— Village Administrator and Economic Development Director John Weidl
was awarded the 40 Under 40 award, Development Counsellors
International Vice President Susan Brake announced Monday.
The 40 Under 40 award recognizes young talent in the economic
development industry, according to a press release.
“This award speaks to the quality of our people and our processes,”
Weidl said. “We have a Village Board committed to sustainable growth
and high-quality jobs in new manufacturing and health care. Our
village staff are the ones helping make our community desirable to
families and employers. The village of Mukwonago is truly where
life, leisure, and business thrive.”
An independent five-member selection committee chose the winners
from a pool of more than 170 qualified candidates based on their
exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the economic
development industry, according to a press release. Weidl is a U.S.
Air Force veteran with more than 10 years of experience developing
teams throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Weidl has also managed over 25 public and private development
projects in excess of $250 million.
Weidl’s most recent project is the village’s 115-acre business park
development, which is projected to add $60 million to $80 million
and up to 1,200 jobs over a 15-year period. Weidl piloted the
industrial park and within the first six months, landed three new
developments adding 400,000 square feet of new industrial space,
providing 350 jobs and adding over $22,500,000 million to the
village’s tax base.
“The 40 Under 40 Award is designed to identify the economic
development profession’s rising stars. These young economic
development professionals represent the future of our industry,”
said Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice.
The award’s program was managed by DCI, a New York-based firm that
specializes in economic development marketing, and Jorgenson
Consulting, a leading national executive search firm serving
organizations in economic and community development industries.