Business leaders say the addition of non-stop flights between Madison and San Francisco will improve economic connections between Wisconsin and the world’s top tech hub.

It was announced Monday morning at the Dane County Regional Airport that flights to and from the Silicon Valley area will begin this summer.

“The Tech Council has long recognized the importance of direct service to Wisconsin’s major airports and worked through Dane County Regional Airport Director Brad Livingston over time to make the market-based case for such service to the airlines,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

He notes in a release that getting these flights started has been a goal of the nonprofit Tech Council since the early 2000s. Read the full story here.