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July 16, 2020

Dear readers: 

Mid-July has brought a mix of news on the economy and how Americans are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Tech Council, we’re striving to bring perspective to current events through the lens of what’s happening in the state, the Upper Midwest and beyond.

In that vein, we’re pleased to announce two upcoming events:

Our “Crossing the Coronavirus Chasm” series continues 1 p.m. July 28 with a panel discussion featuring experts from three of Wisconsin’s most familiar health-tech companies -- Epic, Exact Sciences and Promega -- who will discuss their collaborative efforts to fight the pandemic in Wisconsin and elsewhere. This is a rare chance to learn how these large companies worked together in urgent times, what they learned and what comes next. Please register here.

Also on tap is the Aug. 11 start of a webinar series on how Midwest assets can help to drive a national recovery. Learn more below about “Shaping the Endless Frontier: How the Midwest Can Spark the U.S. Economy.”

“Shaping the Endless Frontier: How the Midwest Can Spark the U.S. Economy” begins 11 a.m. Aug. 11. It is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Michael Best Strategies and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Part One: Why Midwest Assets Are Vital for Growth 11 a.m. webinar on Tuesday, August 11

Join us for a 60-minute discussion with regional thought leaders on why Midwest states are uniquely equipped to spark the nation’s economy and drive meaningful innovation. The session will explore recent research on how place-based investments in emerging growth centers across the country can remedy regional gaps in capital investment, maintain U.S. leadership in innovation, and attract the tech stars of the future to the nation’s heartland.

  • John Austin, Senior Fellow Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Ruben Anthony, CEO and President, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Erik Iverson, CEO, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
  • Tom Still (moderator), President, Wisconsin Technology Council

Register herel






Finally, please read my latest “Inside Wisconsin” column.

InsideWis: Collapse of foreign student rule may bring more market sense to immigration

Some people would be tempted to blame pointy-headed campus intellectuals for the abrupt demise of the Trump administration’s attempt to block most foreign students from entering the country.

Not unless you think of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and dozens of major businesses from coast to coast as bastions of liberalism. Click here to the full column.


Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Thanks for reading and please find more timely information below.

Tom Still, president


  • Wisconsin State Journal: With recent uptick of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, response measures likely limited to local orders
  • Nature: Mounting evidence suggests coronavirus is airborne - but health advice has not caught up
  • Forbes: ‘Please tax us’: Dozens of millionaires urge governments to tax the rich to pay for coronavirus impact
  • CNNPolitics: Coronavirus hospital data will now be sent to Trump administration instead of CDC
  • COVID-19 Weekly Snapshot powered by Curate
  • UW-Madison: How to build a "Quaranteam" bubble for support
  • The Hill: In our post-COVID world, science must be our new frontier
  • BizTimes: MCW's Dr. John Raymond: Wisconsin is losing ground in COVID-19 fight
  • Business Insider: What happens at reopened tech offices if employees contract COVID-19
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Business community asks state not to reveal facilities investigated for COVID-19 outbreaks
  • Vox: Masks for coronavirus now have more scientific evidence behind them
  • NBC: Promising results from Moderna's first vaccine trial as they aim to start final phase
  • Business Insider: CDC director says universal masking could control virus in 4 to 8 weeks
  • Wisconsin Health News: WHN Panel Series Webinar: Coexisting with COVID-19
  • Los Angeles Times: Have I recovered from coronavirus? That's not easy to answer
  • UpNorthNews: Local leaders increasingly looking to stop COVID surge with mandatory mask laws
  • AP News: Inside stories of the race to understand, treat and someday protect people from COVID-19


  • Inc.: Businesses face existential threats, made worse by politicians
  • UW-Madison: Protect yourself from COVID-19 contact tracing scams
  • Watch " Gauging the federal economic response to the pandemic"
  • BizWomen: Shopping lists look different as anxious parents prepare for back-to-school
  • Wall Street Journal: Wall Street’s earnings forecast: Cloudy with a chance of turbulence
  • Gov. Evers signs executive order creating Governor's Task Force on Broadband Access
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Another 4 states, including Wisconsin, added New York travel advisory 
  • Wisconsin State Journal: COVID-19 edges out workforce shortage as biggest concern among businesses, survey finds
  • CNBC: Google announces 100,000 scholarships for online certificates in data analytics, project management and UX
  • Isthmus: Uncertainty plagues small businesses four months out from lockdown
  • The Cap Times: Dane County Board recognizes racism as a public health crisis
  • WisBar: Shifting gears: Pro bono in a pandemic
  • BizWomen: Flexible scheduling has become more than just a perk: it's a lifeline
  • The Verge: Amazon’s new smart shopping cart lets you check out without a cashier
  • Sun Graphics Media: Breaking ground on a new 5.5 million dollar headquarters in Wisconsin
  • UpNorthNews: Push for bigger and bigger farms hurting many in Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Rockwell Automation names first Latina vice president of global affairs
  • New York Times: Coronavirus surge is killing America’s small businesses
  • Law360: Associates can prioritize business development despite pandemic
  • Forbes: U.S. Roman Catholic Church received at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-funded PPP loans


  • UW-Madison: 2 tech innovation teams in Dane County secure spots in a national competition to raise the income of local families
  • Forbes: Building a tech startup for underserved industries, success for women entrepreneurs
  • Swaay: How to unleash the most active group of founders: Black women
  • UW-Madison: Get to know eight Wisconsin School of Business graduates making an impact
  • WEDC: GrocerKey scales up quickly in response to COVID-19
  • Focus Forward Podcast Ep 5: The Power of a Tech Ecosystem with Aaron Olver
  • Women 2.0: How to make deeper, longer-term changes to VC investor diversity
  • Forbes: Will intrapreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking change the future of business?
  • Thrive Global: "Why self-advocacy is important.” with Mitch Russo & Ashley Quinto Powell
  • UW-Madison: Merging solar cell and liquid battery produces efficient, long-lasting solar storage
  • The CapTimes: Dane County Board recognizes racism as a public health crisis
  • Vogue: Meet the Milwaukee creative whose designs speak to unfinished legacies and butterfly wings



  • WPR: UW Interim President Tommy Thompson seeks $110 million in state aid for campus COVID-19 response
  • UW-Madison: Professors Skala, Kats to attend Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
  • AP News: Masks for kids? Schools confront the politics of reopening
  • TMJ4: MPS proposing reopening with no students in school buildings
  • Masks mandatory inside all UW campus buildings this fall
  • The Journal Times: Online workshops planned for Gateway Promise 2 Finish program; a chance to finish degrees tuition-free
  • UW-Madison: New COVID-19 clinical trials at UW–Madison and UW Health will study antibody approach
  • UW-Madison: UniverCity Year is now accepting proposals from Wisconsin local governments to partner with UW-Madison faculty, staff and students
  • USAgNet:  Child development expert: Tips to close learning gaps
  • Lakeland University: LU part of historic agreement with technical colleges
  • Wisconsin State Journal: Few Wisconsin districts seeking early start to school during COVID-19 pandemic
  • UpNorthNews: Trump’s rush to resume classes is ‘reprehensible,’ educators say
  • Wall Street Journal: Stanford professor Dement diagnosed America as sleep-deprived

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

Morgridge Institute for Research presents Seize the Moment: Adapting old tools for a novel coronavirus on Wednesday, July 22

Wisconsin School of Business's Empowering Intrapreneurship webinar is on Wednesday, July 22

Community Town Hall Facebook Live: Ask the Experts (Back-to-School Edition): What do parents and caregivers need to know as the next school year approaches is on Thursday, July 23

WiSys SPARK Symposium Virtual Series: Innovation in Dairy focuses on the state’s new Dairy Innovation Hub on Wednesday, July 29

Marquette Emerging Tech Lab presents Leading Digital Transformation: How Corporate Leaders Are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis on Wednesday, July 29

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

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