The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) recognized City of West Allis Development Director John Stibal as the 2019 Frederick C. Pearce Award winner at the organization’s Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, held Feb. 6-8 in Milwaukee. The prominent award, given every other year, was established in 1985 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of economic development.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, and I am humbled to receive an award that represents excellence in economic development,” said Stibal. “I was fortunate to work with very talented people throughout my career, and I quickly found that when you broaden the economic development team, the virtually impossible becomes a reality. And with tenacity and focus, surprising results can be achieved.”
Stibal has successfully led the West Allis Department of Development for nearly 30 years, utilizing his skills as a collaborator, negotiator, and community promoter to retain and attract key businesses, secure new projects, and redevelop blighted properties. Over the last five years alone, he has attracted more than a billion dollars in private investment on behalf West Allis. During his career, Stibal has also been at the forefront of deploying new market tax credits to redevelopment projects that improve distressed neighborhoods and create job opportunities. While Stibal has an extensive list of career accomplishments, he remains committed to advancing economic development in Wisconsin.
“WEDA is excited to recognize John for his extraordinary leadership in the field of economic development and his commitment to creating significant opportunities for growth and prosperity for Wisconsin citizens,” said WEDA Executive Director Brian Doudna. “The impact of his lifetime work can easily be seen not only West Allis but throughout southeastern Wisconsin and across the state.”
The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the economy of the State of Wisconsin. Founded in 1975, WEDA’s economic development professionals and active volunteers are dedicated to making Wisconsin a better place to live and work through economic development that focuses on retaining and expanding existing businesses; facilitating investment and entrepreneurship; and attracting new companies, employment opportunities, and innovation capital.