President’s Message: Matt Mikolajewski
Fall is here, and with it, many of us are working on our 2020 budgets. Does your community have an economic development project that you cannot quite figure out how to finance? WEDA’s CRA Network might provide some additional leads to help you with your efforts. The goal of the CRA Network is to make connections between you and lenders throughout our state interested in earning CRA credits. More information about the CRA Network is available on the WEDA website.
Included on the CRA page of the WEDA website is information about the regional fall CRA Network luncheons. Even if you are only slightly curious about how the CRA Network can serve your community, I encourage you to attend. These luncheons will provide you with the opportunity to directly network with bankers in your community.
There is a lot happening with regard to WEDA and state legislation. As noted in last week’s Political News & Notes, WEDA is actively working on legislation regarding Opportunity Zones, workforce housing, and the State’s Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant program. Please let WEDA staff know if you ever have any questions or suggestions about anything that we are working on. In a similar manner, please consider sharing your first-hand stories about how a piece of legislation could benefit your community. Legislators are always more receptive to legislation that has a tangible positive impact on their Districts. As such, we need your stories.
Speaking of engagement, have you ever considered volunteering on a WEDA committee or even serving on the WEDA Board? Our President-Elect, Bob Dennik, will soon be leading our annual Nominating Committee that is charged with identifying individuals to include on a slate of candidates for the WEDA Board. If you are interested in possibly serving, please reach-out to Mr. Dennik, any of the existing WEDA Board members, or WEDA staff to learn more. Even if you are not quite interested in a role on the Board, there are numerous other great ways that you can help; just let us know that you are interested.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Fall WEDA conference. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy some great Wisconsin fall weather! Please feel free to contact me at any time at 608-267-8737 or email@example.com.