would like to help someone find employment, you will find a wealth of resources available in this Sawyer County Workforce Resource Guide
To Subscribe to our Monthly Newsletter click here