Amplify Oshkosh nominated for award

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Change Management Communications Center LLC nominated Amplify Oshkosh™ for an Economic Development Initiative award. The award is part of the Community and Economic Development Awards program created by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) to recognize individuals, businesses, projects and organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s economy.

Amplify Oshkosh, a program of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, is a collaborative effort that came about after a study identified IT sector growth as a priority among area businesses. The initiative’s goal is to position Oshkosh and the surrounding area as an IT hotbed. A 40-member consortium representing businesses and organizations is committed to addressing barriers to economic growth related to tech careers, businesses and education. Additionally, the initiative brings together business and education (K-12, FVTC, UW-Oshkosh) to focus on pathways to degrees and certifications leading to IT careers. Amplify Oshkosh has facilitated numerous networking and educational opportunities. Its events have attracted over 2000 attendees.

Amplify Oshkosh is among 18 entities nominated for the third annual Community Economic Development Awards. There are six award categories: Business Retention & Expansion; Human Capital; Private-Public Partnership; Economic Development Initiative; and Economic Driver.

The Economic Development Initiative award honors innovative projects that focus on economic growth within communities and regions. Nominees have conducted effective economic development projects, programs, or sector initiatives for a minimum of three years with successful outcomes.

Nominees will be screened and selected by an impartial panel of WEDA members, partners and sponsors. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony on September 13, 2017, at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison. The awards event is open to the public. For more information and to register, please go to www.weda.org/award.

WEDA is a statewide non-profit organization with over 420 members dedicated to expanding Wisconsin’s economy. Founded in 1975, WEDA’s economic development professionals and active volunteers are dedicated to making Wisconsin a better place to live and work through economic development that focuses on retaining and expanding existing businesses; facilitating investment and entrepreneurship; and attracting new companies, employment opportunities and innovation capital.

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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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