Sawyer County
Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corp. Update
June 2019 v.1
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Cliff Williams & Jessica Wagner-Schultz
Our Newest Board Members
Cliff Williams joined our Board of Directors in May, 2019 and Jessica has joined our Board in June.

Cliff, like many retirees in this area, may be busier in retirement than prior. He now works from home doing part-time accounting and taxes as a CPA. 
He has been an active president, vice president, treasurer and board member for several nonprofit and business groups in our community, including the Hayward Lions, Christmas 4 Kidz, Namekagon Community Foundation, Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce, the Library Foundation, and Northern Lakes Cooperative.
Before retiring, Cliff served as CEO for Hayward Community Credit Union for 18 years. Prior to that he was president of a bank in Independence, Wisconsin. During his lead at the credit union, the membership doubled in growth, assets tripled, the Hayward building was expanded and branches were added in both Cable and Hayward High School.
Cliff’s favorite hobbies include golf and the Packers. He has been married to his wife, Colleen, for 43 years and raised three boys (Trevor, Brock and Brendon). Retirement will also give him extra time to spend with his four grandchildren, Parker, Stella, Wyatt and Deklan.

Cliff Williams loves the Green Bay Packers. One day, he lost a bet and had to wear a Minnesota Vikings jersey to work. Picasa
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Jessica is the Director of Institutional Advancement at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College. In this role, she is responsible for fundraising, alumni engagement, marketing, and community engagement for the College.
As a fundraising professional with more than 10 years of experience WagnerSchultz most recently worked with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, most recently as the Manager of Donor Networks. In this role, she developed the donor engagement initiatives Retire United, IT United, Project LEAD, and was responsible for leading a team who raised more than $36M in revenue annually.
Prior to joining United Way in 2011, she served as the Executive Director for the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce in Twentynine Palms, CA.
Jessica has a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Theology from Rockhurst University.

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Great News in June -

  • Business Improvement District (BID) PASSESThe Downtown BID Proposal passed with a unanimous vote at the June City Council Meeting and the suggested board members were approved. Now the real work begins for this group. Please congratulate them when you can. The folks behind most of the legwork in getting this through were Billie Jo Sabin, James Netz, Cindy Swift, Jennifer Titus, and Cathy Peterson who spent hundreds of hours preparing for meetings and pounding the pavement to meet with proposed BID and City Council members. One of the first goals upon getting the Hayward Downtown BID up and running was to establish a FB page and it is under development. Please LIKE and SHARE the page; more content will continue to be added.

From Director, Ann Kozak:
  • Finance 101Wisconsin Native Loan Fund will be offering a financial literacy course to Lac Courte Oreilles & Sawyer County Housing Authority clients, August 15th from 1:00-3:00 pm. Location will be either Seven Winds Casino or the Kinnamon School.
  • We will be hosting a local Entrepreneur Training Program at Hayward Area Memorial Center and Water’s Edge beginning Tuesday, September 24th from 6:00-8:30 pm. This will be an 8-week program. One session will focus on Native American businesses. Local entrepreneurs have been asked to present. Cost is $250. Advertising and registration will go out in early to mid-July.
If you would like to meet with Ann to discuss a business idea or resources available through SCLCOEDC, send her an email:

  • Fundraising Continues – Thank you to our most recent donors. Your generous contributions enable us to provide services to Sawyer County businesses throughout the year! If you would like to support the SCLCOEDC with a financial contribution, please email Bruce Paulsen:

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Sawyer County has taken the steps to reduce obstacles to broadband investment in our area. We are eager for broadband expansion and our streamlined permitting will expedite the process for new broadband developers. Interested? Contact Bruce at:

SC/LCO EDC Survey Data Available:

  • Sawyer County High School Survey Data. Sawyer County high school students were surveyed regarding several key issues including what services they would like to see in our county and what might help them consider living and working here, after graduation. If you would like access to this data or to receive a summary report, please contact us at

  • Sawyer County Housing Survey 2018 – If you would like discuss this data or to receive a summary report, please contact us at

Save the Dates:

July 11, 2019
SC/LCO EDC Monthly Board Meeting – Thursday, 11-12:30 p.m., Public Welcome!

July 18, 2019
Placemaking Hayward Workshop – Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., Flat Creek Lodge. Public Welcome!

July 25, 2019
Sawyer County Hazardous Waste Clean-up – Wednesday, 3-7 p.m., Sawyer County Fairgrounds - Hayward, WI.

More dates on our Calendar
Workforce Resource Guide
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