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Thrive Economic Development Remains Committed to Supporting Economic Growth in Jefferson County

 Media Contact: 
Victoria Pratt, President
Thrive Economic Development
920-674-8710 |

Ben Wehmeier, County Administrator
Jefferson County
920- 674-7101 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jefferson, Wis., November 11, 2021

Thrive Economic Development (ThriveED) is committed to the mission and vision developed as a public-private partnership, to deliver high quality economic development services that include helping existing businesses grow in place, attracting new business investments to our communities, supporting school-to-work initiatives, and helping our municipalities with efforts to compete for business investments and residents. We will continue to engage the public and private sectors in actions focused on attracting and supporting business growth that benefits the residents and communities of Jefferson County.

At its November 9, 2021 County Board of Supervisors meeting, Dodge County voted to end its contract with Jefferson County for economic development services in favor of moving its economic development efforts in-house. We wish Dodge County well as they move to this new model.  The contract stipulates a 6-month notification of termination.

This is an opportunity for us to enhance our footprint in Jefferson County and we are going to take it. Our structure as a public-private partnership not only emulates best practices in economic development, but, more importantly, has given the private sector a leadership role in the health of our local economy for the first time. Our vision, mission and strategic plan are all the result of input from private sector employers and community leaders.  We look forward to continuing our efforts, and will work tirelessly to promote Jefferson County as a great place for businesses to grow and thrive.

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