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WEDA Listening session: Elkhorn

Input from local stakeholders and outside experts is critical to ensuring any changes align with the needs of our business, community, and economic development customers.

6/23/2015
When: June 23, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 am
Where: Gateway Technical College: Elkhorn Campus
400 County Road H
South Building
Elkhorn, WI  53121
Presenter: Room SOUT114
Contact: Megan Purtell
608-255-5666


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The field of economic development has definitely seen its share of headlines over the past month. These stories have increased the potential for changes during the fall legislative session to the structures and tools used at the local level to grow the economy. Input from local stakeholders and outside experts is critical to ensuring any changes align with the needs of our business, community, and economic development customers.

WEDA will begin to undertake an effort to garner additional stakeholder input and we need your active participation. Our information gathering, at a minimum, will focus on four key areas:

  • Financial Programs – Receive input on existing financial tools and any thoughts on modifications
  • Program Oversight and Compliance – Receive comments on current processes that are tied to existing statutes and policies    
  • Organization – Identify steps to regain the public trust in statewide economic development efforts
  • Community & Economic Development Awards – WEDA will introduce the new awards and nominations forms for the presentation of the awards on August 20, 2015 at SentryWorld in Stevens Point.

Our field includes professionals from across the state and various industries; with that, comes diverse perspectives and thinking.  Any changes to our statewide economic development tools require thoughtful consideration…not rhetoric. All are welcome to attend, please register if you would like to be updated on locations.

How will Listening Session Input be used?  The summary of the listening sessions will be provided to the WEDA Board of Directors, WEDC Leadership and economic development stakeholders in developing forward looking strategies.  Your insights will also be used in preparation for a fall legislative session that will have economic development policy as a main topic.

It is truly vital for our economic development stakeholders to be a part of the solution.  Please participate in WEDA’s action plan to regain the public trust in the field of economic development. WEDA will continue to offer economic development and local leader’s ways to engage in economic development solutions. Join us.

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