Helping Wisconsin manufacturers of all sizes compete by improving production processes, adding technology capacity and enhancing cybersecurity will be the theme of the Tuesday, March 27 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison.

The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and returning veterans, $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members. Click here to register.

A panel of experts will describe the work of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a 30-year-old federal program, and the National Institute of Standard and Technology, which provides advice on Internet of Things, blockchain and cybersecurity among other services and research.

Panelists include: Buckley Brinkman, executive director and CEO, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity and David Vasko, director of advanced technology for Rockwell Automation.

The work of MEP and related federal agencies stand to be affected by President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal. The president’s spending plan would “zero out” MEP and reduce the NIST by a third of what it received in 2017 and 2018.

“It’s important for Wisconsin companies, especially those engaged in advanced manufacturing, to understand how these two federal agencies help private firms that want to modernize their operations,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

This luncheon is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.


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 or call 608-442-7557.