Wisconsin economic initiatives receive international recognition

Special to The Freeman

Nov. 13, 2014

MADISON — Two initiatives created by the Wisconsin Economic Corporation were recently recognized with awards of excellence from the International Economic Development Council, the world’s largest economic development organization.

According to an announcement Thursday, WEDC’s collaboration with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership and University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center in delivering the ExporTech Program netted the organization a Bronze Excellence Award in the Responding to Globalization Category. ExporTech is an export acceleration program to help Wisconsin companies expand their global market reach through the guided development of an international growth strategy and execution plan.

“We are honored that the IEDC has recognized WEDC and our partners for the important work we are doing to take advantage of international markets,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s leading economic development organization, in a statement. “WEDC provides technical expertise and financial scholarships to eligible companies who receive consultation and guidance from WMEP and UW-Stout MOC in their ExporTech journey.”

WEDC also received a Gold Excellence Award in the General Purpose Print Brochure category from the IEDC for its Wisconsin Video Brochure used to market the state’s economic assets to site selectors throughout the nation.

In addition to the IEDC awards, WEDC also was honored in October by Salesforce Inc., a global cloud computing company, when it was one of the recipients of the first-ever Salesforce Surfboard Award. The award is given to the companies and organizations that utilize the Salesforce platform to provide exceptional service to their customers.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin.

Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.