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September 30, 2014

Member Newsletter

 This Issue

1. From the President
2. Executive Director
3. Doudna Named WEDA Exec Dir
4. Legislative Update
5. WEDC Corner
6. Fall Regional Conference
7. WEDI News
7. WEDA Best Practices
8. Member Updates
9. Corp Sponsor Spotlight
10. Board Profile
11. Upcoming Events
12. Job Openings



Oct 1-3
WEDA Fall Regional Conference

Oct. 6
Grant Writing Class
Green Bay

Oct. 19
IEDC Annual Conference
Fort Worth, TX

Feb 11, 2015
Mark your Calendar!
WEDA Legislative Day

Feb 11-13, 2015
Mark your Calendar!
Governors Conference on Economic Development


Job Opportunities

Tax Credit Program Manager, WEDC, Madison

Director of Business Development--Project Manager, New North, Inc., De Pere, Northeast

President, Regional Economic Growth Initiative,  Wisconsin Rapids

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp., Oshkosh

Administrative Assistant, Langlade County Economic Development Corp., Antigo



From the President
Patrick Schloss

The WEDA Fall Conference is quickly approaching on October  1-3. A powerful agenda has been planned with a backdrop of success in the  City of Oshkosh. Hope to see many of you at the conference.   

As many of you know, I work for the City of West Allis Development Department. As a practice, when returning from a conference or meeting, staff must share something they capture with the rest of the team. The sharing of economic development news, techniques, or something we see as a best practice is discussed at a staff meeting. The purpose of this effort is to learn new concepts, strengthen our professional knowledge and bring innovative ideas back to make the city a “better place.”  When attending this fall conference, I encourage you to capture something from the packed agenda to share with your team, elected officials or other colleagues.   

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Executive Director Report
Kristen Fish, CEcD

It’s difficult to be in the Economic Development profession and not be passionate about the work. That is what drives us at WEDA to bring our members the very best in programming, conferences, networking opportunities and educational offerings. We want to offer you, our members, the best, so you can deliver top-notch service to your businesses, clients and communities.

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WEDA Welcomes Brian Doudna as Executive Director

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is pleased to welcome Brian Doudna as its first full-time executive director. Doudna has 25 years of experience and commitment to economic development, including ten years as executive director of the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

“The board of directors started a search for our first full-time executive director with the mission to find a candidate who was active in economic development, with proven ability to grow an organization and proven leadership to advance a vision,” says WEDA President Patrick Schloss. “We found that in Brian Doudna.  Brian has knowledge and experience in workforce development, cultivating new businesses, promoting innovation, and much more.” 

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September 2014 Legislative Update
Hamilton Consulting Group

Vote Yes for Transportation

On the upcoming November 4 election Wisconsinites will vote on a constitutional amendment to protect the transportation fund. The amendment would require transportation revenues from gas tax and vehicle registration fees to be used to pay for the transportation system preventing transfers out of the segregated fund to the general fund. The Vote YES for Transportation Campaign is promoting the amendment. Given the importance of transportation funding to Economic Development, WEDA supports the ballot measure and encourages members to help educate their communities and businesses on the upcoming voter referendum.

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WEDC Corner
News from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

In this issue:

  • WEDC website ranked third in the U.S. for economic development info
  • Energy Innovation Center reinforces Wisconsin’s key role in industry
  • Wisconsin companies to make a splash at National Water Conference
  • New video highlights state’s entrepreneurs and innovators

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2014 Fall Regional Conference
Oct 1 - 3 • Oshkosh Convention Center

Home Page
Meet Our Speakers
Exhibit & Sponsors

Has your schedule changed and you can not attend the WEDA Fall conference? Contact the WEDA office,

WI Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker, WEDI President

This WEDI update is packed with useful information, including:

  • Top ten site selection factors
  • Brownfields best practices
  • Social networks visitor data
  • Business survival rate by state
  • Role of counties in economic development
  • And much more

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WEDA Best Practices: In Force Network

In Force Network Fosters Statewide Economic Development Collaboration

Imagine a shared online tool that allows economic development practitioners across Wisconsin access to powerful resources relating to business and workforce development opportunities. WEDC is bringing the power of the world’s leading customer relationship management system——to economic developers throughout the state through the In Force Network.

The In Force Network makes available a customized CRM system tailored to specifically defined needs of Wisconsin’s economic development partners. It has been developed with input from economic developers who have stressed the need for a solution that is standardized but also affordable. The benefits include streamlined services, reduced duplication of effort and expense, enhanced measurement capabilities and shared information and resources with your economic development and workforce development partners.

A nominal annual fee of $500 per user per organization is being waived as part of the In Force Network launch. For more information, contact Sharon Berge, Skills Wisconsin Project Manager, at (608) 210-6806 or

WEDA Member Awards and Updates

WEDA members Ken Maule, executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Corp., and Mary Rajek, economic development associate for Redevelopment Resources, LLC in Wausau, were selected by the Mid-America Economic Development Council board as 2014 recipients of the second annual Bob Ady Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is named in memory of Bob Ady, a champion for economic development in the U.S. and especially the Midwest. The purpose of this scholarship program is to assist new economic development professionals in furthering their professional development.

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Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

Wheeler Economic Development Services (WEDS) was formed by Bill Wheeler in 2005, principally to provide Executive Director Services to the Tri-County Regional Economic Development Corporation (TREDC). TREDC is a three-county regional economic development organization providing business development services to Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara Counties. WEDS consolidated a number of local and county revolving loan funds in 2008, managing $1.5 million in assets overseeing some 30 plus loans. Annually WEDS works with an average of 60 to 70 businesses in the TREDC area on business development projects. Wheeler has over 25 years of experience in economic development on the local, state and regional level.


Board Profile: Matthew Mikolajewski

WEDA Involvement: I have been a WEDA member for ten years and was appointed to the WEDA board earlier this year. I’m currently leading the effort to find office space for WEDA, and I look forward to additional opportunities to serve the organization through its committees.

Current Position:  I manage the City of Madison’s Office of Business Resources (OBR), which is part of the city’s Economic Development Division. Along with my five OBR colleagues, we work with internal city staff and external partners to assist businesses, large and small, with finding available space, securing city permits and approvals, and identifying financial assistance. We also develop and implement the city’s economic development strategy, guide redevelopment initiatives, such as within the city’s Capitol East District, and manage the city’s successful brownfield remediation grant program. I also represent the City of Madison on the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council, Downtown Madison, Inc. Economic Development Committee, and Madison Central Business Improvement District Board of Directors.

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10 E. Doty St, Suite 500
Madison, WI 53703


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