MadREP Report | December 2, 2020
Last week we mentioned how the MadREP team was preparing for Thanksgiving celebrations that would feel smaller and different than in previous years. We'd like to thank all of you who joined us in doing our part to flatten the curve. As we begin December, we hope you will partake in holiday cheer safely by following all applicable regulations and the CDC's guidelines for holiday celebrations.

As always, we must remind you that our Region’s asset-based approach to economic development likely positions us to recover from this crisis with greater ease than our peers but it is imperative we slow and stop the spread of this deadly virus. Economic recovery cannot begin until the virus is under control. Please take care of yourselves. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask.

For the latest reopening and recovery resources, be sure to check the MadREP website often.
Data Spotlight: Nearly half of US companies surveyed report increased productivity since COVID-19 outbreak, but employee well-being is declining.
The Conference Board: Employee Wellbeing

According to a September survey of 330 HR executives primarily from large US companies, almost half (47 percent) believe that productivity has increased for their workforce since the COVID-19 outbreak, compared to only 23 percent in our April survey.

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Recent Economic Inclusion Presentation Hosted by MadREP & ULGM Available for Viewing
On Monday, the Madison Regional Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison, hosted Susan Longworth of the Federal Reserve Bank Chicago to present on "Conclusions from Conversations about Economic Inclusion from the Midwest."

Longworth focused on rates of unemployment, family poverty and labor force participation along with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as she reviewed her recently co-authored publication by the same name.
Conclusions were drawn from focus groups with 175 participants in 13 medium-sized Midwestern cities experiencing varying rates of unemployment, family poverty and labor force participation. Many of the locations represented older industrial cities with limited public and philanthropic resources, challenging demographic trends and a loss of manufacturing employment opportunities. Her presentation highlighted preexisting barriers and divisions; residents’ suggestions on what leaders can do to create sustained economic resilience; and considered implications for inclusive policy and practice. 

After an informative presentation, MadREP Vice President Gene Dalhoff facilitated a question and answer session with Longworth and the event’s 50+ attendees. “Susan’s work provided an important glimpse into how leaders in several cities in the Midwest view the challenges and opportunities associated with economic inclusion in their communities,” said Gene Dalhoff, MadREP V.P of Talent & Education. “It is important conversations such as this that are, and will be, necessary to move the needle in creating local economies that benefit all populations.” 

The discussion was streamed live on Wisconsin Eye and is still available on their website.
Four Things You Need to Know This Week
Edible-Alpha® Live!

What do you do when a changing climate erodes the livelihoods of the food producers in your community? You do something different that mitigates the effects of climate change and creates new economic opportunities. Sound too good to be true?

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Paid-off Beloit College Powerhouse Proves Worth

Beloit College's $38 million Powerhouse project will be a "game changer" for the college and has already proved its worth during the COVID-19 pandemic because of its spacious size, a college official says.

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Pandemic increasing need for student food pantries

The Wisconsin State Journal took a closer look at the issue of food insecurity at Madison College and UW-Madison. Madison College Student Health Educator Denise Holin says the student food pantry has had more than 300 visits so far this fall -...

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UW Research inspired by COVID-19 Traces Community Spread

The virus mutates about once every two weeks, or every second transmission between people, like a game of telephone, although these genetic changes have minimal effects on the virus' behavior or threat.

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Reopening & Recovery Resources
WEDC Reopening Guidelines

The future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19...

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Return to Work

Businesses must show they are prepared to keep employees, customers and other guests safe.

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Greater Madison Chamber Slido

Join the Conversation! Please ask questions related to COVID-19 and business here.

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MadREP Partner Spotlight
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