By Tim Kowols
The Door County Economic Corporation’s efforts to improve worker shortage concerns received a big boost this week when it received a $50,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The DCEDC’s “Grow Door County” Initiative hopes to develop plans to attract and retain new employees to the area, educate local students about the job opportunities close to home, and work with municipalities to develop more housing options. DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman says a big focus of their efforts will be transitioning visitors and seasonal residents into living in Door County full-time.
Frostman says the grant is one piece of the puzzle to attract and retain a workforce in Door County, which includes finding suitable jobs for spouses, affordable housing, and child care for people who are hired in the area.