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About Us

We are driven to find new and better ways to make more of each place’s assets

Vandewalle & Associates is a guild-like collection of highly talented masters with diverse expertise in economic strategy, planning, design, energy systems, food and water systems, redevelopment, architecture, marketing, and real estate.

Midwest Focus

Retooling for a new economy

Our Madison office focuses on helping Midwest communities and businesses reposition economically and build creative, sustainable pathways to a vibrant future. Applying a range of visionary economic repositioning strategies, our work is making a world of difference to clients across the Midwest.

Coastal Communities Focus

A coastal cities revival

Great Lakes cities like Milwaukee, Manitowoc, Racine, Sturgeon Bay, and Sheboygan have a bright new outlook on the horizon. Our Milwaukee office is helping assemble and lead a range of inventive economic development initiatives that are taking shape all along the Lake Michigan freshwater coast.

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Talk to us about the new Opportunity Zone tool for attracting revitalization investment!

Deeply involved with impactful project development and implementation--and already having created successful Opportunity Zone applications in several states--Vandewalle and Associates is uniquely qualified to provide the analysis, prioritization, and catalytic project planning that will attract investors and spur economic development in your designated Opportunity Zones. 

Stevens Point holds public open house to discuss the future of downtown

STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN: An open house will focus on the Downtown so the public can...

Waterloo considering design of new downtown marina

The city and Waterloo Development Corp. have been working (with the help of Vandewalle & Associates) to create a boating facility on the west bank of the river just upstream from the Manatt’s concrete plant, near the intersection of West Commercial Street and River Road.

Former Gehl site now proposed for hotel and office in West Bend

The City of West Bend has entered into an agreement with RafRad LLC and Kinseth Hospitality with the intention of constructing a hotel and office building on the former Gehl site in the downtown. Working in partnership with Washington County Site Development Committee (SRC) the City of West Bend completed a hotel study specifically dedicated to the former Gehl site. City staff approached SRC and identified the site as a high priority redevelopment site. 

Who else is in Milwaukee’s Global Water Center?

MILWAUKEE, WISC: The Vandewalle & Associates’ Milwaukee team is in good company...

Carrollton group seeking grant for improvement studies

A Carrollton civic group is hoping to fund two studies that will help find ways the group can improve the community. The first study, which will be conducted by Vandewalle and Associates, will provide areas of improvement for the community, such as business opportunities or needs. “They will look at the community and region and find the areas where there are significant opportunities,” Pinkston said.

Fort Atkinson updates and adopts Comprehensive Plan

FORT ATKINSON, WISC. The City of Fort Atkinson Common Council and Plan Commission held a...

New Discovery Garden Park open in McFarland

Adjacent to the E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland has a newly reimagined park space designed to spark kids' creativity and inspire interaction with textures, sounds and multi-sensory activities. Designed by Vandewalle & Associates' design team, the park is now open to the public.

Watch the latest drone video of the Monona Riverfront project

MONONA, WISC: Check out the construction progress on “The Current,” on...

City of Jefferson awarded $250,000 CDI Grant from WEDC

The City of Jefferson has been awarded a $250,000 CDI Grant from WEDC. The grant will help Gorman Company’s construction of the Candise Street Lofts--a redevelopment project that is a key part of the Downtown and Economic Recovery Plans that Vandewalle has worked on over the last several years.

Waterloo begins next phase of improvements on Highway 63

"The new Highway 63 design has made pedestrian safety improvements that allowed for connections and accessibility from John Deere Waterloo Works and the TechWorks campus to downtown businesses, residential and entertainment,” said Marta Purdy, of Vandewalle and Associates, a downtown planning consultant.

Watch the latest drone video of Monona’s riverfront project, “The Current”

MONONA, WISC: The Galway Companies have shared their latest video of the City of...

2019 is a big year for the Oscar Mayer site

The opportunity to reposition the 72-acre former Oscar Mayer site and the surrounding area for the next 100 years is "one of the more important economic development projects that Madison will undertake." Several different development opportunities have been identified as part of the city’s Strategic Assessment Report (prepared for the City with the help of Vandewalle & Associates).

Janesville Town Square earns 2019 Wisconsin Chapter APWA Project of the Year

JANESVILLE, WISC: The Wisconsin Chapter APWA (American Public Works Association) ...

Carrollton Square Initiative travels to Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin to see redevelopment in action

CARROLLTON, ILL. to MT. HOREB, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM THE GREENE PRAIRIE PRESS):...

Renovated new event center in Mount Horeb offers additional opportunities on first floor

A former farm implement building is coming back to life as another example of redevelopment and growth in downtown Mount Horeb. Vandewalle & Associates has been assisting the city with the downtown planing and economic development. “We’re really trying to build momentum and change things in downtown Mount Horeb, and this was an opportunity to get involved in a deeper way,” said building Owner Steve Grundahl. 

Mount Horeb gets “Wisconsin’s first (full-service) Cider Bar”

MOUNT HOREB, WISC (EXCERPTS FROM MADISON.COM): Brix Cider is the newest addition to...

Next Muncie works to revitalize Muncie’s central core with select projects

MUNCIE, INDIANA (EXCERPTS FROM MUNCIE JOURNAL and ALLIANCE MAGAZINE): Next Muncie–a...

Downtown Hartford redevelopment continues with Rincón luxury apartment project

At the urging of area employers, the city and other area stakeholders took steps to redevelop Hartford's downtown. More than three years ago, the city hired urban planners Vandewalle & Associates Inc. to conduct a downtown opportunity analysis. The result has been two catalytic projects in downtown Hartford and more than 300 new apartment units either opened or planned within the past two years.

Madison City Council adopts guidelines for former Oscar Mayer site

MADISON, WI (EXCERPTS FROM MADISON.COM):  After a nearly yearlong study, the Madison...

Whitewater City Council explores housing challenges

the council heard City Manager Cameron Clapper give a summarized report. That joint session was referred to as a “charrette,” a French word meaning “collaborative design.” The two-hour session was facilitated by Mike Slavney of the firm Vandewalle & Associates, which is the city’s planning consultant. The charrette was a result of an issue that came to light over the summer of 2018 regarding the zoning of annexed land into the city and the proposed development of townhomes on that land.