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Convening on Wisconsin's Workforce - WEDA 2017 Fall Conference
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WEDA's 2017 Fall Conference will be using a new format to receive input on align of workforce and economic development strategies and policies. The conference is co-hosted by the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association. Conference Partners include the Council on Workforce Investment, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Convening will feature several sessions where businesses provide input on funding, programming & policies.

9/27/2017 to 9/29/2017
When: 9/27/2017
Where: The Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Ave
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin  53020
United States
Contact: Brian Doudna

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Conference Location and Room Information

Join us at The Osthoff in Elkhart Lake, WI.    

2 bedroom Corner Lakeside Premier:  $269.00

Guest Room & One bedroom suites: $169.00

For room descriptions:  Tour of Rooms at the Osthoff

For reservations, please call: 1-800-876-3399.  The rooms cut-off on your room block is September 8th, 2017.

Sample Invite to businesses


Wednesday, Sept 27                                      

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM            Exhibit Set-up available                   

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM            New to the Profession - Exhibitor Exchange

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM            Welcome Reception: The Osthoff                                 


Thursday, September 28, 2017                                    

6:30 - 7:30 AM     Exhibit Set-up for all remaining exhibitors                                  

7:30 AM                 Registration                     

7:30 - 8:30 AM     Continental Breakfast - View Exhibits                          

8:15 - 8:30 AM     Welcome - WEDA Board President and WWDA Board President                             

8:30 - 8:45 AM     The Convening – Opening Comments – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch                     

8:50 - 9:35 AM     Current Efforts of our State Agencies and Workforce Boards

                             Earl Buford, WWDA; Sec. Mark Hogan, WEDC; Sec. Ray Allen, DWD; and Ray Woodruff, DOC

9:40 - 10:30 AM   Current Efforts of our Educational Institutions

                             K-12 System*; Conor Smyth, WTCS; Rolf Wogenke, Independent Colleges; UW System* (invited*)

10:35-10:55 AM   Break - View Exhibits

10:55- 11:10 AM  WEDA's Fall Legislative Package on Training, Retention, Attraction     (click link to download)

                            Michael Welsh, WEDA and James Otterstein, Rock County

11:15 -12:15 PM  Sector Breakout Discussions - Sectors Efforts in Training, Retention & Attraction

                            The attendees will be separated into groups to gather feedback on existing programs and proposed    

                            new tools for businesses in dealing with their individual workforce situations.

12:20 - 1:20  PM   Lunch - Exhibitor                              


1:25 - 1:55 PM      Wisconsin Connections - Web Sites Resources

                              The state is launching several new efforts to align talent strategies. This session will focus on web

                               site solutions designed to engage both the talent pool and employers.

2:00 – 2:15 PM     Reporting on Morning Break Out Discussions

                              The morning session breakouts will be summarized

2:15 - 2:35 PM      Break - View Exhibits                       

2:35 - 3:00 PM      Apprenticeships - A summary of efforts to spur talent development

3:05 - 3:55 PM     

Track 1A: Talent Attraction Roles and Incentives    

Discussion:  This session will discuss incentives for talent attraction and the potential role that different organizations can take in  advancing efforts.


Track 2 A:  Forming Sector and Occupational Partnerships

Discussion:  This session will focus discussion on forming consortium models and private sector led partnerships to support training and skill development efforts.

 4:00 - 4:50 PM    

Track 1B: Building and Managing Talent Relationships – Youth & Adults

Discussion: The session will focus discussion on methods to enhance current efforts to build and maintain relationships with WI based youths and adults.

Track 2B: Retaining Talent in Wisconsin

Discussion: The session will focus discussion on potential strategies and policies that can help the private sector retain critical talent that drive

5:00 - 7:00 PM      Evening Event:  Reception                             


Friday, September 29                                    


7:00 AM - 8:15 AM             Buffet Breakfast - View Exhibits                     

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM             General Session - Creating Talent Anchors in your Communities                   

                                           Community Development Strategy                               Allan Hooper  

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM             General Session - Employer of Choice - On Site and Near Site health care

                   C4 Solutions, LLC                                      Janice Lemminger and Natasha Plank-Ottum  

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM           Break - View Exhibits                    


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM        

Track 1:  Economic Development Academy - Introduction

                   How to Build Engaging Experiences that Spur Economic Development


            Track 2:  Joint Public Hearing & Testimony

      Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues

      And Assembly Committee on Workforce Development

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