Wisconsin Economic Development Institute


The Wisconsin Economic Development Institute, Inc. (WEDI) is a non-profit, non-partisan foundation established under the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) to conduct research and education designed to increase the effectiveness of economic development efforts.


A higher quality of life and increased access to wealth and opportunity for Wisconsin citizens through economic development.


  • Provide policymakers, organizations and the general public with critical information to help address and improve economic conditions.
  • Provide policy research material, industry publications, and educational services, training and programming to promote economic development.
  • Identify and offer ideas and resources to address gaps in economic growth and prosperity.
  • Offer stakeholders and the general public with a clearinghouse of economic development information.


  • Supportive of increased economic growth and equal access to wealth.
  • Supportive of thoughtful and effective long-term economic growth policy making to promote economic prosperity.
  • Maintain independence and objectivity in the pursuit of economic expansion throughout Wisconsin.


Current WEDI Projects:

  • Childcare in Wisconsin and its Impact on Workforce and the Economy – This new report from WEDI shows the scarcity and high cost of quality childcare in Wisconsin is making it increasingly difficult for parents trying to enter, re-enter, or remain in the workforce. The report also clearly illustrates that the state’s childcare access crisis is a top concern for the business community. In fact, 80% of Wisconsin employers believe the economy is impacted by the availability of affordable, high-quality childcare. In addition, 73% of businesses believe that without greater access to childcare, Wisconsin employers will face workforce shortages now and in the future.



Past WEDI Projects: