Mukwonago administrator recognized for economic development achievements

By Brandon Anderegg

Jan. 29, 2019

WAUKESHA — 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.