Waukesha County Center for Growth Announces New Executive Director

The Waukesha County Center for Growth is proud to announce Therese Thill as its new Executive Director.

With 25 years of experience in economic and community development, Thill has held leadership positions at economic development organizations in Michigan, Arizona and Illinois, and currently serves as President of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council.  She earned a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Michigan.  She was the recipient of the Michigan Economic Developers Association 2018 Economic Developer of the Year Award.  Thill also earned her Economic Development Master Practitioner (MEDP) certification in May of 2020.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Therese to Wisconsin to lead the Waukesha County Center for Growth,” states Patti Kneiser, President of the Waukesha County Center for Growth Board of Directors. “We’re confident that Therese’s extensive experience leading regional economic development teams and her strong knowledge of business practices in advanced manufacturing will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset to our communities and businesses.”

“Therese is a seasoned economic development professional who we know will hit the ground running here in Waukesha County,” states Suzanne Kelley, President & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. “The Alliance’s strong partnership with the Center for Growth provides a solid foundation for us to work together to continue driving economic growth in our region.”

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