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November 4, 2015

Member Newsletter

In This Issue

1. From the President
2. Executive Director
3. Legislative Update
4. Notice of Membership Meeting

5. WEDC Corner
6. WEDI News
7. WEDA Award Winners
8. Corp Sponsor Spotlight
9. Board Member Profile
10. Upcoming Events
11. New Members
12. Job Openings

Upcoming Events

Dec 2, 2015
New North Summit 2015 
Oshkosh, WI 

Feb 3, 2016
WEDA Legislative Day

Madison, WI

Feb 3-5, 2016
2016 Governor's Conference on Economic Development 
Madison, WI

March 10-11
IEDC: Technology-Led Economic Development
Milwaukee, WI       

Welcome New Members

SJ Anderson

Barbara Dickmann
Village of Saukville

Todd Kuckkahn
Portage County Business Council

Pepi Randolph
Plunkett Raysich Architects

Kristin Runge
Center for Community & Economic Development

Joshua Tegen
City of Oshkosh

Peter Zaehringer

Job Opportunities

Staff Accountant, WEDC, Madison

Executive Director, Two Rivers Main Street

Sector Manager, WEDC, Green Bay


From the President
Christian Tscheschlok

WEDA Builds on Its Legacy to Advance New Legislative Opportunity 

Who would have thought that a tap on the shoulder and the offer of a granola bar would be indicative of the top flight skill and service WEDA has benefited from in our charter lobbying firm the Hamilton Consulting Group? Not I; yet, this moment during the September 9 WEDC audit hearing unexpectedly captured for me the essence of what makes Hamilton special—the rare capacity to intuitively and precisely know what ingredients are required in any given situation to achieve consistent success. 

Such capacity will remain a hallmark for WEDA’s legislative efforts as we transition our collaborative relationship with Hamilton to new legislative contracts and partnerships.

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Executive Director Report
Brian Doudna

Membership – Get Involved in Delivering WEDA’s Value Proposition

Over the past year, the WEDA Board of Directors and staff have focused on ways to bring greater value to our members; value that provides a greater impact on the field of economic development. Several new activities will be added in 2016 to enhance deliverables to the membership. These activities will provide value to even the most advanced practitioner, while also providing tools for communicating, educating and implementing best practices that could benefit Wisconsin communities.  

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Legislative Update
The Hamilton Consulting Group

Audit Committee Holds Hearing on 2015 WEDC Audit

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee met on Wednesday, September 9, to discuss the findings of the Legislative Audit Bureau’s (LAB) audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), released in May of this year. WEDA members presented extensive testimony that hit on nearly all of the points committee members raised while questioning the LAB, WEDC and WEDC Board members.

Senator Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) chaired the hearing and kicked it off by asking LAB if any improvements have been made since the 2006 audit. LAB responded improvements had been made, specifically in the areas of policies governing grants and loans, financial management and data collection.

You can read WEDA’s written testimony here.

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WEDA Member News

Special Meeting of Membership
November 18, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. 

Modification to Bylaws

A special meeting of the membership is scheduled for November 18, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. at the direction of the WEDA President. The meeting will be held in Madison. The purpose of the meeting is to modify the WEDA Bylaws in the following areas:    

  • ARTICLE VII - Section 3. Election of Directors
  • ARTICLE VIII – Section 2. Elections, Vacancies and Term of Office
  • ARTICLE VIII - Section 6. President-Elect

A full summary of the changes will be submitted to the membership in accordance with the required notices in the WEDA bylaws. The Special Membership meeting will provide for submittal of proxies and telephonic access as allowed by the WEDA bylaws. 

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WEDC Corner

In this issue:

  • WEDC Awarded Federal Grant to Assist Wisconsin Exporters
  • Ashwaubenon, Monona Top Nerd Wallet List of Top Places to Start a Business in Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Delegation Completes Trade Mission to Japan and Taiwan
  • Dollar General Selects Janesville for $75 Million Distribution Center
  • Austin Straubel Commerce District Site Earns State’s Certified In Wisconsin Designation

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    WI Economic Development Institute News
    Roger Nacker, President

    In this issue:

    • Downloadable Reports from the Economic Profile System

    • Cost of Living Index

    • Tax Abatement Disclosures and Economic Development Groups

    • The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region

    • Brain Gain in the Rustbelt

    • The State’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program

    • 2012–2013 State and County Migration Data

    • 2009-2013 American Community Survey Commuting Flows

    • Census Business Builder

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    WEDA Announces Community and Economic Development Award Winners

    WEDA is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Community and Economic Development awards. Winners were recognized at a ceremony on August 20, 2015, at Sentry World in Stevens Point, Wis.

    The awards program was developed by WEDA and its partners to recognize best practices and economic development-focused groups around the state that are making their community or region a better place to live, work and play.

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    Corporate Sponsor Spotlight

    Redevelopment Resources provides a fresh perspective on economic and community development and redevelopment. Serving both the public and private sectors in a variety of technical areas, the actual experience our team members bring to our clients is unique to the consulting industry. 

    Our professionals have literally done the work we recommend to our clients. Also unique is that we will implement our own recommendations in communities if there is a gap in staffing or experience level among clients' in-house resources. Redevelopment Resources offers services in community revitalization, market analysis, planning, grant writing, retail consulting, incentives, financing, targeted industry analysis, fiscal and economic impact analysis and other areas mentioned on our website. 

    With a passion for this work, the dedicated and experienced team at Redevelopment Resources is also a lot of fun! 

    Board Member Profile: Lynn Nelson

    WEDA Involvement:

    I have been a WEDA member for five years and was appointed to the WEDA board earlier this year. I currently serve on the membership and sponsorship committee where we have been looking at ways that WEDA can grow and provide an even greater value to its membership. 

    Current Position:

    I am the Executive Director of the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission located in Eau Claire. Our service area covers the counties of Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk and St. Croix.

    We are an Economic Development District for the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), provide staffing to a regional business revolving loan pool capitalized at $17 million, and work closely with the counties, communities and ED organizations in our region on a wide variety of projects and programs. Most recently we have been active in assisting the City of River Falls, the River Falls Economic Development Corporation and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in securing funding for a business incubator/accelerator.

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