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October 2016: Executive Director

Monday, October 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Making a Mark – Several Big Steps Forward

In September, I was reminded about a breakfast I had during my first week with the association during the 2014 fall conference. The member recalled that during that breakfast I had shared a vision for WEDA, which he felt had started to take shape. Since that day, WEDA has seen its share of change. I have to admit that not all changes were part of that original vision communicated during that breakfast with a member. However, I think that some of the association’s accomplishments are far greater than I thought possible back in 2014. The recent staffing additions are prime examples of accomplishments that will pay dividends for WEDA and its members. Below are a couple of additional recent changes that I think add value to WEDA membership and expand our reach on the critical topics of the day. 

MOU finalized with American Planners Association – Wisconsin Chapter

In continuing to advance WEDA’s value proposition, the association reached out and began working with the American Planners Association on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations.

At the October meeting of the WEDA Board of Directors, an MOU should be passed that will have WEDA conferences and the Basic Economic Development Course be certified for continuing education credits from the APA-WI.  In advancing this agreement, WEDA invited members of the APA-WI continuing education committee to participate on the Governor’s Conference planning committee. 

WEDA accepts contract to manage Wisconsin Workforce Development Association

In August 2016, the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association (WWDA) hired WEDA to manage its association. The decision was finalized after a bidding process and several face-to-face interviews. 

The WEDA board decided to pursue this contract due to the convergence of the fields of workforce, community and economic development.  Aligning workforce development and economic development efforts could be of critical value to members in both associations.

The annual contract to manage the WWDA also allows WEDA to fully implement its long-term staffing model in 2016, while developing tools that will advance the WWDA. The WEDA staffing model was developed by the board of directors, advisors and staff and was adopted by the board in May. 

Be Part of Moving WEDA Forward - Seeking Candidates for Election to WEDA Board

WEDA is now actively seeking individuals with an interest in serving on the board of directors.  If you have any questions about the roles and duties of the WEDA board, please call the WEDA office. If you have an interest in serving on the WEDA board, please email me at by December 2. 

- Brian Doudna, Executive Director

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