Message from the Board Chair – Melissa Hunt

As we approach the vibrant days of summer, I hope this letter finds you well and thriving in your respective endeavors. The transition into this new season brings with it a sense of renewed energy and anticipation for the exciting times ahead. Our work at WEDA continues to advance at a robust pace, with various initiatives and projects making significant progress. It is heartening to witness the dedication and commitment of our members, partners, and stakeholders in driving economic development across Wisconsin.

I am particularly excited for our upcoming Fall Best Practices Conference, which will take place in Eau Claire from September 25-27, 2024. This event promises to be an enriching experience, providing valuable insights, innovative strategies, and ample networking opportunities for all attendees. We are curating a diverse lineup of speakers and sessions that will address the most pressing issues and opportunities in economic development today. During the conference lunch, we will hold our CEDA Annual Awards. This celebration will honor outstanding achievements and recognize the exemplary contributions of our members to economic development in Wisconsin.

Additionally, the WEDA Young Professionals Network (YPEN) will be holding a virtual meeting on June 13th and their first in-person event in Steven’s Point on August 8th. These gatherings are wonderful opportunities for our young professionals to connect, learn, and grow within our community.

Thank you to all our members for your unwavering support and dedication to WEDA. Your active participation and engagement are crucial to the success of our initiatives and to the broader mission of WEDA. Together, we can continue to foster economic growth, enhance community vitality, and drive forward the economic sustainability of our great state. I look forward to connecting with all of you at our summer events and continuing our collective journey towards a vibrant and prosperous Wisconsin.

Warm regards,