President’s Message: Heather Wessling 

Finding the right opportunities, securing the best projects, and following deliberate ways to improve practices through the process of economic development spawns meaningful change throughout our communities. Let’s learn from each other.

This year, WEDA promises to offer our best programs yet, and with so much going on, you are not going to want to miss what we have planned.

The Community & Economic Development Awards (CEDA) program announces some of the most exciting economic development achievements that have happened across the state of Wisconsin. This year’s CEDA event is scheduled for September 12th in Madison, hosted at the Edgewater Hotel. Awards will be given in six categories: Business Retention and Expansion, Economic Driver, Human Capital, Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse, Economic Development Initiative, and Public-Private Partnership.

If you are new to the profession, or seeking certification, the Basic Economic Development Course is designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts, theories, methods and practices, taught by professionals who have earned the Certification in Economic Development from the International Development Council’s professional accreditation program (CEcD designation). The course will begin Monday and end Thursday, September 10 – 13, 2018, hosted at the UW-Madison campus.

Two weeks later, from September 26-28th, WEDA hosts our annual 2018 Fall Conference: Unpacking your economic development toolbox. The conference promises in-depth sessions demonstrating practical tools to drive economic growth. Attendees will interact with experts and learn about the newest economic development programs for implementation. Our conference is held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI this year.

To register and find out more about these upcoming events, CLICK HERE to visit the WEDA website.