- A few months ago, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas
was contacted by an out-of-state business leader with an
interest in relocating his operations to Waukesha
As the two men talked, it became
apparent that a website was needed soon where industry,
job seekers, financial and educational resources are
listed in a one-stop shop for Waukesha County economic
development, Vrakas has said.
Board Chairman Paul Decker on Monday unveiled a website
prototype that aims to eliminate the informational void.
Although it’s weeks away from launching, the site will
be called GrowingWaukeshaCounty.org.
explained to the County Board Executive Committee that
GrowingWaukesha will be an aggregate of business-related
data. GrowingWaukesha originated from a business and
education summit held in October 2012, in which
attendants agreed that Waukesha County business
information was scattered and jumbled across the web, he
will present relevant business information on a single
platform, rather than conduct fruitless and lengthy
Internet searches of multiple websites that may or may
not provide needed information, Decker said.
living in a global economy and industries search the web
for opportunities,” Decker said.
county has hurdles it must clear to attract business
here, and “access to information should not be one of
them,” Decker said.
was not available for immediate comment, but his chief
of staff Shawn Lundie said: “If the county can provide
useful data or other resources to businesses to help
them be successful, he thinks we should do it.”
contributor to the site will be the Workforce
Development Center of Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington
Francisco Sanchez, president of Workforce, said his job
placement agency will submit job opportunities to
“There’s no one website where an employer can go and
find what they need,” Sanchez said. “This site will do
said the Waukesha County Economic Development
Corporation contributed $15,000 and Waukesha County
contributed another $15,000 toward site development and
“Businesses look for sites with information on local
financing, business expansion, grants, population,
education, workforce (availability) and workforce
training,” Decker said. “They want all of that
information on a single platform.
they inquire about moving here, they (business
executives) call me or they call Dan (Vrakas),” Decker
said. “Now, it’s done piecemeal. This puts it all
together and will make us much more approachable than