WEDA Academy Update: Kathy Heady, Academy Manager

In just a few short weeks, the WEDA Academy will be holding its first program for 2022. The comprehensive program, Economic Development Project Analysis, will take place on February 9 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Madison Hilton.

Through this course, participants will learn important aspects of analyzing economic development projects including financial analysis, determining and filling financial gaps, community considerations and deal structuring. A range of project types will be considered with both urban and rural perspectives. Approaches to deal structuring will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups to try out their new skills.

Course instructors include Kathryn Berger, JD, EDFP, HDFP, Business Development Manager, CG Schmidt, Inc.; Brad Elmer, CFA, Managing Director, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors; Scott Harrington, AICP, Principal Planner, Vandewalle & Associates; and, Todd Kearney, CPA, SVP Senior Credit Officer, IncredibleBank. Registration is open at

The Academy is planning four additional programs for 2022:

  • May 4                         Exploring Opportunities in Freight Rail – Webinar
  • August 3                    Placemaking: Creating Your Quality Place – Webinar
  • September 28           Best Practices in Workforce Attraction – Comprehensive
  • November 2              TIF Fundamentals – Webinar

I hope that you will be able to join us for one or more of these exciting and affordable educational opportunities. As a reminder, be sure to look for approved credits/points for continuing education/recertification on the course registration information. Please reach out to me at if you have any program ideas or recommendations or if you are interested in serving as an instructor.