The GRID awarded nearly $100K in grants to advance Northwoods economic development
A Northwoods organization created to spur entrepreneurship and business growth recently received $95,000 in grants to advance economic development in the region. 

The funds will go to support the Guiding Rural Innovation and Development, or The GRID, initiative, currently based at Nicolet College. 

Of the total, $50,000 came from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, $35,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and $10,000 from Associated Bank. 

"Small businesses are at the heart of the Northwoods economy, making up about 80 percent of all business activity in the region," said Toni Van Doren, Nicolet business solutions coordinator and one of the founders of The GRID.

Ken Notes: Let me pitch an old idea of mine, why not use tax incremental financing to develop our rural and tourism areas while using some of the revenue to protect and create more public lands. The lack of space prevents a full outline of the details but I would be glad to explain it to anyone who is interested....

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