Contact: Sally Muller or Tom Still at 608-442-7557.

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Wisconsin Innovation Network forming Lake Superior chapter


ASHLAND – More than 40 people gathered May 17 for an introductory meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Lake Superior chapter, which will play a role in growing the technology and “knowledge-based” economy in northwest Wisconsin.


In a meeting hosted by WisconsinIndianheadTechnicalCollege in Ashland, residents of the region heard from Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still, Wisconsin Angel Network Director Joe Kremer, as well as local organizers of the WIN effort.


WIN is the membership subsidiary of the Tech Council, which also manages WAN, a public-private initiative rooted in Gov. Jim Doyle’s “Grow Wisconsin” plan. The Tech Council is the independent, non-profit and non-partisan science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature.


There are WIN membership chapters in Madison, Milwaukee, the FoxValley region and the ChippewaValley region. Corporate and individual members attend regular networking and educational events, assist in Tech Council projects such as the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference and the Wisconsin Life Sciences & Venture Conference, and informally advise Tech Council staff on policy issues facing Wisconsin.


Organizers of the WIN effort in the Lake Superior region include former Ashland Mayor Roger Hansen, school board member Fred Tidstrom, businessman Jerry Johnson of Superior Edge, UW-Madison Alumni Club co-founder Clyde Eilo, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College President Hank Hurley, WITC-Ashland Administrator Don Marcoulier and other members of the Chequamegon Bay Area UW Alumni Club.


“We’re pleased that so many community leaders are stepping forward to network northwest Wisconsin with other WIN chapters,” said Mark Bugher, chairman of the Tech Council and WIN. Bugher owns a home in Red Cliff, which is north of Ashland.


To join the WINLakeSuperior chapter, contact Sally Muller at 608-442-7557 or at