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July 2, 1974
First official meeting of WEDA (Green Bay), Dues set at $35 for two years, first officers were Robert Houle, President, Richard Hoffman, Vice-President, Darrell Paulson, Secretary/Treasurer

January 9, 1975
WEDA will have two membership meetings each year, WEDA Bd mtgs on 4th Friday of Jan., Feb., March, April, Sept., Nov., or as needed

May 28, 1975
Articles of Incorporation changed to include 501 (c) (6) designation; 58 voting members

January 30, 1976
Revised bylaws

January 1, 1978
Revised bylaws – expanded membership, board of directors to 9

January 13, 1978
First issue of W.E.D.A. Wire authored by John Clanton

January 18, 1980
James Hough retained as lobbyist

January 31, 1981
Executive Director position created and Jim Hough firm retained for this & Legislative Director@ $2,000/mo

December 19, 1984
WEDA proposes to state to appoint task force on community development

December 19, 1984
Communications Committee created

March 13, 1985
Restated Articles of Incorporation filed

September 17, 1985
WEDA/DOD joint report, "Wisconsin Community Preparedness Manual"

January, 1986
WEDA Awards Program proposed

February 4, 1986
Directors limited to two consecutive terms as of 1988 election

February 9, 1988
WEDA individual award renamed Frederick C. Pearce Award

September 28, 1988S
Member Planning Survey

Fall 1988
Bylaws revised - proxy vote time limit; board size increased from 12 to 15 members; established Legislative, Public Relations and Education committees

September 30, 1988
Strategic Plan adopted

January, 1989
WEDA Membership Legislative Issues Survey

February 16, 1989
WEDA sponsors NDC training in WI, the first time in the state

Wisconsin Strategic Planning Council Report #2 by WEDA

February, 1990
Lifetime membership guidelines established

March 6, 1990
WEDAWIRE changed to quarterly publication to rotate with DOD and Forward Wisconsin; $5,000 appropriated

April 11, 1990
Increase conference registration by $10; to $85 for members, $100 for non-members and $110 at the door; increase additional membership dues by $10 to $35; increase sponsorship fees $25 to $35; change membership requirements to $35 from same company/organization

November 8, 1990
Skilled Labor Directory published (ANR Pipeline printed 1,000 copies)

February, 1992
Bylaws revised - Board nomination selection defined, Nominating Committee formalized, voting procedures clarified, established removal from board procedures, filling board vacancies, established President-Elect position

February 12, 1992
Corporate Membership Drive

June, 1992
First membership dues increased from $100 to $125 for 1993

September 25, 1992
WEDA, WMC, DOD, Forward WI & Foley & Lardner paper on "Incorporating in Wisconsin”

October 15, 1992
WEDA 1993-1994 Strategic Plan

March 1, 1993
Speaker fee limit set at $2,000

November 9, 1993
Bylaws amended - Officer duties listed, added membership committee

March 1, 1994
WEDA Membership Planning Survey

January 1, 1995
WEDA Strategic Planning Session using member survey input

February 5, 1995
WEDA Website inaugurated

Spring 1996
Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development Resurrected

February 14, 1996
Bylaws amended, provides a formal process for the nomination of officers, requires first board meeting to be held immediately following annual meeting, expands Executive Committee from 4 to 5

February 13, 1997
Wisconsin Economic Development Institute (WEDI) started as committee attached to the Board

June 19, 1997
WEDA Focus Groups in four quadrants of WI

April 1, 1998
Strategic Planning Meeting

May 1, 1999
WEDI was incorporated as a separate nonprofit corporation 501©(3)

August 24, 2000
Economic Summit I, WEDA / WEDI White Paper: A Short History of Economic Development in Wisconsin And the Rise of Professional Economic Development

November 29, 2000
Association management services provided by Coenen/ Swandby Associates, Inc.

Fall 2001
WEDA Membership tops 500

Economic Summit III, WEDA / WEDI White Paper: Measuring Economic Development Return On Investment (ROI): Wisconsin Models

October 11, 2002
Bylaws Revised: Board expanded to 18 members, categories created for retired members and students.

February, 2003
WEDA First Annual Electronic Member Planning Survey

August, 2003
Published WEDI / WEDA Handbook on "Smart Growth" Implementation

August, 2003
Economic Summit IV, WEDA Presentation: Regional Economic Development Cooperation - Lessons Learned

October, 2003
Very Successful Legislative Session, TIF law revised, Brownfield Grants retained, ozone non-attainment expansion blocked,

Second Annual Electronic Member Planning Survey.

April, 2004
Hamilton Consulting picked as interim association management firm

July, 2004
Association management services provided by Schwartzer Management Group

February, 2005
WEDA hosts Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam

September, 2005
WEDA Third Annual Strategic Planning Survey

October, 2005
Survey WEDA Member Use of State ED Programs for LAB Response, WEDA testifies before Legislative Audit Bureau

August, 2006
WEDA Fourth Annual Strategic Planning Survey

September, 2006
WEDA Past Presidents' Reception at Governor's Conference on ED

February, 2007
WEDA Fifth Annual Strategic Planning Survey

July, 2008
WEDA hosts Joint Conference with the Governor’s Conference on Workforce Development in the Wisconsin Dells

October 27, 2008
1st Wisconsin Basic Economic Development Course

November 10, 2008
WEDA Announces Diverse coalition formed to create an economic development strategy for Wisconsin
June 2011
Kristen Fish hired as Executive Director
May 2012
Professional Development programs kicked off
November 2012
WEDA Strategic Business plan approved
February 6, 2013
Inaugural WEDA Legislative Day
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