LEVERAGING PROVEN INDUSTRY STRENGTHS TO SHAPE THE FUTURE
Born from a strong foundation in manufacturing and a spirit of discovery, our key industries give an avenue to businesses and an ambitious workforce to do what they do best: advance innovation and build a smarter future. WEDC works to implement strategic initiatives that support businesses within established and emerging industries where Wisconsin exhibits a distinct advantage. We invest in our most competitive established and emerging sectors to help diversify our economy, and through public-private collaboration, we accelerate growth and high quality job creation.
Wisconsin understands how to leverage intersections across complementary fields to build the infrastructure and talent pool necessary for success. We’ve established nationally and internationally recognized centers of excellence in water technology, energy, power and control and other industry sectors to answer the challenges of sustainable resource management throughout the globe. WEDC and its partners across the state help set Wisconsin apart for its comprehensive industry cluster development approach designed to boost our state’s economic performance while solving global challenges.
TARGETED INDUSTRY PROJECT
The Targeted Industry Project (TIP) program provides grants to advance targeted, high-growth business consortia and industry clusters critical to Wisconsin’s economy. These funds support the establishment of centers of excellence for the water, software engineering, cybersecurity and energy, power and control sectors.
FABRICATION LABORATORIES GRANT
This grant allows public schools to purchase equipment, such as 3D printers, laser engravers and plasma cutters, and expand labs in support of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Through Fab Labs, students are equipped with skills that are in high demand in the job market, helping us all thrive in today’s global economy.
WEDC SUCCESS STORIES
Water Technology in Wisconsin
Fab Labs Program
The Wagner Companies
Milwaukee’s The Wagner Companies has saved $350,000 annually on reduced energy usage and waste disposal fees since it participated in the first round of the Profitable Sustainability Initiative. Read MoreRead Story
Wisconsin’s expanding aerospace sector now has ties to more than 900 companies in nanotechnology, engineering and more.Learn More
Through developments in medical devices, biotechnology and digital health, Wisconsin is addressing global health challenges.Learn More
ENERGY, POWER & CONTROL
With renewable energy on the rise, Wisconsin’s 900 energy, power and control companies are evolving to meet the country’s power needs.Learn More
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Years of research and innovation have resulted in global recognition for our technological advancements in food science.Learn More
Wisconsin forest product companies are focusing reforestation, research and other practices to protect the health of our forests.Learn More
Technological advancements in electrical equipment, metal and more have continued to lead industry trends.Learn More
Our access to ample fresh water has put us at the forefront of commercial activity in agriculture, power generation and more.Learn More
“By accelerating innovation in this rapidly growing global market through regional collaboration, the Energy Innovation Center will energize new and existing businesses.”
MIKE LASZKIEWICZ • VICE PRESIDENT, ROCKWELL AUTOMATION
“WEDC has indeed been a key financial supporter as Milwaukee’s water technology has grown and developed as a world water hub, but what cannot be quantified is the value that all of the staff has provided as vital advisors and champions. WEDC’s vote of confidence has been instrumental in helping the Water Council, Global Water Center and our cluster as a whole to solidify our foundation and launch us to new heights.”
DEAN AMHAUS • PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE WATER COUNCIL
“Astronautics is excited about the possibility of creating and hosting a center of excellence that will leverage Wisconsin’s position as a leader in innovative technology, especially within the global aviation and aerospace industry. The unique competitive advantage of this center will be the blending of aerospace and cybersecurity solutions that will benefit both industry and higher education.”
CHAD CUNDIFF • PRESIDENT, ASTRONAUTICS
“One of the opportunities these Fab Labs offer is the link to local businesses and the community. They break down some of those barriers between schools and the community. These are dynamic spaces. With the investments that WEDC is making, their numbers are growing very rapidly. I don’t think anyone wants to contain that energy, but we have a prime opportunity to advance it even more by coordinating efforts.”
RANDY HULKE • DIRECTOR OF THE DISCOVERY CENTER FAB LAB AND DIRECTOR OF APPLIED RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STOUT