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Longtime Wausau leader resigns


Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It's hard to talk about the developments of the Central Wisconsin Airport, Thursday's farmers market on the 400 block, or downtown Wausau in general without talking about Jim Rosenberg.

As a member of the city council and county board Rosenberg has put his mark on Marathon County.

Wednesday he announces he's leaving elected office for a new opportunity in Madison. He tells Newsline 9 that he's excited for what's to come and proud of what he's accomplished in our community.

The resume of Jim Rosenberg is one that goes on and on. His newest position takes him to the state capital in Madison. There he'll work for Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton's office as the Policy and Community Relations Director.

Rosenberg says, "I'm excited to go to Madison. The County is really an arm of the state the way that services are delivered so I'm interested in seeing it from the different perspective it's pretty exciting having the capitol be your office."

Rosenberg began his public service career on Wausau's Common Council in 1998 serving District 1 for the past 12 years. In 2002 he joined the County Board.

Rosenberg says, "It's an interesting experience, it's a privilege, it's an honor, it's some pressure once in awhile, not everyone is happy all the time but it's an experience that I really have enjoyed and it's been an interesting journey."

Currently he serves on numerous local boards and committees. At the city level he chairs finance and economic development, at the county level just to name a few, he chairs the education and economic development committee as well as the CWA board.

Rosenberg says, "There's been plenty to do, that's for sure."

He says one of his proudest moments is bringing Thursday Farmers Markets to the 400 block.

Rosenberg says, "It was an economic development course for a professional certificate. That was my final project and the first couple of years we didn't think we were going to survive, but now it's just a wonderful thing on Thursday's, it's a rush to go down and see that."

Now he looks forward to new opportunities, new experiences and a new community.

Rosenberg says, "It's an opportunity that is available now, it's a chance to learn, it's a chance to meet a lot of people and get involved in the process and see what happens then."

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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