2021 WEDA Best Practices Conference 

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2021  –   Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel   |   Appleton, WI

WEDA Best Practices Conference – Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

WEDA’s 2021 Best Practices Conference, formerly the Fall Conference, is an opportunity to sharpen your economic development knowledge and expertise.   During the past 18 months, Wisconsin businesses, large and small, have learned to adapt and survive.  It’s time to ‘get back to basics’ and build our economic development toolbox!

The conference audience will include 150-200 economic and community development professionals as well as workforce development professionals and business leaders from across Wisconsin.  It is a great opportunity to re-connect and re-new relationships with business owners and professionals who work to shape Wisconsin’s economic and workforce future!

CLICK HERE to review the tentative Conference Agenda.


Conference Registration Fees

Full Conference Registration includes Wednesday evening reception, Thursday morning continental breakfast & breaks, Thursday luncheon, Thursday evening reception, Friday morning breakfast and am break.

Early bird registration discount available for those registering by September 1.


Full Conference

WEDA Member:   $250   |   $200 – by Sept. 1

Non-Member:   $325    |   $275 – by Sept. 1

Thursday Only

WEDA Member:  $200   |   $150 – by Sept. 1

Non-Member:  $275     |   $200 – by Sept. 1

Friday Only

WEDA Member:    $95    |   $75 – by Sept. 1

Non-Member:   $125   |   $105 – by Sept. 1

Early Bird Registration:  Reduced Rate for registration by Sept. 1. Register by September 10, and you will be entered into a drawing to receive a special Gift Box!  Three lucky winners will enjoy products from across the state.  Winners to be announced at the conference.

Thank you to our early bird gift box sponsors:    Calumet County, City of Appleton, WWBIC, and Appleton Downtown


Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel

333 West College Avenue, Appleton, WI  54911

Special WEDA Conference Rates:   $82/Sgl   |    $109/Dbl

Reserve NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1, 2021, qualify for the discounted lodging rate

To make reservations, call 1.920.733.8000 or 1.800.333.3333

Parking is available in the public parking ramp connected by the skywalk to the hotel.  Please visit https://feexhibitioncenter.com/parking/ for details and a map showing the locations of the parking ramps to the hotel.

Exhibit Tables Available

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your products and services. For more information on exhibit tables, please contact WEDA conference planner Kathy Davies @ kdavies@weda.org or 715.344.2457.

Special Thanks to the 2021 Best Practices Conference Sponsors:                                                      

  • Keynote Sponsor: City of Appleton
  • Opening Reception Sponsor: Pfefferle
  • Supporting Sponsor: Ehlers
  • Early Bird Sponsor: Calumet County
  • Hospitality Suite Sponsors: Vierbicher & CG Schmidt
  • Break Sponsors: ISG, Inc. & Vierbicher
  • Nametag & Lanyard Sponsor: Boldt


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