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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 WEDA Legislative Day
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11:55 AM
Networking & Box Lunches

12:15 PMElection 2014 overview with Jeff Meyer

12:40 PMWEDA Legislative Session: 2014 Legislative Prep

2:30 PMCapitol Visits: Meet with Your State Senator and Representatives

4:30 PMDebriefing & 2014 Goals

5:00 PMWelcome Reception All Conference Attendees are Welcome

Coopers Tavern

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7:50 AM
Welcome to Young Professionals
Kicking off the 40th year of WEDA with a new Young Professionals Group.Attendees 21 and up and have 0-4 years of economic development experience in Wisconsin.

8:15 AM
Welcome to New Members - First Time Conference Attendees
New to WEDA or your first time attendee the conference? The WEDA Board will welcome you and introduce you to WEDA.

Conference Kicks off!
8:40 AMWEDC: Latest News

Reed Hall, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

9:00 AMBenchmarking Wisconsin

A most engaging economist and back by popular demand, Morris Davis will set the stage for the rest of the conference by providing a numerical, data based structure to our theme, "Why Wisconsin".

Morris A. Davis, Academic Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin School of Business

10:05 am
Break / View Exhibits

10:30 PMWhy Wisconsin: Manufacturing's Future

Wisconsin's economy has weathered the recession and, led by manufacturing industries, rebounded to a position of competiveness vs. other states. By studying leadership in effective, purpose-driven organizations. John Brandt, an expert on how organizations can adapt themselves to the realities of new markets, will discuss Wisconsin's manufacturing future.

John R. Brandt, CEO and founder of The MPI Group

11:45 AMLunch

View Exhibits

12:30 PM
Wisconsin’s Talent Development Transformation

As Wisconsin employers consider their response to market demand and expansion opportunities, their reliance upon skilled talent often drives the response. At the Department of Workforce Development, we are partnering with employers to ensure we can deliver skilled talent. We are collaborating with educators, employers, and other talent developers to design and build market-relevant, employer-driven programs through Wisconsin Fast Forward and other initiatives. Learn how Wisconsin’s workforce partners are leading a talent development transformation in Wisconsin that is responsive to employer labor demands.

Secretary Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

12:50 pm
Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker will update attendees with the latest from the Capitol and outlook for 2014.

1:20 PMWisconsin's Strategic Plan

Recognizing the relationships between seemingly unconnected trends, when creating an action plan is how to prioritize the projects that will help achieve community goals. The process for prioritizing includes determining from where resources are coming and the benefits and outcomes for each project.

Jon Roberts, Principal, TIP Strategies

2:20 PMFresh Water: Wisconsin's Impact

The Water Council; the only organization of its kind in the United States, is successfully coalescing these tremendous a tributes into a powerful force. Created by leaders in both business and education, the Water Council is convening the region’s existing water companies and research clusters, developing education programs to train talent, and building partnerships that cut across all sectors and geographic boundaries.

Rich Meeusen,Co-founder and Co-Chair, Milwaukee Water Council, and the Chairman, President and Chief executive officer, Badger Meter, Inc.

3:20 PM
Break / View Exhibits

3:35 PMWisconsin Venture Capital Fund

The Wisconsin Venture Capital Fund was created in the summer of 2013. Secretary Huebsch will outline the goals and strategies of the "fund of funds" for 2014 and beyond.

Secretary Mike Huebsch, Wisconsin Department of Administration

Chris Prestigiacomo, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Brian Birk, Sun Mountain Kegonsa

4:15 PM
2014 WEDA Annual Meeting

Election of 5 Board of Directors

5:00 PM
WEDA's 40th Anniversary Reception

Established on July 2, 1974, join WEDA as WEDA kicks off the year recognizing 40 years as the Economic Development voice in Wisconsin!

Hosted in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, February 13, 2014
7:30 am
Buffet Breakfast

Exhibit Hall

8:10 AM
WEDA’s Young Professional Mentoring Program
A good mentoring relationship provides young professionals with a person that can act asa mentor by providing professional knowledge and professional expertise about economic development in Wisconsin as well as answer any questions about growing professionally.

Those interested in becoming a mentor or having a mentor are invited to attend.

8: 45 amWorkforce Development: Wisconsin's Baby Boomers

This session will look at Wisconsin's aging baby boomers and how they will affect the state's economy.

Todd A. Berry, PhD, President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

9:30 amWorkforce and Higher Education: Wisconsin's next steps

Wisconsin's next generation is facing a very different economy than even 10 years ago, Chancellor Blank and Dr. May will discuss the steps and programs from the University and Technical colleges.

Rebecca M. Blank,Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Susan A. May,President, Fox Valley Technical College

10:20 am

10:35 amWisconsin and the International Impact

With a growing international Workforce and Foreign Investment a key to economic growth, what is next and what is needed for Wisconsin's global impact?

Session Moderated by Lora Klenke, Vice President, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Tiffany Hutchens, Attorney, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Kurt Bauer,President/CEO, Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce

Scott Mosley, Director, Global Capital Strategies Foreign and Domestic Investment Capital, WEDC

Erik Buell, Buell Racing

12:10 pm
Conference Wrap-Up
Patrick Schloss, 2014 WEDA President

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