Grow North

Grow North is a five-county area in north central Wisconsin along the border of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Grow North area boasts four distinct seasons that bring many opportunities to enjoy the natural resources of the region. With over 4,300 lakes and a half million acres of managed forest, the area is primarily known for tourism and outdoor activities. The region also has a vibrant economy with manufacturing, health care and agriculture.

The region served by two Wisconsin Technical College Districts, Nicolet College and Northcentral Technical College. Combined they provide over 200 certificate, technical and associate degree programs, and over 2,200 graduates annually available for employment in the region. The region is also served by the entire University of Wisconsin system.

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Grow North

Collette Sorgel
Nicolet College
P.O. Box 518
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Counties: 8

Florence, Forest, Langlade, LincolnMarinette, Oconto, Oneida & Vilas

Population: 119,000

Largest Municipalities1

City of Merrill (9,618)
City of Antigo (8,141)
City of Rhinelander (7,753)
Town of Minocqua (4,463)
Town of Lac Du Flambeau (3,453)

Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Areas2

Merrill (28,743)

Institutions of Higher Learning

Advanced Welding Institute
Nicolet College
Northcentral Technical College
University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point-Treehaven
University of Wisconsin—Superior

Major Health Care Providers

Aspirus Health System
Langlade Hospital
Marshfield Clinic
Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hopsital
Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center
Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care’s Howard Young Medical Center
Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital
Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital

Major Employers

Amtec Corporation
Camp Manito-wish YMCA
Church Mutual Insurance Company
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Forest County Potawatomi Community
Foster & Smith Inc.
Grand Royal & Regency Resort
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Lake of the Torches Casino
Langlade Hospital
Packaging Corporation of America
Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel
Wausau Paper Mills LLC

Infrastructure: Ports


Infrastructure: Airports Commercial Service

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (RHI)

Infrastructure: Highways

Interstates: I-39
U.S. Highways: US-8, US-45, US-51

Infrastructure: Broadband Providers

Verizon Wireless
Charter Communications
Frontier Rhinelander Telephone Company

1Source: Wisconsin Department of Administration, 2012 Population Estimates
2Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Population Estimates