WEDC Launches 1-stop COVID Recovery Resources Webpage

May 4, 2020


news release

WEDC creates digital platform to share pandemic response and recovery resources
Focus Forward will feature tools, resources, information and inspiration related to
business and community resiliency.  To help Wisconsin businesses and communities facing economic
challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporation (WEDC) has launched a digital platform—Focus Forward—to serve as an online
“one-stop shop” for state, federal and other funding and operational assistance programs. Focus
Forward will provide up-to-date information through multimedia formats, including live videos,
program updates, blogs and podcasts, to help business owners in Wisconsin navigate the
complexities of pandemic recovery resources.

“The information coming at people, particularly business owners struggling to survive this
unprecedented health emergency, is overwhelming, and at times confusing,” said WEDC
Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “Our Focus Forward platform is designed to serve as a
trusted source of information, delivered in a format that is both relevant and accessible for
people seeking guidance on what help is available.”

In addition to regular updates on state financial assistance programs and federal recovery
strategies, Focus Forward will feature weekly livestream events hosted by Secretary Hughes
and video “explainers” of complex topics such as how to best engage with local, regional and
state economic development networks. Peer-to-peer sharing through recorded conversations
with business and community leaders will provide valuable perspectives and actionable advice
on timely pandemic recovery topics.

Business owners, community leaders and economic development stakeholders are encouraged
to visit the Focus Forward site and subscribe to receive updates on the programs, resources
and information available to help businesses of all types in Wisconsin prepare for and realize
the best possible economic recovery.
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