MAILED: Sept. 21, 2000
A regional "listening session" in conjunction with the planned Wisconsin Economic Summit will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Quality Inn in Eau Claire.
The listening session, hosted by members of the Chippewa Valley Regional Committee, will give a wide range of individuals and groups an opportunity to make public comments about the future direction of Wisconsin's economy. These comments, along with more than 40 "white papers" that are being written for the Wisconsin Economic Summit, will form the basis of the statewide discussion Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee.
That discussion will focus on seven key topics:
"Momentum for the summit is building," said Jay Smith, president of the UW System Board of Regents. "I hear people all over the state talking about it, and a great deal of thought is going into the preparation of the listening sessions, the white papers and the meeting itself. I think the end product is going to be a useful game plan for the new Wisconsin economy."
- Building quality jobs;
- Enlarging venture capital investment;
- Improving the regulatory climate;
- Educating the workforce;
- Improving Wisconsin's fiscal future and entrepreneurial climate;
- Enhancing key infrastructures; and
- Building a distinctive brand/image to position Wisconsin as a technology and fast growing jobs leader.
The purpose of the listening session at UW-Eau Claire is to provide input for the summit, according to co-chairs Donald Mash, chancellor at UW-Eau Claire and Charles Sorensen, chancellor at UW-Stout. "The summit opens a dialogue about the economic future of Wisconsin," Mash said. "We are looking to government, business, higher education and others in the Chippewa Valley to help us create a 'road map' for Wisconsin's future."
Mash and Sorensen will write and present the white paper about the role of the Chippewa Valley in the state's economy at the Economic Summit. Four other regional committees also are working to develop input for the summit. They encompass Milwaukee, Madison, the Fox River Valley and Green Bay, and the rest of the state.
"Information from the committee and others is vital as we all continue to tell the story of the success of the Chippewa Valley and the promise it holds for its citizens and for Wisconsin," said Sorensen.
The Chippewa Valley Regional Committee is as follows:
Information about the Economic Summit is available at www.wisconsin.edu/summit. Persons wishing to participate in the listening session should contact the co-chairs, Donald Mash, (715) 836-2327, or Charles Sorensen, (715) 232-2441.
- Larry Annett, Chippewa Falls School District
- Dick Best, Workforce Resource, Menomonie
- Frank Borg, Momentum Chippewa Valley
- Bob Bossany, Dunn County Economic Development Corp.
- Craig Carlson, Eau Claire Area Industrial Development Corp.
- Paul Chase, UW-Barron County
- Robert Downs, Midelfort/Mayo Health System
- Kathy Facklam, SGI,Cray
- Jim Frasier, UW-Stout
- Mark Hanson, Doboy Packaging
- Jesse Harness, Menomonie School District
- Mike Ehr, Ameritech
- Jane Hoyt, Dunn County Board of Supervisors
- Bill Ihlenfeldt, Chippewa Valley Technical College
- Tom Kell, Kell Container Corp.
- William Klaus, Eau Claire Area School District
- Jerry Larsen, Xcel Energy
- Robert McCoy, Greater Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
- Tom Mihajlov, Wisconsin Business Bank
- Gus Myran, Phillips Plastics
- Mike O'Meara, Peoples National Bank
- Pat Quinn, Ayres Associates
- John Regetz, Chippewa County Economic Development Corp.
- Mike Schatz, City of Eau Claire
- Sue Tietz, McDonough Manufacturing
- Larry Weber, Bauer Built Inc.
- Jeff West, Silicon Logic Engineering
- Gayle Woodis, Uniprise
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 25, 2000