WEDC: Nominations sought for 2013 Governor’s Export Achievement Award

Contact: Tom Thieding, 608-210-6767 [email protected]

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MADISON, December 4, 2012 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Export Achievement Award.

The Governor’s Export Achievement Award acknowledges Wisconsin companies and organizations that have achieved extraordinary results in international markets or have contributed to Wisconsin’s ability to compete in the global economy.

“Wisconsin’s exports increased more than 11 percent to $22 billion in 2011, and Wisconsin ranked as the 18th largest exporting state,” said Governor Scott Walker. “This award recognizes the achievements of Wisconsin’s exporters who continue to make our state an international leader.”

Any agricultural, forestry, industrial, high technology or service enterprise successfully engaging in or assisting in exporting Wisconsin-origin products or services is eligible for nomination. Company or organization employees or those with knowledge of a deserving company can submit an award nomination for consideration. The WEDC must receive applications by January 31, 2013.

A panel of international trade professionals will evaluate the nominations for innovation, effectiveness, special effort in growing export sales, enhancing employment, expanding the economy and increasing Wisconsin’s international prestige.

The WEDC will present the award May 7, 2013, at the 49th annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference in Milwaukee.

For more information about the Award, interested parties may contact Stanley Pfrang, WEDC, at 608-210-6777, [email protected], or at get application instructions at:

About Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), formed in 2011 as a public-private entity, leads economic development efforts for the state and nurtures business growth and job creation by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. In addition to Wisconsin’s strong legacy industries of agriculture and manufacturing, recent growth has occurred in water technology, renewable energy, bio-sciences, health care, and food processing. In 2012 Wisconsin was ranked No. 20 in Chief Executive Magazine’s “Best States for Business” and No. 17 as a top state for business by CNBC. WEDC partners with 650 economic development organizations throughout Wisconsin to serve businesses looking to start, grow or relocate. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation, and international business development. Visit or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.