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What can Wisconsin learn from S. Carolina’s BMW project? Renowned economist Von Nessen to speak May 24 in Racine

May 24, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

With Foxconn closer to breaking ground in Racine County, three state-based experts will join University of South Carolina economist Joey Von Nessen for a May 24 presentation on what happened in his home state when global companies came to town.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone, Rockwell Automation tech executive David Vasko and Roxanne Baumann, a veteran trade advisor, will reflect on Von Nessen’s remarks at the luncheon event co-produced by WisPolitics/WisBusiness and the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The luncheon will be held at Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant. Registration, networking and lunch start at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $25 for Tech Council individual members, WisPolitics/WisBusiness members or subscribers, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members. Click here to register.

Von Nessen is a top economist at the University of South Carolina who has studied the BMW impact on manufacturing clusters, and who has tracked the Boeing project in Charleston, S.C. Von Nessen also does annual economic forecasts for South Carolina and provides expert advice to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Von Nessen’s presentation will be followed by a conversation with Mone, who heads a coalition of Milwaukee-area colleges on workforce issues; Vasko, director of advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation; and Baumann, director of global engagement at Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Tech Council President Tom Still will moderate.

“It’s often important not to ‘reinvent the wheel’ and to learn from the successes and mistakes of others in similar settings. That’s what Von Nessen can do to help Wisconsin as the Foxconn project gets formally under way,” Still said.

Luncheon sponsors include UW-Milwaukee, American Transmission Co., Aurora Health Care, Sports Physical Therapists/Occucare, Greater Milwaukee Associations of Realtors, Johnson Bank and the Southshore Realtors Association.

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and Legislature, with events, publications and outreach that contribute to Wisconsin’s tech-based economy. To join, go to www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com or call 608-442-7557.



May 24, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center
2320 Renaissance Blvd., Room 104
Sturtevant,53177United States
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