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WEDA Announces Community and Economic Development Award Winners

Wednesday, September 9, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Contact: Brian Doudna

Executive Director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association


Madison, Wis. – September 2, 2015 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Community and Economic Development awards. Winners were recognized at a ceremony on August 20, 2015, at Sentry World in Stevens Point, Wis.

The awards program was developed by the WEDA and its partners to recognize best practices and economic development-focused groups  around the state that are making their community or region a better place to live, work and play.

 “WEDA is excited to launch this program to celebrate the efforts of local, county, regional and private organizations in advancing our state’s economy and the quality of life,” says WEDA Executive Director Brian Doudna.

Recipients of the 2015 Community and Economic Development Awards given in seven categories are:

  • Business Retention and Expansion - Project:
    • Meijer, Kenosha;
    • Trane, La Crosse
  • Economic Development Initiative:
    • Transform Milwaukee, Milwaukee
  • Expanding Sector:
    • The Water Council, Milwaukee
  • Human Capital (workforce development):
    • Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance
  • Real Estate Development and Reuse:
    • Renaissance Faire II LLC, West Allis;
    • City of Edgerton;
    • City of Oak Creek
  • Public-Private Partnership:
    • Village of Prescott; Neenah – Transportation;
    • City of Milwaukee, Wispark and Riverworks
  • Economic Driver:
    • Kwik Trip
    • and Nu Pak

Partnering with WEDA to implement the awards program are the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.


About WEDA – The Wisconsin Economic Development Association is Wisconsin's voice for economic development. The statewide association is a 410+ member organization whose primary objective is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Wisconsin by encouraging cooperation, exchange of information and promotion of professional skills. With a proactive board and involved membership support, WEDA will continue to advance the professionalism of Wisconsin's economic development efforts.


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