Real estate profile: Chris Schanz

community development specialist, Racine County Economic Development Corp.

Title: Community Development Specialist
Company: Racine County Economic Development Corp. (RCEDC)
Education: Master of urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Family: Fiance, Francie Flegner; parents, Ronald and Gretchen; brother, Nick.   
City of residence: "Currently West Allis, but my hometown is Sussex."
Hobbies and interests: "Running marathons, following all Wisconsin sports, anything outdoors, traveling."    
What are you working on? "Since joining RCEDC in June of 2007, I have been involved in a number of projects. I am the RCEDC staff person for the City of Burlington, the Village of Caledonia, and brownfield redevelopment projects in the City of Racine."    
How does the market look to you? "I am excited about the regional approach to economic development spear-headed by the Milwaukee 7. The future of Racine County looks bright considering its location, conveniently located within the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor."
What was the best deal you’ve ever been involved in? "Currently, I am involved in a rather unique project involving malted milk. The former home to Horlick’s Malted Milk Corporation in Racine is looking for new users. Each building on the campus is totally unique. When I toured the campus, it was very interesting to learn about the site’s history. Some features to note about the buildings are the vaults with heavily protected five-foot wide walls. Apparently Mr. Horlick did not believe in banks." 
What was the funniest moment of your career? "So far, knowing that I can plan a ribbon cutting ceremony involving hundreds of people for a completed brownfield project, but will certainly rely inconceivably on my fiance to plan our wedding. There is no way I could handle the stress involved."       

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