Gov. Walker: Chairs the first meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board

Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303

Madison – Governor Scott Walker chaired the first meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) board today.

“Today’s meeting of the WEDC board marks a new beginning in the relationship between job creators and government,” Governor Walker said. “For too long the Department of Commerce was tasked with regulating job creators. This new public-private partnership will focus solely on the development of Wisconsin’s economy and job market. Our number one priority is to create an environment that allows the private sector to get 250,000 people back to work by 2015. The WEDC will play an integral role in achieving this goal.”

Today’s meeting laid the groundwork for the WEDC and consisted of the following agenda items:

* Personnel Policy
* Bylaws
* Organizational Resolutions
* Elected Officers of the Board
* Appointment and Approval of Committees
* Schedule for and Location of Meetings

The next meeting of the WEDC is scheduled for June 13, 2011 in the State Capitol.

WEDC Board Members

Governor Scott Walker, Chair

Governor Appointees (6 total; 3 pending)

Dan Ariens, President and CEO of Ariens Company, WEDC Board Vice-Chair

Don Weber, company founder and CEO of Logistics Health Inc (LHI).

Lisa Mauer, Chair, President and Owner of Tool Service Corporation.

Senate Appointees

Sen. Randy Hopper, 18th Senate District

Sen. Julie Lassa, 24th Senate District

C. Thomas Sylke, owner and principal of Sylke Law Offices, LLC.

Assembly Appointees (Rep. Barca recommendation pending)

Rep. Mary Williams, 87th Assembly District

Scott Klug, Managing Director of Public Affairs at Foley and Lardner, WEDC Board Treasurer

Non-Voting Members

Secretary Mike Huebsch, Department of Administration

Secretary Richard Chandler, Department of Revenue

Note: The WEDC Board Secretary will be selected at the June 13 meeting.