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

Manufacturing Cluster - NEXT MEETING - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -   Arrival 8:45 am - 11:30 AM - Location TBD

This meeting will introduce Supply Chain Analysis project – which is intended to help analyze supply chain connections for new local supplier-customer connections, bottlenecks and product development opportunities. Learn more how this may help your business – put it on your calendar and plan to attend!  The Center for Regional Competitiveness will be presenting information on the benefit of participating in this analysis.

Manufacturing Directory is now live!   Check it out by CLICKING HERE!   and Enter your Company's Profile     

Energy Cluster  
Alternative Energy Policy Roundtable Discussion December 10th, 10:30 a.m. Progress Lakeshore Office, 202 N 8th St Manitowoc WI                
Discussion attendees, presentation, and meeting notes:
Food Processing / Agriculture Cluster Check out this awesome Education Series hosted by the Farm Market Kitchen in Algoma! Andrew is a dynamic presenter, so please forward to anyone that might be interested. Click Here for More Information!

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.

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