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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.
Oct. 19, 2016 - Oneida County EDC approves purchase of Printpack site - The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation and Northeast Wisconsin EDC Joint Board of Directors met on Wednesday afternoon with multiple intriguing items on the agenda.
Sept. 26, 2016 - Rhinelander chamber celebrates 80 years of service - The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce staff took some time Wednesday to recognize a milestone, the organization's 80th birthday.
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.
Aug. 23, 2016 - Oneida County and the city of Rhinelander to consider loan to economic development corporations - The much talked-about former Printpack building in Rhinelander is perhaps one step closer to being occupied. The Oneida County Board of Supervisors and city of Rhinelander have been requested to consider lending $15 million to the Northeast Wisconsin Development Corporation (NEWEDC) for an economic development project. NEWEDC is negotiating to enter into a lease/purchase contract with Rhinelander Coated Products (RCP). According to company spokesperson, Addie Teeters, RCP is a business unit of Expera Specialty Solutions.
Aug. 17, 2016 - Grants will boost rural internet service - The demise of slow internet service, in some communities, is one step closer as telecoms get broadband grants aimed at boosting speeds.
July 18, 2016 - Nicolet launches new academic credentials, adds flexible options for others - This fall Nicolet College will launch four new academic credentials and add significant flexibility to two others to meet changing job market demands and make college more accessible for students who need alternatives to traditional daytime classes.
New offerings include a Drafting Design Technician diploma, an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) associate degree, and two new Auto Technician diplomas.
In addition, Nicolet will offer a new sequence of evening Welding classes and a part-time Nursing option, featuring online, evening and weekend classes.
More information about each offering is below.
June 10, 2016 - 57 Enroll In Nicolet Promise For Fall 2017 - Last fall, Nicolet College announced the "Nicolet Promise", which enables qualifying Northwoods students to attend the college tuition free starting this fall. At the time, Nicolet President Dr. Richard Nelson said the promise means the Nicolet College Foundation will pick up the entire balance of tuition and fees that remain after state and federal grants have been applied to students accounts.
June 7, 2016 - Rhinelander paper mill expands stack to improve air quality - A large crane will temporarily join the Rhinelander skyline as Expera expands one of the paper mill stacks.

The taller stack with help improve air quality and decrease pollution.

Back in April, Expera got permission to expand the stack from around 200 feet tall to almost 300 feet tall. The project is expected to cost about $3 million.
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.
May 19, 2016 - County board passes resolution for state forestry department relocation - The Oneida County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday joined the chorus of local officials lobbying to bring the State Division of Forestry office to Oneida County.

The Rhinelander City Council passed a resolution last week asking the state to consider Rhinelander for the soon-to-be relocated office and Tuesday the county board passed a similar resolution.
May 2, 2016 - Five Northwoods School Districts Will Have Fab Labs - Five Northwoods school districts are among 25 statewide getting up to $25,0000 to fund Fab Labs in their schools.
Feb. 23, 2016 - Welding simulator aims to spark interest in Northwoods manufacturing careers - TOMAHAWK - A video game—with a twist—might provide part of the solution to the shortage of manufacturing workers in the Northwoods.
Feb. 18, 2016 - Rhinelander holds meeting about upcoming downtown construction project - RHINELANDER - A major downtown construction project in Rhinelander will begin this spring.
Feb. 17, 2016 - School District of Rhinelander's referendum passes by more than 2,000 votes - RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander passed its $5 million referendum.
Feb. 16, 2016 - City leader happy with new city website - RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander launched its new website earlier this month. The new site is fully controlled by the city,
Feb. 9, 2016 - HOBBY LOBBY OFFICIALLY OPENS - It’s been less than five months since construction started at the new Hobby Lobby, but for many people, it seemed a bit longer. As of Monday, Feb. 8, the wait is over.
Jan. 14, 2016 - Oneida County courts have gone paperless/fileless - As of this month, the Oneida County Clerk of Circuit Court office has gone paperless.
Sept. 16, 2015 - ABX makes final loan payment to Oneida County Board - ABX Gives Oneida County Full Payment On Loans
Jan. 30, 2015 - Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Hires Business Recruiter - Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated has announced a change toward trying to find businesses to expand in downtown Rhinelander.
Sept. 18, 2014 - Fab Lab prepares students for the modern workforce - THREE LAKES - Students in Three Lakes will learn how to use new technology like 3D printers and laser cutters this year. It's all part of the district's brand new Fab Lab.

Fab Labs have the most modern manufacturing equipment. Students will learn to use the same tools that businesses use. The lab manager thinks that will help students from Three Lakes get better jobs.
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.
June 19, 2014 - OCEDC Needs Your Help - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS…….We’re looking for volunteers with a passion for Business Development to serve on our working committees. You can help make Oneida County Economic Development a stronger and more valuable resource by sharing your wealth of knowledge and talents as we work together to strengthen our communities.
Our committees perform specific functions that support the work of OCEDC and this is your opportunity to become engaged in the organization’s activities. All committees listed below report to the Board of Directors and make recommendations for Board action in the committee’s specific functional areas.
Apr. 30, 2014 - RHS Student and JWMS Teacher Receive Awards from Herb Kohl Educational Foundation - The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Initiative Scholarship was presented to Rhinelander High School (RHS) senior Destiny Baitinger, and the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Fellowship Award was presented to Karie Blemke, teacher at James Williams Middle School (JWMS) at a recognition luncheon hosted by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl on April 6, 2014.
Apr. 23, 2014 - Rhinelander One Of 49 Communities Given Designation - Rhinelander was selected as one of 49 communities across the U.S. as a national Earth Day recipient by the Department of Agriculture. As part of the designation, the city received a total of $3.7 million in grant and lower-interest loans to upgrade sewer and storm water systems.
Mar. 28, 2014 - Rhinelander Hopeful For USDA Grant For Downtown - Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. and the city are in the planning stages for a projected $8 million makeover of the streets and infrastructure downtown within two years. The first bit of funding for the effort might be coming in.
Jan. 22, 2014 - Recycling Numbers Growing In Wisconsin - Wisconsin continues to be among the leaders in recycling.
Jan. 13, 2014 - WEDC recognizes Northwoods Projects - Several Northwoods companies were recognized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for expansion projects last year.
Dec. 27, 2013 - Examining the Northwoods through the eyes of the young professional - How do you attract more young people to the Northwoods?

It's a question often asked but rarely answered. Finding some potential answers is the eventual goal of a new survey being circulated by Oneida County UW-Extension and the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Group.
Dec. 23, 2013 - Cybersecurity Essentials for Small Businesses - You may be hearing the term “cybersecurity” more frequently these days and wondering how it applies to your small business – if at all. It does. Cyber threats are an issue for everyone, and small businesses are becoming more common targets for such threats and crimes because they often have fewer preventative or responsive resources. So, what do you need to know? Here are some essentials as featured in one of our latest online trainings.
Dec. 19, 2013 - Business Incubator For Oneida County? - Business incubators have been started in at least two Northwoods counties and Oneida county might also be looking into it.

An incubator works by putting several mostly new small businesses in one building, sharing relatively low rent and utilities with the idea toward growth and eventually leaving the nest.
Dec. 6, 2013 - Are you ready to expand your business into e-commerce? - With e-commerce sales topping a record-breaking $1 trillion worldwide in 2012, many small businesses are turning to the web to increase their market share and increase sales. E-commerce may seem like an economical way to expand your business without all the pesky overhead costs of a brick-and-mortar operation. It’s true that e-commerce offers boundless opportunities for business success, but it also presents unique challenges. Before you take the big leap into e-commerce, consider a few key points that may help soften your landing.
Nov. 8, 2013 - SBA Announces New Measure to Help Get Small Business Loans Into the Hands of Veterans - This week, in the lead up to Veterans Day, the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) has been celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative on the part of the SBA to reach out to veteran entrepreneurs and business owners.
Nov. 7, 2013 - 'I Buy Local' launches Consumer Card promotion - The second part of the "I Buy Local" campaign has launched with the introduction of Consumer Cards. These punch cards are available for $2 at the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Rhinelander Inc. and several participating "I Buy Local" businesses.