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WEDA Wire January 2013
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January 2013

In This Issue

Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corp.

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation (WBD) was formed to assist small businesses in gaining access to capital in order to grow their businesses, provide job opportunities and inspire their communities. WBD's expertise with the SBA's 504 and 7(a) programs leads to solutions that help small businesses grow, creating jobs and improving Wisconsin communities. These solutions allow small business owners to keep cash for other needs and provide lenders the opportunity to preserve liquidity and enhance security, reducing risk.

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Job Opportunities

Executive Director,
Lincoln County EDC

Loan Officer,

Community Development Director/Redevelopment Coordinator,
City of Brillion

Director of Marketing, Watertown EDC

Director of Business Development,
Fond du Lac County EDC

Welcome New Members!

Tracy Benter, Economic Development Corp. of Manitowoc County, Manitowoc

Kathryn Berger, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.,

Bill Beson, First American Capital Corp.West Allis

Jennifer Conlin, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Milwaukee

Wil Cox, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison

Jeffrey Dietrich, Northwest Regional Planning Commission,

Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System,

Aaron Hagar, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison

Luke Hanson, Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp.,Eau Claire

Patti Holden, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison

Ron Kysiak, Diane Lupke & Associates, Newton

Benjamin Lasiewicz, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Green Bay

Renee Lindner, Burleigh Street CDC, Milwaukee

Jenny Lisak, Key Commercial Real Estate, Madison

Scott Mosley, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.,

Bob Pope, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison

Mark Rhoda-Reis, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison

Ruth Rolich, City of Madison, Madison

Brad Schneider
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.,

Tom Thieding, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison

Shari Tieman, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield

Lyra Trapp, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison

Bruce Trimble, North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Stevens Point

Charles Vang, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Milwaukee

WEDA Links

President's Message
Andy Albarado, 2012 WEDA President

One of the things that continually fascinates me about the field of economic development is the wide range of backgrounds my colleagues have. There is an amazing diversity of educational backgrounds, prior work experiences, specialized expertise and stories of how we became ED practitioners. Some are starting their careers in the field, while others are finishing. For some it's been a lifelong career, while others visit before moving on to other pursuits. Planners and engineers, bankers and marketers, sales reps. and realtors–the fields are varied. Some have college degrees, some have no degree, part-time, full-time, sometimes, retired/unretired, MBA's and CED's. I even understand there might be a music major or two.

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Executive Director Update
Kristen Fish

It's 2013 and we are gearing up for an exciting year at WEDA. Last year ended on a very strong note with more participation in events and conferences than ever before.

This year we have an even bigger line up of events and opportunities for our members to learn and grow professionally.

  • Four IEDCcourses including business retention & expansion surveys, workforce development strategies, real estate development and reuse, and strategic planning—the first 40 registrants receive a $150 scholarship.
  • Another course offered by the National Development Council—again, scholarships are available with the first 40 registrants to receive a $200 discount. .
  • A wonderful event in Wausau on June 4 & 5, will include hands on training on fundraising for your organization as well as how to use economic and fiscal impact analysis to sell your project to a funding source.

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Legislative Update
By Hamilton Consulting Group

Off to a Running Start

The 101st session of the Wisconsin Legislature came to order on January 7, 2013, and the legislators have wasted no time getting down to business. Already a number of important issues are working their way through the system.

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2013 Annual Membership Meeting

There arefive board openings for the three-year term starting in 2013. This year's Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7 at the Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center during the 2013 Governor's Conference on Economic Development.

If you are unable to attend the annual meeting a proxy ballot is below the list of candidates.

Meet the 2013 Slate of Candidates
Click on Name for Nominee Information

* Incumbent Candidates

In addition to voting on the 2013 Board of Director Candidates, the WEDA Board of Directors have proposed changes to the By-Laws.

Proposed 2013 By-Law Changes

2013 Proxy Ballot
Please return the completed ballot no later than Tuesday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. or Fax: (608) 208-1148

2013 WEDA's Governor's Conference on Economic Development

February 6 - 8, 2013
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Madison, WI

There's still time to register forth best educational and networking event for economic development in Wisconsin. This year's event will focus on Wisconsin's hottest economic development topics and issues, including:

  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Broadband
  • Future for Compressed Natural Gas.

Kick off this year's conference by participating with WEDA's Inaugural Legislative Day. This is our chance to "walk the halls” of the State Capitol and meet with our legislators to educate them on the issues important to all of us as the state's economic development professionals. The 2013 Legislative day begins at noon with an optional lunch and briefing session on the issues, followed by visits over at the capitol and topped off with a legislative reception at Brocach* – a great Irish bar and restaurant on the Capitol Square.

All are invited to attend. Cannot attend the Governor's Conference on Economic Development? Register for Legislative Day only!

Click here to register for the conference and view the agenda & speaker information.

Upcoming Professional Educational Opportunities

March 21-22, 2013
IEDC Business Retention & Expansion,
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI

April 22-26, 2013
National Development Council: ED201-Business Credit Analysis, Milwaukee

May 16-17, 2013
IEDC Real Estate Development and Reuse
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI

July 18-19, 2013
IEDC Workforce Development,
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI

August 15-16, 2013
IEDC Economic Development Strategic Planning
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI

September 9-12, 2013
Wisconsin Basic Economic Development Course
UW-Pyle Center, Madison, WI

WEDC Corner
In this Update
  • First "Certified in Wisconsin” Sites Announced
  • Watch for Phase II of Certified Site Application
  • Connect Communities Selected
  • Skills Wisconsin Information
  • International Development Events/Opportunities

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    Governor Walker Names Reed Hall New WEDC CEO

    Governor Walker announced Reed Hall as the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hall served as Interim Secretary/CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation since November 2012. Prior to that, he was executive director of Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, from January 2000 to July 2010, additionally from June 1976 until January 2000 he served as general counsel to Marshfield Clinic.

    "Reed brings a fresh perspective and strong leadership to the WEDC,” said Governor Scott Walker. "Reed's experience at the Marshfield Clinic, in numerous civic organizations, and involvement in creating private sector jobs in Wisconsin makes him a perfect fit for this position. He will be guided by years of experience and a record of effective management in the private sector. I look forward to working with Reed and the WEDC to continue to improve Wisconsin's business climate.”

    Read Mr.Hall's statement here

    WEDA Applauds Walker’s WEDC Appointment

    Wisconsin Economic Development Institute News
    Roger Nacker, President, WEDI

    Inside this issue:

    • Wisconsin's Business Ranking – Take your pick
    • Manpower Group Seventh Annual Survey Reveals in U.S. The Top Three Talent Shortages are Skilled Trades, Engineers and IT Staff
    • Tech-Based Economic Development in 2012 - state spending on economic development falls almost 40 percent from FY2009 to FY20121
    • New Business Formations Up 8.7% in Wisconsin
    • EDA Unveils Online Tool - weigh benefits of economic development projects using the Triple Bottom Linemodel
    • IEDC Re-launches
    • See Our Competition MI's Game Plan

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    Upcoming Partner & Member Calendar of Events

    February 13, 2013
    Business Day in Madison
    Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center, Madison, WI

    February 13, 19, 21, 26, 27, 28
    2013 WBD Program: Working Together Seminar
    Multiple locations

    February 25-26, 2013
    Sector Strategy and Career Pathways Meeting

    March 6, 7, 12, 13, 2013
    2013 WBD Program: Working Together Seminar,
    Multiple locations

    March 13, 2013
    Arts Day 2013
    Madison Concourse Hotel, Madison

    Have an upcoming event you would like to include on the WEDA website? Click Here to complete the WEDA online form for your upcoming event!

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