Regional Economic Competitiveness Report Provides Roadmap for Improving Wisconsin’s Economic Develop
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Posted by: Megan Purtell
December 17, 2015
Contact: Brian Doudna
Executive Director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association
Regional Economic Competitiveness Report Provides Roadmap for Improving Wisconsin’s Economic Development Playbook
Madison, Wis. Today, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) released its draft report – which was commissioned following this past summer’s Legislative Audit Bureau operational audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Highlights from the report included references to various organizational and operational improvements, as well as comparative best practices, to strengthen Wisconsin’s lead economic development entity.
“We are pleased that the CREC report focuses on process improvements, and believe that when fully implemented, the report recommendations have the potential to enhance WEDC’s accountability, transparency and programmatic outcomes,” said Christian Tscheschlok, WEDA president and Executive Director of Washington County Economic Development Corporation. “Our members agree with the report’s focused approach, and that engaging in a type of wholesale restructuring will divert energy away from WEDC’s mission as a resource grow Wisconsin’s economy, ” Tscheschlok said.
WEDA’s Executive Director, Brian Doudna noted, “During the next 30 days, WEDA will be engaging its membership in the review of this report in preparation for serving as a resource to the administration, the legislature and WEDC.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the economy of the State of Wisconsin. Founded in 1975, WEDA’s economic development professionals and active volunteers are dedicated to making Wisconsin a better place to live and work through economic advancement that focuses on retaining and expanding existing businesses; facilitating investment and entrepreneurship; and, attracting new companies, employment opportunities and innovation capital.