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 for Individual Clusters

Agriculture Cluster

  • Local Foods - March 4 - 11 AM - conference call 1-712-432-04901-712-432-0490 Conference Code 298546#
  • Dairy - Meeting with the Energy Cluster
Manufacturing Cluster 
  • Next meeting tentatively set for Wednesday, May 14 - 8:30-11 AM - Location TBD
MANUFACTURING DIRECTORY - To be included in the Lakeshore Manufacturing Directory please click here and complete the form.MANUFACTURING DIRECTORY COMPANY DATA ENTRY FORM Please help us document the value of participating in Industry Clusters by completing the attached form and emailing back to  - Click here for the EVALUATION FORM

Energy Cluster 

  • January 23 - 10 am-1:00 pm - Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, LLC. N4893 Highway C,  Kewaunee, WI 54216 - Meeting with the area Digester operators to Explore Alternative Opportunities from Digesters, including Compressed Bio-Gas as vehicle fuel.  Register today by clicking on this link:  See Energy Page for Tentative Agenda.

Tourism Cluster 

  • January 31 - 11a to 12:30p at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Meeting with VCBs. 

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.