March 2016: Executive Director
Monday, March 28, 2016
As spring comes to our communities and the frost leaves the soil, it is a time when people are eager to break ground. In many cases, you have been working on these projects for most of the winter, but now is the time to implement.
On May 5, I invite you to attend the free Spring Conference focused on financing from different state or federal agencies. WEDA hopes this session will help spur your local projects and ensure that communities and businesses alike are forming win/win financing solutions.
Economic, community and workforce development efforts are converging, so this year, we decided to bring in a guest speaker from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss housing and other ways to advance projects using their programs. It might be time to invite your housing staff to the first hour of this free seminar. We have also included programs from Rural Development to assist with local projects in rural parts of Wisconsin.
Again this year, we will partner with the Wisconsin Business Incubation Association to have video sites across Wisconsin in order to minimize your travel. The host facility will be SC Johnson iMET Technology Center at 2320 Renaissance Blvd. in Sturtevant, Wis. Interactive video of the presentations is available at Green Bay, Eau Claire, Spooner and Platteville. Additional sites may be added. Lunch will be provided at each location.
Program enhancements will continue over the next couple of weeks; but reserve your spot today, since the remote locations have limited seating. For more information and seminar updates, go to the WEDA website.
Our Spring Conference will also include sample financing case studies that can provide a framework for communities across Wisconsin. In addition, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will provide an update on programs and application processes available through their organization.
A critical part of most large-impact economic development projects is the art of deal structuring. The process is often time-consuming and complicated. This panel of bankers, non-bank lenders and WEDA members will share their experience and expertise. This interactive session will cover challenges overcome in urban and rural small business development settings.
We hope you have a successful and busy spring and summer that leads to further growth in your communities. If WEDA or I can be of further assistance, please reach out to me.
- Brian Doudna, Executive Director