In baseball terms, Reed Hall is a long reliever. Like a team that falls behind by a lot of runs very quickly, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation ran into trouble very quickly in its two-year existence.Did you spot it?
Intended to replace the state Department of Commerce as a more nimble, more productive economic development generator, the public-private WEDC became a mess of untracked loans, insufficient accountability and, according to a scathing state audit, didn’t follow state law.
Though it inherited some of the problems from Commerce, it created plenty of its own, leading to numerous negative news reports and criticism from the Legislature and the public.
As the issues surfaced, Gov. Scott Walker appointed Hall, a 64-year-old retired Marshfield Clinic executive, to take over as the WEDC’s secretary and CEO on an interim basis. The job became permanent in January and, now, Hall is trying to put the agency on the right track.
In an interview Thursday on Newsmakers, Post-Crescent Media’s online issues show, Hall talked about the changes that have already been made and how he intends the WEDC to operate. Here’s an edited transcript of the interview.
If you answered that they ignored the fact that Scott Walker is the Chairman of this corrupt agency, you are correct.
And as I have pointed out before, the one thing that the corporate media, the Republicans and even the Democrats fail to acknowledge is that this scheme was designed to fail and the only way to correct the problems with WEDC is to end it.