Centergy is committed to advancing prosperity and vibrancy in the five-county region of Central Wisconsin: Adams, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, and Wood Counties.
Centergy envisions itself as the Collective Voice for advancing prosperity and vibrancy in the region. The organization’s mission is to serve as the engine for regional growth and economic development through collaboration with local partners. Centergy’s decision-making, actions, and provision of services are guided by its core principles of Vision Forward, Accountability, Fiscal Responsibility, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI).
To drive the mission, Centergy has identified four pillars of focus: Talent Growth, Regional Advocacy, Business Development, and Partner Engagement. These pillars provide a strategic framework to lead economic development and prosperity in Central Wisconsin into the future. Centergy aims to collaborate with businesses and partners to retain and attract in-demand talent throughout the region.
Get to Know Our Board Members
Paul Fowler, PhD, Chair
Executive Director, Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology
Gautam Malik, Vice Chair
CEO at Gamber-Johnson LLC
Nick Faber, CPA, Treasurer
President/CEO at Simplicity Credit Union
Joe Schuchardt, Secretary
Director of North Central Operations at Findorff
Senior Vice President- Chief Strategy Officer of Aspirus
Regional Economic Development Director at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Church Mutual Insurance Company
Vice President and Partner at Pfefferle Companies
Executive Director Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dean of Workforce Training & Professional Development and Apprenticeship at Northcentral Technical College
Meet Our Staff
Angel (Whitehead) Laidlaw
The Centergy brand provides an effective way to leverage the collective economic power of the region’s five counties.
It allows us to unite the region’s efforts in talent attraction and development, regional brand development, business development, and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship within the business community.
We operate in partnership with a broad variety of organizations, institutions, and government entities throughout the Centergy Region. Among them are the region’s seven major chambers of commerce:
We collaborate with colleges, universities, and technical schools throughout the region.
We’re also allied with a long list of public economic development partners at the local level, as well as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and the State of Wisconsin.
Centergy is proud of the region’s business resources and plays an important role in strengthening and growing the region’s economy, to ensure an even better quality of life for residents of the counties and communities we serve.
- Adams Co Economic Development
- Aspirus Health – TOP INVESTOR
- Associated Bank
- Boldt Company
- Church Mutual Insurance Company – TOP INVESTOR
- Delta Dental of Wisconsin – TOP INVESTOR
- Gamber Johnson
- Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
- Greenfire Management Services
- Heartland Farms
- Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
- J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
- Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Marshfield Clinic Health System – TOP INVESTOR
- Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce
- Mid-State Technical College – TOP INVESTOR
- Miron Construction
- Northcentral Technical College – TOP INVESTOR
- Okray Farms
- People’s State Bank
- Pfefferle Companies
- Portage County Business Council
- Ruder Ware – TOP INVESTOR
- The Samuels Group
- Simplicity Credit Union – TOP INVESTOR
- Skyward – TOP INVESTOR
- University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point – TOP INVESTOR
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
- Wisconsin Public Service – TOP INVESTOR
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Centergy Launches "Central to Success" Campaign to Boost Regional Prosperity
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Centergy Announces 2024 Officers & Board of Directors
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Low-Interest Housing Modernization Loan, Expands Neighbor Helping Neighbor Program in Stevens Point
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Centergy, the regional economic development organization for Central Wisconsin, is keeping a vigilant eye on the state capital as draft legislation concerning childcare made its way through the corridors at ... Childcare Legislation Circulating at the Capital
Central Wisconsin Days 2023 - Issues & Outcomes
Highlights from Wisconsin Budget Addressing Childcare, Tax Reform, and Housing August 14th, 2023, Central Wisconsin, WI – As the dust settles following the recent Wisconsin Budget announcement, Centergy Inc. and ... Central Wisconsin Days 2023 – Issues & Outcomes
Aspirus Health and St. Luke’s Announce Letter of Intent to Expand Health Care Access Across Region
Aspirus Contact: Andy Napgezek St. Luke’s Contact: Jessica Stauber 715.847.2194 | [email protected] 218.249.5546 | [email protected] Proposal will join St. Luke’s with Aspirus Health to advance health care ... Aspirus Health and St. Luke’s Announce Letter of Intent to Expand Health Care Access Across Region