(Hudson, WI) Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Paul Jadin was in Western Wisconsin on Friday at the invitation of State Senator Sheila Harsdorf to tour a local business and co-host an economic roundtable. The roundtable provided Jadin and Harsdorf the opportunity to hear directly from area business leaders about important economic and business issues in Western Wisconsin. Jadin also gave an update on the transition from the Department of Commerce to the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
“Listening to local business owners is an important step in creating jobs and moving Wisconsin forward economically,” says Harsdorf, “It is vitally important that Wisconsin cultivate a climate that is favorable to job creation.”
Jadin was appointed Secretary of Commerce last December and became the CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) when it was created earlier this year. The WEDC is the state’s leading economic development agency. Jadin has been working to get the WEDC moving forward with its mission to assist with job creation and economic development. Created as a public authority, the WEDC is responsible for economic development activities previously administered by the former Department of Commerce, which was eliminated on July 1, 2011.
“The WEDC is prepared to provide businesses with the assistance they need to expand and create jobs for Wisconsin workers,” said Jadin. “It’s crucial that we hear directly from employers to understand what barriers we can address and what opportunities we can take advantage of to help them prosper.”
Harsdorf and Jadin, along with State Representative Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) and local economic development coordinators, toured Interfacial Solutions, a materials science company in River Falls that provides services in the plastics industry. Afterwards, Harsdorf and Jadin, along with Representative Knudson and State Representative John Murtha (R-Baldwin), hosted an economic roundtable with local business leaders at J & L Steel & Electrical Services, a Hudson company that provides construction services in the region.