WEDA Professional Awards 2018-07-18T14:55:42+00:00

WEDA Professional Awards

In 1985, WEDA established a Professional Awards program with the purpose of recognizing exceptional contributions to the economic vitality of Wisconsin.  The award categories and nomination schedule are as follows:

Professional Award Applications (Dates nominations are to be accepted):

  • Organizational Excellence Award  (Nominations are closed)
  • Young Professional Application  (Nominations are closed)
  • Frederick C. Pearce AwardNominations are closed –  Will open in December, 2018

These awards are presented at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development.  These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize accomplishments of individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to the field of economic development at the local, regional or state level.  If you have any questions or would like to submit an nomination, please contact WEDA staff at

Past Winners By Category:

 Frederick C Pearce Organizational Excellence Young Professional (2016)
Mike Harrigan Sheboygan County EDC Coleman Peiffer
Tom Mihjalov Madison Regional Economic Partnership Shannon Full
Jim Hough Chippewa Valley Technical College
Bruce Wm Mommaerts Chippewa County EDC
Mary Cole Laub City of Prairie du Chien
Craig Carlson Fond du Lac County EDC
Merlin Zitzner Kempert Krogan
Larry D. Krause Timbercreek Development
Hartford Area Development Corp. City of Eau Claire – Michael Schatz
Robert R. Brown III City of West Allis
Michael Anderson School of Ind. & Technology (UW-Stout)
Robert B. Fick WI State Senate/ WI State Assembly
Gov. Tommy Thompson Experimental Aircraft Association
Robert Walraven Jane & Lloyd Pettit
Robert Houle  & Russell Bauman



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