Xconomy launches Wisconsin bureau

National high-tech news network Xconomy has launched a Wisconsin bureau, its ninth in the United States.

The site, www.xconomy.com/wisconsin, will cover the state’s exponential economy with an emphasis on developing high-tech sectors like life sciences, information technology, advanced manufacturing, water and energy.

“Wisconsin has been on the top 10 list of places we wanted a bureau since launching Xconomy in 2007,” said Xconomy chief executive officer and editor in chief Bob Buderi. “It’s a region in the midst of a high-technology surge, and we’ve received enthusiastic support from a number of companies and organizations in the Wisconsin innovation community, many of whom already were readers.”

Jeff Engel will serve as editor of the Wisconsin bureau. He most recently served as the manufacturing and technology reporter at The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee, and previously reported on business and health care at the Marshfield News-Herald in central Wisconsin.

“Although Wisconsin isn’t usually mentioned in the same breath as startup hubs on the coasts, there is so much innovation here that deserves a spotlight,” Engel said. “I’m excited to share those stories with Xconomy readers.”

The new bureau received underwriting support from American Family Insurance, Arrowhead Research Corp., BioForward, Exact Sciences Corp., Flying Car presented by the Greater Milwaukee Committee, gener8tor, Madison Gas and Electric, Madison Region Economic Partnership, The Water Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Venture capital member 4490 Ventures also provided assistance.

“As Wisconsin’s lead economic development agency, WEDC is pleased to welcome Xconomy to our state,” said Reed Hall, secretary and chief executive officer of the WEDC. “When you look at the other cities around the nation where Xconomy has a presence, Xconomy’s decision to launch its next site in Madison/Milwaukee says a lot about the region’s innovative and vibrant business climate.”

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