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The recent passage of the Tax Credit Transferability and TIF Enhancement bills are excellent examples of how your engagement makes a difference and portrays WEDA members as a valued voice on economic development issues. Events like WEDA’s annual Legislative Day help to build relationships with legislators and advance important pieces of economic development legislation. As the latest legislative session comes to a close, it is important to highlight WEDA’s accomplishments and refocus on future opportunities.Continue Reading
In this issue:
- Expanded Historic Preservation Tax Credits a Big Hit
- United Natural Foods Inc. Says ‘Yes’ to Wisconsin—Again
- Updated Cost Comparison Tool Now Covers 49 States
- Amazon.com Project Gets Even Bigger
- Save the Date: Global Trade Venture to Singapore and Indonesia
WI Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker, President, WEDI
In this issue:
- Forward Wisconsin website updated
- Need money for public purpose projects?
- Wisconsin manufacturing competition
- State gains in manufacturing employment
- Plant closings plummet statewide
- Target existing firms and startups for growth
- Ensure job retention
- Fund raising opportunity
2014 Governor's Conference Summary
WEDA held its 19th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, February 11-13, 2014, at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This year’s conference theme, Why Wisconsin, brought speakers from around the state of Wisconsin and the nation to discuss why Wisconsin is leading, ramping up or needing progress in areas including manufacturing, water, workforce and international.
Click here to access PowerPoint presentations, attendees list, exhibitor information and a photo gallery of the 2014 conference.
2014 WEDA Officers and Committee Chairs
The 2014 officers were elected by the board of directors on February 12. The 2014 officers and Executive Committee are the following:
Patrick Schloss, President
Christian Tscheschlok, President - Elect
Kim Kindschi, Treasurer
Carol Karls, Past President
Sam Perlman, Board member at large
To view the 2014 committee chairs, click here.
Interested in participating on a WEDA committtee? Contact the WEDA office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Profile: Christine Berry
Background/Education: I grew up in Farmington Hills, MI (sub of Detroit); and after I found Northern Michigan University in Marquette, I never went back. I have a Marketing degree from there. During the 10 years I lived there, I worked at the daily newspaper in their display ad department for about three years. I also got married and started a family. We moved to White Lake, WI (a town of 400) in 1993 and have been here ever since.
Office of Skills Development
Governor Scott Walker proposed and the legislature signed into law legislation creating the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program in early 2013. The program, administered by the Department of Workforce Development’s Office of Skills Development (OSD), provides grants to businesses to increase the skills of their incumbent workers and new hires and to prepare unemployed and underemployed workers for high-demand, good-paying jobs.
WEDA Members in the News
- Vicki Markussen, executive director of the 7 Rivers Alliance, has been named executive director of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce.
Best Practices: West Allis Attracts Children's Hospital Offices
The City of West Allis recently announced that the Summit Place Office Complex at 6737 W. Washington St. has attracted multiple office divisions of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Summit Place leased approximately 80,000 sq. ft. of office space to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with the intent to move about 475 employees to this location by spring 2014. Representatives from Children's commented that the central location of Summit Place and the additional on-site amenities for staff were major factors in their decision.