Rep. Nancy VanderMeer Receives WEDA’s Champion of Economic Development Award

June 26, 2020

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) yesterday presented Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) with the 2020 “Champion of Economic Development” award for her leadership on legislative initiatives to drive economic growth and prosperity in Wisconsin.

WEDA members present Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (center) with the “Champion of Economic Development” award

The award is presented to state legislators who exemplify WEDA’s mission of promoting economic development and are committed to making Wisconsin a better place to live, work and do business through effective policies. Rep. VanderMeer earned the “Champion of Economic Development” designation for her work on key proposals during the 2019-20 legislative session, including Opportunity Zones legislation to encourage new investment in economically challenged communities across the state.

“Representative VanderMeer continues to be a staunch advocate for policies and programs that encourage economic growth in rural Wisconsin and across the state,” said Michael Welsh, WEDA Legislative Affairs Director. “Her leadership during the 2019-20 legislative session paved the way for the approval of several key economic development initiatives, including Opportunity Zones legislation that will help boost private investment in Wisconsin and spur additional economic activity.”

WEDA is presenting the award to 21 state lawmakers who exhibited an exceptional commitment to growing Wisconsin’s economy based on several factors, including voting record, sponsorship of legislation and responsiveness to critical economic development issues during the 2019-20 session.

“The Wisconsin Economic Development Association and our members are excited to recognize Rep. VanderMeer as a ‘Champion of Economic Development’ for her work on pro-growth legislation and commitment to advancing the Wisconsin economy,” said Brian Doudna, WEDA Executive Director.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association, founded in 1975, is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to growing Wisconsin’s economy. Driven by the needs of our 450-plus members, we represent the economic development interests of both the private and public sectors through leadership on statewide initiatives.