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September 2014

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WEDC website ranked third in the U.S. for economic development info

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) website is the third best in the country when it comes to providing economic development site selection information, according to a new independent report.

The report by Sigala Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in urban and regional planning, recognized for being among the best in providing online corporate site location information to help companies and site selectors decide where to locate their operations.

"Wisconsin has one of the best state economic development site selection website services in the USA,” said consultant Michael Sigala. "The online services Wisconsin provides are a competitive advantage to assist expanding and relocating businesses to move into the state."

Sigala analyzed more than 300 features on economic development websites in all 50 states, focusing on areas such as lead generation, community search, property search and location analysis. has several features that enable users to quickly search for key economic development data, including:

  • ConnectED, a searchable database of programs, incentives and tools throughout the state that are available to business.
  • LocateInWisconsin, a search tool that provides comprehensive information on buildings and sites that meet a user’s specific criteria, as well as a data snapshot of every city within the state.
  • An up-to-date list of all "Certified in Wisconsin” sites in the state. Those shovel-ready sites have been certified to ensure that the key reviews, documentations and assessments most commonly required for industrial uses are already in place.
  • A powerful cost comparison tool that allows site selection consultants and others to compare Wisconsin against other states using a variety of key data points.
  • An economic development impact map that shows all of the individual awards WEDC has made since July 2011. Users are able to examine key performance indicators such as award amounts and projected jobs.

Energy Innovation Center reinforces Wisconsin’s key role in industry

WEDC is providing more than $850,000 in grants to support the new Energy Innovation Center in Milwaukee, a facility expected to solidify the region’s role as the leader in the energy, power and control industry.

The center, operated by the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), will affirm and leverage the Midwest’s standing as a global hub for the industry by providing collaborative space designed to attract, grow and develop companies. The center will bring together industry and academic scientists, engineers and business leaders to conduct joint research, jump-start innovative technologies and nurture startup companies.

"Just as the Global Water Center has put Milwaukee and Wisconsin on the map when it comes to water technology, we believe the Energy Innovation Center has the same potential for the energy, power and control sector,” said Governor Scott Walker. "Southeastern Wisconsin already is home to some of the world-leading companies and research universities in the sector. This is an opportunity to harness all of that innovation all in one place.”

Construction on the $9.6 million center, which will occupy 65,000 square feet of the 200,000-square-foot facility on North 27th Street, is expected to begin in September 2014. A grand opening is targeted for September 2015. A second construction phase is expected to begin around October 2015 and be completed by mid-2016. When completed, the enhanced facility will be among the largest and most capable energy power and control global accelerators.


Wisconsin companies to make a splash at national water conference

Representatives from more than 50 Wisconsin companies will showcase their water technology solutions at the annual Water Environment Federation Technology Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) taking place in New Orleans, Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. Wisconsin’s water industry strength will receive special attention at this year’s event through the joint efforts of The Water Council and WEDC.

For the first time, Wisconsin will host a state pavilion at WEFTEC, which is billed as the world’s largest water quality exhibition. The annual conference and trade show alternates between Chicago and New Orleans each year. Complementing the many business-hosted exhibits spread throughout the show floor, the Wisconsin Water Innovation Pavilion will highlight the many assets that comprise the state’s burgeoning water technology cluster.

"No other state has a water technology portfolio that is so complete and diverse,” states Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council, based in Milwaukee. With more than 300 companies across the state with ties to the industry, Wisconsin’s water cluster transactions amount to $10.4 billion annually, or roughly 4 percent of the global market.

Wisconsin’s 20-foot by 30-foot exhibit space features an attention-grabbing tradeshow property that leverages the In Wisconsin® brand developed by WEDC to promote economic opportunities in the state. Industry partners joining the Water Council and WEDC in the Wisconsin Water Innovation Pavilion range from global companies such as InSinkErator to startups and educational institutions, including Gateway Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Whitewater.


New video highlights state’s entrepreneurs and innovators

WEDC has produced a video highlighting the state's entrepreneurial community and the innovation happening here.

The goal of the video is to promote the state’s strength in entrepreneurship and innovation. WEDC believes it’s vital to support Wisconsin’s startup community, which ultimately will help the state retain graduates, increase the rate at which young companies succeed and attract investment. This video was created from the voice of Wisconsin entrepreneurs, and is meant to inspire and enlighten those who may not realize the spirit of what is happening in Wisconsin.

As WEDC continues to draw attention to the opportunities for entrepreneurs to succeed, while showcasing the passion and drive behind the diverse inventors in Wisconsin, we will be sharing this video with young companies and entrepreneurs not only in the state, but throughout the country through targeted advertising and social media outreach. Watch the video and learn more about how WEDC and others are assisting entrepreneurs by visiting




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