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March 26, 2014

Member Newsletter

In This Issue

1. From the President
2. Executive Director
3. Legislative Update
4. WEDC Corner
5. WEDI News
6. 2014 Gov Conf Summary
7.WEDA Officers and Chairs
8. Corp Sponsor Spotlight
9. Members in the News

10. Best Practices

11. Upcoming Events
12. New Members
13. Job Openings

Upcoming Events

April 17, 2014
Upcoming Webinar: What About Rural Broadband?

April 28 - May 2, 2014
NDC: ED300-The Art of Deal Structuring


May 6, 2014
WI Women in Government Scholarship and Recognition Gala

May 8-9, 2014
IEDC Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies


June 1-3, 2014
IEDC Spring Conference
Bloomington, MN

Click here for more events

Welcome New Members

David Brukardt
University of WI System

Amber Cmelak
Walworth County Economic Development Alliance

Don Sidlowski
Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation

Job Opportunities

Deputy Dir of Comm Dev and Assessment
City of Neenah

Dir of UW-Eau Claire SBDC
Eau Claire

Additional job postings here

From the President
Patrick Schloss

Patrick Schloss, 2014 WEDA President

Last month’s Governor’s Conference was a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped sponsor the event. My compliments are extended to the planning committee for a resourceful and informative program. The Conference was a true reflection on how WEDA, for over 40 years, has been and continues to be the premiere voice and leader within the field of economic development.

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Executive Director Report
Kristen Fish

Goodbye to Q1, 2014! Wow, that was fast. We’re just coming off a very successful Governor’s Conference and excited about all we have in store for you this year. Our leadership is jazzed to continue to provide top-quality programming as well as try to kick it up a notch. We’d like to welcome our newest segment of our membership, the Young Professionals Group. We are off to a great start under the direction of Ryan Kauth and Heather Wessling. Please consider joining the group if your age is 40 and under. If you are a more "seasoned” professional, please consider becoming a mentor. We have a lot to share as a profession, and it’s always nice to learn from someone who has been down a certain path before.

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Legislative Update
Hamilton Group Consulting

The recent passage of the Tax Credit Transferability and TIF Enhancement bills are excellent examples of how your engagement makes a difference and portrays WEDA members as a valued voice on economic development issues. Events like WEDA’s annual Legislative Day help to build relationships with legislators and advance important pieces of economic development legislation. As the latest legislative session comes to a close, it is important to highlight WEDA’s accomplishments and refocus on future opportunities.

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WEDC Corner

In this issue:

  • Expanded Historic Preservation Tax Credits a Big Hit
  • United Natural Foods Inc. Says ‘Yes’ to Wisconsin—Again
  • Updated Cost Comparison Tool Now Covers 49 States
  • Project Gets Even Bigger
  • Save the Date: Global Trade Venture to Singapore and Indonesia

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WI Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker, President, WEDI

In this issue:

  • Forward Wisconsin website updated
  • Need money for public purpose projects?
  • Wisconsin manufacturing competition
  • State gains in manufacturing employment
  • Plant closings plummet statewide
  • Target existing firms and startups for growth
  • Ensure job retention
  • Fund raising opportunity
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2014 Governor's Conference Summary

WEDA held its 19th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, February 11-13, 2014, at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This year’s conference theme, Why Wisconsin, brought speakers from around the state of Wisconsin and the nation to discuss why Wisconsin is leading, ramping up or needing progress in areas including manufacturing, water, workforce and international.

Click here to access PowerPoint presentations, attendees list, exhibitor information and a photo gallery of the 2014 conference.

2014 WEDA Officers and Committee Chairs

The 2014 officers were elected by the board of directors on February 12. The 2014 officers and Executive Committee are the following:

Patrick Schloss, President
Christian Tscheschlok, President - Elect
Kim Kindschi, Treasurer
Carol Karls, Past President
Sam Perlman, Board member at large

To view the 2014 committee chairs, click here.

Interested in participating on a WEDA committtee? Contact the WEDA office,

Board Profile: Christine Berry

Background/Education: I grew up in Farmington Hills, MI (sub of Detroit); and after I found Northern Michigan University in Marquette, I never went back. I have a Marketing degree from there. During the 10 years I lived there, I worked at the daily newspaper in their display ad department for about three years. I also got married and started a family. We moved to White Lake, WI (a town of 400) in 1993 and have been here ever since.

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Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

Office of Skills Development

Governor Scott Walker proposed and the legislature signed into law legislation creating the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program in early 2013. The program, administered by the Department of Workforce Development’s Office of Skills Development (OSD), provides grants to businesses to increase the skills of their incumbent workers and new hires and to prepare unemployed and underemployed workers for high-demand, good-paying jobs.

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WEDA Members in the News

  • Vicki Markussen, executive director of the 7 Rivers Alliance, has been named executive director of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Best Practices: West Allis Attracts Children's Hospital Offices

    The City of West Allis recently announced that the Summit Place Office Complex at 6737 W. Washington St. has attracted multiple office divisions of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Summit Place leased approximately 80,000 sq. ft. of office space to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with the intent to move about 475 employees to this location by spring 2014. Representatives from Children's commented that the central location of Summit Place and the additional on-site amenities for staff were major factors in their decision.

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