Workforce Development

A skilled workforce, brimming with ambition.

A strong work ethic, fostering business success.

Since 1989, Door County Economic Development Corporation has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. DCEDC understands the needs of local businesses for quality workers to staff new and existing jobs.

Workforce Development

The Door County Peninsula business climate is energized with companies whose products are marketed on the local and international stage. A skilled workforce, brimming with ambition and a strong work ethic, helps foster their success.

Workers here are resourceful and well educated. The Sturgeon Bay campus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay provide ample opportunities for continuing education and training.

The DCEDC Workforce Taskforce is a coalition of 30 area human resource managers, business owners and other concerned organizations and individuals. The Taskforce develops and implements an annual work plan to address current and future workforce needs; past initiatives have included: sharing regional wage comparison information with local firms; conducting an annual wages and benefits survey of Door and Kewaunee County manufacturing companies; development and delivery of a brochure to entice US Coast Guard personnel to consider making Door County their home after leaving active service; hosting educational sessions on the challenges of a multi-generational workplace; and conducting an employer needs assessment to judge the future workforce needs of local manufacturing companies.

Workforce Development

The Door County Peninsula business climate is energized with companies whose products are marketed on the local and international stage. A skilled workforce, brimming with ambition and a strong work ethic, helps foster their success.

Workers here are resourceful and well educated. The Sturgeon Bay campus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay provide ample opportunities for continuing education and training.

The DCEDC Workforce Taskforce is a coalition of 30 area human resource managers, business owners and other concerned organizations and individuals. The Taskforce develops and implements an annual work plan to address current and future workforce needs; past initiatives have included: sharing regional wage comparison information with local firms; conducting an annual wages and benefits survey of Door and Kewaunee County manufacturing companies; development and delivery of a brochure to entice US Coast Guard personnel to consider making Door County their home after leaving active service; hosting educational sessions on the challenges of a multi-generational workplace; and conducting an employer needs assessment to judge the future workforce needs of local manufacturing companies.

Business Education Partnership

The Door County Business & Education Partnership is the one-stop access point for business and education connections in Door County, providing referral services to match business and education needs and resources. The Partnership strives to ensure that all area students have the skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in the ever-changing global economy, and that every student graduate from high school successfully prepared to enter skilled entry-level employment, technical college or training, or a post secondary university or college. The Business & Education Partnership believes that “Education is Everybody’s Business!”

Business Education Partnership

The Door County Business & Education Partnership is the one-stop access point for business and education connections in Door County, providing referral services to match business and education needs and resources. The Partnership strives to ensure that all area students have the skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in the ever-changing global economy, and that every student graduate from high school successfully prepared to enter skilled entry-level employment, technical college or training, or a post secondary university or college. The Business & Education Partnership believes that “Education is Everybody’s Business!”

NexGen Young Professionals Network

Door County Economic Development Corporation launched NexGen Door County in 2015 as a way to engage, energize, and grow the next generation in our community. NexGen helps young professionals connect… connect to each other, connect to mentors, connect to businesses, connect to helpful information about living and working in Door County. NexGen Door County provides opportunities to network, learn, and lead.

NexGen offers a regular schedule of events, including professional development, community service projects and social gatherings at various locations throughout the county.

Memberships are available to both individuals and businesses. Or simply attend an event to learn more and meet current members. Visit and follow our Facebook Page, attend a NexGen event, or talk to a Steering Committee member to learn more!

NexGen Steering Committee:
– Molly Brauer, Door 44 Winery & Vineyard
– Lauren Brey, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative & Brey Cycle Farm, LLC
– Marissa Goetz, Nicolet National Bank
– John Grochowski, Ephraim Historical Foundation
– Spencer Gustafson, Wisconsin Department of Justice
– Anthony Stahl, Camera Corner Connecting Point
– Tyler Pluff, Pinkert Law Firm

NexGen Young Professionals Network

Door County Economic Development Corporation launched NexGen Door County in 2015 as a way to engage, energize, and grow the next generation in our community. NexGen helps young professionals connect… connect to each other, connect to mentors, connect to businesses, connect to helpful information about living and working in Door County. NexGen Door County provides opportunities to network, learn, and lead.

NexGen offers a regular schedule of events, including professional development, community service projects and social gatherings at various locations throughout the county.

Memberships are available to both individuals and businesses. Or simply attend an event to learn more and meet current members. Visit and follow our Facebook Page, attend a NexGen event, or talk to a Steering Committee member to learn more!

NexGen Steering Committee:
– Molly Brauer, Door 44 Winery & Vineyard
– Lauren Brey, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative & Brey Cycle Farm, LLC
– Marissa Goetz, Nicolet National Bank
– John Grochowski, Ephraim Historical Foundation
– Spencer Gustafson, Wisconsin Department of Justice
– Anthony Stahl, Camera Corner Connecting Point
– Tyler Pluff, Pinkert Law Firm

Alumni Door County

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Alumni Door County

More details about Alumni Door County coming soon.

Door County Top Industries

Door County has several major industries that dominate the region. Listed in no particular order, check out our top industries below.

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Manufacturing

Door County’s manufacturing industry is thriving with niches such as shipbuilding, welding, custom-formed plastics and 3D printing.

Healthcare & Care Giving

Growing medical centers, rehabilitative centers and senior care facilities support this booming industry in Door County.

Hospitality & Tourism

The summer hospitality and tourism industry in Door County is one of the region’s most popular and growing areas.

Health & Wellness

Spas, yoga studios, and meditation centers help to support this growing industry in Door County.

Education

With five school districts in the area as well as an innovative technical college campus, the Door County education industry is booming.

IT

Door County also has a strong IT and technology sector with growing businesses throughout the region.

Food & Beverage Manufacturing

The food and beverage manufacturing industry is also on the rise and helps to support the local Door County economy.

Arts & Culture

The arts and culture industry in Door County is at the heart of what makes Door County so unique. Painting, photography, sculpture and pottery are just some of the areas you will see when visiting.

Door County Businesses

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