M-WERC meets in Washington with Wisconsin's congressional delegation
Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein traveled to Washington this week with more than 100 Wisconsin business leaders visiting the capital for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Area Chamber’s (MMAC) annual Milwaukee Night in Washington, D.C.
Meetings included discussions with staff from Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin’s offices as well as direct conversations with Congresswoman Gwen Moore, who represents M-WERC’s headquarters in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor.
“One of the main objectives of the trip was to meet with the members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation and their staff to highlight the size and impact of the energy, power, and controls industry in our region, and explain the role M-WERC plays as the convener,” said Perlstein.
“We’ve had people from our team on this trip for nearly five years in a row. Having the opportunity to tell our story to Wisconsin elected officials has opened doors and helped develop relationships which directly benefit our members.”
New this year on the trip (with the expanded office in Madison) M-WERC executives spent time with outstate members of the congressional delegation as well. That included a small dinner meeting with Congressman Mark Pocan (Madison) who shared insights into the November elections and what that could mean to the energy sector.
Discussions included dialogue with Sean Duffy (Hayward), Mike Gallagher (Green Bay), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (Janesville), as well as staff from Congressmen Sensenbrenner and Ron Kind’s office.
M-WERC members and supporters represent nearly 100 recognized industry, academia, and NGO stakeholders driving the growth of the industry by fostering entrepreneurship, funding sponsored research, and providing market insight.