There’s something for everyone in Barron County! Thriving small towns and cities, beautiful countryside featuring rolling hills, along with lakes and streams offer plenty of outdoor recreation or a pleasant Sunday driving tour.

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, February 17
WITC-Rice Lake Conference Center
Breakfast meeting   7:30-9AM
(Breakfast will be ready by 7:15 A.M..)

RSVP to Jen Siem, jennifer.siem@witc.edu, or call 800-243-9482 Ext. 2131
Hosts: WITC, CESA 11 and Barron County Economic Development Corporation

Join us for the 1st partnership meeting of 2015. 
7:30 – Welcome and Introductions

7:35 – Sharing of Partnerships that have been developed since last meeting:  which educators have been inside a business, which businesses have been inside a school, grant activities between schools and businesses, Youth Apprenticeships developed, etc.  What obstacles have you encountered?
  • Prairie Farm School District Presentation
8:55 – Gold Collar Careers/EdgeFactor Presentation – Jon Menz and Dave Armstrong:  How these resources can help get students excited about manufacturing careers.  Who is in to use materials and how they will give back (best practices shared with others and back to EdgeFactor). This program will be provided to all Barron County School districts free of charge. This will be explained at the meeting. 

8:10 – Small Group Discussion:  Each group will discuss ideas for activity or event for engaging and educating parents (students and educators) on the skills gap.

8:30 – WITC dual credits and additional training. Discussion on how to create programs providing college credit and additional training/support WITC can provide to school districts.

8:45 – Report outs and close. Upcoming Career Days or events. Suggestions for agenda items/actions for next meeting. Next meeting date.

Thank you to all 7 Barron County School Districts and the Manufacturers that attended the last advisory meeting. We invite manufacturers who have not attended to come to this meeting. We need your input to assist growing your future workforce.


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