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The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) presented its Champion of Economic Development legislative awards in Bloomer, Wis., on June 23, 2022. This award, given to lawmakers who exhibit an exceptional commitment to growing Wisconsin’s economy, was presented to State Representatives Dave Armstrong, Warren Petryk, and Rob Summerfield. Dairyland Power Cooperative’s economic development team partnered with WEDA to host this event.

WEDA is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to expanding Wisconsin’s economy. Throughout the summer, WEDA will present legislators with this prestigious award, recognizing them for their efforts in supporting economic development efforts and WEDA’s 2021-22 legislative agenda.

Following the awards presentation, WEDA, Dairyland and the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation hosted a legislative “speed-dating” listening session with Chippewa Valley legislators. Michael Welsh, WEDA’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs, emceed the event which included State Sen. Kathy Bernier, Rep. Jesse James, and Reps. Armstrong, Petryk and Summerfield.

Each elected official spent 10 minutes listening to business leaders’ feedback and concerns on topics impacting growth in their communities. After 10 minutes, legislators rotated to the next table to receive further comments and input. Topics such as broadband, improving literacy, workforce attraction, tax increases and regulation were brought to the table for discussion.

“This was a fun and engaging event and WEDA looks forward to hosting similar events throughout the state,” said Donna Walker, Dairyland’s Sr. Economic Development Specialist and WEDA Board Chair.

“This event provided WEDA with a great opportunity to thank Chippewa Valley legislators for their hard work on key policy initiatives to advance Wisconsin’s economy,” Welsh said. “It also offered a unique chance for local businesses to interact with their state lawmakers to discuss their biggest challenges and potential legislative solutions. I want to thank Keller Builds and the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation for sponsoring and hosting the event.”