Economic Summit for Wisconsin Leadership Teams
With support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, CED co-hosted the economic summit "Building the Case for Investments in Early Childhood Development" in Madison, Wisconsin. This summit continued support for select community teams in building on the successes of previous CED events in Wisconsin. Regional teams of eight to ten community leaders, representing business, philanthropy, economic development, service groups, early education, and media attended. The goal of the event was to continue to engage and mobilize community leadership teams around the importance of early childhood investments in economic development.
Keynote speaker Rob Grunewald, Associate Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, underscored the significant return on investment of high quality early education programs. Additional speakers included Judy Cameron, a member of Harvard University's National Scientific Council on the Developing Child; Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development Roberta Gassman; and Elaine Weiss, Senior Associate at Partnership for America's Economic Success.