News & Events

SC/LCO EDC Hires New Director

In a closed session meeting on July 2, 2020, our Board of Directors appointed a new Executive Director, Mike Gardner, and new officers for our organization.

Mike Gardner

Is a Town of Hunter resident with a successful career serving local/tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. He has a working knowledge of evolving state and federal programs created to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, as a small business owner, he understands the importance of innovation and the value of meaningful connections.

In March, we formed a team to aid local businesses during these wavering economic times. This group is known as the Recovery Response Team and is where Mike’s involvement with our organization began. He was brought on as an Economic Research Specialist to work one-on-one with local businesses and guide them through the bureaucratic ball of assistance programs. Since then, Mike has helped over 40 business owners in the county.
After being named Executive Director, Mike stated “I moved here four years ago and am happy I chose Sawyer County. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to continue to offer credible, useful information and advice for how to get through these times. By listening to existing businesses and developing new ways to create connections we can create a more resilient thriving economy. We can go further together.”

New Officers of the Board

The new officers that have been appointed to lead our organization and community into greater prosperity are as follows.

Jessica Wagner-Schultz
Amanda Wilson
Amanda Wilson
Vice President
Troy Morgan
Rob Susedik
Lynn Fitch
Executive Committee –
Past President

Annual Report

2019 – 2020 Fiscal Year

It was an ambitious year with many accomplishments and advances made within our organization, but also the community. For an overview of our year, we invite you to download a complete copy of our 2019-2020 Annual Report.


2019 – A Thriving Year for SCLCOEDC and Its Partnerships
December 13, 2019

The Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation had a year filled with new and existing business support, Placemaking, pursuing broadband, workforce attraction… you name it and our volunteers are working to support it. Click on the image for some highlights.

Business Improvement District (BID) PASSES City Council Vote

June 10, 2019

The Downtown BID Proposal passed with a unanimous vote at the June City Council Meeting and the suggested board members were approved. Now the real work begins for this group. Please congratulate them when you can. The folks behind most of the legwork in getting this through were Billie Jo Sabin, James Netz, Cindy Swift, Jennifer Titus, and Cathy Peterson who spent hundreds of hours preparing for meetings and pounding the pavement to meet with proposed BID and City Council members. One of the first goals upon getting the Hayward Downtown BID up and running was to establish a FB page and it is under development.  Please LIKE and SHARE the page; more content will continue to be added.

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge Donates to SCLCOEDC


The Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation would like to thank Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge for their continued financial support. It is through donations such as yours that we are able to continue our mission of Promoting a Thriving Sawyer County.