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July 8, 2020

Dear readers: 

Please join us for our 1 p.m. Thursday webinar with Nick Myers of RedFox AI, who will talk about voice technologies and branding strategies during the COVID-19 era and beyond. Myers, a past TEDx speaker, will provide a high-energy glimpse at how artificial intelligence and voice are changing commerce, and how companies across a broad spectrum can take advantage in challenging times. See more below on how to sign up!

AI: An end to work as we know it with Nick Myers will be featured in our 1 p.m. Thursday Tech Council webinar. Individual and corporate members of the Wisconsin Technology Council may register now by emailing

Dane County to require face coverings as state provides more PPE

Dane County officials will require anyone over the age of 5 to wear a face covering or mask when indoors except at home. Gov. Tony Evers also announced more efforts to provide personal protective equipment to schools and businesses. Also, please read WisBusiness: Evers urges Wisconsinites to embrace wearing masks as Dane County announces mask mandate.

Dane County’s order goes into effect next Monday, July 13 at 8 a.m. It will apply to any enclosed building where others are present, except for members of the person’s household or living unit.


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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?

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  • Channel3000: Ferocious U.S. surge adds 1 million new coronavirus cases in 28 days to hit 3 million

  • UW-Madison COVID-19 Connect: FACT: Thermal imaging cameras can’t detect COVID-19

  • AP: Latino, Black neighborhoods struggle with test disparities

  • UW-Madison: Coughing visualization illustrates the benefits of wearing a good mask

  • The Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus researchers compete to enroll subjects for vaccine tests

  • The New York Times: Fauci says virus cases ‘Never got down to where we wanted to go’ as deaths pass 130,000

  • Reuters: Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage

  • Madison365: County partners with Boys & Girls Club to bring COVID testing to the community

  • Yahoo News: EPA approves 1st disinfectant sprays that kill COVID-19 on surfaces

  • Business Insider: Coronavirus herd immunity may be 'unachievable' after study suggests antibodies disappear after weeks in some people

  • USA Today: 'Almost like a social pandemic': As states pause reopenings, experts warn of more confusion, isolation, agitation

  • FoxNews: Dr. Tom Frieden: Six months of coronavirus — good news, bad news and where we go next

  • Law360: OSHA advises wearing masks upon return to workplaces

  • The Wall Street Journal: America’s leaders can’t agree on reopening protocols. Neither can families.

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Small parties aren't necessarily safe, and other things to know

  • Mayo Clinic: More COVID-19 questions and answers

  • AP: Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in federal virus aid

  • Sleep Review: Children’s asthma and sleep apnea has improved during lockdown

  • The Los Angeles Times: How coronavirus could wipe out two decades of progress in the war against child labor

  • Wired: Old drugs could reveal a new way to attack the coronavirus

  • USA Today: At least 21 states pause reopening or take new steps to limit the spread of COVID-19

  • Kaiser Health News: Life beyond COVID seclusion: Seniors see challenges and change ahead


  • Channel3000: Madison Development Corporation helps Madison-area businesses survive

  • UpNorthNews: How Baldwin is fighting for another round of COVID relief funds

  • Wisconsin State Journal: Tariffs blamed for delay in one of Wisconsin's first large-scale solar farms

  • Milwaukee Business Journal: 700,000 and rising: As unemployment rises, how Wisconsin workforce agencies are helping job seekers

  • MarketWatch: Mask wearing could save the domestic economy from a 5% hit to GDP, Goldman says

  • Wisconsin State Journal: Madison awarded $1.3 million COVID-19 elections grant from nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life

  • The New York Times: Sleeping outside in a pandemic: Vulnerable renters face evictions

  • Pugent Sound Business Journal: Microsoft launches effort to provide digital skills to 25 million people this year

  • UpNorthNews: How Baldwin is fighting for another round of COVID relief funds

  • Yahoo Finance: Kayak CEO says holiday travel interest is pacing 35% ahead of last year

  • Madison365: “I want bold leadership.” Public Allies Milwaukee executive director Ashley Lee imagines a freer community


  • WPR: WEDC Secretary says COVID-19 report prioritizes broadband, retraining workers and innovation

  • Low Technology Institute works to solve problems without chemicals

  • In Business: Five small businesses show the consistent business growth and commitment to workforce and the community needed to take home a coveted prize.

  • WisconsinINNO: Milwaukee entrepreneur wants to put an end to unproductive company meetings

  • Milwaukee Business Journals: Global tech company Jamf with Wisconsin roots goes public with its IPO plans

  • MorningBrew: Tesla passes Toyota to become most valuable automaker in the world

  • GE Healthcare: A Spanish hospital is using 3D imaging software to spot COVID-19 symptoms

  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Central Standard taking its hand sanitizer nationwide


  • BizTimes Milwaukee: Wisconsin early stage companies raised record dollars in 2019

  • Golden Angels July 7 Seminar on COVID impacts in health, real estate and education; featured a talk on vaccine and therapeutic development status from John Neis of Venture Investors; Real Estate investment by Mark Eppli, UW Madison, and Amit Patel, OWL VC and EdTech venture fund

  • Bloomberg: Investing in VC funds for diverse founders is getting competitive

  • Midwest Startups: Vossellor surprised by how many VCs turn down opportunities to meet founders

  • Startup Nation: How to fix a racially biased venture capital model and commit to diversity in entrepreneurship

  • Law360: Biotech firms drive IPO rebound while 'unicorns' gear up

  • Barron's: Companies and investors embracing their social responsibility to employees, customers, and communities


  • Wisconsin State Journal: As COVID-19 cases increase, UW-Madison employee concerns about fall semester grow

  • AP: Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open

  • Wisconsin State Journal: Some masks better than others in preventing COVID-19, UW video shows

  • UW-Madison: Gittens to serve as UW–Madison’s interim chief diversity officer

  • WiSys: Regional University of Wisconsin schools second in national innovation impact productivity rankings

  • UW-Madison: American Family Insurance Data Science Institute awards “mini grants” to advance data science

  • Midwest Farm Report: Despite field day cancellations, many UW–Madison resources available to support farmers

  • UW-Madison: Biotron celebrates storied history as it ends 50-year run as a research center

  • Wisconsin State Journal: WIAA says it isn't spending 'any serious staff time and discussion' on moving specific sports or flipping seasons

  • UW-Madison: Tiny mineral particles are better vehicles for promising gene therapy

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

Wisconsin Health News panel series webinar: Co-existing with COVID-19 occurs on Tuesday, July 14.

TECNA and TechNet present The Virtual Town Hall with members of Congress - Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), Rep. Mikie Sherill (D-NJ) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-NJ) on Tuesday, July 14 WMEP's Growth Driven: Innovation and Market Potential for VFD/VSDs in Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 15

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce offers Lunch(UP)date with UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank on Thursday, July 16

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

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