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July 30, 2014

Member Newsletter

This Issue

1. From the President
2. Executive Director
3. Legislative Update
4. WEDC Corner
5. WEDI News
7. TIC: Legislator Meeting
6. WEDA Best Practices
7. Corp Sponsor Spotlight
8. Board Profile
10. Upcoming Events
11. New Members
12. Job Openings


Sept 8
Basic Economic Development Course
Madison, WI

Sept 10-12
2 Multifamily Housing Development Training Institute Training Opportunities
Jackson, WI

Oct 1-3
WEDA Fall Regional Conference

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

Job Opportunities

Business Development Specialist, Sheboygan County EDC

Administrative Assistant I, WEDC, Madison Support Specialist, WEDC, Madison

Executive Director, Downtown Kenosha, Inc.

Executive Director, Momentum West, Eau Claire

Vice President - International Business Development, WEDC, Madison

Executive Director,
Wisconsin Workforce Development Association

From the President
Patrick Schloss

As the voice of economic development, WEDA is active on a variety of topics, engaged in a number of intriguing conversations about policies and programs, and involved in numerous constructive meetings. Through our strong membership, WEDA is recognized as a leader that can generate ideas and offer experiences that help craft new strategies.

WEDA has been invited to the table for a number of opportunities. The input from members is valuable, because WEDA offers a spectrum of economic development backgrounds. Today, WEDA is represented in a number of important topics directly related to our mission:

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Executive Director Report
Kristen Fish. CEcD

The economy seems to continue in a positive direction, and we hope you are all seeing the positive effects of that in your communities. We continue to keep our eyes on the ball on legislative issues at the state level as well as the federal level. It’s important you are engaged in the process of advocating for legislation that will help us all work to improve the economy.

Next week I will represent WEDA at a gathering of top economic development practitioners at a White House summit regarding federal legislation around economic development.

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July 2014 Legislative Update
Hamilton Consulting Group

Even though this past legislative session was extremely productive, with the passage of three key WEDA legislative priorities, the Hamilton Consulting Group is working diligently to ensure that WEDA remains an important, as well as strategic, economic development voice. That’s why Hamilton has already positioned WEDA’s government affairs activities during these summer months with key members of the administration, the legislature and state agencies.

Concurrently, Hamilton is providing direction to WEDA’s Legislative Committee as it formulates the 2015-2016 Legislative Agenda. To date, various policy and program-related ideas have been discussed, and during the coming months those items will be vetted, accordingly.

On that note, here’s a quick snapshot of the topics that will likely be included in the 2015-2016 WEDA Legislative Agenda: advancing a workforce training account bill; introducing policy recommendations that address talent retention / recruitment strategies, as well as alternative economic development (success) metrics; exploring potential broadband deployment solutions; introducing a statewide capital lending pool; and responding to emerging economic development program or policy changes that surface from elected and non-elected sources.

As always, WEDA members are encouraged to offer suggestions and to forward relevant research to Hamilton and/or members of the Legislative Committee.

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WEDC Corner
News from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

In this issue:
  • WEDC finalizes guidelines for transferability of tax credits
  • State lifts moratorium on Historic Preservation Tax Credit
  • La Crosse is Wisconsin’s newest Main Street Community
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2014 Fall Regional Conference
Oct 1 - 3 • Oshkosh Convention Center

Home Page
Meet Our Speakers
Exhibit & Sponsors

Sessions at this year's conference will focus on:
  • Marketing Wisconsin: Site Selection
  • Best Practices: Oshkosh
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • BRE - Best Practices
  • International: Marketing Wisconsin
  • And Much More!

WI Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker, President

In this issue:

  • Forward Wisconsin updated website
  • Federal historic tax credits fact sheet
  • 2012 Agricultural Census
  • LED Extraction Tool
  • Census Explorer mapping tool
  • An innovative new QCEW Data Viewer
  • Wisconsin moves up in ranking
  • A new clean energy bond finance model
  • Wisconsin's new crowd-funding law
  • Census: People are leaving all six Chicago-area counties

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Transportation Investment Coalition: Upcoming Legislator Meetings

The Transportation Investment Coalition will be hosting meetings around the state during the coming weeks and WEDA members are encouraged to attend. Please RVSP to Rebecca Hogan,, if you are able to attend.

The Transportation Investment Coalition meetings will focus on:

  1. Informing state lawmakers and legislative candidates of the importance of the state’s transportation network to Wisconsin’s economy;
  2. Raise awareness of the existing financial challenges associated with building and maintaining the state’s transportation infrastructure;
  3. And build support for a long-term plan to fund the necessary investments in Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure.

Upcoming Meetings

WEDA Best Practices:
Door County Community Opportunity Investment Network

Recently the Door County Community Opportunity Investment Network (COIN) was launched. It is a micro-lending and business mentoring program that will assist entrepreneurs who are starting or growing their business, thereby creating jobs in Door County.

What makes it truly innovative and unique in Wisconsin is that it's a partnership of the Door County Community Foundation and the Door County Economic Development Corporation - two organizations that typically work in very different worlds. The Community Foundation is committed to charity and philanthropy, focusing its efforts on the nonprofit world. The Economic Development Corporation encourages the creation of wealth, centering its work in the for-profit world.

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Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

At its core Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) exists to build a local workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. Hands-on learning through experience and practice provides graduates with the job skills required for their chosen careers.
LTC has strong local employer relationships and collaborates to shape curriculum through a network of advisory committees comprised of local employers. These committees ensure LTC is invested in relevant technology and keeps abreast of industry changes, so LTC can respond quickly to employers’ needs. LTC's Workforce Solutions division provides customized training for approximately 4,000 people from more than 125 companies annually. As a result 97% of employers who employ LTC grads say they are satisfied or very satisfied.

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Board Profile: Ryan Kauth

Years in WEDA: 2

Current Responsibilities: The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay provides business counseling (advising) to growing or transitioning organizations. Our clients include small business owners and leaders of entrepreneurial organizations in 12 Northeast Wisconsin counties. Our best success stories develop via partnering with economic development professionals. I’m fortunate to work with the award-winning Chuck Brys and Diane Welhouse, who provided over 1,500 hours of business advising and over 1,500 hours of training to several hundred organizations in our region. Training includes a supervisory leadership certificate program, monthly no-cost topical "How to” webinars, working with the Business Assistance Center partnership in Green Bay, and more. The Wisconsin SBDC network is federally (SBA) and state (UW-Extension) funded and has Centers at the four-year UW campuses. The network is equipped with many small business growth tools, many of which I use to facilitate peer-to-peer roundtables and small business networking groups.

Background: My start began in a great family-owned rural small business. I transitioned to self-employment as a small business consultant then went into business banking. During those transitions, my focus on rural small business continued to develop.

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