In this issue:
- WEDC Launches Online Network for Economic Development Collaboration
- Dane County Technology Park Earns Certified in Wisconsin Designation
- Milwaukee Receives $1 Million Grant for Water Technology Business Park
- WEDC Assists Kapco with Grafton Expansion Project in Ozaukee County
WI Economic Development Institute News
By Roger Nacker, President
In this issue:
- The Community Economic Development Handbook
- The Economic Profile System
- VISIT Milwaukee MKE Toolkit
- Competitive Alternatives 2014 Study Results
- When States Compete: How State Tax Climates Impact Corporate Investment
- Chief Executive 11th Annual Survey Results
- Capacity Building Initiative
- Workers are New Weapon in the Battle for Business
- New Wisconsin Technical College System Report
Corporate Sponsor Spotlight
Fifty-five years after its founding in Kaukauna, Keller, Inc. has grown to include offices in four areas of the state: Kaukauna, Milwaukee, Madison and Wausau. The company employs 230 people and manages more than 800 personnel on all jobsites. The company is 100% employee-owned since Founder Walter Keller made the company an ESOP in 1986. That’s a mindset the company strives to maintain; every project has an employee-owner working at all times. Keller has staff with a lot of longevity and does not experience a lot of turnover, which is an advantage to its customers.
Keller services a wide variety of industries including: agriculture, assisted living, automotive, child care, chiropractic, cold storage, construction management/municipal, convenience store, dental, education, faith-based, financial, funeral home, hospitality, industrial, medical, manufacturing, professional office, recreation, restaurant, veterinary and warehouse.
WEDA Member Opportunity
2016 WEDA Conferences: Speaker Opportunity
The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) Education Committee invites Economic Development Practitioners and Professional Service partners to share knowledge and expertise with their economic development colleagues and contribute to the profession’s field of knowledge.
If you have heard a potential speaker at a conference, seminar, or meeting recently, or if you know of a fellow practitioner with a great story to tell. Please complete the form on the link below. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than September 16.
Speaking opportunities at the WEDA 2016 Conferences:
- Governor’s Conference on Economic Development
- Spring Meeting (focus on Financial)
- Fall Conference in Eau Claire (Dates to be Announced)
Speaker Suggestion - RFP Download
Unlocking Development Finance in the Badger State Roundtable Invitation to Members
WEDA recently entered into an MOU with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). As part of this MOU, WEDA invites you to join CDFA on September 30, 2015, for the first Wisconsin Roundtable Conference as they focus on "Unlocking Development Finance in the Badger State." This one-day event will feature economic development finance experts and leaders from around the state discussing innovative development finance tools and projects, emerging resources and approaches, and how these methods can catalyze investment in the Wisconsin economy.
2015 CDFA Wisconsin Financing Roundtable Conference
When: September 30, 2015
Where: The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club, Madison
Agenda: Roundtable Agenda
More information/registration www.cdfa.net.
WEDA Members in the News
Barb LaMue has accepted the position of Vice President of the Economic and Community Development Division at WEDC. Barb was President of WEDA in 2004.
Congratulations to recently Retired WEDA Members
Bruce Kepner, Alliant Energy and former WEDA President
Andy Lewis, Center for Community & Economic Development, and former WEDA Board Member
WEDA Board Profile: Brent McFarland
Current Position: Chief Operating Officer of Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation (BDC). This is a wholly owned entity of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian tribe, focused on diversifying tribal assets outside of gaming. My role started as the Director of Business Development under the tribal administration and within a year spearheaded the initiative to separate businesses development from political influence.
This was successful due to involvement of tribal members, community stakeholders and tribal leadership engaging in the process of developing the BDC. Since 2013 the BDC has grown from zero revenue or employees, to seven figures in revenue and over 22 full-time employees. By 2015 year end, we will triple those numbers through growth and acquisition. We currently have 16 companies involved in several market sectors ranging from retail, construction, real estate development, to internet-based commerce.