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Governor’s Conference on Economic Development

Economic Development in the Badger State: The Past, Present, and Future of Economic Growth in Wisconsin.

The 2023 WEDA Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will feature industry thought leaders and practitioners who will cover today’s challenges and opportunities as we explore community revitalization, data driven talent attraction, transportation, early childhood care, housing, and entrepreneurship. The Governor’s Conference is WEDA’s largest educational and networking event of the year.  The packed agenda has something for everyone as we focus on advancing economic prosperity across Wisconsin.   

In addition to a wealth of networking opportunities and dynamic speakers, the conference qualifies for the following key continuing education credit certifications: EDFPCEcD and AICP. CLICK HERE to view the Conference Agenda and speaker information.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development. Don’t Miss out… REGISTER TODAY!


  • Full Conference: WEDA Member – $349; Non-member – $449
  • Thursday Only: WEDA Member – $249; Non-member – $349
  • Friday Only: WEDA Member – $99; Non-member – $199

Conference Lodging:

Hyatt Regency – 333 West Kilbourn, Milwaukee, WI

Special WEDA Conference Rates:   $95/Sgl or Dbl   |    $115 – Triple    |   $135 – Quad

Reservations must be made by JANUARY 11, 2023, to secure this discounted rate.  Call 888-591-1234 or visit the booking link below.  Reference WEDA 2023 Governor’s Conference when making your reservation.

Check-in: 3 pm   |   Check-out:  12 noon

Parking:   Valet Parking:  $34/night;   Self-park in attached garage $28/night

Enjoy Milwaukee: 

CLICK HERE to find out how to enjoy several exciting downtown Milwaukee experiences while you are with us for the 2023 Governor’s Conference. Also, check out Visit Milwaukee – Things to do – Your guide to Milwaukee for additional ideas, including dining options!

Exhibit Tables Available:

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your products and services. Exhibit spaces are $150 for WEDA members and $250 for non-members. CLICK HERE for additional exhibit information or contact Kathy Davies, WEDA conference planner, at [email protected] or 715.344.2457.

Thank You Conference Sponsors:

  • Baker Tilly
  • Alliant Energy
  • Spectrum
  • FIRE
  • US Bank
  • CG Schmidt
  • Vierbicher
  • Wisconsin Center for Employee Ownership
  • Eppstein Uhen Architects

2023 Conference Planning Team:

  • Becky Albert, Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance
  • Calli Berg, Milwaukee County
  • Brad Elmer, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors
  • Rebecca Gries, M7
  • Melissa Hunt, Vierbicher
  • David Kircher, Phoenix Financial Advisors
  • Tracy Luber, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Natanael Martinez, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Seyoum Mengesha, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Amber Miller, AARP Wisconsin
  • Jolena Presti, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors
  • Erica Steele, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority
  • Beth Weirick, Downtown Milwaukee
  • Heather Wessling-Grosz, Kenosha Area Business Association