Thursday, JUNE 11th: 11:00 AM CST
Join us and host Sam Rikkers, Chief Operating Officer, WEDC, as he walks us through the relief and recovery resources created with input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and regional economic development partners. WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety.
Sam Rikkers is deputy secretary and chief operating officer for WEDC. Prior to joining WEDC in November 2019, he served as strategic economic initiatives director at the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Sam has an extensive background in rural development, both in the U.S. and internationally. He served in the White House from 2013 to 2014 as director on the energy and environment team in the Presidential Personnel Office, then was administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Before returning to Wisconsin in 2017, he launched and led the Rural Opportunity Initiative of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. In Wisconsin, he served as executive director or Tiny Earth, a global initiative based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, harnessing the research f undergraduate students to discover new antibiotics. A native of Stoughton, Sam holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Macalester College. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia.