The Grow North Executive Committee Wednesday announced the appointment of Don Sidlowski as interim executive director of the corporation. The position recently came open when the incumbent, Sarah Kapellusch, submitted her resignation to pursue other opportunities in Wausau. Sidlowski will assume his new duties by late December.
The Grow North Executive Committee chose to appoint an interim executive director for a term of six months to ensure both a timely transition and to maintain momentum in the organization while giving the board of directors flexibility in determining future needs for the position.
Sidlowski, a resident of Three Lakes, comes to Grow North with a depth of experience in both the private and public sectors, economic development, and community service. He is the co-founder and managing director of Oneida Marketing Enterprises, a virtual company providing integrated Internet marketing systems.
Sidlowski is already actively engaged in regional economic development as founder of the Northwoods Broadband Development Coalition, a super-regional entity committed to transforming northern Wisconsin into a nationally-recognized high speed Internet zone. He also serves as management team leader for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s LinkWISCONSIN Region 2, and as a broadband development advisor to a wide range of local, county, regional and state agencies and entities.
Sidlowski’s past public service includes four years as town chairman in the town of Three Lakes, as chairman of the Three Lakes Economic Development Committee, as a commissioner on the Three Lakes Plan Commission, and on the board of directors of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation.
The Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation was created in 2004 to foster cooperation among economic development partners and foster economic growth in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties.
Grow North is a non-profit organization whose function is to create, sustain and promote an environment conducive to regional economic development and prosperity.
Grow North’s partners include private sector businesses, regional service providers, educational institutions, local economic development organizations and others interested in supporting the mission.
Grow North is a membership-driven organization comprised mainly of private sector businesses across the eight-county region. Members recognize the importance and value of collaboration to ensure that the Grow North region remains competitive in the global economy. Members determine the actions of the organization, and the primary source of funding is the annual dues paid by each of its members.
Annual dues range from $100 to $2,000 per entity, and entitle each paying member to one vote at the annual meeting and one vote on all issues that come before the corporation at regular membership meetings.