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.

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Oct. 15-16, 2024

La Crosse Center
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

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Summit related blog posts

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Child care and transportation central to Wisconsin’s workforce

Presenters at the Wisconsin Economic Summit explored how innovative efforts are tackling these formidable challenges.

Looking to hire? Treat employees like customers

WMEP Manufacturing Solutions CEO and Executive Director Chris Baichoo outlined ways companies can shift their workplace culture and update hiring practices to help them appeal to potential new hires.

Employment after prison can benefit business 

A session at the Wisconsin Economic Summit encouraged employers to consider formerly incarcerated people when filling open positions.

Ideas into reality: Public-private partnerships build the future

The Wisconsin Economic Summit highlighted how these collaborations have led to innovative solutions to challenges including housing and child care.

Financing, technical muscle move redevelopment forward in Milwaukee

Willie Smith, executive director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, spoke about various projects the organization is involved with.

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 & 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


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