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November 26, 2013

Member Newsletter

In This Issue

1. From the President
2. Executive Director
3. Legislative Update
4. WEDC Corner
5. WEDI News
6. 2014 Gov Conference
7. Membership Renewal
8. Corp Sponsor Spotlight
9. Members in the News

10. Best Practices

11. Upcoming Events
12. New Members
13. Job Openings

Upcoming Events

December 2, 2013
National Development Council: ED202 – Real Estate Finance

December 6, 2013
New North Live!
2013 Summit

Green Bay

December 8, 2013
MAEDC 2013 Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum

February 11, 2014
Exhibit & Sponsorship Registration: 2014 WEDA's Governor's Conference on Economic Development:


February 11-13, 2014
2014 WEDA's Governor's Conference on Economic Development

March 5, 2014
IEDC Economic Development Credit Analysis

Click here for more events

Welcome New Members

Tricia Braun
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Steve Fahlgren
Village of DeForest

Ryan Garcia
City of Janesville

Jennifer Hagner
Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation

Kara Homen
City of Menasha

Greg Hyer
University Research Par

Bruce Keyes
Foley & Lardner LLP

Mark Maley
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Jordan Michalkiewicz
Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation

Jodie Olson
Berlin Community Development Corporation

Steve Peterson
Monroe County Economic Development

Dan Ramsey

Susan Ryman
Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation

Wendy Townsend
Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Beng Yeap
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Job Opportunities

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, The Visions Partners of Beloit

Taylor County Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator, Cooperative Extension, Medford

Executive Director, Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce, Beloit

Executive Director - Business Improvement District, Military Avenue Business Association, Green Bay

Economic Development Director , Jefferson County, Jefferson

From the President
Carol Karls

Carol Karls, 2013 WEDA President

If your organization is discussing how it will keep up with technology, you're not alone. I'm going to assume everyone appreciates the need for a website these days. You might be discussing utilizing Responsive Web Design which adjusts how your website is viewed based on the type of device you are viewing it on (from mobile phones to PCs). And some may even consider developing their own app. Your WEDA board is also trying to keep up with technology to provide quick and convenient access to information or tools that you can use when you are not in front of your computer with easy access to your PC.

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Executive Director Report
Kristen Fish

Kristen Fish, Executive Director

Staying Connected

In economic development it's important to have the most up-to-date knowledge and technical skills.It's also important to have a base of solid historical information and background.But throughout time, one of the most important assets to any successful economic development program is the strength and richness of the relationships practitioners have with stakeholders with whom they do business.These include relationships with employers, elected officials, service providers, real estate brokers, site selectors, lenders and workforce development boards.

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Legislative Update
Hamilton Group Consulting

As the Senate and Assembly wrap-up their work for the year, it's important to reflect back on the first half of the 2013-2014 legislative session. WEDA achieved major successes in 2013, from successfully pushing for the state to create a venture capital fund to making the case for an increase to the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. It is thanks to you that WEDA was able to accomplish what it did and is poised for even more success in 2014.

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WEDC Corner

In this issue:

  • Middle East Trade Venture Can Open Doors for Wisconsin Businesses
  • State Tax Credits Help Pave the Way for Amazon Distribution Center
  • Certified Site Program Pays Dividends in Stevens Point
  • Minority Businesses Honored for Achievements
  • Downtown Programs Earn Recognition
  • Did You Know?

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WI Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker, President, WEDI

In this issue:

  • Monthly job posting characteristics by Job Center of Wisconsin Metrics
  • New Wisconsin Land Use & Planning Law
  • Trends in Small Business Financing Sources, a summary by Deseret News
  • Sustainable Zoning in Wisconsin Cities in Land Use Tracker
  • USDA Guide to FSA Farm Loans
  • Accessing the U.S. Capital Markets, a basic primer
  • New Pathways to Scale for Community Development Finance, by the Aspen Institute

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February 11 - 13, 2014
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Madison, WI

Membership 2014 Renewal

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Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) is the lead economic development agency for the eight-county Madison Region with a vision to create a dynamic environment where people and businesses thrive. MadREP's mission is a five-plank platform, which includes:

  • Advance economic competitiveness
  • Advance innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Advance human capital
  • Advance the Madison Region's story
  • Advance regional cooperation, leadership and diversity

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WEDA Members in the News

  • Anna Schramke, CEcD, named Business Services Coordinator at Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.
  • Jim Mishefske selected as new State SBDC Director

Best Practices: Food Enterprise Center

The Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua creates amazing opportunities for food entrepreneurs and social investors by providing infrastructure for innovative food and wellness/exercise-related businesses to startup and expand.

In July 2009, Vernon Economic Development Association acquired a vacant 100,000 square-foot manufacturing facility and established a multi-tenant aggregation, storage, processing and distribution center to expand business capacity, increase revenue for area producers and create at least 85 food cluster industry jobs in the Vernon County region.

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