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Create Wisconsin brings state and regional business and economic development leaders to Rhinelander to showcase ‘creative economy’

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The Creative Economy Tour stops by Makers North downtown Rhinelander. Create Wisconsin knows art can drive boost an economy.

It’s why the organization brought state and regional business and economic development leaders to Rhinelander Monday.

The “Creative Economy Tour” consisted of two roundtable discussions and visits to local businesses.

The focus of the visit was focused on how the Northwoods tourism and entertainment industry has recovered from the pandemic.

“It struck me, just the resiliency of the community and how quickly, especially with creative businesses, they pivoted to really fill gaps in the community that didn’t exist. That definitely struck me. When you’re involving creatives and artists in community development that’s what happens. They find unique ways to respond to things that are happening in the community,” said Beth Haskovec, the director for rural prosperity for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Another thing that stuck out to the visitors on the tour was how the Northwoods has grown during the pandemic.More people have made their vacation homes their permanent residence and more people have been visiting.“Obviously there’s a lot of things the state needs to do to help with broadband to help ensure they stay here. But also, the disconnect. If people are moving […]

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