• Gov. Tony Evers has selected May yer Thao to serve as WHEDA’s assistant deputy director. In this leadership role, May yer (pronounced “mine-za”) will use her business-development experience and strategic relationships to expand the reach and mission of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) in underserved communities and represent WHEDA on the Governor’s Council on Mental Health. Her role is effective immediately.
WHEDA is an independent state authority that works with lenders to provide low-cost financing for housing and small-business development.
“I look forward to working with WHEDA’s dedicated employees and partners to help strengthen areas that are very much in need of new economic investment,” May yer said.
During her five-year leadership, the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce has deployed the most business loans in its history and has increased its revenues three-fold. For these efforts, May yer earned the 2019 Professional Dimensions Sacagawea Award, which recognizes exceptional leadership by “women who inspire.”
May yer graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in American studies with a focus on Asian American studies.
To learn more about WHEDA programs, visit wheda.com or call 800.334.6873.
• The Southern Door County School District’s annual meeting and budget hearing will be held Sept. 16, 6:30 pm, in the high school library. Resolutions will be presented to district residents for student transportation, board salaries and the proposed tax levy. Other business includes the treasurer’s report and audit summary, the state-of-the-district report, and the presentation and hearing on the 2019-20 budget, which is preliminary until the board adopts it by formal resolution, which is planned for the Oct. 21 board meeting. The meeting’s agenda and budget information are available on the district’s website.
• Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Region will discuss proposed improvements to Highway 42 between the city of Kewaunee and the north Kewaunee County line during a public-involvement meeting Sept. 19, 5:30-7 pm, at the Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St. The open-house meeting will include a short presentation at 5:45 pm.
The meeting’s purpose is to provide information about this year’s construction, discuss future highway improvements and obtain input from the public to assist the department with further project-design development. Attend to review project displays, provide comments and discuss the projects with project engineers and department staff.