Governor’s Conference 2017-12-15T16:04:26+00:00

Governor’s Conference

About the Conference

WEDA’s biggest education and networking event of the year is the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development. This three-day conference includes educational sessions covering the most important economic development topics and issues of the time, exhibits, receptions and other networking opportunities. The conference is a great opportunity to meet other economic development professionals who work to shape Wisconsin’s economic future within their community. The conference provides continuing education credits for: EDFP and CEcD certifications.


Registration is now open for the Governor’s  Conference on Economic Development – Click Here


Hilton Madison Monona Terrace  –  9 East Wilson St, Madison, WI. 53703
State Rate: Single: $82.00 or Double: $102.00  Group Code: WEDAS
Individual Rate: $129.00  Group Code: WEDA
State Rate online reservation  or  Individual online reservation

Room Reservation: Call 877-510-7465,  book by January 1, 2018

Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown –  333 W Washington Ave, Madison, WI
King Standard room rate: $109.00 or Queen/Government rate: $87.00
Group Code: WEDA Governor’s Conference
Room Reservation: Call 888-492-8847,  book by December 31st, 2017

AC Hotel Madison Downtown – One North Webster St, Madison, WI
WEDA’s Group Rate:Standard Rate: $129.00 or State Rate: $82.00
Room Reservation at AC Hotel,  book by January 5, 2018

For more information, contact the WEDA office at

Draft – Conference Agenda      (Topics and times are subject to change)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

5:30 – 7:30 PM                 Opening Reception – The Coopers Tavern (2nd Floor)  20 W Mifflin St.

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

7:30 AM                              Registration / Continental Breakfast / View Exhibits

8:00 AM                              First Time Attendee & New Member

8:30 AM                              Welcome to the Conference – Ed White, WEDA President

8:40 AM                              Welcome by Governor Scott Walker (invited)

9:15 AM                              WEDA Awards Program

9:30 AM                             Foxconn – The Project, The Supplier Network and The Workforce Skills

Speaker: Representative of Foxconn (confirmed)

10:30 AM                           Break / View Exhibits

10:50 AM                           Disruptive Innovation & Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services

12:00 PM                            Lunch

1:05 PM                              Incremental Development – Advancing the Small Development Movement

Speaker: Jim Kumon, Incremental Development

1:55 PM                              Break / View Exhibits

Conference Tracks    

2:15 – 2:45                         Disruptive Innovation and the Construction Industry

2:15 – 2:45                         CRA Network Track – Initiatives and Strategies through the WEDC

Speaker: WEDC (Invited)

2:50 – 3:20                         Disruptive Innovation and our Workforce 

                                             Speaker: Kathy Henrich, Advancing AI Wisconsin

2:50 – 3:20                         CRA Network Track – Community Reinvestment Act- Regulatory Panel

Speakers: Carol Maria, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;  Paul Ginger, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Steven Kuehl, Federal Reserve Bank – Chicago;  Sandy Gerber, Federal Reserve Bank – Minneapolis

3:25 – 3:55                         Disruptive Innovation and Logistics

3:25 – 3:55                         CRA Network Track – Community Reinvestment Act- Regulatory Panel (cont.)

4:00 – 4:30                        Community & Economic Development and Financial Institutions CRA Strategies

Speakers: Community Reinvestment Officers from Wisconsin financial institutions

4:00 – 4:30                        CRA Network – Positioning For Success


4:35 PM                              Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association

5:00 PM                              Exhibit Hall – Conference Reception


Friday, February 2nd, 2018

7:00 – 8:20 AM                 WEDA Breakfast Buffet

8:20 AM                              Opening Comments – 2018 WEDA President

8:30 AM                              Disruptive Innovation – The Future of Manufacturing

Speaker: Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Manufacturing Leader, Center for Industry Insights at Deloitte

9:30 AM                              Disruptive Innovation and Driverless Technology

10:30 AM                           Break & Exhibits

10:50 AM                           Closing Presentation

11:50 AM                           Governor’s Conference – Closing Comments by WEDA

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