SCEPI holding 12th economic summit next week

Get a behind the scenes glimpse of economic growth in action at the 12th annual economic summit presented by Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. (SCEPI) on Thursday at The Gathering, 2600 E. Richmond St., Shawano.

Networking starts at 5 p.m. Dinner and a program will follow at 6 p.m.

Dennis Heling, SCEPI’s chief economic development officer, elected officials and business leaders will share area business success stories such as business startups or expansions, and will spotlight economic development in action.

One of the featured businesses will be Belmark, Inc. Belmark, located in De Pere, is breaking ground in the Raasch Acres Industrial Park, just east of South Waukechon Street in Shawano, for its new expansion. The site selection timeline, as well as the construction and hiring timeline, will be reviewed. The expansions and/or renovations of several other area businesses will also be discussed.

Arlyn Tober, SCEPI board president and a member of the Shawano County Board, said that the annual SCEPI economic summits are very important.

“These events enable us to highlight development activities and projects that affect the area in many positive ways,” Tober said. “The summit is our chance to show how SCEPI, local, city, county and tribal governments work together and with area employers to enhance the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in Shawano and Menominee counties.”

Registration for the summit is $30 per person or $55 per couple. Corporate tables that seat eight are available for $225. Registration fees include the program, dinner and dessert.

For more information and to make your reservation, contact SCEPI at 715-526-5839 or