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WEDA to Launch Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy Solutions for Wisconsin Businesses

By Ed White, WEDA President


Burdensome regulations can create unnecessary obstacles to business growth. Through effective advocacy, WEDA strives to create a practical and predictable regulatory environment in Wisconsin. While WEDA’s efforts help improve the state’s overall business climate, companies often find themselves facing specific regulatory barriers that can jeopardize their success and obstruct potential expansion.

To assist companies struggling with regulatory challenges and provide local economic development professionals with an additional business retention tool, WEDA will soon launch a new legislative services program to provide government affairs and direct lobbying services to new and existing businesses in Wisconsin.

Businesses facing regulatory hurdles do not always require long-term government affairs representation, but instead, find themselves in need of short-term lobbying efforts on a single legislative or regulatory issue to eliminate barriers to growth. Fortunately, WEDA’s full-time government affairs staff is uniquely qualified to provide short-term government affairs services to businesses looking to grow in Wisconsin.

The fee-for-service program will tailor the level of service to the specific advocacy needs of the business, from relationship building and political outreach to full-service lobbying. The services available to business will include:


·         Legislative/regulatory project assessment

·         Relationship building with key policymakers

·         Development of political outreach strategies

·         Stakeholder coalition building

·         Direct lobbying of key state officials and legislators

·         Drafting of Legislation and/or regulatory proposal

·         Advocacy material development


It’s important to point out that WEDA will not provide government affairs and lobbying services to a business if the company’s legislative or regulatory priorities do not align with WEDA’s legislative agenda. Also, to qualify for services, a business must be referred by a WEDA member in good standing.

Marketing materials for the program are currently being developed and will be made available to WEDA members and local economic development professionals this fall. The materials can then be offered to local businesses in need of legislative and regulatory solutions.

As WEDA continues to transform into the “New WEDA” and enhance member benefits, we are excited to offer this new service to help members promote economic growth in their communities.

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