The Wisconsin Technology Council and Forward Wisconsin will work together to raise the state’s profile as a good place to do business through exposure at targeted conventions, trade shows and exhibitions, leaders of the groups announced Friday.
The partnership includes Forward Wisconsin’s support for a strategic state presence at key trade shows in five industry sectors – biotechnology, nanotechnology, “cleantech,” medical device manufacturing and stem cells.
Forward Wisconsin has led the state of Wisconsin delegation at the BIO International Convention (BIO) since the late 1990s. In 2010, the global event will present unique collaborative and outreach opportunities to Wisconsin as it takes the stage in Chicago, May 3-6. The Tech Council will oversee pavilion management, hosting of an I-Q Corridor and Knowledge Corridor reception with Minnesota and the Province of Manitoba, and production of a strategic partnering event for the Wisconsin delegation. Forward Wisconsin again is a major funder for the Wisconsin Pavilion.
“Our goal at the BIO International Convention in 2010 is to demonstrate that Wisconsin is a great place to transfer ideas from the lab bench to emerging companies, to attract investors and grow those companies over time,” Tech Council President Tom Still said.
“With Forward’s history of promoting and growing Wisconsin’s economy, we are pleased to collaborate with the Tech Council, another organization with experience in events that foster statewide business growth, and a natural partner for us in this effort,” said Diane Ramsey, chair of Forward Wisconsin and director of economic development and community relations for Alliant Energy. “We’re confident this collaboration will help Wisconsin and further the missions of both organizations.”