Economic Development

Waukesha County and its 37 municipalities possess many of Wisconsin’s most vibrant businesses. Waukesha County’s most important resource, its people, contributes significant value to the state’s economic output and tax base. Additionally, the quality of life of each community is supported by the meaningful work of businesses large and small. We are committed to removing obstacles to business growth, expansion and development, and marshaling resources to accelerate economic growth and improvement to the quality of life.

  1. Serve as an advocate for Waukesha County Center for Growth, Inc. and support implementation of Waukesha County’s Business Growth Strategy.
  2. Advocate for tax and regulatory measures that promote business expansion and retention.
  3. Advance efforts to streamline taxes and regulations and promote government efficiencies.
  4. Identify policy tools that allow Wisconsin to remain competitive within the region and/or that provide Wisconsin a competitive advantage with surrounding states.
  5. Identify and implement workforce development and talent recruitment strategies to meet the needs of Waukesha County employers.
  6. Support Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) as an important local economic development tool.

We encourage our members to get involved and support our efforts to ensure a strong, pro-business climate in Waukesha County and its surroundings. If you are interested in joining a policy committee, please contact us.

Economic Development Committee

Mike Payne

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Greg Bauer

Vice Chair
BMO Harris Bank

Ryan Amtmann

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Jeff Anderson

M3 Insurance

Ann Barry Hanneman

von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

Roxanne Baumann

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Megan Busalacchi

Lichtsinn & Haensel, S.C.

Tim Casey

Waukesha County Center for Growth Inc

Bob Dennik

VJS Construction Services

Mike Eckl

U.S. Bank

Jeff Garretson

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Kyle Haug

Huntington National Bank

Pat Henderson


Gus Hernandez

Johnson Financial Group

Michael Johnson

We Energies

Mike Judson

Judson & Associates S.C.

David Kircher

Phoenix Financial Advisors LLC

Patti Kneiser

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

Bradley Kussow

Schenck SC

Tony Laszewski

Waukesha State Bank

Mary Nicoson

First Citizens State Bank

Bush Nielsen

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Scott Nissen

Nissen Staffing Continuum Inc

Chad O'Brien

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

Jeff Packee

MSI General Corporation

Tom Palzewicz

ActionCOACH Business Coaching

Scott Ramlow

Uihlein/Wilson Architects

Clark Rasmussen

Associated Bank

Tim Richman


Chad Ritterbusch

The Ritterbusch Group

Tracy Shilobrit

Meta4 Marketing & Communication

Michael Stover

Westbury Bank

Lynda Templen

Husch Blackwell LLP

Ben Woodward

Byline Bank