Chris Swartz Named 2017 Frederick C. Pearce Award Recipient
Sunday, March 26, 2017
WEDA presented its 2017 Frederick C. Pearce Award to Shorewood Village Manager Chris Swartz at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development held in February. The award recognizes Swartz’s 36 years of leadership and commitment to economic development activities that have created jobs and revenue for the communities he has served.
“It is an honor to receive the Frederick C. Pearce award for lifetime achievement in economic development. I want to thank the Wisconsin Economic Development Association for selecting me in 2017 for this prestigious award,” said Swartz. “Successful economic development requires a strong and determined team. I was fortunate throughout my career to work with dedicated elected leaders, top-notch economic development professionals, Community Development Authority citizen members and private sector developers who understand the importance of strong public/private partnership.”
WEDA established the biennial award in 1985 as a tribute to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of economic development, while also exhibiting superior leadership and achieving success in the face of adversity.
“WEDA is pleased to honor Chris Swartz for his commitment to advancing economic development efforts in his community and the state, and for his leadership and guidance for future economic develop professionals,” says WEDA President Ed White.
Swartz began his career as an intern in 1981. He then worked as a researcher for the Citizen Governmental Research Bureau and continued with the Public Policy Forum until 1985. He served as Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of East Troy from 1986 to 1990 and as Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of Sussex from 1990 to 2004. Swartz has spent the last 13 years as Village Manager for the Village of Shorewood, where he successfully implemented a comprehensive redevelopment plan that resulted in over $115,000,000 of new taxable value, created numerous new jobs and sparked renewed excitement about Shorewood as a preferred place to live and operate a business in Milwaukee County. He plans to retire this year.