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September 24, 2013

Member Newsletter

In This Issue

1. From the President
2. Executive Director
3. Legislative Update
4. WEDC Corner
5. WEDI News
6. Sponsor Spotlight
7. WEDA Best Practices
8. State News & Events
9. Upcoming Events
10. New Members
11. Job Openings

Upcoming Events

October 2 - 4, 2013
WEDA and WDAC Regional Fall Conference

October 14, 2013
Brazil Business Summit hosted by UW-Madison Madison

October 15-16, 2013
Market Place 2013: Governor's Conference on Minority Business Development

December 2-6, 2013
National Development Council: ED202 – Real Estate Finance

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

Complete event listing here

Welcome New Members

Ryan Garcia
City of Janesville

Al Hulick
City of Janesville

Bev Laue
Richland Chamber & Development Alliance

Katie Pawasarat
University Wisconsin Extension

Denise Sonnemann
Main Street Marshfield

Job Opportunities

Executive Director, Southern Wisconsin Agriculture Group, Madison+More Job postings here

From the President
Carol Karls

Carol Karls, 2013 WEDA PresidentWEDA’s Fall Conference is a MUST ATTEND this year with a focus on community development information that can be used at any level of community – state, county, city, town or village.

Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, is back by popular demand, but this time you have an opportunity to participate in one of his special workshops. Kageyama has developed an interactive workshop that allows communities to develop their own approaches to becoming a more "lovable" community. This half-day workshop will explore how people connect within their own community, how leaders can improve and maximize that connection and lead more people towards being "in love” with their place.

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Executive Director Report
Kristen Fish

Kristen Fish, Executive Director

ED101 for Local Leaders Program Underway

This month marks the official launch of the Economic Development training program WEDA has developed for Local Leaders. The program was developed by staff and board members and provides a three-hour curriculum to be presented on demand in the local city, village or town.

Two pilot sessions were held and the curriculum was refined. Trainers include WEDA members who are Certified Economic Developers through the IEDC certification program.

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Legislative Update
Rebecca Hogan, Hamilton Group Consulting

Legislature Plans Busy Fall Session

After spending summer away from the state house, legislators are back in Madison for the fall floor period. The Senate was back in session on September 17th, and the Assembly will back in October. Both houses have ambitious plans for passing legislation now that the state budget is no longer dominating the legislature's attention.

Gov. Walker has said he will roll out a package of bipartisan bills that are aimed at bolstering workforce development, offering tax breaks to businesses, and eliminating regulations. Legislative leaders from both houses and both parties have echoed the governor's call for a focus on bills that will help improve Wisconsin's economy and facilitate job creation.

WEDA is in a good position for the fall, with several of its proposals moving forward.

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WEDC Corner

In this issue:

  • Extended enterprise data sharing network update
  • WEDC holds Main Street Application Workshops
  • Regional Planning Commissions offer economic data services
  • WEDC shared marketing resources available
  • WEDC schedules trade ventures in 2014
  • Idle Industrial Site Redevelopment Program

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WI Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker, President, WEDI

In this issue:

  • Green Bay among biggest gainers
  • Latest SBA Wisconsin Small Business Profile
  • Where do the workers in your county come from?
  • Just for fun in the football season - recently completed/announced stadium projects
  • The Wisconsin Scorecard: How do we compare?
  • Number of new business entities in Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin ranks among best
  • Government Assistance Almanac
  • Institution small business lending
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Sponsor Spotlight: Hooper Corp.

Hooper Corp. is a full-service electric power and mechanical contractor headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Celebrating 100 years of service, Hooper has extensive experience in completing large and complex projects throughout the continental U.S. and Canada. Hooper specializes in technically challenging projects and can handle any project individually but also collaborates on projects and works well as a team. Through Building Information Modeling (BIM), Hooper's collaboration in-house and its ability to work seamlessly with other contractors can save its customers both time and money on any project.

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October is Manufacturing Month

Governor Scott Walker proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month to recognize the contributions of our manufacturing employers and workers and to highlight manufacturing as a valuable career pathway. During the month, manufacturers are encouraged to open their doors to parents, students, educators and members of the public to showcase the interesting, fulfilling and challenging careers available in manufacturing. Information is available for community leaders to promote October as Manufacturing Month.

Gather the information on manufacturers in your area who are interested in hosting a facility tour, and contact Susan Nyffenegger 608-258-3400, to have that event listed on the official Manufacturing Month website.

WEDA Best Practices: iLEAD Charter School

One of the long range strategic plans for Juneau County is to grow a base of innovators and entrepreneurs within its communities that will be positioned to capitalize on new opportunities. To do this Juneau County Economic Development Corp. has partnered with the Mauston school district and some exceptional teachers to found the iLEAD Charter School whose mission is to empower students to be agents of innovation by cultivating their entrepreneurial spirit and leadership capacity. iLEAD is an Individualized school that develops Leadership and Entrepreneurship through Academic Discovery for grades 7 through 12.

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Have you seen or heard of another organization doing something outstanding? It could be a great business retention & expansion program, jobs saved, business attracted, entrepreneur nurtured or a new approach taken. It could be you! Let us know. We may feature it in the next WEDA Wire.

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