Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (February 8, 2021) – The Door County Economic Development Corporation is proud to announce Julie Schmelzer as the newest addition to their staff as the Director of Business Development. She will be responsible for overseeing the coordination of RLF (revolving loan fund) programs, existing business programs and small business support efforts throughout the county.
Julie joins the Door County Economic Development Corporation with over thirty years of experience in community development and public administration working for counties in Wisconsin and Oregon. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Affairs.
Schmelzer has drafted economic development plans, served on several economic development boards and committees, She possesses a strong tourism background and has created several tourism promotions which gained state attention, one being the nation’s first known visitor guide for visitors with disabilities. She also has experience in housing development which she finds critical to a strong economic development program. Prior to joining the DCEDC, Schemelzer was the Director of Operations for the Curry County Board of Commissioners Office in Gold Beach, Oregon.
“I’m thrilled to be back home and make a difference in the community I grew up in. Growing up in Door County I saw many changes in our economy and challenges for our business climate. I’m excited to have the opportunity to help maintain and improve the economy and work with all our businesses to see them succeed. I come from a family of entrepreneurs and I know how challenging self-employment can be. I want to make the path for today’s business people simpler and more productive by employing my knowledge and experience.” states Schmelzer.
“Julie brings an extensive set of community and economic development skills and insights to the operation and function of the DCEDC,” stated Steve Jenkins, Executive Director of DCEDC. “We are entering a critical period for economic recovery and rebuilding. Julie will significantly enhance the DCEDC delivery of services to the Door County business community.”
The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation in Door County.