Tech Council papers focus on building Wisconsin’s high-growth, high-tech economy

MADISON – Recommendations for enhancing the research capacity of Milwaukee’s academic institutions, for building Wisconsin’s status as a producer of biofuels and bioproducts, and for growing the foundation for a tech-based economy in rural Wisconsin were released Thursday by the Wisconsin Technology Council.


The Tech Council, which is the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature, has now released a total of six “white papers” from a series to be distributed over the coming weeks. The papers were drafted during summer and fall discussions by the Tech Council’s 45-member board, which includes tech company owners and managers, investors, educators, researchers, government leaders and other experts in tech-based economic development.


Some of the papers underscore themes first raised by the Tech Council’s 2002 publication, “Vision 2020: A Model Wisconsin Economy.” Others reflect emerging issues that may deserve consideration by the governor and the Legislature during the 2007-2008 state budget debate, or through separate legislation.


The two-page papers were written for easy reference by policymakers, press and the public. A print version of the full collection will be made available in January; online versions will be posted at under the “Publications” section.


“Members of the Tech Council take seriously their responsibility to identify trends, raise issues and, where appropriate, provide recommendations to policymakers,” said Mark Bugher, director of University Research Park and chairman of the Tech Council.


“The growth of the tech-based economy in Wisconsin is our goal, and we believe that starts with solid information and bipartisan cooperation,” Bugher added.



The three papers released Thursday:


n      Urge continued funding for Milwaukee’s Biomedical Technology Alliance, which involves five research institutions.

n      Embrace strategies to strengthen Wisconsin’s position as a producer of biofuels, bioproducts and other alternative energy sources.

n      Focus on the opportunities and challenges facing tech-related development in rural Wisconsin.


For additional information or to schedule an interview, contact Tom Still at 608-442-7557. Underwriting for the printing cost of the “white papers” was provided by the law firm of Michael, Best & Friedrich and the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations.