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Delegates hope less is more

Sometimes, less is more.

And delegates heading to Madison next week hope that is well received, producing results for the northern region of the state.

Superior Days, the annual lobbying effort to bring attention to issues affecting northern Wisconsin, has been scaled back this year, with fewer counties participating and fewer issues to deliver.

And the effort is getting back to its origins by focusing more on economic development, said Linda Bruce of the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Douglas County, who coordinates the annual event.

“We’re hoping it will be better received in Madison,” Bruce said.

Instead of eight counties heading to Madison for 2½ days of meetings with state agency officials and Legislators, this year, only the four counties bordering Lake Superior — Ashland, Bayfield, Iron and Douglas — are heading to Madison. And they’ll pack the lobbying effort into 1½ days delivering a more focused look at the northern region’s priorities.

The goal is to make it possible for more business leaders in the area to participate, Bruce said.

This year, counties were encouraged to develop their own steering committees to develop their own set of priorities, and establish issues that are truly a priority for their region, Bruce said.

And the number of issues to be addressed is down this year as well, from more than 30 last year to only 11 this year.

The goal is to make the effort more meaningful, Bruce said.

And that includes making the lobbying effort more meaningful for the youth delegates who participate every year. This year youth will have an opportunity to experience the parade of products — an exhibit of local products and economic opportunities in northern Wisconsin.

The annual lobbying effort runs Tuesday and Wednesday in Madison. For more information, visit online.