The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will host an Economic Outlook program at the City Grill Restaurant & Event Space in Wausau on the morning of Thursday, March 14. Featured speaker Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner at Economic Leadership LLC will discuss the current state of Wisconsin’s economy and its workforce trends in comparison to national averages.

This signature event for the Chamber will include the unveiling of the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan, which includes actions which will enhance the region’s economic competitiveness and growth for the next five to ten years. The plan will be presented by Jon Roberts, Principal at TIP Strategies Inc. The Chamber, MCDEVCO Inc and key stakeholders retained TIP Strategies for the creation of the plan in 2018.

“We live in a rapidly changing global economy filled with disruptive technologies and fierce competition between regions and states.” said Dr. Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “We have significant challenges in front of us. We as a community can rest on our past and hope for the best, or we can take measures to create a new vision. We can create a new plan for our future which leverages the full capacity of every individual and business in this community.”

The event will also include a panel of local executives who will address the region’s greatest challenges and opportunities and share their visions for a vibrant future. The panel will be made up of Matt Heywood, President/CEO of Aspirus; Brad Karger, Marathon County Administrator; Jim McIntyre, CEO of Greenheck; and Dr. Lori Weyers, President of Northcentral Technical College.

Michael Loy, CEO of North Central Health Care, will serve as the emcee for the program.

Check-in, a breakfast buffet and networking will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the program to be held from at 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The cost is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Members can reserve a table of eight for $280.

To register for this event visit WausauChamber. com or call 715-845-6231.

The presenting sponsor for the program is Peoples State Bank. The platinum sponsors are The Dirks Group LLC and Ruder Ware LLSC, the silver sponsor is Wisconsin Public Service Corp and the facility sponsor is City Grill Restaurant & Event Space. Those interested in becoming sponsors for this event should contact Stacy Livernash at 715-848- 5955.