Wisconsin Economic Development Academy Update: Kathy Heady, Academy Manger
It is hard to believe that Fall is here already. As the days grow shorter, the leaves change color and the temperature cools, it is a great time to refresh or learn a new skill. The WEDA Academy will be offering several affordable quality programs through the end of 2019, with additional programming planned for 2020.
The Fostering Entrepreneurial Food and Agriculture Enterprises Workshop is being held this week on October 2 from 8:30 to noon at Sentry World in Stevens Point, just prior to the WEDA Fall Conference. This course is an interactive session for both economic development professionals and business leaders who are looking to develop high impact strategies for growing successful food companies and entrepreneurial farm enterprises. Instructor Terra Johnson, Director of the UW System Food Finance Institute, is a serial entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of environmentally and economically regenerative food and farming businesses.
In November, the Academy will be hosting a full day National Development Council (NDC) course on Mixed-Use Real Estate. NDC is a nationally recognized provider of training programs for economic, housing and community development finance professionals. This course will help you answer the following questions and more about mixed-use real estate development: How do you use single-purpose financing tools to structure financing for a mixed-use facility? What instruments are available and appropriate? What if their criteria seem to be contradictory? Registration will be open shortly for this course. Stay tuned for more information.
The Academy is planning a webinar and a comprehensive session on housing development. Housing is a huge issue for communities across the state that are facing an aging housing stock, high construction costs, not enough new housing units being built, and declining affordability. A housing fundamentals introductory webinar is being planned for 2019 and a comprehensive session will be held on February 5, 2020 prior to the Governor’s Conference in Madison.
In the last WEDA member survey, workforce development was identified as a priority topic for Academy programs. The Academy is planning two workforce development webinars. One will focus on community initiatives and the second on employer best practices. I am also pleased to announce that the Academy will be hosting the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Workforce Development Strategies Course on August 6-7, 2020. This elective course meets the professional development requirements for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Exam. CEcDs earn recertification credits for participation.
I hope that you will be able to join us for one or more of these exciting and affordable educational opportunities. As a reminder, be sure to look for approved credits/points for continuing education/recertification on the course registration information. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any program ideas or recommendations, or if you are interested in serving as an instructor. I will also be attending the WEDA Fall Conference. Please stop by the WEDA exhibit booth to share your ideas.