Jim Schuessler announced his resignation as executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) Tuesday. Schuessler has accepted a position as Executive Director for Yuma, Arizona Multiversity, an urban education hub for existing institutions of higher education and the degrees they offer.
“As both a broadcaster and economic development professional, I have been blessed by being a part of amazing organizations, yet the work Team DCEDC is achieving here, and being a part of this team, has been the most rewarding and meaningful in my career,” Schuessler said. “It has been a privilege to develop Team DCEDC, a group that has already achieved great results and is poised for even greater impacts in the future.”
“We have an incredible team at DCEDC doing great things,” he said. “We’re poised for big things in 2020 with their work on broadband and housing.”
He said the new position allows him to work in a part of the country closer to family. He will stay on with DCEDC through the end of January.
“As it is most important that Team DCEDC continue progressing and succeed with the 2020 Strategic Work Plan, I have offered to stay on board through January to ensure that the momentum that has been established continues,” Schuessler said. “Team DCEDC needs a new head coach, but it is blessed with an inspiring group of professionals that are poised for great things going forward.”
DCEDC board chair Patti Vickman thanked Schuessler for his leadership and dedication.
“During his tenure, Jim quickly integrated into the Door County community and served as a positive and passionate advocate for economic development in Door County,” she said. “Under his leadership, the DCEDC strengthened its economic development mission as an organization, deployed best economic development practices, and worked collaboratively with other county entities to address the present needs of business and ensure the future economic vitality of Door County.”
Vickman will chair the search committee for Schuessler’s replacement in collaboration with Human Resources Consulting, LLC.