2024 RCEDC

ANNUAL Celebration

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Join us as we celebrate 2023 major developments throughout Racine County.



The 2024 RCEDC Annual Celebration took place Thursday, May 9th at the Veterans Terrace,  at 4:30 p.m. We have honored local award winners and celebrated the organization’s contributions by recognizing major developments throughout Racine County in 2023.


The keynote presentation was delivered by Rebecca Ryan, a top 50 professional futurist, economist, best-selling author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting through which she partners with government leaders across the country.


Additionally, RCEDC honored local leaders, celebrated business expansion and recruitment results, and reflected on over 40 years of development throughout Racine County.


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celebrate award winners

Every year, RCEDC celebrates the outstanding work of the people and businesses that create a tremendous impact on the economy, our communities, and the those positively affected by their work.

Sam Johnson
Volunteer of the Year
Steve McLaughlin
of the Year
Barb Bakshis
Business Development
Project of the Year
Hotel Verdant by Dominion Properties

2023 Annual progress report

For the past 41 years RCEDC’s focus has been to grow the local property tax base and create jobs for our residents. This is accomplished by facilitating business expansion projects, recruiting new businesses, and attracting developers to Racine County.

Celebrating 41 Years of Economic Development

In 2023, RCEDC had the pleasure of working with local business owners to facilitate 64 projects. The completed projects are expected to total nearly $1.36 billion in private investment and $1.05 billion in new construction, which will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the local economy.  Furthermore, these projects are expected to result in 542 jobs created and/or retained. Such a substantial influx of private capital bolsters Racine County’s economic resilience and vitality.


On behalf of RCEDC volunteer leadership and RCEDC staff, we want to express our gratitude to our community leaders, private businesses, contributors, and partners for allowing us to complete another successful year.

keynote presentation Rebecca Ryan

To 50 Professional Futrist, Economist, Best-Selling Author and Entrepreneur

Rebecca Ryan is a noted top 50 professional futurist, economist, best-selling author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting through which she partners with government leaders across the country. Looking a generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. Rebecca is a graduate of Drake University with a certificate in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston; she is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and on the Executive Committee of the global Association of Professional Futurists.

Rebecca Ryan logo

thank you sponsors

RCEDC could not accomplish the work we do without the generous support of our members and our event sponsors.

The Annual Meeting provides us an opportunity to share the impact our organization creates, and it would not be possible without our sponsors.

Exclusive sponsor

Johnson Financial Group

premier sponsors

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Seda International Packaging Group logo
uw parkside logo

supporting sponsors

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Educators Credit Union logo
First American Bank logo
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Greenwoods State Bank
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pitts brothers and associates
riley construction logo
sawall development logo
Summit Packaging logo
Wangard Investment Real Estate logo
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