News & Events - University of Wisconsin System
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOct. 21, 2003
To: Editors, reporters
From: Erik Christianson, (608) 262-5061, firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Wisconsin Economic Summit IV workshops
The first day of Wisconsin Economic Summit IV features several workshops during which business and community leaders from around the state will share expertise about specific economic development issues.
The following summary includes topics and contacts for each workshop to assist you with possible coverage before and during the summit.
The workshops run concurrently and will start at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. Wisconsin Economic Summit IV runs through Oct. 28 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.
For a complete list of panelists—some of whom may represent your coverage area—and a full agenda, visit www.wisconsin.edu/summit/.
• 11:30 a.m.: News Conference – NorthEast Wisconsin
(NEW Economy) Project Announcement: The Northeast Wisconsin region
has faced economic downturn challenges over the past three years. Learn
about the economic development strategy for this region that utilizes
the current strengths in the area while addressing the region’s
weaknesses and challenges for the development of a future strong and prosperous
Contact: Rob Kleman, Chair, Regional NEW Economy Committee
• 12 p.m.: News Conference – Bioscience Wisconsin
2004 Report Release: The Wisconsin Association of Biomedical
Research & Education will premiere a newly published report on the
state of bioscience in Wisconsin.
Contact: Gale Davy, Executive Director, WI Association of Biomedical Research & Education
Workshop Session I – 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
• The Economic Garden: Fertilizing Entrepreneurial Growth:
Growing entrepreneurial companies is one of the most powerful long-run
strategies to create new jobs and develop corporate headquarters with
Wisconsin roots. This panel will discuss the state's efforts to fertilize
the economy and seed new companies with capital, technical assistance,
education, and peer networks.
Contact: Cory Nettles, Secretary, Department of Commerce; Erica Kauten, State Director, UW-Extension Small Business Development Center
• Using Tax and Budget Policy to Lead Economic Development:
This panel will discuss the role of state fiscal policy on economic development.
Contact: Michael Morgan, Secretary, Department of Revenue; Andrew Reschovsky, Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
• Regional Economic Development Cooperation – Lessons
Learned: Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) members
are actively engaged in numerous collaborative regional ventures. Come
hear about some of the best.
Contact: Karna Hanna, CEcD, Executive Director, Sauk County Development Corporation
• Partnerships – Linking Cutting-Edge Research with
Economic Development: This workshop will explain how the Wisconsin
Distinguished Professors program serves business, industry, the environment,
and the residents of Wisconsin with exciting research ranging from nanotechnology
to sports fishery.
Contact: Danae Davis, Director, Diversity Affairs, Miller Brewing Company & Regent, UW System Board of Regents
• Creativity – The Key to a Successful Workforce:
The newly transformed American workplace has a creativity crisis.
Multi-skilled, multi-dimensional creative individuals mean economic success.
Are students being prepared to meet this need?
Contact: Virgilyn Driscoll, Director, Wisconsin Champions for Arts Education: Business and Community Advocates, Inc.
• The Wisconsin Community Development Legacy Corporation
– A new approach to investing in Wisconsin's low-income communities:
Find out how the Wisconsin Community Development Legacy Corporation will
utilize the New Markets Tax Credit Program and examine the steps needed
to get going on projects, listen to models used to deploy the capital
and learn how to quantify an investor's return.
Contact: Carol N. Maria, Vice President, WI Women's Business Initiative Corporation
Workshop Session II – 2- 3:15 p.m.
• Harnessing Technology to Build Tomorrow's Economy:
Wisconsin has strong connections in technology research and related emerging
industries. The panel will explore efforts to develop Wisconsin's technology
leadership and harness our educational institutions to grow Wisconsin.
Contact: Marc Marotta, Secretary, Department of Administration; Bob Brennan, President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
• Investing in People: Education and Training:
Wisconsin is well-known for its highly educated and skilled workforce.
To compete in the global economy, however, Wisconsin workers must constantly
upgrade their skills and education levels to maintain and surpass the
competition. This workshop will highlight Governor Doyle's plan to re-engineer
training programs and create strong collaborations with educational institutions
to ensure Wisconsin companies reach the highest levels of quality and
productivity while still maintaining family-supporting jobs for the state’s
Contact: Roberta Gassman, Secretary, Department of Workforce Development
• Diversity and Tomorrow's Profits: Women in Corporate
Leadership: Milwaukee Women Inc. will present its latest research
examining women in corporate and board leadership across Wisconsin's largest
publicly owned companies.
Contact: Jeffrey C. Browne, President, Public Policy Forum; Dennis J. Kuester, President and CEO, Marshall & Ilsley Corporation; Joan M. Prince, Vice Chancellor, UW-Milwaukee; Board Member, Milwaukee Women Inc.;
Paul E. Purcell, President and CEO, Robert W. Baird & Co.
• UW-Eau Claire Student/Faculty Collaborative Research
to Benefit Business and Government: Wisconsin businesses and
government organizations often think only of UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee
when considering university research. This session will demonstrate the
many ways UW System schools can benefit local businesses and government.
Contact: Lisa Theo, MS, Lecturer, Department of Geography & Anthropology, UW-Eau Claire; Darcy Way, Director, Momentum Chippewa Valley.
• Alternative Strategies for Securing and Providing Risk
Capital: This workshop demonstrates alternative risk capital
vehicles and risk capital strategies available in the state.
Contact: David J. Ward, President, NorthStar Economics, Inc.
• The Innovation Economy: We are witnessing a
historical transformation in the great state of Wisconsin's economy. The
state’s economy is transforming from an agriculture and manufacturing-based
economy to a knowledge-based, innovation economy. This panel will explore
how pioneers are bringing innovative ideas to the market place.
Contact: State Sen. Ted Kanavas, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Senate Select Committee on Job Creation; Ralph Kauten, President and CEO, Quintessence Biosciences
Workshop Session III – 3:30-4:45 p.m.
• The High-End Approach to Wisconsin's Economic Base:
The manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism industries are the cornerstones
of Wisconsin's economy. This panel will explore strategies to stabilize
and grow these industries; identify public-private partnerships that will
effectively mobilize and target resources for growth; and, make the case
for investment in these industries' knowledge base.
Contact: Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection; Don Nichols, Chair, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
• Urban Anchors: Building the 21st Century Milwaukee: Wisconsin
needs its largest city to be a vibrant, thriving cultural, economic, and
social center in order to prosper. This panel will discuss successful
efforts and new initiatives underway aimed at tapping the full potential
of the Milwaukee area.
Contact: Antonio Riley, Executive Director, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority;
Lois Quinn, Senior Research Scientist, UW-Milwaukee
• Wisconsin Women = Prosperity: Four "building
blocks" for women's prosperity have been identified including; Economic
Sufficiency, Educational Achievement, Health, Safety & Well Being,
and Leadership and Political Participation. This session will explore
both the barriers and best practices within each of these areas.
Contact: Barbara Lawton, Lieutenant Governor, State of Wisconsin
• Brain Gain Best Practices – Young Professionals
of Milwaukee Success Story: Young Professionals of Milwaukee
(YPM), a service of the MMAC, grew from 0 to 2,240 in 24 months since
its launch in August 2001. Learn about the strategy and success at impacting
Contact: Laura Wake, City of Milwaukee, President, YPM
• University Partnerships Serving Wisconsin Industry Clusters:
Collaboration at work! Learn how Wisconsin's educational institutions
are actively collaborating on knowledge-transfer and industry outreach
to enhance economic development in the state's core industry clusters.
Contact: Raj Veeramani, Director, UW Consortium for Global E-Commerce
• Intellectual Property in the New Tech-Led Economy:
Panelists will describe how the UW System’s WiSys organization assisted
them in patenting and licensing technologies.
Contact: Elizabeth L.R. Donley, Esq., General Counsel, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and General Manager, WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.
Workshop Session IV – 5-6:15 p.m.
• Building High-End Infrastructure: High-end infrastructure
investment has been identified as a fundamental component to future economic
growth in Wisconsin. This panel will explore what the state and private
sector are currently doing to ensure our physical infrastructure -- roads,
energy and telecommunications -- and support future economic development.
Contact: Burnie Bridge, Chair, Public Service Commission
• High-End Regulatory Reform: This panel will discuss the Doyle
administration's high-end approach to regulatory reform.
Contact: Scott Hassett, Secretary, Department of Natural Resources; John Torinus, CEO, Serigraph, Inc.
• "Calling all entrepreneurs!" How to enter the
Governor's Business Plan Contest: The Governor's Business Plan
Contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Technology Council and its affiliates,
will draw out Wisconsin's best business plans and help speed them to market.
Contact: Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technology Council
• Accessing the Resources of the UW System: More to Offer than Just a Quality Education: Learn about the myriad of resources available to businesses at University of Wisconsin System campuses and UW-Extension offices around the state.
Contact: David J. Ward, President, NorthStar Economics, Inc.; Charles Hoslet, Managing Director, Office of Corporate Relations, UW-Madison
• The Currency of the Liberal Arts: Preparing Students
for the New Economy: This workshop will discuss the currency
and relevancy of the liberal arts in the early 21st century.
Contact: Julius Erlenbach, Chancellor, UW-Superior; Robert Greenstreet, Interim Chancellor, UW-Milwaukee
• Manufacturing Renewal: The changing face of manufacturing
in the next decade and beyond: How are Wisconsin manufacturers
reinventing their companies to rise to the challenge of global competition?
Manufacturing leaders discuss strategies to maintain a strong manufacturing
Contact: Michael Klonsinski, Executive Director, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership