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Forum showcases Thiensville business climate, opportunities

Village leaders taking active stance in attracting companies

Oct. 2, 2013

Thiensville — A well-attended business forum on Sept. 25 showcased what officials say is an increasingly business-friendly Thiensville.

The crowd, which was estimated to be about 80-strong and included state Rep. Jim Ott, listened to presentations from Village President Van Mobley as well as Trustees David Lange and Kim Beck.

The point of the forum, Lange said in an interview this week, was "to get people in local busines in touch with each other, and to get developers to know that we have a story to tell and there are great opportunities in Thiensville."

Lange said the forum is another item in a growing list of actions the Village Board and village leaders have taken in recent years to make Thiensville more business friendly, including the Pidgeon Creek reconstruction project which keeps businesses from flooding, the newly completed Riverwalk which connects commercial corridors in Thiensville and Mequon, the recent sale of village-owned property which will soon become a mixed-use medical center, and the efforts this year that rejuvenated the Thiensville farmers market.

Village officials also plan to solicit proposals for a village park beer garden, tentatively slated to open in summer 2014.

The driving force behind the business promotion, Lange said, is a desire to "max out" Thiensville's commercial space and cultivate a crowd of businesses interested in moving into the village.

"We want to have a pipeline of businesses that are interested in working in Thiensville," Lange said, "so that there won't be a lot of excess capacity in our village. When people are looking to expand or come to a new place for the first time, we want them to think of Thiensville right away."

Lange added the business forum may become an annual event in the village.

— Michael Meidenbauer

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