Competitive Wisconsin, Inc.’s (CWI) BE BOLD initiative is a strategic research and public information and outreach process dedicated to improving Wisconsin’s ability to grow jobs, create wealth and strengthen its economy.
The BE BOLD initiative was started in 2010 when CWI commissioned a Deloitte assessment of Wisconsin’s competitive position that served as the foundation for the development of the critically acclaimed comprehensive economic development strategy, Wisconsin: Blueprint for Prosperity.
In 2012, BE BOLD II collaborated with ManpowerGroup to enhance understanding of the critical workforce and talent development challenges separating Wisconsin workers from the jobs and careers they need and threatening the state’s ability to retain and attract employers. (Growing Wisconsin’s Talent Pool).
Having crafted a broad, viable strategic vision and providing critical guidance on the state’s number one economic challenge, BE BOLD III is now examining more closely what is producing jobs and wealth in America, what those phenomena look like in Wisconsin and what government, employers, educators, workers and citizens can do to turbo-charge the economic activities already producing real jobs and wealth in Wisconsin. (Accelerate Wisconsin!)
The BE BOLD process now involves eight specific steps, all of which are overseen and guided by the CWI Board and the BE BOLD Council, a volunteer, contribution-based sub-set of the CWI membership.
Step 1 – Selection of the BE BOLD issue or topic.
This step involves: a) the identification of possible options, normally developed on the basis of contemporary need, urgency and/or opportunity; b) Board and Council discussion and research; c) determination of priorities and narrowing of options; d) selection of a specific option; e) discussion and delineation of objectives; f) discussion and delineation of preferred research methodology; and g) approval of topic, objectives and methodological approach by the Council and the Board.
Step 2 – Execution of the designated research by recognized professionals.
Step 3 – Initial briefings for business leaders, economic development professionals, policymakers, news media and other regional opinion leaders.
Step 4 – Draft, edit and produce the initial BE BOLD report.
Step 5 - Convene and engage the BE BOLD Strategic Planning Group.
Step 6 – Convene and manage the Wisconsin Economic Summit Series.
Once the research report is completed and the process of identifying BE BOLD policy recommendations is underway CWI convenes and manages the Wisconsin Economic Summit Series, a series of three conferences dedicated to informing opinion leaders, the news media and the general public about the research and recommendations and to providing them with an opportunity to share their thoughts, opinions and concerns about the information. The BE BOLD I and II Summit Series were co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Higher Education Business Roundtable.
Step 7 – Prepare the final report.
Step 8 – Brief elected officials, policymakers and regulators.
2015 Be Bold CouncilRobert Bartlett, Director of Public and Community Affairs, Alliant Energy
Ron Becher, President, J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Tricia Braun, Deputy Secretary, WEDC
Michael Brophy,Chief of Staff and Chief Communications Officer, Aurora Health Care
David Brukardt, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, UW System
Kevin Conroy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Exact Sciences Corp.
Nate Cunniff, Senior Vice President-Business Banking, BMO Harris
Jerry Deschane, Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Brian Doudna, Executive Director, WEDA
Jesse Ganz, Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Pat Goss, Executive Director, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
Charles Hoslet, Associate Vice Chancellor-Gov’t and Corporate Affairs, UW–Madison
Sherry Husa, President and CEO, MHS Health Wisconsin
Susan LaBelle, Managing Director, UW–Madison Office of Corporate Relations
William McCoshen, Executive Director, CWI; and Managing Partner, Capitol Consultants, Inc.
John McDonald, Godfrey & Kahn, SC
Ryan Natzke, Director of Government Affairs, Marshfield Clinic Health System
Mark O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association
Ted Osthelder, Senior Government Relations Director, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of WI
James Otterstein, Economic Development Manager, Rock County Development Alliance
Mark Rose, President and CEO, Discover Mediaworks, Inc.
Randy Satterfield, Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Project Development, American Transmission Company
Michael Theo, President, Wisconsin REALTORS® Association
Scott T. VanderSanden, President, CWI; and President, AT&T Wisconsin
Jim Villa, Vice President for University Relations, UW System
Rolf Wegenke, President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Jim Wood, Strategic Counsel, CWI; and President, Wood Communications Group