We Can’t Wait to Partner with You.

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.

DCEDC partners with companies and entrepreneurs to help build successful businesses in Door County and continuously improve the area’s economic climate. It’s a relationship that allows businesses to tap into the expertise of area leaders, and provides them with access to a variety of local, state and federal resources.

Our Team

Our team is a collaborative group of economic development professionals committed to attracting, growing and retaining business, industry, and labor force to Door County. Team DCEDC provides expert site selection services inclusive of: operational cost analysis, incentive comparisons, workforce studies, connectivity to key resources, and project management.

Steve Jenkins, CEcD
Executive Director

Ask me about: Economic Development, Site Selection, Financing, Business development & Expansion, Business Attraction, Workforce Development, Housing

I am a 45-year veteran of economic development and exceptionally honored to be with the Door County Economic Development Corporation serving Door County and it’s communities. I am proud to be a part of Team DCEDC. My home state is Tennessee where I earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and finished coursework in Urban Planning at the University of Tennessee. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, I embarked on my economic development career serving communities in eight states. I am a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council.

Kelsey Fox
Director of Communications & Workforce Development

Ask me about: Workforce Development, Workforce Attraction & Retention
and Marketing

I was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay and have strong family ties to Door County. Recently, my husband and I made the decision to relocate to Door County after living and working in Milwaukee for the past 14 years. I’m thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to be focusing on workforce development projects in Door County and helping to shape the economic future of Door County and it’s future workforce.

Julie Schmelzer
Director of Business Development

Ask me about: Business Development & Support, Business Retention & Expansion, RLF Loans

Julie A. Schmelzer, a native of Door County, and daughter of two entrepreneurs, brings with her thirty years of experience in community development and public administration working for counties in Wisconsin and Oregon. Possessing a strong economic development background she has completed extensive coursework through the International Economic Development Council and the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program, as well as being certified by Business Retention and Expansion International. 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, and was instrumental in developing economic development programs in three counties. She possesses a strong tourism background as well 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. Schmelzer resides in southern Door County with her family.

Courtney Sacotte
Operations Administrator

Ask me about: Building operations, tenant billing needs, units for rent and leases

I was born and raised in Door County and have been here ever since. I graduated from Southern Door, went on to NWTC for Business Management for two years and graduated. I then went on to school to get my Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a Minor in Human Resource Management at Concordia University and graduated. I am thrilled to work at Door County Economic Development Corporation, and grow my skills and knowledge of Door County Businesses.

Jeff Bruemmer
Physical Plant

Ask me about: Building maintenance, upgrades, changes and tenant modifications

I joined DCEDC in July of 2001 and am responsible for cleaning and maintaining the facility. My job also includes making changes to accommodate new and existing tenants. I was born and raised in Kewaunee and moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1985.

Our team is a high performing service organization, with the mission of improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. #Team DCEDC has a behavioral compass:

  • We are Driven: We are passionate and driven to excel – always hungry for new challenges and opportunities to achieve more for Door County every day.
  • We are Kind: We serve each other and our communities with respect and civility at all times.
  • We are Bold: We innovate and take risks, so we can keep growing, improving and learning. New ideas and innovative approaches mean sometimes we’ll stumble. DCEDC is a safe place for big ideas.
  • We are Collaborative: Titles are the least interesting thing about us. Service is at the heart of everything we do. We’re in the service business and relish opportunities to facilitate the success of others. Authenticity and collaboration are critical to our success.

2021 Board of Directors

Ann Renard, Chair – Renard’s Cheese
Brian Stephens, Vice Chair – Door County Medical Center
Jamie Alberts, Treasurer – Nicolet Bank
Todd Thayse, Past Chair – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
Steve Jenkins, Secretary – Door County Economic Development Corporation

Nate Bell – Village of Sister Bay
Steve Christoferson – Hatco Corporation
MaryKay Shumway – Kellstrom-Ray Agency
Daniel Tjernagel – Sturgeon Bay Schools
David Ward – Mayor of Sturgeon Bay
Doug Wilson – Door County Manufacturers Association/ Door County Coffee & Tea Co.
Laura Vlies Wotachek– County of Door

Beau Bernhoft – Village of Sister Bay
April Konitzer – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Jack Moneypenny – Destination Door County
Ken Pabich – County of Door
Pam Seiler – Destination Sturgeon Bay
Jim Stawicki – Sturgeon Bay Utilities
Dale Swanson – Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
Josh VanLieshout – City of Sturgeon Bay

DCEDC Investors

Economic Champion ($61,000+)

Economic Driver ($30,000+)

Economic Partner ($10,000-$29,999)

Diamond ($5,000 – $9,999)


Platinum ($2,500 – $4,999)

Gold ($2,500 – $4,999)

Silver ($500 – $999)

Alberts Plastering, Inc.
Bayland Buildings, Inc.
C&S Manufacturing Corp.
Capitol Credit Union
DeLeers Construction Inc.
Door County Cooperative
Door Peninsula Winery
ERA Starr Realty
Immel Construction
Keller Inc. – Katy Mangin
KerberRose, SC
Peninsula Building Systems
Piggly Wiggly – Sister Bay
Pine Crest Village
Pinkert Law Firm
Roen Salvage Company
Van’s Lumber & Builders

Gold ($1,000 – $2,499)

Alberts Plastering, Inc.
American Transmission Company
Associated Bank
Bank of Luxemburg
Be’s Coffee & Vending Service
Cadence, Inc.
Dan’s Fish
DC Broadband, LLC
Door County Coffee & Tea Co.
Marine Travelift / ExacTech, Inc.
N.E.W. Industries, Inc.
Portside Builders
Pro Products, Inc.
Renard’s Cheese Store
Village of Egg Harbor
WireTech Fabricators
Wisconsin Public Service (WE Energies)
Wulf Bros.

Silver ($500 – $999)

Alliance Construction & Design
Bayland Buildings, Inc.
C&S Manufacturing Corp.
Capitol Credit Union
Door County Cooperative
Door Peninsula Winery
ERA Starr Realty
Immel Construction
Just In Time Corp.
Keller Inc. – Katy Mangin
Piggly Wiggly – Sister Bay
Pinkert Law Firm
Roen Salvage Company
Van’s Lumber & Custom Home Builders

Bronze ($250 – $499)

Country House Resort
Door County Eye Associates
Door Landscape & Nursery
Eagle Mechanical
ERA/Starr Realty
Heyrman Construction Co., Inc.
Jim Olson Motors Inc.
Just in Time Corp.
Kellstrom-Ray Agency Inc
Meissner Landscape, Inc.
MWS Associates
Northland Steel Co. Inc.
Peninsula Vision Care LLC
Scaturo’s Baking Co & Cafe
Stoneman-Schopf Insurance
Sturgeon Bay Metal Products
Tadych’s Econo Foods
Washington Island Ferry Line, Inc.
Woodrow Engineering Co.

Copper ($249 & Under)

Bay Electronics Inc.
Foremost Management Services Inc
Huehn’s Funeral Home
JR Vacation Rentals & Cleaning
Key Industrial Plastics, Inc.
Lampert’s Yards – Sturgeon Bay
North Star Analytics
Stangel Accounting
The Clipper’s Mate
The Harding Group, LLC.
True North Real Estate
Washington Island Ferry Line
Welcome Home Realty
Young Automotive, Inc.

Copper ($400 & Under)

Northland Steel Co., Inc.
Stoneman-Schopf Insurance
Woodrow Engineering Co.
Meissner Landscape, Inc.
Simon Creek Vineyard LLC
Door Landscape & Nursery
Just In Time Corp.
Sturgeon Bay Metal Products
Schmitz Insurance, LLC
The Chop/Lure/Pasta vino
Viking Electric Supply
Door County Brewing Co.
Hometown Bank
Bayland Buildings, Inc.
Dan’s Fish (Sturgeon Bay Cold Storage)
Eagle Mechanical
Flanigan Distributing
Jim Olson Motors, Inc.
Lampert Yards – Sturgeon Bay
MWS Associates Inc.(Bassueners)
True North Real Estate
Washington Island Ferry Line
Northstar Consulting LLC
Stangel Accounting
Waseda Farms
Staudenmaier Chiropractic
Foremost Management Services, Inc.
Tannenbaum Holiday Shop
Welcome Home Realty
Key Industrial Plastics
Door County Lavender & Lemon, LLC
The Cookery
DC Printing
Bay Electric Systems
Van’s Lumber & Builders
Bay Ridge Golf Course
Chapman Technical
Door County Hardware
Peninsula Land Consultant
Going Garbage & Recycling
Huehn’s Funeral Home
LeFevre Tire & Auto
Segway the Door Tours
JR Vacation Rentals & Cleaning

In Kind

Destination Door County
Destination Sturgeon Bay
Peninsula Pulse
Peninsula Filmworks
Stone Harbor Resort

In Kind

Door County Visitors Bureau
Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center
Stone Harbor Resort

History & Milestone Achievements

We are proud of our community impact

In 1988, a Task Force appointed by the County Board completed a nine month assessment of the local economy and presented a revitalization report. At that time the local economy was plagued by the loss of 2,000 jobs and 18% unemployment. Governor Thompson brought his entire Cabinet to the County and conducted a day-long Economic Summit. The keystone recommendation of the Task Force was to prioritize and reorganize our economic development infrastructure. The blueprint for the ideal organization was a not-for-profit business structure, with joint public/private funding, private sector leadership and a full-time staff to lead a diverse economic development strategy. By February 1989, the inaugural DCEDC Board of Directors had been assembled, funding for a couple years of operations was secured and an Executive Director was hired. That started a new chapter in our community’s history, where businesses, jobs and private investment were elevated to a new level of importance.

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Door County “Fast Facts”

A vibrant business community nestled within one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the United States, Door County seeks to welcome business and economic development alike.

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Over 208 Apartment Units have been completed in Door County to assist with adding more affordable housing options for residents

The DCEDC is a great resource for existing and aspiring business owners, helping more than 100 entrepreneurs in 2018 alone

Door County features a diverse local economy including manufacturing, agriculture, health care, tourism and much more

Door County offers a skilled workforce brimming with mid-western work ethic and pulling from Door County’s active art and cultural community

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