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January 28, 2016

Member Newsletter

In This Issue

1. From the President
2. Executive Director
3. Legislative Update
4. WEDC Corner
5. WEDI News
6. DWD Enhances Website
7. Corp Sponsor Spotlight
8. League News
9. Gov Conference 
10. Broadband & ED Summit
11. Upcoming Events
12. New Members
13. Job Openings

Upcoming Events

Feb 1-5

NDC: ED101-Economic Development Finance

Feb 2-March 15
Start, Run & Grow Your Business

Feb 3
4th Annual WEDA Legislative Day

Strong Women Strong Coffee

Feb 3-5
Governor's Conference on Economic Development

Feb 24
Business Day in Madison

Feb 24-25
Manufacturing Matters! 2016 Conference: Taking the Lead

March 10-11
IEDC: Technology-Led Economic Development

March 30-May 25
Start Smart- The Essential Business Plan

May 5
WEDA Spring Meeting

Welcome New Members

Jessica Casperson, New North, Inc.

Elaine Coughlin, City of Eau Claire

Tom Denaway, Springsted, Inc.

Joan Hansen, WHEDA

Mark Hogan, WEDC

Becky Kikkert, DWD

Karen Kurt, City of Platteville

Mike Payant, Ayres Associates

Kimberly Pons, We Energies

Terri Preston, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Kathy Schlieve, City of Waupun

Tim Weber, WEDC

Job Opportunities

Public Relations Manager
WEDC, Madison

Learning and Organization Development Specialist
WEDC, Madison

SBDC Director
UW-Green Bay

Community Development Specialist
City of Appleton



From the President
Christian Tscheschlok

What’s your “Power of WEDA” story?

Many of us have one. Over the past year of writing for the WEDA Wire, I’ve shared a few of my own. That got me wondering about the many other ways WEDA members experience how our organization has made each one of us better and more effective in the work we do.

The Governor’s Conference and Legislative Day are right around the corner. If you haven’t signed up for either or both yet, I cordially invite you to do so. If you are already registered (awesome), then count yourself among those who are about to experience how the “Power of WEDA” has reached yet another level.

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Executive Director Report
Brian Doudna

When breaking out the 2016 calendar and hanging it on my refrigerator (yes – I still have a hard copy calendar at my house), I realized how much our chosen profession has changed since I started my career. Over the past decade alone, that change has transformed the daily work lives of our dedicated professionals. For some, the change has created an opportunity to specialize in a specific niche within the field. For others, it created a need to expand the knowledge base of diverse sectors in order to meet the changing needs of the customer base. If you and your organization can navigate and anticipate these trends in customer demand, you are providing a valuable service that uniquely position’s your organization in the marketplace as a “trusted advisor.”

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Legislative Update
James A. Buchen Public Affairs

The start of the New Year saw a frenzy of activity in the Legislature. The legislative leaders announced that they intend to wrap up the two year session by the end of February – more than a month earlier than originally planned. The announcement triggered a rush to get bills introduced and through committee to give them a chance to pass before the session ends. It has also been a busy time for WEDA as a number of new economic development initiatives have been launched and other important bills have had hearings. A brief summary of recent issues and activities includes:

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WEDC Corner
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

In this issue:

  • 2016 Governor’s Export Achievement Award Nominations Open
  • Wisconsin Companies Invited to Join Trade Venture to Germany
  • Certified Sites Program Accepting New Applications
  • Milwaukee to Host National Main Street Center Conference
  • Wisconsin to Host 2016 Smart Manufacturing Summit

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WI Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker

In this issue:

  • Series Focuses on State’s Job Growth, Migration Patterns and Women Owned Businesses
  • The State of State Business Incentives 2015
  • Overview of Wisconsin's Program Investments and Outcomes
  • Overview of Illinois' Program Investments and Outcomes
  • Rural Financing Best Practices

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DWD Enhances Website With New LMI Page 

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently launched additional improvements to (JCW), the state's free online public labor exchange that connects talent with opportunity 24 hours a day.

In September, DWD rolled the first phase of JCW improvements that included a site redesign, simplified registration, improved usability and advanced skills matching to connect talent with job openings. Last week, DWD rolled out the second phase of enhancements to this free online resource. Highlights to JCW phase two include improvements made to job searching, candidate and job mapping capabilities and a redesigned Workforce Calendar.

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Corporate Sponsor Spotlight: Via Rail Logistics

Via Rail Logistics (Via Rail) is a niche consulting firm focused solely on industrial freight railroad industry needs and services. Via Rail provides consulting services to a large industrial network of manufacturers, rail shippers, developers, communities and economic development corporations. Via Rail can assist clients with due diligence, feasibility studies, infrastructure development, design documents and construction services. Its broad knowledge of procedures and guidelines required by railroads affords it the opportunity to be a liaison in an industry that is often found to be difficult to navigate by the private sector. Via Rail’s primary focus as Owners' Representative is to provide support and assistance from project development through implementation. Its project managers and design team are dedicated professionals who are personally vested in their projects and responsibilities. Via Rail’s commitment is to serve in the Railroad Industry. Its passion is to serve its clients.

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League of Municipalities
Helping Wisconsin Communities Succeed

If you work for a city or a village, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities works for you. The League serves all elected officials and staff of cities and villages in Wisconsin, including the economic development staff. The League is an important information resource and is available 24/7.  All League services are available to anyone working for a member municipality. All 190 cities in Wisconsin and all but a small handful of the 409 villages are members of the League.

Wisconsin is a diverse and dispersed state. Of the 599 cities and villages, nearly two-thirds have populations of 2,500 or less. Half of the cities and villages in Wisconsin have fewer than 1,450 citizens. Many of those cities and villages are rural. Wisconsin’s population is more widely dispersed than the people of most states.

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Governor's Conference on Economic Development

 There's still time to register!

Aligning Our Direction: Finding Common Ground

February 3-5, 2016 

Monona Terrace & Convention Center • Madison, WI

Tax Policy, Transportation Budget, Immigration, Business Incentives and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are all essential ingredients to growing the Wisconsin economy, but finding common ground on these topics is not easy.

The Governor's Conference on Economic Development will bring national experts to Madison to explore these topics. Add former state senators to the mix and the table is set for invigorating discussion. 

Join us as we seek to find common ground moving Wisconsin Forward!

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2016 Broadband & Economic Development Summit

The Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and representatives of Wisconsin’s broadband provider community are pleased to present the 2016 Broadband & Economic Development Summit. This one-day event is designed to offer broadband information to local economic development professionals and create an ongoing dialogue between the economic development community and broadband providers.

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 1001 Amber Avenue Stevens Point, WI 54482

Time: Registration & Coffee – 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. /

Program – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served Cost: $50 by February 9, 2016 / $70 after February 9, 2016

To register click HERE!

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

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