About the VCEDC

Vision Statement

To create a successful public-private partnership that stimulates sustainable economic growth throughout Vilas County.

Mission Statement

Provide innovative leadership and regional infrastructure to: improve the economic well being of businesses, communities and residents; promote creation and retention of viable businesses and quality jobs; and provide increased opportunities for education strengthening workforce development.


Vilas County Economic Development Corporation grew out the Vilas County Board’s Economic Development Committee formed in May 2008.

Goal - connect resources to the various sector partners of Vilas County to improve the economic future of the county and the quality of life for all residents.

The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, quasi-governmental organization helping public, business and nongovernmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation within Vilas County.

There are five main components of economic development that the VCEDC focuse on:

  • Organizational Capacity and Leadership
  • Infrastructure
  • Business Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Community Cash Flow

VCEDC strategies for economic development include:

  • Help existing firms become more efficient
  • Capturing and growing existing markets (tourism)
  • Encouraging start-up of new firms
  • Attracting new basic or export employers (industrial recruitment)
  • Using aids from broader governments

The VCEDC will also focus on newer strategies for economic development, targeting efforts such as:

  • Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Community Initiatives
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Growing Community Philanthropy,
  • Regional economic development, to name a few.

To Our Investors and Friends,

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation thanks you, our investors and friends, for your support during 2016. All we have accomplished we share with leaders in the communities we serve, the businesses we learn from and assist, the organizations we collaborate with, as well as our active board of directors. We are energized to be a part of the larger economic development activity in Vilas County.

We strongly believe that through our combined efforts we can continue to build the economic environment that helps businesses create jobs to grow our local economy.

In the following pages you will read about our successes of 2016, and what we are planning for 2017 and beyond.  View our 2016 Annual Report.

We held an event in June for Town Board Supervisors in Vilas County to discuss workforce challenges, affordable housing and broadband infrastructure developments. Read our monthly newsletter to learn about
additional discussion events in Fall 2017.

Carl Ruedebusch, Chairman
Bob Egan, Executive Director

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