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The strengths and weaknesses of your community determine the potential of your local economy to support economic growth. Understanding your assets and challenges lays the foundation for creating realistic expectations, goals and strategies for economic success that are unique to your community. Information about your community can also help build community support for economic development decisions, and help engage and educate constituents.
As a leader pay especially close attention to the weaknesses and threats in your community. Learn about characteristics in categories such as economic conditions, business climate, labor force characteristics, physical conditions, and quality of life (such as housing availability, public services, crime rate, educational system, cultural activities, recreational activities and natural resources). Pay attention to these factors in your community as well as how they relate to neighboring communities.
With an eye toward developing a strategy for economic growth, be prepared to answer the following questions:
What unique strengths can be built upon for continued economic growth?
What weaknesses pose a barrier to economic development?
How can those weaknesses be turned into opportunities for the community?
What consequences have the changing economic environment brought to your community and how can you sustain the existing business that continue to employ your citizens?
Looking to the future, where do you want to see your community grow and what can you do now to facilitate that growth?
How can you ensure your approval system for development projects is not cumbersome or administratively burdensome to business?
Prepare yourself to develop your economic development strategy by reviewing strengths and weaknesses, maximizing opportunities and mitigating threats.

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Grants USA Grant Training

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Training Academy and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Franklin / Milwaukee, April 14-15, 2014. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Training Academy and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Franklin / Milwaukee, April 14-15, 2014. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Grants USA Grant Training»

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Grants USA Grant Training

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Training Academy and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Franklin / Milwaukee, April 14-15, 2014. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Training Academy and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Franklin / Milwaukee, April 14-15, 2014. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Grants USA Grant Training»

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Webinar: What About Rural Broadband?

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Increasingly, data is showing that our sparsely populated areas of the state are not getting the broadband connectivity they need. This webinar hosted by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission will illustrate why improved broadband connectivity is just as important in rural areas and will highlight some of the successes observed around the state. Presenters will include: Andy Lewis, Broadband and Economic Development Specialist, UW-Extension; Lori Vergin, of M-Power Consulting; Adam Holroyd of SonicNet; and other broadband provider representatives.

Hosted by Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Featured speakers include: Andy Lewis, Broadband and Economic Development Specialist, UW Extension; Lori Vergin, M-Power Consulting; Adam Holroyd, SonicNet.

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National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™, ED300 integrates the business credit and real estate finance skills learned in previous courses with the creative demands of deal structuring. Participants apply a process for solving problems in order to overcome the myriad obstacles—economic, financial, political, social— to the successful structuring of business finance and real estate projects. The emphasis of this course is casework. Participants are challenged by case studies that involve complex financial issues such as workouts, business buyouts and tax credits in real estate projects. Specific topics include:

  • Problem Solving
    • Elements of the problem solving process
    • Devising a negotiation strategy
    • Creating "win-win” solutions
  • Deal Structuring
    • Valuing tax credits
    • Mixed-use developments
  • Workout and Buy-outs
    • Developing a workout plan
    • Business valuation methods
    • Structuring a buy-out
  • Syndication
    • Equity attraction
    • Allocation of benefits
    • Limited partnership model

Prerequisites

ED101, ED201 and ED202

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™. Held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West.

National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring»

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National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™, ED300 integrates the business credit and real estate finance skills learned in previous courses with the creative demands of deal structuring. Participants apply a process for solving problems in order to overcome the myriad obstacles—economic, financial, political, social— to the successful structuring of business finance and real estate projects. The emphasis of this course is casework. Participants are challenged by case studies that involve complex financial issues such as workouts, business buyouts and tax credits in real estate projects. Specific topics include:

  • Problem Solving
    • Elements of the problem solving process
    • Devising a negotiation strategy
    • Creating "win-win” solutions
  • Deal Structuring
    • Valuing tax credits
    • Mixed-use developments
  • Workout and Buy-outs
    • Developing a workout plan
    • Business valuation methods
    • Structuring a buy-out
  • Syndication
    • Equity attraction
    • Allocation of benefits
    • Limited partnership model

Prerequisites

ED101, ED201 and ED202

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™. Held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West.

National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring»

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National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™, ED300 integrates the business credit and real estate finance skills learned in previous courses with the creative demands of deal structuring. Participants apply a process for solving problems in order to overcome the myriad obstacles—economic, financial, political, social— to the successful structuring of business finance and real estate projects. The emphasis of this course is casework. Participants are challenged by case studies that involve complex financial issues such as workouts, business buyouts and tax credits in real estate projects. Specific topics include:

  • Problem Solving
    • Elements of the problem solving process
    • Devising a negotiation strategy
    • Creating "win-win” solutions
  • Deal Structuring
    • Valuing tax credits
    • Mixed-use developments
  • Workout and Buy-outs
    • Developing a workout plan
    • Business valuation methods
    • Structuring a buy-out
  • Syndication
    • Equity attraction
    • Allocation of benefits
    • Limited partnership model

Prerequisites

ED101, ED201 and ED202

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™. Held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West.

National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring»

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National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™, ED300 integrates the business credit and real estate finance skills learned in previous courses with the creative demands of deal structuring. Participants apply a process for solving problems in order to overcome the myriad obstacles—economic, financial, political, social— to the successful structuring of business finance and real estate projects. The emphasis of this course is casework. Participants are challenged by case studies that involve complex financial issues such as workouts, business buyouts and tax credits in real estate projects. Specific topics include:

  • Problem Solving
    • Elements of the problem solving process
    • Devising a negotiation strategy
    • Creating "win-win” solutions
  • Deal Structuring
    • Valuing tax credits
    • Mixed-use developments
  • Workout and Buy-outs
    • Developing a workout plan
    • Business valuation methods
    • Structuring a buy-out
  • Syndication
    • Equity attraction
    • Allocation of benefits
    • Limited partnership model

Prerequisites

ED101, ED201 and ED202

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™. Held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West.

National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring»

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National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™, ED300 integrates the business credit and real estate finance skills learned in previous courses with the creative demands of deal structuring. Participants apply a process for solving problems in order to overcome the myriad obstacles—economic, financial, political, social— to the successful structuring of business finance and real estate projects. The emphasis of this course is casework. Participants are challenged by case studies that involve complex financial issues such as workouts, business buyouts and tax credits in real estate projects. Specific topics include:

  • Problem Solving
    • Elements of the problem solving process
    • Devising a negotiation strategy
    • Creating "win-win” solutions
  • Deal Structuring
    • Valuing tax credits
    • Mixed-use developments
  • Workout and Buy-outs
    • Developing a workout plan
    • Business valuation methods
    • Structuring a buy-out
  • Syndication
    • Equity attraction
    • Allocation of benefits
    • Limited partnership model

Prerequisites

ED101, ED201 and ED202

The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™. Held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West.

National Development Council: ED300- The Art of Deal Structuring»

Rural Summit 2014

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wisconsin Rural Partners "Rural Summit 2014 - Generations: Responding to our Future

Our 2014 Rural Summit is coming up on May 2, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point. Join us for a full day of activities celebrating rural Wisconsin and discussing a bright future.

Rural Summit 2014»

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