2014 Tourism Economic Impact Numbers Released.
Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett released the 2014 Wisconsin Tourism Economic Impact numbers last Friday. It was a fantastic year for Tourism in Wisconsin.
Barron County had an excellent 2014 showing an increase of 8.05% from 2013 (87.7 Million to 94.7 Million 2014) in direct visitor spending.

2014 put Barron County 2nd only to Eau Claire in Northwest Wisconsin for total tourism revenue.  
A spreadsheet showing all WI counties and their corresponding impact numbers can be viewed here.

About Barron County

There’s something for everyone in Barron County! Thriving small towns and cities, beautiful countryside along with lakes and streams offer a great place to live and visit. Welcoming to Barron County, we hope you enjoy your visit and possibly decide to make this your home .

Golf, fishing, canoeing, camping, skiing, and over 300 miles of snowmobiling and ATV trails offer endless opportunities to enjoy Wisconsin’s best! The gorgeous Red Cedar River is well-known for its small mouth bass fishing and amazing fall colors. There are many points of interest and activities year-round, both indoor and outdoor. For indoor fun, there are bowling lanes, roller skating rinks, traditional live theatre, movie theaters, and great shopping. Watch for specialty locally grown foods like bison, cheese and produce, even tour a brewery!

Add to this a vibrant and growing business community,  with strong agriculture, manufacturing, construction, service and healthcare sectors. Entrepreneurs are welcome and will love our innovative atmosphere.

We hope you’ll enjoy your visit with us in Barron County. You’ll love the wonderful mix of beauty, recreation, arts, and business environment that that keep visitors coming back to our area again and again.


Manufacturing/Education Partnership Advisory Meeting

Tuesday, May 12
WITC-Rice Lake Conference Center
Breakfast meeting    7:30-9AM    (Breakfast will be ready by 7:15 AM...)

7:30 – Welcome and Introductions – John Will, WITC President
7:40 – Partnerships developed since last meeting:
  • Business/Educator meetings/plans for partnerships (including any grant activities, Youth Apprenticeships developed, etc.)
  • Rice Lake School District Advisory Group – Curt Pacholke
  • Obstacles?
8:00 – Career Pathways Models
  • Overview – WITC/CESA
  • Discussions about suggested pathways; what needs to be done by school districts, businesses, WITC to accomplish (formation of group(s) to continue pathway progress?)
8:30 – Surveys and Group Discussion
  • Follow-up on employer survey (surveys were sent to employers that included the following questions) 
    • What type of work would be available for high school students at your place of employment?
    • What technical skills would be beneficial for high school students to have to get hired at your place of employment?
      • Safety – OSHA
      • SolidWorks or design software? Please be specific?
      • Lean
      • Office Skills – i.e. Microsoft courses
      • Welding – if so, what type
      • CNC experience
      • Math Skills – be specific, are there any specific areas you really look for
      • Other – please be specific 
    • Would you be interested in helping to facilitate these meetings with the support of WITC and CESA?
8:45 – Announcements/Updates
  • Weyerhaeuser Spec Tech – Bob Lorkowski
  • Edge/Edufactor Updates – Jon Menz/Nancy Graese
  • Upcoming Events
  • New Construction Advisory Group Announcement – Dave Armstrong
  • New Financial Coalition Announcement – Dave Armstrong
  • Next meeting dates

Thank you to all 7 Barron County School Districts, Manufacturers, CESA 11 and WITC staff who have attended this and previous meetings.  Exciting partnerships are being formed that will positively effect our future workforce.

RSVP to Jen Siem, jennifer.siem@witc.edu, or call 800-243-9482 Ext. 2131

Hosts: WITC, CESA 11, Barron County Economic Development Corporation, and Gold Collar Careers 


Around the County
  • Barron
Visit the City of Barron Website. Click here
  • Chetek
Visit the Chetek Chamber of Commerce Website. Click here
  • Cumberland
Visit the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce Website . Click here
  • Rice Lake
Click here for all Rice Lake Chamber Events.
Click here for all Rice Lake Tourism Website.
  • Turtle Lake
Visit the Village of Turtle Lake and Chamber of Commerce Website. Click here
  • St Croix Casino
Visit the St Croix Casino Website Click here


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Barron County Economic Development Corporation

330 East LaSalle Avenue
Government Center, Room 2311
P.O. Box 71
Barron, WI 54812

Office: 715-637-6871
Toll Free: 1-800-529-4148
Cell: 715-790-1327