The Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium (JCEDC) is pleased to introduce a new initiative, the Jefferson County Area Manufacturing Council, a peer network designed specifically for area C-level manufacturing executives, plant managers or owners. In this council, manufacturing executives can access resources, network, and discuss with other executives the challenges they face in an ever-changing business landscape.
The goal of the Jefferson County Area Manufacturing Council is to bring together the top level executives and leaders in area manufacturing. The kickoff for the Council will be held on Thursday, October 13, from 7-9 a.m. at Milford Hills in Johnson Creek. This event will feature a panel of experts who will share information about specific resources available to area manufacturers. There are a host of resources and support services available to Wisconsin manufacturers, and we invite you to attend this breakfast event to learn more.
Panelists for the kickoff of the Jefferson County Area Manufacturing Council on October 13 include:
Paul Jadin, President, Madison Regional Economic Partnership (MadREP)
Paul will share information about the wealth of tools and assistance available for manufacturers looking for international growth opportunities and supply chain management resources within the Greater Madison Region. Prior to joining MadREP in 2012, Paul served as the Secretary of Commerce, Secretary/CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and the Mayor of Green Bay.
Andy Broderick, Business Development Leader – Madison Region, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)
Andy will share information about the many services offered by the WMEP. The WMEP’s goal is to help manufacturers become more competitive and efficient, offering expertise in multiple areas, including talent management, enterprise management, and process development. Programs to be highlighted include: strategic planning for manufacturing operations, lean manufacturing, and workforce design.
Pat Schramm, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
Pat will share information about the resources available to manufacturers through the Workforce Development Board. The Workforce Development Board develops and delivers workforce strategies with education, economic and workforce system partners to ensure the local workforce is prepared to meet the needs of manufacturers in our region.
In addition to the panel of resource experts, we will also solicit your input on manufacturing-specific programs and topics you’d like to see covered as a part of the Council going forward. Possible topics include talent management, supply chain optimization, best practices in certification, and reducing costs and gaining efficiencies.
As a member of the Jefferson County Area Manufacturing Council, you will also be given the opportunity to participate the CEO roundtables with other Council members, a forum to learn from and share information with fellow manufacturing executives in the area.
Danica Nilsestuen of the Workforce Development Board will also be on hand to share information about how other manufacturing councils have collaborated, and how those efforts can benefit and promote area manufacturing.
Breakfast will be served at this free event. Space is limited. Attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we ask that only one executive per company attends.
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Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium
The Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium (JCEDC) serves as the lead economic development organization in Jefferson County. The Consortium was formed in June 2003 to implement Jefferson’s Overall Economic Development Program and to achieve the economic development goals of the County. Its overall goals are to foster and encourage responsible, sustainable economic development activities that result in job creation, job retention, increase the tax base and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Jefferson County.