Thursday, May 18, 2023


Greater Jefferson County Housing Summit

Lake Mills Community Center

200 Water St Lake Mills, WI

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Thrive Economic Development, in partnership with Jefferson County and the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, is hosting a housing summit to address the unmet need for additional diverse housing options in our communities.

Business is booming in Greater Jefferson County. Recent headlines have touted the addition of hundreds of jobs and the expansion of key infrastructure. Unemployment levels are at historic lows. Good things are happening here.

Yet even as our economy is thriving, Greater Jefferson County has struggled to meet the demand for workforce housing. More than half of workers in jobs located in Jefferson County commute from outside the county each day.

The problem is not a new one. Even before recent business expansions, Jefferson County was facing a shortfall of more than 2,400 housing units. Our stand is simple: If you work in Greater Jefferson County, you should be able to live here too.

About the Summit

State of the County: Workforce Housing

Keynote Address

Dr. Kurt Paulsen

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison

This summit seeks to bring together financial institutions, employers, nonprofit organizations, public sector entities and other community leaders. Addressing the housing shortage requires the input and support of all stakeholders. We invite you to be part of the solution.

From Plan To Reality: Next Generation Housing


Brian Munson, Principal, Vandewalle & Associates

The Developer's Perspective

Panel Discussion

Marissa Downs, Principal, Mosaic Property Ventures

Ted Matkom, Wisconsin Market President and General Counsel, Gorman & Company

Jim Hartung, Owner, Valido Homes

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Keeping Jefferson County Competitive


Ben Wehmeier, County Administrator, Jefferson County

Additional details forthcoming

Modern housing

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Thursday, May 18, 2023


Lake Mills Community Center

200 Water St, Lake Mills, WI 53551

Breakfast will be available at 7:30

The program will begin at 8:00

Cost: Free



Summit Organizers