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We're a catalyst for
a more competitive middle America.

We’re Waymaker Group — a full-service economic development firm focused on jumpstarting innovation districts in the heartland. We help mid-market cities plan and fund mixed-use innovation spaces, attract anchor tenants, build diverse talent pipelines, and propel inclusive growth.


Who We Serve

  • Governments seeking to build a stronger, more sustainable economy

  • Corporates looking to put down roots where they can scale in an inclusive and meaningful way

  • Nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of the people in the communities they serve

  • Higher Education looking to forge strategic innovation partnerships with government and private companies



Be Curious: We never try to out-city big cities because we believe emerging cities have the greatest potential for success when they stay true to their unique strengths and roots.

Make Room at the Table: We orchestrate deep collaboration between diverse stakeholders and champion underserved voices in pursuit of equitable growth.

Be Bold and Take Risks: We never shy from challenging the status quo. We lead emerging cities fearlessly into the future with new ideas that shape a better path forward.


"Waymaker’s depth in technology and innovation economies has guided Kenosha in developing a new value proposition to initiate a deliberate approach to build a special technology community never before considered. We enjoy working with their talented team and trust that they will continue to help us optimize progressive economic opportunities."

- Heather Wessling, Vice President, Kenosha Area Business Alliance


Meet the people driving our mission.

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