Mike Powers

Mike Powers

Business Development Officer

Madison, Wisconsin Area
Government Administration

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Mike Powers's Overview

  • Business Development Officer at Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
  • Owner at Local Productions LLC
  • Administrator, Division of Agricultural Development at Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • External Affairs, Real Property Manager (Contract with Local Productions LLC) at EcoEnergy
  • State Representative at Wisconsin Legislature
  • Department Manager, Land Conservation at Green County
  • Construction Estimating, Materials Analysis, Quantities at Oliver de Silva (DeSilva Gates) Inc
  • Engineering Technician, Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Specialist at Kansas Mined Land Office

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Mike Powers' Experience

Government Agency; 51-200 employees; Financial Services industry

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) Madison, Wisconsin Area

Promoting and marketing WHEDA financing products, identifying needs and facilitating partnerships with agricultural lenders, producers, processors as part of WHEDA's mission to link Wisconsin residents, businesses and communities with affordable housing and economic development opportunities.


Local Productions LLC

February 1992Present (22 years 8 months) Attica Wisconsin

Assist with the purchase and lease of real property. Acquire, remodel, restore and sell rural properties in South Central Wisconsin.

Communications, public relations, professional, personals, sports and high school photography.

Administrator, Division of Agricultural Development

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Government Agency; 201-500 employees; Food Production industry

February 2011September 2013 (2 years 8 months)

Working to promote Wisconsin products at home and abroad, develop processing, aggregation and distribution capacity for agricultural infrastructure and provide assistance to farmers to advance our state's competitive advantages and Grow Wisconsin Agriculture.

External Affairs, Real Property Manager (Contract with Local Productions LLC)


February 2008June 2009 (1 year 5 months) Local Productions LLC


State Representative

Wisconsin Legislature

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

January 1995December 2004 (10 years)

Department Manager, Land Conservation

Green County

March 1988December 1994 (6 years 10 months)

Construction Estimating, Materials Analysis, Quantities

Oliver de Silva (DeSilva Gates) Inc

September 1986December 1988 (2 years 4 months)

Engineering Technician, Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Specialist

Kansas Mined Land Office

January 1985November 1986 (1 year 11 months)

Mike Powers' Honors and Awards

  • Policy and Economic Development Presentations

    - Presenter: Wisconsin Credit Issues Conference: Loan Guarantees to Finance Business Development

    - Presenter: Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Annual Institute: Development Seminar

    - Presenter: University Wisconsin, Nelson Institute, 3rd Annual Earth Day Observance: Wisconsin's Energy Future

    - Presenter: Governor's Task Force on Global Warming, Economic Impact of Wind Energy Development and Renewables for the future of Wisconsin

Mike Powers' Education

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Mining, Geology


Interdisciplinary training and education combining engineering, natural resources and agricultural production. Education included core engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, soil science and crop production.

Undergraduate field studies included North American surface and subsurface mining and mine reclamation practices, Geology of the Western US and a six credit paid internship in Life Sciences combining agriculture, horticulture, biology and education.

Thames Valley University

Coursework, Art, Theatre, Geography, Political Science


General undergraduate studies including political science, history, geography, art and theater.

Pittsburg State University

Coursework, Accounting & Project Management


Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in Project Management and Accounting.

Mike Powers' Skills & Expertise

  1. Public Relations
  2. Community Development
  3. Economic Development
  4. Strategic Communications
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Community Outreach
  7. Public Policy
  8. Analysis
  9. Legislative Relations
  10. Renewable Energy
  11. Marketing
  12. Media Relations
  13. Government
  14. Agriculture
  15. Policy Analysis
  16. Policy
  17. Fundraising
  18. Negotiation
  19. Strategic Planning
  20. Leadership
  21. Budgets
  22. Report Writing
  23. Agribusiness
  24. Dairy
  25. Program Development
  26. Leadership Development
  27. Environmental Policy
  28. Political Campaigns
  29. Event Planning
  30. Politics
  31. Sustainability
  32. Environmental Awareness
  33. Sustainable Agriculture
  34. Nonprofits
  35. Grant Writing

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Mike Powers' Additional Information


Building a better future by bringing together people, resources, technology and capital.

Groups and Associations:

Past and Present Membership and Advisory Capacity: Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Strategic Planning; American Legislative Exchange Council; UW-P Alumni Association; Association of Land Conservation Employees; UW-Extension Local Strategic Planning Committee; Education Improvement “Vision” Committee; Soil and Water Conservation Society; American Society of Surface Mining and Reclamation; County Board of Supervisors; Green County Land Use and Zoning Committee; Town of Albany Land Use Planning Advisory Committee. Albany Volunteer Fire Department; Big Brothers/Big Sisters, “Big”; Kreative Korner Pre-School (Treasurer & Fundraiser); Green County Conservation League; Community T-Ball Coach; Assistant Soccer Coach; Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Leader; Assistant Basketball Coach; Classic Soccer Team Manager; Moose Lodge; Sons of the American Legion; Jaycees; St. Patrick’s Church

Honors and Awards:

Awards & Recognition:

- Working for Wisconsin Award (job creation)
- Friend of the Housing Industry (regulatory standards)
- Friend of Agriculture (property tax policy)
- Outstanding Service Award (rural dental care policy)
- Alzheimer’s Association Honorary Chair (long term care)
- Defender of Small Business (regulatory reforms)
- Wisconsin Fire Chief’s Association (training/retention)
- Comprehensive Planning & Land Use (multi-jurisdictional conflict reduction for growth and development)
- Register of Deeds Association (County recording and land information systems and modernization)
- Rural Water Association (clean water grants/infrastructure development)

Mike Powers' Languages

  • French

Mike Powers' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Firefighter

      Albany Volunteer Fire Department

      Certified Firefighter I, volunteer at the Monroe Fire School, conduct youth and community training.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Organizations I support:

      • Boy Scouts of America
      • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
      • University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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