LAKESHORE INDUSTRY CLUSTER INITIATIVE

The Lakeshore Industry Cluster Initiative engages businesses in Industry Cluster Networks to analyze and leverage assets and opportunities for additional business growth and development. The targeted industries of the Lakeshore Industry Cluster Initiative include: Manufacturing, Food Processing/Agriculture, Energy and Tourism.  

This exciting,  collaborative effort for the region is lead by the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County with economic development organizations in Door, Calumet, Kewaunee, and Sheboygan Counties participating. A half-day kick-off event launched the Initiative on the morning of Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Fox Hills Resort (Mishicot).

It is not too late to get involved - see the meeting schedule below and notes posted under each Industry section button.  Businesses can join in at any point in the process. If you would like to receive cluster updates and meeting notices please CLICK HERE to be added to the mailing list.

Upcoming Meetings & News for Individual Clusters

Energy Cluster 
- Press Release
- Tentative Agenda
- Environment and Energy Strategies
- Northeast Wisconsin Energy Market Capacity Study
                         
Manufacturing Cluster - Next meeting to be determined - Last week in January.  Presentations from Bay Shipbuilding now available!
                                   Manufacturing Directory is now live!   Check it out by CLICKING HERE!       
                         
Food Processing / Agriculture Cluster Next meeting to be determined - Tentatively in January
Job Opening - Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center Executive Director - Now accepting Applications.
Job Description: http://tiny.cc/waec_job_description 

Application On Line Link:  http://tiny.cc/waec_job_application


Tourism Cluster –  Date TBD – Watch for Updates - Meeting in January on the Bike Map Project.

Click on the Industry Clusters below for more information!

Lakeshore Industry Cluster Initiative - What's it all about?

Click here to watch a video from Tim Reis, Lakeshore Industry Cluster Initiative Chair, explain what the Initiative is all about and why you should become involved!

Value of the Lakeshore Industry Cluster Initiative

Why is this important to businesses and what benefits do they experience as a result of their participation? The following list represents a sampling of the many benefits which can transpire from involvement in the Lakeshore Industry Cluster Network:

  • Understand value and supply chains better
  • Cultivate new customers
  • Discover new suppliers
  • Learn about new business opportunities
  • Address workforce issues
  • Potential to share services
  • Catalyst to partner with other businesses for contracts
  • Increased revenues and cost savings

Who should be involved? Appropriate participants to be involved in the Lakeshore Industry Cluster Initiative include both businesses that are directly involved in an industry targeted, and businesses that support or serve the targeted industries, such as banks, engineering firms and staffing agencies. Appropriate representatives from the businesses include CEOs, plant managers, operations managers, purchasing and inventory managers, engineers, human resource managers, research and development personnel, logistics managers and supervisors.


The Industry Cluster Teams will be supported by the region’s Economic Development Corporation staff members and contracted services provided by Vital Economies consulting firm, an experienced Industry Cluster Facilitator and Analyst.