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Apr. 11, 2018 - Heck, Brauer reminisce about the evolution of local airport - The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has changed a lot in the last 43 years and retiring airport commission chairman Bob Heck has had a front row seat for every aspect of that evolution from prop airplanes to the jet age.
Apr. 6, 2018 - Airport commission chairman to step down after 43 years
Heck retires after building airport into economic engine for Rhinelander area
- Imagine for a moment what Rhinelander would look like without large employers like Printpack or the numerous businesses headquartered in the air industrial park on U.S. Highway 8. Ponder for a second what life would be like for local residents if there was no Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, no passenger jet service capable of transporting travelers from Rhinelander to Minneapolis in 30 minutes.
Mar. 29, 2018 - Johnson Joins Oneida County Economic Development Corporation - Stacey Johnson of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin has been named the new Executive Director of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC). Johnson brings to the position a wealth of experience and expertise from a diverse financial career spanning more than two decades.
Mar. 21, 2018 - Airport director Brauer to retire
28-year run to end in May; RHS grad to replace him
- Longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Director Joe Brauer will hand over the reins this spring to a successor with local roots, Rhinelander High School alum Matt Leitner.
Mar. 1, 2018 - Financial assistance available for Nicolet College's upcoming basic heavy equipment operator class - Nicolet College will offer a basic heavy equipment operator class starting March 19 that will give graduates the entry-level skills to work with large machines in several different industries.
Feb. 23, 2018 - Nicolet College and Expera safety training partnership goes back decades - Jesse Button's top priority is to keep every employee safe while they're on the job at the Expera Specialty Solutions Rhinelander Paper Mill.
Jan. 25, 2018 - Success breeds success: Nicolet receives second state WEDC entrepreneur grant - For the second year in a row, Nicolet Area Technical College has received a grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) aimed at developing entrepreneurship programs in the Northwoods.
Jan. 25, 2018 - Unemployment Hitting New Lows in the Northwooods - Local radio station, WXPR, recently shared data on the low unemployment in our region, stating that only six of the state's 72 counties were at four percent unemployment or higher. The statewide unemployment average is only 2.7 percent.
Dec. 19, 2017 - Nicolet College Foundation awards record number of spring semester scholarships - A record 123 new scholarships were awarded to students to attend Nicolet College second semester, according to the executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation.
Nov. 1, 2017 - Broadband Committee hosts PSC Commissioner to highlight Oneida County successes in grant-funded internet projects - RHINELANDER - A walk down a gravel driveway and up a leaf-covered path in the Town of Crescent led Lon Roberts to one of Oneida County's prized projects.
Oct. 17, 2017 - A brewery makes a comeback in Rhinelander - The Rhinelander Brewing Company beers used to get brewed in Rhinelander.
Sept. 28, 2017 - A year round flea market comes to Rhinelander - RHINELANDER - One woman believes a glorified garage sale is the missing piece to Rhinelander.
Sept. 26, 2017 - OCEDC Needs Your Support - We need your collaboration and support….

Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) is a private non-profit corporation that depends, in part, on financial contributions from private companies like yours who support economic development growth in Oneida County. The involvement of these partners helps shape the future of this area. Our public partners recognize that successful economic development efforts require a broad participation and investment from the community in the form of an organized public/private partnership.
Sept. 26, 2017 - Jacobi says busing changes could save $100K - Prior to the start of 2017-18 school year, the School District of Rhinelander elected to make a change in its busing practices that district superintendent Kelli Jacobi says could result in savings of over $100,000.
Sept. 24, 2017 - Audit says Oneida County running in strong position - Oneida County auditors have once again wrapped up their annual tasks, and once again they report the county to be in strong financial position as a new budget year approaches.
Sept. 14, 2017 - Timber sales up in Oneida County - While speaking to the Oneida County Forestry Committee last Wednesday, county assistant forest director Paul Fiene briefed members on good news he didn't quite understand.
Aug. 11, 2017 - Make It! Camp in Three Lakes introduces kids to science, Fab Lab - THREE LAKES - The Fab Lab in Three Lakes gets used constantly during the school year. But middle and high schoolers helped keep it popular this summer, too.
Aug. 8, 2017 - Walker announces broadband expansion grant recipients - Governor Scott Walker joined the Public Service Commission (PSC) Friday in announcing $1,500,000 in Broadband Expansion Grants awarded to 13 projects in underserved areas throughout the state.
July 18, 2017 - Collaborative Curriculum for Engaged Learning & Community Workshop - Ten teacher-leaders representing the Florence, Rhinelander, and Three Lakes School Districts teamed up to learn to use Fab Lab equipment in ways that might help save endangered bats. The workshop started with a presentation by Kate Millan, of the School District of Florence County. Millan kicked off the workshop by describing how middle school students in Florence researched white nose syndrome and the impacts it had on the environment and the economy.
May 15, 2017 - Two FAB LAB Students Travel to Wheeling, IL to accept delivery of First 50 Products - Thursday May 11 was a big day for two Three Lakes students. Accompanied by Roger Luce, Executive Director of Oneida County Economic Development Corporation, we traveled to Wheeling, IL, to accept delivery of their first 50 products from Absolute Turn.
Apr. 28, 2017 - Three Lakes High School students turn a class project into a business using fab lab - RHINELANDER - Childhood friends are no business partners thanks to a class project.

Three students used their Three Lakes Fab Lab to make a septic tank screen hose, which helps stops clogs.
Jan. 26, 2017 - Grow North provides 2017 update - Grow North Economic Development Corporation focuses on creating economic development opportunities to improve the vitality of Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade, Oconto, Florence, and Marinette counties. Areas of focus include workforce development, with efforts to attract, retain, and promote a pipeline of skilled workers to the region. Initiatives include engaging K-12 students by providing manufacturing and other business tours, FAB Lab / Maker Space opportunities, promoting forestry, logging, and wood products careers, and collaborating with businesses to offer apprenticeship opportunities.
Nov. 17, 2016 - Expera Coated Products celebrates move into former Printpack building - With the symbolic passing of an oversize key, a division of Expera Specialty Solutions took formal possession of a vacant industrial building at 114 West Kemp Street in Rhinelander Tuesday morning, finalizing a deal that was over a year in the making and involved a $15 million loan from the state.
Sept. 21, 2016 - Oneida County Board backs loan to help Expera expand in Rhinelander - A resolution authorizing Oneida County to borrow $15 million from the state of Wisconsin Trust Funds for the purpose of financing a “pass-through loan” to the Northeast Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (NEWEDC) for the purchase and renovation of the vacant Printpack building in Rhinelander and purchase of the related capital equipment was approved Tuesday by the full County Board.
Sept. 1, 2016 - Loan request for Kemp Street property has tight deadline - Time is apparently of the essence when it comes to a request from a division of Expera Specialty Solutions for a $15 million loan from Oneida County and the city Rhinelander.
June 2, 2016 - More Telephone Scams Hitting Northwoods Businesses - Another week, another telephone scam has hit the Northwoods. This time officials at Wisconsin Public Service say scammers are upping the pressure to get you to pay a bill you don't owe.
Aug. 9, 2014 - Printpack officials to hold grand opening for new Rhinelander facility - More than two years after it announced plans to reinvest in its Rhinelander operations by building a new state-of-the-art production facility on Wisconsin Highway 17, Printpack is ready to show off its new home.