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July 23, 2020

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Inside Wisconsin: Pushing the boundaries of the ‘Endless Frontier’ in science

A $100-billion effort to reinvest in science, technology and innovation over five years is called the Endless Frontier Act, which was introduced in Congress earlier this year with bipartisan support. Please read my latest “Inside Wisconsin” column to learn more.

Click here to read Still's full column.

Related to the proposed federal act is a two-part 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

Part Two will be held Sept. 16 and feature two of the bill’s lead sponsors, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., as well as a prominent Morgridge Institute for Research scientist, Melissa Skala.

Register herel



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

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.

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GUEST COLUMN: 7 steps on how educational facilities can come out stronger after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges and hardships; it has also presented a great opportunity to rethink how our learning institutions are designed and function. We have seen innovation in almost every aspect of our society and now is the time to innovate schools. Our goal should be to keep the post-March 2020 changes that have positively impacted students and staff while continuing to improve and evolve in other areas.

Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc. and J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. are proud to have a long history of planning, designing, and constructing public and private K-12 and higher educational facilities.

Click here to read Bob Vajgrt and Christin Mlsna’s full guest column.

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  • Business Insider: AstraZeneca, Oxford coronavirus vaccine led to human immune responses
  • Madison365: Call for more coronavirus testing as Wisconsin sees 'significant community spread'
  • The Wall Street Journal: Face masks really do matter. The scientific evidence is growing
  • Detroit Free Press: Mitch Albom: Our next attack on COVID-19 must be smarter
  • Latest Badger Shield design draws global attention
  • USA Today: Top COVID vaccine makers: Safe, cheap doses may be ready by early 2021
  • NBC: NIH director says wearing masks is not 'optional' to curb pandemic's spread
  • USA Today: COVID-19: Should it be free for all Americans?
  • AP: Wrangling over virus relief persists despite high stakes


  • WisBusiness: Pandemic has lower impact on June home sales as economy improves
  • The Hill: Local governments employ most essential workers — why isn't Congress doing more?
  • Madison rejects $250,000 for State Street, other businesses damaged during looting
  • The Street: "Work-from-home" will reduce driving by 270 billion miles per year
  • WisBusiness: The Podcast with Mike Thirtle, president and CEO of Bethesda
  • Brookings: How rural Wisconsin is embedding hyperlocal food production in community spaces
  • BizTimes Milwaukee: Sustaining great results during and after a crisis
  • Michael Best Strategies: China promotes “Fangkong” its autocratic approach to crisis management—democracies take note
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Providing skills training to those unemployed by pandemic can lift Wisconsin economy
  • CNBC: Last day for $600 unemployment benefits is likely this weekend
  • Business Insider: Walmart will close stores on Thanksgiving, end Black Friday tradition
  • Forbes: Technology will transform financial service according to industry leaders, featuring Northwestern Mutual Schlifske
  • BizTimes Milwaukee: Small businesses leverage WEDC’s SB2020 grant program
  • UpNorthNews: COVID baking boom has been a boon for local grain farmers
  • WisBar: Lawyers needed for rural communities: Cooperative law with Jeff Glazer
  • WisPolitics: Dem lawmakers unveil legislation to overhaul state’s unemployment program


  • WUWM: Milwaukee-area entrepreneur hopes his innovations help people cope with COVID-19
  • ABC: How US women's national soccer team players are helping fellow female entrepreneurs
  • The Wall Street Journal: How to make a career pandemic-proof
  • UW-Madison: New shield couples COVID-19 protection with a clear view of the face
  • BizTimes Milwaukee: VasoGnosis software uses AI to help treat brain aneurysms
  • CNN: He invented the N95 mask filter. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and he was called to help once again
  • BizWomen: Remote education startup TeleTeachers raises $2.7 million
  • Bytes With the Beat: gener8tor’s Troy Vosseller chats COVID, diversity in tech
  • DOE: Wisconsin-based Pyran and two other projects selected to increase industry access to high-performance computing capabilities
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Digital content driving sports marketing amid pandemic, GMR president says
  • Beverage Daily: Paper wine bottle can cut carbon footprint by 84%, says Frugalpac
  • Madison365: UW students create bite-sized instant energy with “Boosted Chews"
  • UW-Milwaukee: NSF awards Niu $422,000 for research on lithium-metal batteries
  • IOL: Why airlines need to be innovative to ensure longevity during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Thrive Global: Why Black entrepreneurship is the key to lasting change
  • WisconsinINNO: One year in, TitletownTech boosts startup activity in Green Bay


  • MinneINNO: Dionne Gumbs talks racial disparities in VC in first Bytes with the Beat
  • St. Louis Business Journal: Startup accelerator Capital Innovators sees application spike
  • J.P. Morgan: 3 reasons why the stock market has shrugged off the COVID surge
  • Medium: Investor Kimmy Paluch: 5 steps we must take to truly create an inclusive, representative, and equitable society
  • Investors Business Daily: How genetics stocks are using blood to tackle tumors


  • NPR: CDC school guidance won't be released this week
  • American Scientist: What it will take to reopen schools safely
  • UW-Eau Claire: Professor Louisa Rice has been awarded a $35,000 NEH grant to develop an Integrative Health Humanities Certificate Program
  • American Consortium for Equity in Education: ACT's focus on educational equity
  • UW-Madison: UW-Madison students score highly on leadership; study shows campus activities with highest impact
  • UW-Stevens Point: New schools enhance learning, networking, career exploring
  • UW-Madison to offer free COVID-19 testing to students, employees
  • LinkedIn: What happened when LinkedIn Learning was embedded into a classroom
  • UpNorthNews: School is about to begin and many teachers and parents don't know what to

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

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

AmFam Institute offers Innovation and Disruption: Cleantech Success Stories During COVID on Thursday, July 30

Exact Sciences: Virtual Career Fair in Partnership with the Urban League of Greater Madison on Thursday, July 30

STAT presents CRISPR: A Forward March on Wednesday, August 5

SBDC presents Food Finance Institute Boot Camp with Tera Johnson on August 5, 6 and August 26, 27

Wisconsin Health News feature: Exact Sciences’ Kevin Conroy discusses what missed screenings and delayed care throughout the pandemic could mean for the future of cancer care on Thursday, August 13

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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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