Economic Development Professionals


John Alt
Executive Director, Madison College
608.745.3100 |

Cheryl Fahrner
Executive Director, Columbia County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC)
608.742.6161 |

Kathleen Haas
Community Resource Development Educator, Columbia County UW Extension
608.742.9683 |

Marianne Hanson
Executive Director, Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
608.742.6242 |

Steven Sobiek
Director, Business Development and Planning, City of Portage

Patrick Vander Sanden
City Administrator, City of Columbus
920.623.5900 |


Janet Ady
President, Ady Advantage
608.663.9218 |

Linda Begley-Korth
Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Cambridge
608.423.3712 |

Courtney Berner
Cooperative Development Specialist, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
608.890.0966 |

Sam Blahnik
Community Development Director, Village of DeForest
608.846.6775 |

Pauline Boness
Community Development Director, Village of McFarland
608.838.3153 |

Pam Christenson
Director, Economic Development, Madison Gas & Electric Company
608.252.5647 |

Cameron Clapper
Assistant to the Administrator, Village of Waunakee
608.850.2830 |

Mike Davis
City Administrator, City of Middleton
608.827.1058 |

Jerry Derr
President, Dane County Towns Association
608.846.4696 |

John Drury
Senior Business Development Manager, Madison Gas & Electric Company
608.252.7081 |

Joyce Frey
Economic Development Specialist, City of Fitchburg
608.270.4246 |

Amy Gannon
Interim Dean, The School of Business, Edgewood College
608.663.2321 |

Matt Giese
Village Administrator, Village of Cottage Grove
608.839.4704 |

Michael Gracz
Administrator, Village of Oregon
608.835.6280 |

Vic Grassman
Technology Commercialization Manager, TURBO
608.512.6661 |

Mary Grundahl
President, Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce
608.437.4083 |

Amy Hansen
Executive Director, Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce
608.843.3166 |

Lorrie Keating Heinemann
President, Madison Development Corporation
608.256.2799 x212 |

Dan Kennelly
Office of Business Resources Manager, City of Madison
608.267.1968 |

Judy Knutson
Executive Director, Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
608.835.3697 |

Carol McChesney Johnson
Executive Director, Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation
608.437.1276 |

Matt Mikolajewski
Economic Development Director, City of Madison
608.267.8737 |

Aaron Olver
Managing Director, University Research Park
608.441.8000 |

Peter Ouchakof
CDBG/RFL Program Administrator, Dane County Office of Workforce & Economic Development
608.283.1441 |

Nicholas Owen
Village Administrator, Village of Mount Horeb
608.437.6884 |

David Phillips
Director, Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Dane County Executive Office
608.266.4006 |

Ruth Rohlich
Business Development Specialist, City of Madison
608.267.4933 |

Ellen Schaaf
Executive Director, Waunakee/Westport Chamber of Commerce
608.849.5977 |

Traci Schaefer
Village Trustee, Village of Brooklyn
608.455.4201 x29 |

Todd Schmidt
Village Administrator, Village of Waunakee
608.850.2830 |

Ross Scovotti
Economic Development Committee Member, City of Stoughton
608.873.6268 |

Ann Smith
Executive Director, Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
608.837.4547 |

Neil Stechschulte
Economic Development Director, City of Sun Prairie
608.825.0894 |

Steve Steinhoff
Deputy Director and Director of Community and Regional Development Planning, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission

Laurie Sullivan
Finance Director/Treasurer and Economic Development, City of Stoughton
608.873.6691 |

Mike Zimmerman
Economic Development Director, City of Fitchburg
608.270.4245 |


Larry Bierke
Economic Development Director, Iowa County
608.935.0318 |

Trent Campbell
Executive Director, Beaver Dam Area Development Corporation
920.887.4661 |

Karen Coley
Beaver Dam Campus & Community Partner, Moraine Park Technical College
920.887.4426 |

Jeff Hoffman
CNRED Agent, University of Wisconsin Extension – Dodge County
920.386.3790 |

Nate Olson
Manager of Planning and Economic Development, Dodge County
920.386.3948 |

Jim Schaefer
Director of Economic Development, City of Horicon
920.485.3500, ext. 3507 |

Kathy Schlieve
City Administrator/Director of Economic Development, City of Waupun
920.324.7912 |


Cara Carper
Executive Director, Monroe Chamber of Commerce
608.325.7648 |

Amy Brandt
Project/Marketing Manager, Green County Development Corporation
608.328.9452 |


Phyllis Fritsch
Economic Development Specialist, City of Dodgeville
608.935.5228 |

Paul Ohlrogge
Community Resource Development, University of Wisconsin Extension
608.935.0391 |

Ricky Rolfsmeyer
Executive Director, Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc.
608.237.6367 |

Iowa County Economic Development Corporation
608.341.6797 |


Dave Carlson
Director, Whitewater Community Development Authority
262.473.0418 |

Victoria Pratt
Executive Director, Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium
920.674.8710 |


John Beckord
President, Forward Janesville, Inc.
608.757.3160 |

Andrew Janke
Economic Development Director, City of Beloit
608.364.6610 |

James Otterstein
Economic Development Manager, Rock County – Planning, Economic & Community Development Agency
608.757.5598 |

Gale Price
Economic Development, City of Janesville
608.755.3059 |

Dayna Sarver
Economic Development Coordinator, City of Janesville
608.755.3180 |

Jason Sergeant
Community Development Director, City of Evansville
608.882.2285 |


Jenny Erickson
Community Development Educator, University of Wisconsin Extension
608.355.3252 |

Edward Geick
Administrator, City of Baraboo
608.335.2715 |

Tywana German
Executive Director, Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
608.643.4168 |

Donald Lichte
Chairman, Reedsburg Industrial Development Commission
608.524.3113 |

Kurt Muchow
Community Development Consultant, Vierbicher Associates, Inc.
608.768.4817 |

Michael Palm
Chairman, Baraboo Economic Development Commission
608.355.8918 |

Alan Wildman
Administrator, Village of Prairie du Sac
608.643.2421 |

Greg Wise
Chairman, Baraboo Economic Development Commission
608.263.7804 |

Ed White
Executive Director, Sauk County Development Corporation
608.355.2084 |


Gary Becker
Principal, GWB Professional Services
608.444.0836 |

Aaron Hagar
Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
608.267.0769 |

Melissa Hunt
Regional Development Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
608.210.6780 |

Matt Kures
GIS State Specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension
608.265.8258 |

Seth Lentz
Director of Program Devel. & Operations, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
608.249.9001 x222 |

Neil Lerner
Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Small Business Development Center
608.263.0221 |

Rhonda Suda
Executive Director, Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
608.314.3300 |

Donna (Sykora) Walker
Economic and Community Development Manager, Alliant Energy Corporation
608.757.7535 |

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