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East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

400 Ahnaip Street
Suite 100
Menasha, WI 54952
Phone: (920) 751-4770
Fax: (920) 751-4771
E-Mail: staff@ecwrpc.org
Website: www.ecwrpc.org

Counties Served:
Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Menominee, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago

Year Created: 1972


Economic Development:

The Commission updates the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy on an annual basis. The CEDS contains current economic statistics, a development strategy for the Region, and projects proposed for EDA funding. The Commission provides technical assistance for communities seeking various loans and grants, and works with communities and organizations on economic development projects. The promotion of heritage tourism is another Commission priority with particular emphasis on the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway project and the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network.

Community Development:
The Commission provides information and technical assistance for ongoing community planning and grant applications, develops open space plans, prepares park site and trail plans. The Commission offers a cost-sharing program, project services contracts for community land use planning. East Central contracts directly with local governments for various types of other planning services, such as the preparation of development codes, capital improvement programming, concept site development plans, and public facility and service planning.

Land Use and Environmental Resources:

The Commission maintains regional development policies, serves as the sewer service area management agency, provides technical assistance for groundwater studies and water quality management, and promotes wetland preservation and floodplain management. The Commission participates in watershed planning projects and provides guidance on stormwater management planning. As well as administration of a five-county regional NR-135 nonmetallic mining reclamation program. The Commission has also been very active in supporting and growing the efforts of the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network which has brought about significant increases in the level of public awareness for this globally unique geologic feature.

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Appleton and Oshkosh Urbanized Areas, and serving as staff for the Fond du Lac MPO, the Commission has prepared long-range urban transportation/land use plans consistent with requirements of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). These plans are currently being updated as required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA21). The Commission works cooperatively with WisDOT on urban multimodal transportation planning encompassing the highway network, two urban bus systems, specialized transit for the elderly and disabled, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian ways. Regional transportation planning focuses on highway corridor studies, local traffic operations, access control, bypasses, jurisdictional transfers, highway maintenance, one small urban bus system, multiple shared-ride taxi systems, transit for the elderly and disabled, and ‘complete streets’ corridor planning.

Information and Data Systems:
The Commission provides technical and contract assistance to county land records committees and other governmental units to establish land information systems and provide digital data services. The Commission maintains an Internet website to provide basic agency and regional information. Through its Information Center, the Commission responds to data requests and distributes large-scale aerial photos and county and community base maps of various scales. Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has been instituted to integrate regional database and mapping capabilities.

  • Operating Characteristics
  • Commission and Method of Selection
  • Current Commissioners
  • Staff
2014 Budget:
$2,825,141 (59% Federal, 7% State, 25% Local Levy, 4% Local Contracts, 5% Miscellaneous)
(1) The County Board Chairman; (2) the County Executive if such a position exists, to a two-year term; (3) a Governor's appointee from a list of six County Board nominees, four of whom must be private citizens. Additional Commissioners are provded for each attained increment of 50,000 population. The first such Commissioner is the head elected official of the largest city in the county; the second is appointed by the County Board to a two-year term.

Calumet: Alice Connors; Merlin Gentz; Pat Laughrin
Fond du Lac: Allen J. Buechel; Martin Farrell; Joe Moore; Brenda Schneider; Vacant
Menominee: Muriel Bzdawka; Michael Chapman; Ruth Winter
Outagamie: Tim Hanna; Helen Nagler; Tom Nelson; Jeff Nooyen; Daniel Rettler; Michael Thomas (Vice Chair)
Shawano: Jerry Erdmann; Marshal Giese; Tom Kautza
Waupaca: Gary Barrington; DuWayne Federwitz; Dick Koeppen; Brian Smith
Waushara: Donna Kalata (Commission Chair); Neal Strehlow; Larry Timm
Winnebago: David Albrecht; Ernie Bellin; Steve Cummings; Mark Harris; Ken Robl; Robert Schmeichel

Authorized Staff: 22
Staff Contacts:

Eric Fowle, AICP, Executive Director
Walt Raith, Assistant Director
Kathy Thunes, Principal Planner - Community Development
Trish Nau, Principal Planner - Recreation
Melissa Kraemer-Badtke, Principal Planner - Safe Routes to School
Dave Moesch, Associate Planner
Todd Verboomen, Associate Planner
Tom Baron, Associate Planner
Scott Konkle, Planning Specialist II
Nick Musson, Associate Planner - Transportation
Ben Krumenauer, Associate Planner - Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
Sarah Van Buren, Associate Planner - Economic Development
Joe Huffman, Planner
Emily Verbeten, Planner
Lauron Hinch, Planner - Safe Routes to School
Kolin Erickson, Planner
Tim Badtke, IT Coordinator
Mike Zuege, GIS Coordinator
Adam Pfefferie, GIS Specialist II
Tyler DeBruin, GIS Specialist
Erin Bonnin, Administrative Coordinator
Dolly Haney, Administrative Assistant
Pam Scheibe-Johnson, Controller