Message from the Board Chair – Melissa Hunt

Hello WEDA Family… Spring is finally here, and I am so excited for WEDA to continue growing in 2024! In case you don’t know what’s coming up, I will share a few of our professional development updates. For starters, there is the Basic ED Course in Eau Claire on May 6-9, 2024. I am excited to join Mary Perry as a co-host at the week-long course. We have an amazing group set to share their knowledge.

The Academy Series is also coming in hot. We are off to a great start with our latest virtual session, Think Like a Developer, and these exciting sessions are on deck:

  • April 18 (Tentative) – Utility Panel – Webinar
  • May 22 – Downtown Summit, Evolve Downtown session and WEDA’s Downtown Development Academy – In-person (Wausau, WI) – In partnership with AARP and WDAC, with breakfast sponsored by WWBIC 
  • June/JulyWICEO has offered to do a 1.5-2-hour session – Stay tuned…

The Academy Committee is preparing for more awesome sessions spread out across the rest of the year, and we are thrilled that our Academy Sessions are FREE of cost to members. Please take advantage of these wonderful ED educational opportunities.

In addition, we have started to prepare for the Fall Best Practices Conference in Eau Claire on September 25-27, 2024. Please put these dates on your calendar… We certainly hope to see you all there.

I’m also pleased to report that YPEN, WEDA’s Young Professional Group, held its first virtual meet-up. It was well attended, and YPEN is planning some exciting activities moving forward. If you are a YP or new to the profession, please join the YPEN LinkedIn Group to stay connected.

Lastly, we are gaining momentum partnering with other organizations, like WDAC for the Academy in May. We are continually working to solidify WEDA’s partnerships around Wisconsin to better serve our members. Thanks again for your support and membership! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to get more involved in WEDA.

Stay Awesome WEDA Fam~melissa