Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
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WHEDA’s Maria Watts receives award from MARKETPLACE

Watts honored for her support of minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses in Wisconsin.

Maria Watts receiving Community Economic Development award at the 2018 Wisconsin Marketplace event. Photo courtesy of WHEDA.

Maria Watts receiving Community Economic Development award at the 2018 Wisconsin Marketplace event. Photo courtesy of WHEDA.

MILWAUKEE Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Senior Business & Community Engagement Officer Maria Watts is the recipient of the Business Community Collaboration Award, presented by MARKETPLACE. Watts is being recognized for her leadership and distinguished service in business and community development to support minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses in Wisconsin.

“Maria is a tremendous ambassador and cheerleader for all that WHEDA accomplishes, and reflects the collective effort of a talented WHEDA staff,” said WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston. “She is truly deserving of this prestigious award.”

MARKETPLACE is the premier annual statewide business capacity-building conference for minority, woman and veteran business owners looking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. Watts’ award was presented at MARKETPLACE, the 37th Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, on December 13, 2018, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Conference Center in Milwaukee, hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Watts has worked at WHEDA for the past 20 years and has helped hundreds of public and private entities expand by leveraging WHEDA’s resources. Before coming to WHEDA, she worked as a housing coordinator for La Casa De Esperanza and as an assistant vice president for Tri-City National Bank.  Over the past two decades Watts has served on numerous boards of directors and is currently the chair of the board of directors for the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS).

Watts also serves on the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) Loan Committee and is a board member of the Waukesha County Home Board, BizStarts and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

WHEDA, as an independent state authority, has provided low-cost financing for housing and small business development in Wisconsin. For more information on WHEDA programs, visit wheda.com or call 800-334-6873.

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