Familiar face to head Wisconsin Commerce Department

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
Posted by of Insight Publications

The next Wisconsin Commerce Department Secretary is a familiar face around the New North.

Paul Jadin, who resigned his role as leader of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this week, was tapped by Gov.-elect Scott Walker to lead the Commerce Department.

The Commerce Department Jadin will lead will look quite a bit different than the current incarnation. This week, Walker announced plans to overhaul the department giving it a new name – Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Under Walker’s proposal, state government job creation programs currently handled by the Department of Commerce will be reorganized into the newly created state authority (the department’s other duties would be assigned elsewhere).

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will be led by a chief executive (Jadin) and 12 board members. Walker says it will take a public-private partnership approach to the promotion of commerce in the state.

The Legislature is expected to take up Walker’s proposal at a special session next week.

Jadin, who served as mayor of Green Bay before leaving to head up the chamber, is familiar with the delicate balancing act between businesses and governments and will be an instrumental player in turning around the state’s economy and helping his new boss achieve his goal of creating more than 200,000 new jobs.