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In addition to producing a bigger supply of college-prepared workers, the university must do more to boost the creation of well-paying jobs. By supporting business development, linking academic programs to entrepreneurship, and expanding research, the UW will help make Wisconsin a better place to do business. This will require stronger connections that link UW System talent and research activities with established businesses, entrepreneurs, economic development agencies, as well as new efforts to accelerate investment in UW-generated innovations to develop ideas, build new businesses, enhance existing industries, and create jobs.

  • Office of Economic Development: This new office is a partnership between the UW System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to better coordinate economic development activities throughout the state. It is facilitating collaborative grants and incentive programs to foster applied research and technology transfer, including developing Regional Economic Development Partnerships.
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Portal: This searchable web-based resource links economic development and commerce initiatives statewide. It provides an integrated, system-wide, resource-rich database that showcases faculty expertise in specific areas related to industry needs, such as health, water, biotechnology, and manufacturing.
  • Helping businesses work better and grow: The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network and 13 Small Business Development Centers support new and established businesses, and provide patent and trademark services.
  • Transforming research into well-paying jobs: Using recommendations from the UW System’s Research to Jobs task force, the UW is stepping up efforts to connect academic research with the private sector to help businesses be more competitive and create new businesses that will employ more Wisconsinites.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities for students:  Entrepreneurial ideas are by nature free flowing and ambitious, and often require assistance developing operational and financial plans. By encouraging real-time and virtual opportunities for students to pitch ideas and seek seed funding, UW System campuses can increase the interest and energy surrounding business start-ups and development.

UW-Eau Claire receives grant to prepare students for careers in geospatial industry

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Agriculture, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire receives grant to prepare students for careers in geospatial industry

EAU CLAIRE — Geospatial education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is undergoing a significant transformation to provide students with real-world training, skills and workforce readiness necessary for successful careers in the growing geospatial industry. An interdisciplinary Geospatial Education Initiative (GEI) developed at UW-Eau Claire by a team of faculty members from the geography and anthropology, physics and astronomy, computer science, and information systems departments has been awarded a three-year $418,869 grant from the...

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Good to the corps: UW-La Crosse grad revives statewide organization dedicated to conservation, job preparation

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Good to the corps: UW-La Crosse grad revives statewide organization dedicated to conservation, job preparation

A UW-La Crosse alumnus is providing career readiness while promoting conservation in Wisconsin. Matthew Brantner revived a Wisconsin conservation corps after a six-year long hiatus. Gar Amunson, superintendent of parks for the City of La Crosse, recalls when an enthusiastic Brantner came into his office with the goal of starting WisCorps more than five years ago. “You have to go a long way to find someone with that much energy and ambition,” says Amunson. “He’s done it and he’s been very successful.” Brantner has built the...

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Oscar Mayer partners with UW-River Falls to improve animal welfare

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Online Learning, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized, UW-River Falls | 0 comments

Oscar Mayer partners with UW-River Falls to improve animal welfare

The Oscar Mayer brand today announced a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) to focus on animal welfare issues. The program will train the next generation of animal welfare leaders, including farmers, scientists, processors and veterinarians. The goal is to find solutions that are right for the environment and animals and sustainable for our suppliers and their farm families. “From the beginning, Oscar Mayer has been committed to finding better ways,” said Tricia White, Oscar Mayer Vice President of...

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Young African leaders at UW-Stout inspired by America

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Stout | 0 comments

Young African leaders at UW-Stout inspired by America

Menomonie, Wis. — Esther Tola is very impressed with what she’s learned so far about the United States. At University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie and in other parts of west-central Wisconsin, she sees a high standard of living and people routinely obeying the laws and regulations, creating an orderly, progressive society. “Everyday I see inspiring things. Everything is so clean. It’s amazing. I’m learning a lot,” said Tola, 33. Life is not nearly as good in her home country, Benin, in western Africa bordering Nigeria....

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Lake Michigan cleanup efforts create economic tidal wave, UW-Whitewater study finds

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Engineering, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Tourism, UW-Whitewater | 0 comments

Lake Michigan cleanup efforts create economic tidal wave, UW-Whitewater study finds

Efforts to enhance Lake Michigan and its tributaries, wetlands and waterfront communities are creating hundreds of jobs and injecting more than $35 million into the economy of southeast Wisconsin. Those are among the findings of a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater study that analyzed the economic impact of projects funded by the Fund for Lake Michigan (FFLM). Created in 2011, FFLM awards grants annually to local governments, nonprofits, utilities and faith-based groups. Between 2011-2013, FFLM awarded 71 grants totaling roughly $7.5...

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Thermodata moves to Whitewater University Innovation Center

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Whitewater | 0 comments

Thermodata moves to Whitewater University Innovation Center

Thermodata, an international corporation with clients on every continent, has moved its world headquarters to the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park. The company develops and markets temperature-monitoring systems for a wide range of industries, including health care, food service, scientific research and public health. “I am pleased to welcome Thermodata to the Innovation Center and to a growing community of technology companies in the area,” said Richard Telfer, UW-Whitewater chancellor. “With only one...

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Alta Resources, UW Oshkosh College of Business partner in Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW Oshkosh | 0 comments

Alta Resources, UW Oshkosh College of Business partner in Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The next social-media tycoon or manufacturing innovator may very well be a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student. To encourage aspiring students to chase their career- and business-development dreams, Neenah-based Alta Resources is pledging funding support to UW Oshkosh, which will enable budding entrepreneurs to launch their new-business ventures. UW Oshkosh announced an agreement with Alta Resources on April 30, which will support the UW Oshkosh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the Center will become the Alta Resources Center...

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UW-Extension center helps entrepreneurs turn good ideas into reality to improve people’s lives

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Extension, UW-Madison | 0 comments

UW-Extension center helps entrepreneurs turn good ideas into reality to improve people’s lives

Dr. Erwin Berthier studied biomedical engineering because he wanted to change the world.  Since he co-founded Tasso, Inc., his dream of making a difference in people’s lives is one step closer to reality. In Berthier’s work in the UW-Madison lab of Dr. David Beebe, he made note of technological innovations that allow researchers to study blood samples with incredible precision and accuracy. But while sample analysis techniques have improved the ability to diagnose and even predict certain diseases, how blood samples are collected –...

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Mining company commits $50,000 annually to UW-Eau Claire Responsible Mining Initiative

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

Mining company commits $50,000 annually to UW-Eau Claire Responsible Mining Initiative

EAU CLAIRE — A North American mining company with operations in Wisconsin is investing more than $50,000 annually in a new Responsible Mining Initiative being established at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Unimin announced this month that it will invest the monies in summer internships, scholarships and grants specifically designated for UW-Eau Claire geology students. UW-Eau Claire students selected for two summer internships with Unimin will earn $4,500 per month, or $13,500 for the summer. One student will be hired as a geology...

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This UW-La Crosse center means business

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

This UW-La Crosse center means business

A new initiative among UW-La Crosse’s College of Business Administration, the UW System and the state is a one-stop shop to bolster Wisconsin’s economy. The effort addresses the economic difficulties regional businesses face by providing additional resources to more effectively meet their needs and create growth and jobs. The efforts will be spearheaded in the new Center for Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and International Trade, located in 120 Wimberly Hall. “The center will collaborate with the UW-L Small Business Development...

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