More Economic Development Regions

    Momentum West
    Counties: Barron • Clark • Chippewa • Dunn • Eau Claire • Pierce • Pepin • Polk • Rusk • St. Croix

    Momentum West is a regional economic development organization serving a portion of Northwestern Wisconsin including the Chippewa Valley and St. Croix County, and is one of the fastest growing areas of the state. The area’s proximity to the Twin Cities has led to the rapid growth and suburbanization of St. Croix County. The region has a cluster of three four-year University of Wisconsin System schools: Eau Claire, Stout and River Falls.

    2322 Alpine Road Suite 7, Eau Claire, WI 54703
    (715) 874-4673 |

    Population: 479,110
    Notable businesses: 3M, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Nestle, Menard Inc., TTM Technologies, Weather Shield Mfg, Cray, Polaris Industries Mfg.
    Colleges and universities (7): UW-Barron County, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-River Falls, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Globe University- Eau Claire
    Top industries: Medical devices, plastics, packaging, health care, education, bio-agriculture, bio-energy, sensors, computers, electronics, nanotechnology, chemicals

    Major airports: Chippewa Valley Regional Airport



    7 Rivers Alliance

    Jackson • Juneau • La Crosse • Monroe • Trempealeau • Vernon • portions of Minnesota and Iowa

    The 7 Rivers Alliance is a regional leadership group that fosters economic growth and collaboration in Western Wisconsin, Southeast Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa. La Crosse, which straddles the Mississippi River, is the biggest city in the region.

    400 7th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601
    (608) 787-8777 |

    Executive director: Vicki Markussen

    Population: 367,919

    Top industries: Manufacturing, composites, health care, agriculture

    Notable businesses: Kwik Trip Inc.; Logistics Health Inc.; Dairyland Power Cooperative; Gundersen Lutheran Health System

    Colleges and universities (4): UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, Western Technical College, Globe University

    Major airports: La Crosse Municipal Airport



    Prosperity Southwest

    Counties: Richland • Lafayette • Green • Grant • Crawford

    Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin is the region’s economic development organization focusing on business development for both small businesses and large corporations. It’s organization’s mission is to foster stronger economic development and greater quality of life in southwest Wisconsin through advanced manufacturing business services, progressive agriculture services and tourism.

    Fennimore, WI 53809
    (608) 822-3501 |

    President: Ron Brisbois

    Population: 210,000

    Top industries: Manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, healthcare

    Colleges and universities (4): UW-Platteville, UW-Richland Center, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College – Fennimore, Blackhawk Technical College

    Notable businesses: 3M, Rayovac, S&S Cycle, Bemis, Rockwell Automation
    Major transport hubs: Mississippi River barge access w/direct rail service; 45 minutes from the Rockford RFD, a Top 25 U.S. Cargo Airport and U.S. Customs Port of Entry




    Counties: Lincoln • Marathon • Portage • Wood • Adams

    Centergy is the regional marketing and economic development organization for Central Wisconsin. The region’s biggest city is Wausau, and other major cities include Stevens Point, home to UW-Stevens Point, and Marshfield, home to UW-Marshfield and the Marshfield Clinic.

    500 First St., Suite 15, P.O. Box 1045
    Wausau, WI 54403
    (715) 843-9563 |

    Executive director: Peggy Sullivan

    Population: 328,399

    Top industries: Manufacturing, paper, health care, insurance

    Notable businesses: Domtar Corp., Greenheck Fan Corp., Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield DoorSystems, Mutual of Wausau Insurance Corp., NewPage Corp., Sentry Insurance, Wausau Paper

    Colleges and universities (5): UW-Stevens Point, UW-Marathon County, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, Mid-State Technical College, North-Central Technical College

    Major airports: Central Wisconsin Airport (Mosinee)



    Visions Northwest

    Counties: Ashland • Bayfield • Burnett • Douglas • Iron • Price • Rusk • Sawyer • Taylor • Washburn

    Visions Northwest is a 10-county region in northwest Wisconsin and was started by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC), which was created in 1959 and is the oldest planning commission in the state. The NWRPC provides community and regional services focusing on economic, community and business development, transportation, land use, coastal and environmental resources. The area is also home to the tribal nations of the Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau, Lac Courte Oreilles and St. Croix.

    1400 S. River St., Spooner, WI 54801
    (715) 635-2197 |

    Population: 179,000

    Notable businesses: Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc.; The Peachtree Companies Inc.; Graymont LLC; St. Croix Tribal Council; Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; Avanti Health Systems Inc.

    Colleges and universities (4): University of Wisconsin-Superior; Northland College; Northcentral Technical College; Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC)

    Top industries: Manufacturing, healthcare/social sciences, retail, and accommodations and food services.



    Grow North

    Forest • Langlade • Lincoln • Oneida • Vilas

    Grow North is an economic development organization for a large portion of the area that Wisconsinites call “Up North.” The area is popular for tourism and fishing, particularly in Eagle River. The largest city is the region is Rhinelander. The Native American tribes are the area’s largest employers. In addition to its five core counties, Grow North also collaborates on economic development projects with the neighboring counties of Florence, Marinette and Oconto.

    P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501
    (715) 365-4468 |

    Executive director: Don Sidlowski

    Population: 114,867

    Top industries: Tourism, health care, wood products, manufacturing

    Notable businesses: Wausau Paper, Harley-Davidson, Printpack Inc., Oldenburg Group Co., Superior Diesel Inc.

    Colleges and universities (2): Nicolet College and Northcentral Technical College

    Major airport: Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport

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