Michael Gay, CEcD
Senior Vice President of Economic Development
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Prior to joining MadREP in May 2013, Michael P. Gay, CEcD, served as the Director of the Center for New Ventures (CNV) at UW-Platteville from 2011-2013. The CNV was created in May 2011 to help the university and its expansive educational resources become more entrepreneurial, promote research, and increase grant relationships. Before his tenure at UW-Platteville, Michael worked for the City of Madison for over a decade as the Business Development Coordinator, serving as the official liaison between city government and the Madison business community. Michael’s time and resources were focused on technology transfer, innovation, and the creation of new economy employment centers and business incubators. Other various functions of his City position include brownfield redevelopment, marketing real estate, providing technical and financial assistance to small business start-ups, business retention and expansion, major employer attraction, and business district planning. Prior to working for the City of Madison, Michael directed an office of a private Midwest architectural/engineering/planning consulting firm (MSA Professional Services, 1993-2000) as well as administered business development programs for the State of Wisconsin Department of Development (now Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation).
Michael holds the Certified Economic Developer classification (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council. He has a B.S. in Public and Environmental Administration (UW-Green Bay) and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning (UW-Madison). During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Michael spent several years in Latin America volunteering for various non-profits involved in low-income housing and human rights, micro-enterprises and microlending, and performing his thesis research on non-governmental organizations. Michael still speaks Spanish.