Friday, March 25, 2011

Sun Prairie Hosts Regional Economic Development Professionals Meeting (City of Sun Prairie Office of Economic Development)

Economic Development professionals from the 8 county THRIVE region met at Wisconsin Distributors in the Sun Prairie Business Park on March 24th for their first meeting of 2011. Hosts were Neil Stechschulte, Economic Development Director for the City of Sun Prairie and Shane McPeak, Human Resources Director for Wisconsin Distributors. Mr. McPeak provided a brief overview of Wisconsin Distributors' operations in Wisconsin. Mr. Stechschulte gave a brief presentation on economic development activities in Sun Prairie.

Special guest for this meeting was Mr. Larry Schwenn from Wisconsin Business Development Inc., who came and presented on their 504 loan program, as well as some other forms of assistance that WBD can provide.

THRIVE's Brad Elmer also provided an overview of their pursuit of Economic Development District status and the creation of the EDA required Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy planning document.

Betsy Lundgren of THRIVE provided a sneak peak at the proposed updated to THRIVE's website, which will feature images and testimonials from area companies that help showcase successful companies doing business in the Madison region. It will also feature direct links to the Capital Connections Inventory, the Located in Wisconsin buildings and sites database, and the region's retention program called Business Link.

THRIVE's Jenn Post Tyler then facilitated an open forum for attendees to provide general project updates for anyone who had something to share.

The group meets quarterly to share information and to network. The next meeting is tentatively set for June 2011.

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