On September 26-28, WEDA will hold its 2018 Fall Conference – Unpacking your economic development toolbox – will offer multiple in-depth sessions on the tools at your disposal to drive economic growth in your community and across the state. Sessions will provide attendees with information on new economic development programs and tools, updates on existing ones, and expert guidance on best practices for implementation.
Conference Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay WI
Conference Hotel: Lodge Kohler – Map
To make your reservation, please call Lodge Kohler at 844.599.3010. The room block reservation number is #10203N under the name of Wisconsin Economic Development Association. Rate is $129/nite/sgl or dbl. The state rate is $82/nite.
Conference Agenda – Fall Conference Agenda
The Conference will include the following topics on Thursday:
- Titletown District and Titletown Tech (joint venture with Microsoft)
- Tax Incremental Financing
- Community Development Block Grant – Managing program revisions and close out
- Historic Tax Credits Projects – State and Federal programs
- Opportunities for Innovative Companies
- Talent Attraction and Retention
On Friday, these concurrent half day panels will provide in-depth information on:
- Wisconsin Railroads, the Economics and Environmental Benefits This comprehensive session will explore the rail industry today and upcoming changes in the industry. Speakers will discuss the various service levels and specific opportunities here in Wisconsin to meet future increased demands. Specific topics to be discussed include:
- How communities can best communicate with railroads
- Supply chain cost benefits
- Railroads as promoters of economic development, i.e. certified sites, logistics parks, etc.
- Environmental benefits in rail transportation and supply chain delivery
- Rail efficiencies and the new technologies
Ben Guido, CEO, Via Rail Engineering; Eric Pitcher, Industrial Development Manager, BNSF Railway Company; Jim Fountain, PE Manager Business Development & Real Estate, Canadian National Railroad; Will Wangerin, Manager Industrial Development, Canadian Pacific Railway; and Jason Culotta, Director, Progressive Rail, Inc.; Sandy Christiansen, Network Economic & Industrial Development, Union Pacific Railroad; Ken Lucht, Public Affairs, Watco Companies/Wisconsin & Southern Railroad
- Placemaking: Shaping our Community Assets and PotentialThis session will include both the ‘theory’ behind placemaking concepts and provide hands-on exercises that demonstrate public engagement activities for planning public spaces and tools and strategies that make places where people want to live, work and play. The tools will address both interventions in the pubic space and opportunities for adjacent private property owners to bring additional value to the project. Participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different implementation tools including public funding, regulation and incentives.Participants will learn some of the conceptual frameworks used to guide placemaking, review case studies of successful placemaking efforts and learn about the results of research on the impacts-economic, social, and cultural, of making successful places in communities. Finally, by participating in a mini-charrette, attendees learn about tools for placemaking and how to apply those tools to a real site in Wisconsin.
Nancy Frank, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Urban Planning School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UW-Milwaukee