Message from the WEDA Board Chair: Donna Walker

Since its inception, WEDA has had a hand in launching and developing the careers of hundreds of economic development professionals who continue to work to advance growth and prosperity across Wisconsin. WEDA has done this in a variety of ways, providing numerous avenues for individuals looking to enhance their careers in the field – from conferences and educational seminars to networking events and peer-to-peer guidance. However, one of the key professional development programs offered by WEDA is the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC).

The well-regarded four-day BEDC course covers topics one needs to know when investigating and navigating the often-rough economic development waters. Attendees can take advantage of this in-depth interactive opportunity to discuss so many aspects of economic development such as Project Financing, Workforce Development, Strategic Planning, Marketing Techniques, Real Estate, and Business Retention.

WEDA’s Basic Economic Development Course is the only one in the state and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council. This year’s course is gearing up and will be held September 12-15 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Longtime WEDA supporter VJS Construction ( will host the class at their offices giving attendees an excellent opportunity to experience how the professions positively impacts and coordinates with the construction and building profession.

At first glance, the waters of economic development seem deep and overwhelming. It can even be choppy or turbulent. Knowing that an organization such as WEDA exists that can provide often needed “life jackets” and “improved swimming techniques” sure makes it easier to jump into the profession!