Serving Adams, Forest, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas And Wood Counties


The NCWRPC provides technical grant writing and administrative assistance to communities that are seeking funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. The NCWRPC also provides assistance for a wide variety of other grant programs, including the Wisconsin Department of Commerce (CDBG program), the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and USDA-Rural Development.

In addition, the NCWRPC provides communities with assistance in a variety of other economic development related studies, including: developing economic development strategies that examine the local economy, assess local trends and identify strategies to spur development; and preparing various grant applications.


Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS):

NCWRPC is designated as an economic development district (EDD) by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Part of this process involves the annual update of the regional economic development strategy, including the identification of public works projects.

Economic Development Studies:

NCWRPC provides communities with assistance in developing economic development strategies. These studies examine the local economy, assess local trends and recommend strategies to spur development in the community.

Demographic Data & Mapping Center:

NCWRPC maintains a wide array of data that is available. Some of the data includes U.S. Census, Economic Census, Employment and Labor Information, and more.

Specialized Studies:

NCWRPC is available to conduct specialized studies on request. In the past, the NCWRPC has completed economic impact studies, trade area studies and targeted marketing studies.

Grant Applications:

NCWRPC provides assistance to communities in the preparation of a variety of grants available from the Wisconsin Departments of Commerce, Natural Resources and Transportation, as well as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Rural Development at the federal level. NCWRPC also provides assistance to businesses that are seeking funding under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. NCWRPC also provides assistance to local units of government and business that are seeking funds for brownfield redevelopment.

Loan Fund Assistance:

NCWRPC provides professional management assistance in the initial development of loan funds, from funding to manuals and forms, to the financial review of loan applications. In addition, the NCWRPC serves as staff to the North Central WI Development Corporation, a multi-county revolving loan fund.

Business Park Development:

NCWRPC assists communities interested in creating business or industrial parks. Feasibility studies, grant application assistance, park design and layout, and tax incremental finance districts planning can be provided.

Business Parks Inventory:

NCWRPC annually inventories business park sizes and utilities available for inclusion in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

General Assistance:

NCWRPC can provide assistance in a variety of ways to NCWRPC members. If you have any economic development needs, give our office a call.

Contact: Dennis Lawrence, AICP
715-849-5510, Extension 304





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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 2014 Adobe PDF 2.20 MB

CEDS Executive Summary 2014 Adobe PDF 510 KB

2017 Final CEDS Adobe PDF 7.0 MB


e m s i Economy Overview Reports


2017 County Profiles

NCWRPC Region Adobe PDF 6.0 MB

Adams County Adobe PDF 8.6 MB
Forest County Adobe PDF 11.0 MB
Juneau County Adobe PDF 15.5 MB
Langlade County Adobe PDF 9.0 MB
Lincoln County Adobe PDF 12.4 MB
Marathon County Adobe PDF 17.0 MB
Oneida County Adobe PDF
43.0 MB
Portage County Adobe PDF 8.5 MB
Vilas County Adobe PDF 20.0 MB
Wood County
Adobe PDF 13.0 MB

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phone: 715.849.5510
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