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May 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Strategies, Tools and Opportunities

As valued members and partners in economic development, you can be sure that WEDA is advancing strategic efforts to create tools and programs for you at the state, regional and local level.  These efforts are possible in great part due to the leadership of your association’s board of directors and their willingness to serve on project teams to implement the adopted strategies. 

A few of these efforts include:

Community and Economic Development Awards

Now in its third year, these awards celebrate the projects that local communities and partners are implementing across Wisconsin. The awards recognize the investment decisions of your local elected officials and local companies.  Please take the time to apply for the awards. It will be part of building the case for future programs and policies. This is your chance to tell your story and communicate your community brand and the projects that make Wisconsin a great place for business and talent.

Community Reinvestment Strategy – WEDA Statewide Programming

At our last WEDA board meeting, the decision was made to form a Community Reinvestment Network in partnership with several associations and organizations. This effort will allow WEDA members to build relationships and increase access to individuals and organizations.  The new programming includes several additional features, but at the end of the business day, this effort will increase awareness of potential deals in distressed census tracts across WI and within individual communities.  Look for more information on this tool in the fall of 2017.

Fall Conference September 27-29 – Convening of Skill and Sector Development Efforts

WEDA will host the Fall Conference jointly with the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association. Additional partners in the effort include the Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Council on Workforce Investment.

The conference program is being designed as a working session to align talent and sector development efforts. For a successful conference, it is critical that we get the private sector to attend to garner their feedback and suggestions on the various tools and programs being discussed.    

WEDA will be working on workforce development policies for the fall session.  As part of the conference, WEDA and the Workforce Development Association will host a joint public hearing of the two legislative committees focused on workforce development efforts: Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues and the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development. 

If you have thoughts on workforce development policy topics for consideration, please reach out to Michael Welsh at

WEDA is the leading voice in economic development policy, and your association hopes to use your input, your projects and your experiences during the upcoming months.  This year is shaping up nicely with new tools and programs that allow you to build your network and expand your knowledge, while also ensuring policies hit the needs of private sector employers.  

- Brian Doudna, Executive Director

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