Governor sends community development funds to Northwest Wisconsin

Gov. Jim Doyle announced grants to 25 different community development groups across Wisconsin today, and some of the money will be flowing to Northwest Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Ability Network of Brule will receive a $20,000 grant. The organization collaborates with work centers around the state to help people with disabilities find employment.

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission in Spooner will receive $30,000 to help fund the continued operation of five business incubators operating as part of the Northwest Enterprise Center Network. To date, the group has helped lead to the creation of 20 successful businesses. The network has attracted more than $3 million in federal grants to region, and the organization expects its operations to become self-supporting by 2011.

Gov. Doyle awarded grants totaling $640,900 today. The money came from the Community-Based Economic Development Program, which is administered by the Department of Commerce.

"By investing in our communities, we will grow Wisconsin by creating new ecomomic  opportunities and jobs for hard-working families," Gov. Doyle said. "I’m pleased to announce these awards that will leverage $1.25 million in additional investment."

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