Hundreds heading to "Superior Days" next week

By KBJR News 1

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- Next week nearly two hundred people from Iron, Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas County will pack into the Capitol in Madison for the 29th Annual "Superior Days."

It's their chance to bring important issues to the attention of state legislators.

"It's shows the legislators, it's shows the Governor that opportunity that we are willing to drive that five and half hours to come down and have a conversation to show you that we're part of the state, to show you that there are issues that we need addressed, as well as the rest of the state," said David Minor, President/CEO of the Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year's theme is economic development. The group will focus on four main legislative issues...one of them being transportation.

"One issue which is looking at highway 2 from the Michigan border to the Minnesota border asking that that be put on the planning process for a four lane all the way from the Michigan border to Minnesota," said Andy Lisak, Douglas County Administrator.

Lisak says the other transportation issue is to allow counties to apply for a half a percent local option sales tax that would fund county highway, road and bridge projects.

The group will focus on funding for 9-1-1 emergency communication systems, and funding for job creation and retention.

This winter has attracted tens of thousands of tourists to Northwestern Wisconsin thanks to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ice caves being open for the first time in five years.

The Superior Days group will be focusing on tourism and how to continue to make northern Wisconsin a premier tourist destination.

"We have great meetings with the department of tourism and Secretary Klett and her group and really talk about how they can enhance what we have up here and make sure their marketing in markets for us and not just for southern Wisconsin, "said Minor.

The group leaves on February 18.

The first ever Superior days project was highway 53 from Superior to Eau Claire.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati