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CREATING AN CLUSTER INNOVATION FUND: THE WINS ACT  
 
You've probably heard the old adage that making legislation is like making sausage. Taking no offense to the analogy, late last year FaB had the opportunity to sign on to support a state bill that would create a Cluster Innovation Fund - Senate Bill 525/Assembly Bill 640 - the Wisconsin Workforce and Innovation Network for Success (WINS) Act.
 
Since then, we coordinated representation of food and beverage companies at two legislative hearings in Madison and have garnered industry support from a growing list of FaB members. And we weren't the only ones. Peer cluster organizations, The Water Council and BioFoward Wisconsin have garnered support from their members as well.  But our work is not done. 
 
 

BILL STATUS: OUR WORK IS NOT DONE

While we weren't able to get the Bill passed in 2018, we'll continue to ask our members to reach out to your legislators and/or the Governor to help us grow industry support. We'll go back at it with our cluster peers when the Legislator reconvenes in 2019. If your company is supportive, please let us know so that we may add you the growing list of supports (see below). Email Shelley Jurewicz, Executive Director of FaB Wisconsin.

Help FaB Wisconsin, and our peer cluster organizations, see that the Cluster Innovation Fund is created through the WINS Act (Wisconsin Workforce and Innovation Network for Success Act.)  

Please show your support and email your legislator – it’s easy. 

STEP 1
Identify your state legislators by using Wisconsin’s Legislative Map Tool. Simply enter your address in the field in the upper right-hand corner. Your representatives will appear in a pop-out box. 

STEP 2
Copy your representative's email address to send the following email regarding your support.

 

Subject: I Support the Wisconsin Workforce and Innovation Network for Success (WINS) Act

I am writing today in strong support of the Wisconsin Workforce and Innovation Network for Success (WINS) Act (Senate Bill 525/Assembly Bill 640). 

Funding that is generated by the Cluster Innovation Fund will be used to further enhance strengths in Wisconsin’s cluster economies in food and beverage, biohealth, water technology, energy, and advanced manufacturing. The use of these funds for challenge grants, SBIR matching for federal grants, fostering industry partnerships to build capacity and providing resources to launch technologies, commercialize products, and create companies will foster organic growth in the state of Wisconsin. It also ensures that Wisconsin continues to be a technology leader in these industries, creating good-paying jobs for high-skilled workers.

I strongly urge you to support this bill.

 

 

EARLY SUPPORT FOR THE WINS ACT
Cedar Grove Cheese
Central Standard Distillery
Chr. Hansen
Clock Shadow Creamery
City Lights Brewing Co.
Clean Beam
Create-A-Pack Foods
East Shore Specialty Foods
FillMyRecipe
Funky Fresh Spring Rolls
Good Foods Group
Johnsonville Foods

Kettle Range Meats
Klement's Sausage Co.
Krones
La Pavia Beverage
Lakefront Brewery
Lesaffre Red Star Yeast
Maglio Companies
Milwaukee Pretzel
MobCraft Beer
Nikki's Cookies
O&H Danish Bakery
PAK Technologies
Palermo's Pizza
Quigistics
ReallyGoods
Sargento Foods
SoulBoxer
Usinger's

UW Food Finance Institute
Valentine Coffee Roasters
Wixon

WHAT IS THE WINS ACT?

Senate Bill 525/Assembly Bill 640 - the Wisconsin Workforce and Innovation Network for Success (WINS) Act is being co-sponsored by Wisconsin Senator Albert Darling (R-River Hills) and Wisconsin Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee). The bill is designed to support the creation of a Cluster Innovation Fund.

Wisconsin is leading the nation in economic cluster development with organizations like FaB Wisconsin, The Water Council, BioForward WisconsinMidwest Energy Research Consortium, and others. The strategy is to leverage and coalesce our industry strength for continued growth, innovation, and economic impact on our communities, regions, and state - and your business.

That competitive advantage is about to be magnified through the WINS Act – Creating a Cluster Innovation Fund. Imagine these cluster organizations, along with the companies that make them possible, having a tool like an Innovation Fund, where the fund’s earnings provide additional resources to support successful innovation and industry cluster strategies. WEDC would form an Innovation Council to provide advice and opportunities for more private sector strategic engagement and should garner additional national and international exposure. 

Does your company support such a fund that would be used for:

  • Further enhancing strengths in Wisconsin’s economy such as food and beverage manufacturing, biohealth, water technology, energy and advanced manufacturing

  • Challenge grants, SBIR matching for federal grants, fostering industry partnerships to build capacity and providing resources to launch technologies, commercialize products, and create companies fosters will organic growth in the state of Wisconsin

  • Insurance that Wisconsin continues to be a technology leader in these industries, creating good-paying jobs for high-skilled workers


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WINS ACT
Check out the summary from the February 20 CEO Briefing on the subject.

 

 

WISCONSIN JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Senator Alberta Darling (Co-Chair)
Senate District 8, River Hills | 608.266.5830 | sen.darling@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative John Nygren (Co-Chair)
Assembly District 89, Marinette | 608.266.2343 | rep.nygren@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative Dale Kooyenga (Vice-Chair)

Assembly District 14, Brookfield | 608.266.9180 | rep.kooyenga@legiswisconsin.gov

Senator Luther Olsen (Vice-Chair)
Senate District 14, Ripon | 608.266.0751 | sen.olsen@legiswisconsin.gov

Senator Howard Marklein 
Senate District 17, Spring Green | 608.266.0703 | sen.marklein@legiswisconsin.gov

Senator Thomas Tiffany
Senate District 12, Hazelhurst | 608.266.2509 | sen.tiffany@legiswisconsin.gov

Senator Leah Vukmir
Senate District 5, Brookfield | 608.266.2512 | sen.vukmir@legiswisconsin.gov

Senator Duey Stroebel
Senate District 20, Saukville | 608.266.7513 | sen.stroebel@legiswisconsin.gov

Senator Lena Taylor
Senate District 4, Milwaukee | 608.266.5810 | sen.taylor@legiswisconsin.gov

Senator Jon Erpenbach
Senate District 27, Middleton | 608.266.6670 | sen.erpenbach@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative Amy Loudenbeck
Assembly District 21, Clinton | 608.266.9967 | rep.loudenbeck@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative Mary Felzkowski
Assembly District 35, Irma | 608.266.7694 | rep.felzkowski@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative Mark Born
Assembly District 39, Beaver Dam | 608.266.2540 | rep.born@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative Mike Rohrkaste
Assembly District 55, Neenah | 608.266.5719 | rep.rohrkaste@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative Chris Taylor
Assembly District 76, Madison | 608.266.5342 | rep.taylor@legiswisconsin.gov

Representative Katrina Shankland
Assembly District 71, Stevens Point | 608.267.9649 | rep.shankland@legiswisconsin.gov

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