Winners of 2018 Community and Economic Development Awards Unveiled

Winners of the prominent Community and Economic Development Awards (CEDA) were unveiled at the 4th annual CEDA Awards banquet, held September 12, 2018, at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison. The CEDA Awards program was established by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) to recognize businesses, projects, and organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s economy.

“WEDA is excited to partner with the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to present the CEDA Awards and celebrate the dedicated efforts of business and organizations across the state to advance Wisconsin’s economy,” said WEDA Executive Director Brian Doudna.

Awards were given in the following six categories at the CEDA Awards banquet: Business Retention and Expansion; Economic Development Initiative; Economic Driver; Public-Private Partnership; Real Estate Development and Reuse; and Talent Attraction:

Business Retention & Expansion – This award honors innovative economic development projects where communities have successfully mobilized to help retain and potentially expand the operations of an existing business critical to the economic vitality of the community.

Winner: Duluth Trading Company

Economic Development Initiative – This award honors innovative community and economic development efforts that successfully promote growth and prosperity in Wisconsin communities.

Winner: New North Supply Chain Marketplace     

Economic Driver – This award honors businesses committed to long-term investment in their Wisconsin operations that have a significant economic impact in their community and across the state.

Winner: Generac Power Systems        

Private-Public Partnership – This award honors projects, programs or initiatives that have been successful due to exceptional collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Winner: Grand Kakalin development project                              

Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse – This award honors innovative real estate redevelopment or reuse projects that have had a positive impact on a community’s economy, including job growth and increased tax base.

Winner: Menominee Nation Arena        

Talent Development – This award honors initiatives or programs that have driven successful talent development efforts to strengthen the Wisconisn workforce.

Winner: UW Health    

CEDA Award sponsors include the American Transmission Company; Alliant Energy; Bachmann Construction; Green Bay Packers; Insight Publications; J.H. Findorff & Son; Madison Gas & Electric; Wisconsin Public Service; and Xcel Energy.