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Partners in Economic Development Membership – Local Elected Officials

This new Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) membership level is designed to meet the informational and educational needs of local elected officials.  As the largest economic development focused association in Wisconsin, WEDA provides extensive services in economic development education, legislative advocacy, and services to support economic development efforts of our members.  With over 400 economic development related professionals as members, this creates a diverse network that can be used as a resource on economic development matters.   

WEDA staffing model is focused on advancing the educational, legislative and services needs of our members.  The association has staff dedicated to:

Executive Director - Brian Doudna has over 20 years of economic development experience and can assist in providing general direction that can assist members in their economic development efforts

Government Relations - Rebecca Hogan has over 15 years of experience in developing and advancing policies and political strategies.

Association and Conference Coordinator - Megan Purtell has over a decade of experience in coordinating and delivering educational programming in the field of economic development.  

In 2015, WEDA’s legislative efforts include:

  • Enhancements to Tax Incremental Finance legislation
  • Create a "business or personal financial protection” clause to Open Meeting and Open Records
  • Create a $55 million Capital Lending Pool to provide a new flexible lending tool to spur economic development activity.

 Individuals at this level will enjoy the following benefits:

  • WEDA membership for local elected individuals with titles similar to the following titles:
    • Mayor, Village President, Town President, Village Trustee, City Council President, Clerk and Treasurer

Note: This membership level is for an elected official that is not a paid professional in the field of economic development.  If a different title seeks to be covered under this membership, please contact the WEDA office 608-255-5666 to clarify membership eligibility. 

  • Reduced rates on educational programming including: Governor’s Conference on Economic Development
  • 6 WEDAWire newsletters focused on economic development tools and resources
  • Political Tidbits – electronic publication providing updates on Wisconsin legislative activities
  • Legislative Alerts to advise members when economic development legislation requires outreach to their legislators
  • Free economic development spring seminar focused on updates to financial tools that can spur local projects
  • Contact the WEDA office to access the economic development network of professionals.


Partner In Economic Development - Membership Rate

Single Elected Official Rate: $135.00

Register Two Elected Official Rate: $200.00

If registering more than Two Elected Official Rate at $100.00 / per person
please contact the WEDA office at 608-255-5666 or

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