By Terry Kovarik
Jim Schuessler never imagined he’d head a county economic development corporation. His career path started with sales for a local television station and he worked his way up to company CEO until the station group was sold. Then Schuessler saw a help wanted ad for the director of an economic development corporation in northern Wisconsin. He applied and found that even with a business background some on-the-job training was necessary.
This year he was hired as Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation. Jim Schuessler admits his new career path is not as lucrative as his time as a CEO and that’s just fine.
Schuessler says anyone interested in working with economic development should meet up with an EDC organization that can teach them the basics and maybe even mentor them.