Missy Hughes

Executive message from Missy Hughes

In communities, small investments are showing some big gains.

Workforce Innovation Grant

New grant projects tackle Wisconsin’s biggest workforce challenges

Twelve regional projects will receive up to $59.5 million in the first round of Workforce Innovation Grants.

Ruralwi.com Website

A “front porch” for rural Wisconsin

A new website aims to connect residents of Wisconsin’s rural communities with news, resources and one another.

Main Street Bounce Back Grant

Helping downtowns bounce back

A $50 million grant program offers support for businesses moving into vacant commercial spaces.


Bringing computer science to K-12 classrooms

The pilot program, currently offered in Brown County schools with support from Microsoft, may become a model for use in other districts across the state.

Black Urban League The Hub

WEDC to move its offices to Urban League’s Black Business Hub

Located in South Madison, the city’s oldest African American enclave, the Hub will be a Black-led enterprise center devoted to assisting underserved entrepreneurs.


Innovative grants nurture Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial spirit

The Entrepreneurship Partner Grants, awarded to five organizations around the state, aim to promote entrepreneurial growth and impact underserved communities by funding new programs.

Global Trade Venture

Join WEDC on a Global Trade Venture

Although these trips focused on export growth have adopted a virtual format for two years, in-person meetings are still preferable when possible, and visits are planned to Germany and Austria in May and South Korea and Taiwan in the fall.


Grant aims to boost Wisconsin’s hazelnut industry

Funds will be used to expand both growing and processing of the crop, which grows wild here but is not commonly grown for sale.

Exact Sciences

Company success story: Exact Sciences

The leading global cancer screening and diagnostics company is expanding its presence in Wisconsin by investing an additional $350 million in its Madison campuses—a move that will create more than 1,300 new jobs by 2025.

Marketplace Wisconsin Conference


The Governor’s Conference on Diverse Development celebrated its past, present and future with an event combining virtual and in-person elements.


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