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Wisconsin Economic Summit

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Save The Date: 2024 Wisconsin Economic Summit October 15-16, 2024 | La Crosse Center
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

2023 Recap

From every indication, the 2023 Wisconsin Economic Summit was a huge success! WEDC extends a heartfelt thank you to all attendees and presenters.

More than 400 business and industry leaders, economic development professionals, and academics from throughout our state gathered on Oct. 23-24 in Appleton for the second annual Wisconsin Economic Summit.

Missed the Great Career Try-Out?

Check out a few photos from the state-of-the-art learning technologies that our state’s education system is using to prepare our future workforce.

The Great Career Tryout stations, all presented by Workforce Innovation Grant recipients, covered welding, to advanced manufacturing and robotics, to forestry, to nursing and more.

Special thanks to:

  • Mobile welding lab from Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Portable robotic and industrial mechanical trainers from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Skill Boss-manufacturing and virtual reality trainers from Mid-State Technical College and the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County
  • Forestry simulator, portable sawmill, and portable kiln from UW Stevens Point/Wisconsin Forestry Center
  • High-fidelity patient simulation for nursing skills training from WisCAP (Wisconsin Community Action Program Association) with Bryant & Stratton College
An image of a young girl with a robotics device

2023 Summit Assets


These short videos were presented between presentations during the summit.

They focus on important topics supporting this year’s theme, TOGETHER.

Role of child care


Powering the economy


Financial stability


Neurodiverse workers


Women entrepreneurs


Smart advancements

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Coverage on Wisconsin Eye

Several of the presentations from day 1 of the Summit were streamed on Wisconsin Eye. You will need to create a free account to view the recordings.

Session 1: Setting the StageSession 2: Luncheon Event with DWD SecretarySession 3: Community InfrastructureSession 4: Educating Tomorrow’s Workers

Presenter Slide Decks

Below you will find the slide decks from four guest presenters at the Summit.

If you would like a copy of the slides presented by Kristina Costa, deputy assistant to the president for clean energy and innovation, please send a request to

Reimagine the Future – Keynote Address

Jeff Yabuki
Chairman, Motive Partners, and former CEO, Fiserv
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State of the Economy

John Koskinen
Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
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Educating Tomorrow’s Workers

Chris Baichoo
CEO, WMEP Manufacturing Solutions
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Wisconsin’s Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050

Sam Dunaiski
Executive Director, Renew Wisconsin
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