President’s Message: Heather Wessling

Thank you for taking the time to read through this March 2018 edition of the WEDA Wire. Our Governor’s Conference in February was a great success, and we want to thank everyone who attended and sponsored the event in Madison. Next year (2019) we plan to host again in Milwaukee for a second time.

As chair of WEDA, I hope to advance the association’s efforts to build membership, roll out WEDA Academy trainings during upcoming conferences, and come door to door to our communities throughout Wisconsin to foster economic development priorities. My focus is set on bringing Economic Development professionals throughout the state in contact with one another and finding ways to encourage and follow through with opportunities that elicit private sector involvement. I hope to see a private sector focus group set in place soon that will provide feedback on legislative priorities. I am also excited about the recent unveiling of WEDA’s Community Reinvestment Act Network (CRA-Network), the growth of which is another priority for 2018.

Thank you for your time, and please let us know if you’d like to contribute to the WEDA mission or have feedback to share. Talk soon…