Economic Development Professionals

COLUMBIA COUNTY

John Alt
Executive Director, Madison College
608.745.3100 | jalt@matcmadison.edu

Nancy Elsing
Executive Director, Columbia County Economic Development Corporation
608.742.6161 | nancyre@frontier.com

Kathleen Haas
Community Resource Development Educator, Columbia County UW Extension
608.742.9683 | Kathleen.Haas@co.columbia.wi.us

Marianne Hanson
Executive Director, Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
608.742.6242 | pacc@portagewi.com

Steven Sobiek
Director, Business Development and Planning, City of Portage
steven.sobiek@portagewi.gov

Patrick Vander Sanden
City Administrator, City of Columbus
920.623.5900 | pvandersanden@columbuswi.us

DANE COUNTY

Janet Ady
President, Ady Advantage
608.663.9218 | jady@adyadvantage.com

Linda Begley-Korth
Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Cambridge
608.423.3712 | lbkorth@ci.cambridge.wi.us

Courtney Berner
Cooperative Development Specialist, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
608.890.0966 | cberner@wisc.edu

Sam Blahnik
Community Development Director, Village of DeForest
608.846.6775 | blahniks@vi.deforest.wi.us

Pauline Boness
Community Development Director, Village of McFarland
608.838.3153 | pauline.boness@mcfarland.wi.us

Pam Christenson
Director, Economic Development, Madison Gas & Electric Company
608.252.5647 | pchristenson@mge.com

Cameron Clapper
Assistant to the Administrator, Village of Waunakee
608.850.2830 | cclapper@vil.waunakee.wi.us

Mike Davis
City Administrator, City of Middleton
608.827.1058 | mdavis@ci.middleton.wi.us

Jerry Derr
President, Dane County Towns Association
608.846.4696 | ghderr@frontier.com

John Drury
Senior Business Development Manager, Madison Gas & Electric Company
608.252.7081 | jdrury@mge.com

Joyce Frey
Economic Development Specialist, City of Fitchburg
608.270.4246 | joyce.frey@city.fitchburg.wi.us

Amy Gannon
Interim Dean, The School of Business, Edgewood College
608.663.2321 | agannon@edgewood.edu

Matt Giese
Village Administrator, Village of Cottage Grove
608.839.4704 | mgiese@village.cottage-grove.wi.us

Michael Gracz
Administrator, Village of Oregon
608.835.6280 | mgracz@vil.oregon.wi.us

Amy Hansen
Executive Director, Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce
608.843.3166 | amy.cpchamber@yahoo.com

Lorrie Keating Heinemann
President, Madison Development Corporation
608.256.2799 x212 | lorrie@mdcorp.org

Dan Kennelly
Office of Business Resources Manager, City of Madison
608.267.1968 | dkennelly@cityofmadison.com

Judy Knutson
Executive Director, Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
608.835.3697 | director@oregonwi.com

Carol McChesney Johnson
Executive Director, Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation
608.437.1276 | caroljohnson@mhaedc.com

Matt Mikolajewski
Economic Development Director, City of Madison
608.267.8737 | mmikolajewski@cityofmadison.com

Aaron Olver
Managing Director, University Research Park
608.441.8000 | aolver@cityofmadison.com

Peter Ouchakof
CDBG/RFL Program Administrator, Dane County Office of Workforce & Economic Development
608.283.1441 | ouchakof@countyofdane.com

Nicholas Owen
Village Administrator, Village of Mount Horeb
608.437.6884 | nic.owen@mounthorebwi.info

David Phillips
Director, Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Dane County Executive Office
608.266.4006 | phillips.dave@countyofdane.com

Ruth Rohlich
Business Development Specialist, City of Madison
608.267.4933 | rrohlich@cityofmadison.com

Ellen Schaaf
Executive Director, Waunakee/Westport Chamber of Commerce
608.849.5977 | wwchamber@tds.net

Traci Schaefer
Village Trustee, Village of Brooklyn
608.455.4201 x29 | traci.schaefer@pplusic.com

Todd Schmidt
Village Administrator, Village of Waunakee
608.850.2830 | tschmidt@vil.waunakee.wi.us

Ross Scovotti
Economic Development Committee Member, City of Stoughton
608.873.6268 | rscovotti@ci.stoughton.wi.us

Ann Smith
Executive Director, Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
608.837.4547 | annksmith@myfrontiermail.com

Neil Stechschulte
Economic Development Director, City of Sun Prairie
608.825.0894 | nstechschulte@CityofSunprairie.com

Steve Steinhoff
Deputy Director and Director of Community and Regional Development Planning, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission
608.266.4593| SteveS@CapitalAreaRPC.org

Laurie Sullivan
Finance Director/Treasurer and Economic Development, City of Stoughton
608.873.6691 | lsullivan@ci.stoughton.wi.us

Mike Zimmerman
Economic Development Director, City of Fitchburg
608.270.4245 | michael.zimmerman@city.fitchburg.wi.us

DODGE COUNTY

Larry Bierke
Economic Development Director, Iowa County
608.935.0318 | larry.bierke@iowacounty.com

Trent Campbell
Executive Director, Beaver Dam Area Development Corporation
920.887.4661 | bdadc@cityofbeaverdam.com

Karen Coley
Beaver Dam Campus & Community Partner, Moraine Park Technical College
920.887.4426 | kcoley@morainepark.edu

Jeff Hoffman
CNRED Agent, University of Wisconsin Extension – Dodge County
920.386.3790 | jhoffman@co.dodge.wi.us

Nate Olson
Manager of Planning and Economic Development, Dodge County
920.386.3948 | nolson@co.dodge.wi.us

Jim Schaefer
Director of Economic Development, City of Horicon
920.485.3500, ext. 3507 | jschaefer@cityhoriconwi.us

Kathy Schlieve
City Administrator/Director of Economic Development, City of Waupun
920.324.7912 | kathy@cityofwaupun.org

GREEN COUNTY

Cara Carper
Executive Director, Monroe Chamber of Commerce
608.325.7648 | contact@monroechamber.org

Amy Brandt
Project/Marketing Manager, Green County Development Corporation
608.328.9452 | amy.gcdc@tds.net

IOWA COUNTY

Phyllis Fritsch
Economic Development Specialist, City of Dodgeville
608.935.5228 | economic@ci.dodgeville.wi.us

Paul Ohlrogge
Community Resource Development, University of Wisconsin Extension
608.935.0391 | Paul.Ohlrogge@ces.uwex.edu

Ricky Rolfsmeyer
Executive Director, Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc.
608.237.6367 | ricky@wirural.org

Iowa County Economic Development Corporation
608.341.6797 | info@iowacountyedc.org

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Victoria Pratt
Executive Director, Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium
920.674.8710 | VictoriaP@jeffersoncountywi.gov

ROCK COUNTY

John Beckord
President, Forward Janesville, Inc.
608.757.3160 | JohnB@ForwardJanesville.com

Andrew Janke
Economic Development Director, City of Beloit
608.364.6610 | jankea@ci.beloit.wi.us

James Otterstein
Economic Development Manager, Rock County – Planning, Economic & Community Development Agency
608.757.5598 | otterste@co.rock.wi.us

Gale Price
Economic Development, City of Janesville
608.755.3059 |  hulicka@ci.janesville.wi.us

Dayna Sarver
Economic Development Coordinator, City of Janesville
sarverd@ci.janesville.wi.us

Jason Sergeant
Community Development Director, City of Evansville
608.882.2285 | jason.sergeant@ci.evansville.wi.gov

SAUK COUNTY

Jenny Erickson
Community Development Educator, University of Wisconsin Extension
608.355.3252 | JErickson@co.sauk.wi.us

Edward Geick
Administrator, City of Baraboo
608.335.2715 | egeick@cityofbaraboo.com

Tywana German
Executive Director, Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
608.643.4168 | executivedirector@saukprairie.com

Donald Lichte
Chairman, Reedsburg Industrial Development Commission
608.524.3113 | dlichte@rucls.net

Kurt Muchow
Community Development Consultant, Vierbicher Associates, Inc.
608.768.4817 | kmuc@vierbicher.com

Michael Palm
Chairman, Baraboo Economic Development Commission
608.355.8918 | Mikep@msa-ps.com

Alan Wildman
Administrator, Village of Prairie du Sac
608.643.2421 | awildman@wppienergy.org

Greg Wise
Chairman, Baraboo Economic Development Commission
608.263.7804 | greg.wise@ces.uwex.edu

Ed White
Executive Director, Sauk County Development Corporation
608.355.2084 | ewhite@scdc.com

REGIONAL

Gary Becker
Principal, GWB Professional Services
608.444.0836 | gary.becker.madison@gmail.com

Aaron Hagar
Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
608.267.0769 | Aaron.Hagar@wisconsin.gov

Melissa Hunt
Regional Development Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
608.210.6780 | melissa.hunt@wedc.org

Matt Kures
GIS State Specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension
608.265.8258 | matthew.kures@uwex.edu

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

Neil Lerner
Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Small Business Development Center
608.263.0221 | nslerner@wisc.edu

Rhonda Suda
Executive Director, Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
608.314.3300 | r.suda@swwdb.org

Donna (Sykora) Walker
Economic and Community Development Manager, Alliant Energy Corporation
608.757.7535 | DonnaSykora@AlliantEnergy.com

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