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The Wisconsin Economic Development Association is a  is a 410+ member organization whose primary objective is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Wisconsin by encouraging cooperation, exchange of information and promotion of professional skills. 


In an effort to increase the effectiveness of practitioners across the state, WEDA offers the following member benefits:

  • Education
    • Annual Conference, Fall Conference and Spring meetings that focus on bringing WEDA members the newest, best and most innovative techniques and solutions to challenges faced in nearly every community
    • Continuing education and professional development opportunities through half-day courses and webinars
    • IEDC courses including the Basic Economic Development Course (annually) and other courses required for Certification (CEcD)
    • Access to top speakers, high level state employees and elected officials
  • Legislative
    • Monitoring legislation for impact on economic development
    • Proactive participation in legislation to aid practitioners’ efforts and the success of local communities
    • Working with partner organizations to keep economic development at the forefront of legislators’ minds
    • Electronic Legislative Update and Political Tidbits
  • Networking & Communications
    • Annual online membership directory listing
    • Comprehensive web site with useful resources, links and online community for networking and learning
    • Economic Development job opportunity postings
    • Bi-monthly e-newsletter: “WEDAWire”

The financial investment made in WEDA membership, events and activities repays the individual and the organization multiple times over.   Here’s what some of our members have to say about their WEDA membership:

Conference evaluations from WEDA events consistently report members find a significant amount of value in the networking that takes place.  Because there are more unique solutions than there are unique problems, networking with your peers in the economic development industry may provide more value than you realize. 

Become a member of WEDA today!

Why Join - WEDA Membership Testimonials

Being a member of WEDA for over ten years has allowed me to interact with a vibrant community of economic development practitioners.  Not only does WEDA offer great networking opportunities but the conferences and training opportunities are well done and topical.  WEDA has provided me with many opportunities to be actively involved in the organization by being able to serve on its Board, Membership, Legislative and other committees and task forces.

WEDA has provided me with wide array of resources to draw upon, including a pro-active legislative agenda that continues to advance the issues concerning economic development professionals across the state.  When it comes to advancing Wisconsin’s economic development profession, WEDA simply has no other comparable.


Andrew L. Janke. CPM, EDFP,
Executive Director, Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation

While I am not an economic development professional, I am a WEDA member because I have shared interests and existing partnerships with economic development.  WEDA is a way for me to stay informed of available resources, such as upcoming training, conferences,  and locating buildings for relocation and expansion. WEDA provides business solutions through cooperation with a statewide network of partners and promotes professionalism and cooperation in economic activities across Wisconsin. It’s a great way to stay connected with local entities and receive updates on legislation developments and WEDC or other policy development. 

A list of key benefits of participating in WEDA would include:

  • Receive regular news and information impacting WEDA initiatives and issues
  • Collaborate with private sector, higher education and economic development policy leaders
  • Become eligible for the WEDA Awards of Excellence recognition (this one is fluff)
  • Receive member discounted rates for WEDA's annual Governor's conference, trainings, workshops and programming
  • Collaborate on grants and regional initiatives with member organizations

Mari Kay-Nabozy, Executive Director
Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

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