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Lac du Flambeau summit begins

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (WXPR) -- An economic development summit in Lac du Flambeau begins Tuesday.

The tribe's spokesperson Brandon Thoms says it's a way for businesses and leaders to share knowledge and build partnerships. "Living here in the Northwoods sometimes we're behind the times. And so we're trying to bring that up-to-speed, real-time information to our business community here in the Northwoods."

It's the second year the tribe has hosted the economic development summit. It's free and open to anyone. Thoms says this year there's a particular focus on green technology. "The tribes in particular are really mindful of resource management. We only have one world. And I think that tribes are at the forefront of developing those sorts of technologies that will not only preserve the earth, but advance each of our economies, whether it's a reservation economy or county or state economy." Session topics include broadband, utility and grocery store development. The summit runs Tuesday through Thursday at the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau.