WAUKESHA - By mid-2016, Waukesha County Executive
Paul Farrow hopes to have an economic development organization
up and running.
The creation of the economic organization comes
in response to the Waukesha County Business Survey that was
conducted in cooperation with Farrow, the Waukesha County
Business Alliance and the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce
The results were released in October and
indicated county businesses are planning to hire more workers
and increase the size of their facilities in the next three
A total of 335 Waukesha County businesses
responded to the survey. Eighty-four percent of respondents plan
to expand their workforce in the next three years with 48
percent projected to hire between one and nine employees, and 20
percent planning to hire 10 to 19 employees. Nineteen percent
want to hire 20 to 49 employees, 9 percent plan to hire 50 to 99
employees while 1 percent plan to hire 100 to 249 employees.
Four percent intend to hire 250 employees or more.
Shawn Lundie, Farrow's chief-of-staff, said the
full survey task force will meet Dec. 9 to vote on adopting the
final report. He said some representatives of the task force
will appear before a Jan. 26 County Board meeting to present the
Then, Lundie said the county will move forward
with plans to form the new economic development organization. A
request for proposals process will be launched to create the
organization. He said the goal is to have the economic
development organization up and running by mid-2016 with an
executive director and staff.
Lundie said the survey indicated business leaders
in Waukesha County wanted a “one stop shop” for economic