Jessica Reilly

MadREP Announces Entrepreneur Bootcamp in Partnership with Lightship Foundation & The American Family Insurance Institute

Lightship’s Bootcamp is a free entrepreneurship education program, serving underrepresented early-stage business founders.

Lightship Bootcamp is coming to Madison, WI. September 19-21, 2023.

Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and Lightship Foundation unveiled plans to bring the Lightship Bootcamp program, powered by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact (the Institute) to the Madison Region. The organizations will host three days of “bootcamp” (September 19-21, 2023) at the Goodman South campus of Madison College, providing mentorship, specialized curriculum, and networking for underrepresented entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses within South Central Wisconsin.

“We’re ecstatic to unite with the American Family Institute to introduce Lightship Bootcamps to Madison, Wisconsin,” says Candice Matthews Brackeen, CEO, Lightship Foundation. “Our aspiration is for this partnership to ignite the flames of innovation and opportunity, enriching neighborhoods and empowering founders from diverse backgrounds.”

Bootcamp is designed to help founders rediscover, refine, and reinvent their business strategy while reevaluating their product, sales, and marketing strategies. Interested founders should apply now at lightship.education/apply.

“Equitability, accessibility and inclusivity is sewn into the very fabric of everything we do. When we prioritize equitableness and strategically create opportunities, exciting things start to happen.”

MadREP President & CEO Jason M. Fields, CEcD, CFEI, CCRS

The Madison Region’s upcoming Lightship Bootcamp also serves as the first formal program under the Economic Equity & Investment priority of the organization’s newly formed “Bridge Wisconsin” initiative led by Bridge Wisconsin Chief Strategy Officer Tonnetta Darcel Carter. The initiative works collaboratively to close economic gaps and drive innovation for rural and urban communities, supporting five strategic priority areas: Housing, Early Childhood Education, Economic Equity & Investment, Workforce Development, and Sustainability.

“Equitability, accessibility and inclusivity is sewn into the very fabric of everything we do,” says MadREP President & CEO Jason M. Fields, CEcD, CFEI, CCRS. “When we prioritize equitableness and strategically create opportunities, exciting things start to happen. Lightship Foundation’s Bootcamp, powered by the American Family Institute, is the perfect opportunity to expand economic equity across our region and formally launch our Bridge Wisconsin initiative.”

“The Institute is excited to bring together mission-aligned organizations like Lightship Foundation and MadREP to provide equitable opportunity to founders within the Madison Region,” said Nyra Jordan, social impact director with the Institute. “We believe this is a place where founders of color can thrive, and we want to provide access to world class resources as early as possible.”

“Access to capital has been historically disproportionate for women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color,” says Dr. Jack Daniels, President of Madison College. “At Madison College, we pride ourselves on providing equitable and affordable access to resources, technical assistance, and education in our communities. We are excited to host the entrepreneur bootcamp at our Goodman South campus and to welcome Lightship Foundation to our Region.”

WisPolitics: U.S. Sen. Baldwin: Backs Wisconsin’s application for a regional Tech Hub, calls on Biden Administration to deliver Hub for Wisconsin

Source: WisPolitics

WISCONSIN – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today announced her support for Wisconsin’s application to bring a Regional Technology and Innovation Hub (Tech Hub) to Wisconsin. The Tech Hub program is an economic development initiative created by the Baldwin-backed CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin worked to secure an initial $500 million to fund the initiative aimed at driving technology- and innovation-centric growth and creating good-paying jobs.

Under the Tech Hubs program, the Economic Development Administration will first designate promising Tech Hubs across the country and award strategy development grants to accelerate the development of future Tech Hubs. From there, EDA will make at least five implementation awards to selected Tech Hubs. Since the program’s creation, Senator Baldwin has been working to bring a Tech Hub to Wisconsin. The Tech Hub program was modeled off the Brookings Institute report that identified Wisconsin as the top destination for a regional hub.

“Wisconsin has a rich history of innovation, backed by world-class research institutions, a robust Made in Wisconsin manufacturing economy, and the necessary pipeline of new talent to continue growing for the future,” said Senator Baldwin. “I was proud to support the legislation that created Tech Hubs, and am now proud to support Wisconsin’s application to bring a Tech Hub to the Badger State. Wisconsin is a leader in biotech and personalized medicine, and bringing a Tech Hub to Wisconsin will bolster our state as a growth center in this cutting-edge industry, accelerating advances in health care, spurring economic growth in our communities, and creating good-paying jobs in the process.”

Wisconsin’s application comes from a consortium of 15 public and private partners organized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to bolster Wisconsin’s leadership in personalized medicine and biohealth technology. Personalized medicine has the potential to transform medical care with customized treatments for each patient, combining genomic innovation, advanced imaging technologies, big data analytics, AI computing, and other cutting-edge technology to provide effective, affordable, and equitable health care.

Consortium members include: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the University of Wisconsin System Administration, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, GE HealthCare, Rockwell Automation, Exact Sciences Corporation, BioForward Wisconsin, Employ Milwaukee, Accuray, Plexus, WRTP Big Step, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Madison Area Technical College, the Madison [Region] Economic Partnership (MadREP), and Milwaukee7.

“Wisconsin has always been at the center of research, innovation, education, and manufacturing that changes the world, transforms people’s lives, and enhances their economic and personal well-being,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “Wisconsin is now at the forefront of one of the most dramatic advances we’re seeing in medical care – personalized medicine. We owe it to the people of our state – and the world – to continue to build on that momentum.”

Article originally published on wispolitics.com

MadREP & Livability Media Launch 2023 Madison Region Economic Development Publication

MadREP is pleased to continue our partnership with Livability Media and introduce our 2023 Madison Region Economic Development publication

Each year our organization collaborates with Livability to create targeted content for talent and business attraction. We consider both larger national trends monitored by Livability and our experiences here in the Region when architecting the publication.

This year in particular, we focused more heavily on the Region’s growing rural and smaller industrial communities. Both locally and nationally, site selection activities have trended towards large developable plots of land, which are typically more available outside major metros.  

The 2023 Madison Region Livability Media content, in addition to promotion by Livability, will be a resource for economic developers throughout our Region as they navigate attracting large employers to more rural areas while demonstrating that the local workforce has access to amenities like quality healthcare, outdoor recreation, family-friendly events and foodie hotspots.

Navigating Digital Technology Career Pathways

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the demand for skilled professionals in the technology sector is at an all-time high. From software development and cybersecurity to data analysis and IT management, the realm of digital technology offers a diverse array of rewarding career pathways. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Career Pathways program connects students with career-based education and learning opportunities to better prepare them for life after graduation.

Digital Tech Industries Madison Talent & Career Pathways
The Wisconsin State Capitol building can be seen out of the windows at Filament Games offices in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Credit: Livability Media

Digital Technology Pathways in Wisconsin

DPI has recognized the critical importance of digital technology in today’s economy and has outlined a comprehensive framework of digital technology career pathways. These pathways are designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the ever-changing tech landscape.

Digital Media Technology: This pathway focuses on creative and visual aspects of technology, including graphic design, web development, and multimedia production. Professionals in this pathway contribute to the visual appeal and user experience of websites, apps, and digital media platforms.

Information Support and Services**: This pathway is centered around IT support, network administration, and systems management. Experts in this field ensure the smooth functioning of technology infrastructure, troubleshoot technical issues, and manage data systems.

Programming and Software Development: As the backbone of the tech industry, this pathway involves designing, coding, and testing software applications. Software developers create innovative solutions that drive industries ranging from healthcare to entertainment.

Data Science and Analytics: Data is the new gold, and this pathway focuses on extracting insights from vast datasets. Data scientists and analysts interpret complex data to inform business decisions and drive strategic growth.

Cybersecurity: With the increasing frequency of cyber threats, this pathway is dedicated to safeguarding digital assets and information. Cybersecurity experts protect systems, networks, and data from unauthorized access and attacks.

IT and Computer Science: This comprehensive pathway covers a wide range of IT roles, from hardware and software management to computer science principles. Professionals in this field lay the foundation for technological advancements and innovation.

A Career in Digital Technology

Diverse Opportunities: The digital technology sector offers an array of career opportunities, catering to different skill sets and interests. Whether they’re a creative thinker, a problem solver, or an analytical mind, there’s a pathway for everyone.

Skill Development: Each digital technology pathway requires specific skills and competencies. By pursuing relevant education and certifications, students can build a strong foundation in their chosen field and stay competitive in the job market.

Continuous Learning: The tech industry is dynamic, with new technologies and trends emerging regularly. Lifelong learning is essential to stay up-to-date and adaptable in this ever-changing landscape.

Industry Demand: The demand for tech professionals is consistently high, and this trend is projected to continue. Graduates and experienced professionals alike can find ample job opportunities in various industries.

DPI’s Digital Technology Pathway provides valuable insights into the diverse and exciting world of tech careers. From digital media and programming to cybersecurity and data science, the pathways outlined by the DPI offer a roadmap to success in the digital technology sector. By choosing a pathway aligned with the student’s skills and interests, pursuing relevant education, training, and embracing continuous learning, they can embark on a rewarding and fulfilling career in the dynamic world of digital technology.

Get involved!

Businesses in our Region have highlighted talent development as a top concern for several years and it has only increased since the onset of the pandemic. If your business would like to take an active role in cultivating your next generation of talent, fill out this brief intake form to get started.

Exploring the Thriving Advanced Manufacturing Pathways in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has long been known as a hub for manufacturing, with a strong legacy of industrial expertise. In recent years, the state has taken significant steps to strengthen its position as a leader in advanced manufacturing. This commitment is reflected in the various pathways and programs offered to students through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and MadREP. DPI’s Advanced Manufacturing Pathway highlights the demand for skilled workers and presents exciting opportunities for careers in the manufacturing industry.

Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway

The Madison Region’s Advanced Manufacturing Pathway is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of advanced manufacturing. This pathway equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the industry, from the basics of manufacturing processes to the intricacies of emerging technologies. By offering a wide range of courses, including hands-on learning experiences and industry certifications, the pathway ensures that students are well-prepared for successful careers in advanced manufacturing.

The Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Curriculum

The curriculum for the Advanced Manufacturing Pathway is thoughtfully designed to offer students a well-rounded education in the field. It covers various essential topics, such as computer-aided design (CAD), robotics, automation, material science, quality control, and supply chain management. Students gain practical skills through hands-on experiences, including working with cutting-edge machinery and utilizing advanced software programs commonly used in the industry.

One notable aspect of the pathway is its focus on integrating technology into manufacturing processes. This emphasis reflects the industry’s current trend of automation and the increasing demand for workers who can effectively operate and maintain advanced manufacturing systems. By equipping students with technological proficiency, the pathway ensures they are ready to tackle the challenges of the modern manufacturing landscape.

Meeting the Demands of the Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry in Wisconsin is experiencing a significant demand for skilled workers. It remains a critical sector in the state, offering numerous job opportunities across various subfields, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, and more. As advanced manufacturing continues to evolve, the need for a highly skilled workforce becomes even more crucial.

The Advanced Manufacturing Pathway addresses this demand by aligning its curriculum with the industry’s evolving needs. It fosters a collaborative approach between educational institutions and industry partners, allowing students to gain practical experiences through internships, apprenticeships, and other work-based learning opportunities. This collaboration ensures that students receive relevant training and exposure to real-world manufacturing scenarios, thereby enhancing their employability and career prospects.

Preparing Students for a Bright Future

The Advanced Manufacturing Pathway offered by the DPI presents a unique opportunity for students to embark on a rewarding and prosperous career in the manufacturing industry. By acquiring valuable technical skills, hands-on experience, and industry certifications, students graduate with a competitive edge that enables them to succeed in the ever-evolving world of advanced manufacturing.

Moreover, Wisconsin’s commitment to fostering strong partnerships between educational institutions and industry leaders ensures that the pathway remains aligned with the changing demands of the manufacturing industry. This adaptability is vital, as it enables students to stay ahead of technological advancements and continue to contribute to the growth and innovation of the manufacturing sector.

The Advanced Manufacturing Pathway offered to students in the Madison Region opens doors to exciting opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing. By combining a comprehensive curriculum, hands-on experiences, and collaborations with industry partners, the pathway equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the advanced manufacturing landscape. As Wisconsin continues to strengthen its position as a manufacturing powerhouse, the Advanced Manufacturing Pathway plays a fundamental role in cultivating a skilled workforce that will drive innovation and propel the industry forward.

Get involved!

Businesses in our Region have highlighted talent development as a top concern for several years and it has only increased since the onset of the pandemic. If your business would like to take an active role in cultivating your next generation of talent, fill out this brief intake form to get started.