Sawyer County
Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corp. Update
Nov/Dec 2019 v.1
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Placemaking activities kicked off early in 2019, with a meeting attended by over 65 people who contributed their suggestions for site/"node improvements. From there, focus carried through to a comprehensive report and enhancement implementation. Progress continues to be underway. Join Us! Check out the latest updates:
A Business Improvement District was approved by the City Council of Hayward in June, a result of many hours and effort to bring it to fruition. The newly formed organization is off and running promoting Downtown Hayward!
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Finance 101 - a course in managing money was offered, free-of-charge, at Lac Courte Oreille Ojibwe College , coordinated with partner Wisconsin Native Loan Fund . This is a great offering and we look forward to making this a recurring event!
Through a partnership with the Small Business Development Center at UW-Superior , their eight-week Entrepreneurial Training Program was hosted locally in Sawyer County.
Look for additional classes in 2020!

Business Support
Several new businesses sprouted up in Sawyer County this year. Many established businesses relocated to more advantageous locations within their communities. We were able to help with plans and marketing. Not only fun for us, but in some cases, yummy! #HaywardNutrition
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!
After meetings during 2019 with both entities, these boards voted to support our organization's work. We look forward to joining forces to move Sawyer County and Tribal economic development forward.

Check out Joe Morey's article for the LCO News.
"Choose Sawyer County" Video!
Keep watch for a great new video to be released in January, promoting Sawyer County as a place to Choose for FUN and for your DREAM !

James Netz and his incredible staff have helped us create a wonderful visual story exploring Sawyer County through James' images and the personal experiences of several people who live and/or work here; some who grew up in Sawyer County and some who moved here later in life. Check out James' other work here:

This project, initiated in the fall of 2019 as way to attract talented workforce to Sawyer County, has been a collaboration between the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce , Hayward Lakes Visitors and Conventions Bureau and the SCLCOEDC. It is now ready and we are excited for its release.
Welcome Rob Susedik of H&R Block
to our Board of Directors
Rob Susedik's nomination to the SCLCOEDC Board of Directors was unanimously approved and he joined us in December.

We look forward to Rob bringing his financial expertise - as well as his dedication to community service to our organization. Rob is well-known locally for his volunteer contributions including with the Boy Scouts of America.

To learn more about the members of our board, visit our website .

Board Member Spotlight
Jason Weaver
Volunteers aren't always retirees with tons of extra time on their hands. Case in point: Our Board Member Spotlight of the Week, Jason Weaver. This busy man (with a full-time job in the Grants Department for the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwa) is not only a volunteer member of our SCLCOEDC Board of Directors, he volunteers for several organizations serving his Tribal members. OH! And an additional shout out (HOOAH!!) to Jason for having served to defend our nation's freedom in the U.S. Army! Wow, does this guy ever slow down? We think not...
Jason Weaver is a citizen of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and has served as Secretary / Treasurer of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board. Jason is an L.C.O. High School graduate and a U.S. Army Veteran. He earned an Associate of Science Degree from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sustainable Business Management from the University of Wisconsin Superior, and a Master of Arts in Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Jason sits on a special committee for the Wisconsin Legislative Council in Madison and volunteers as Vice Chair of the Native American Financial Services Association in Washington D.C. Jason also serves on the Lac Courte Oreilles K-12 School Board. Jason joined Don Semler to assist in the creation of the Lac Courte Oreilles/Sawyer County Economic Development Committee. Jason is a strong advocate for tourism and promoting the region, and felt that this committee could be useful in coordinating efforts. In his free time, Jason enjoys Wisconsin sports, outdoor activities, and spends as much time as he can on the area trails and lakes with his family.

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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:
If you would like to support the SCLCOEDC with a financial contribution, remember that we are now a 501(c)3, non-profit. As such, your contributions may be tax-deductible. If you would like to support us with a donation, please email Bruce Paulsen:
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.
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:

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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:

SC/LCO EDC Survey Data Available:

Sawyer County High School Survey Data . Sawyer County high school students were surveyed regarding several key issues including what services they would like to see in our county and what might help them consider living and working here, after graduation. If you would like access to this data or to receive a summary report, please contact us at
Save the Dates:

January 2, 2020
SCLCOEDC Board Meeting – Thursday, 8:30 a.m, at WITC-Hayward. Please note the time change. Public Welcome!

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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
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