Corey Zetts has transitioned from acting executive director of Menomonee Valley Partners Inc. to executive director of the organization, according to an appointment announced on Wednesday.
Zetts, who previously served as MVP’s associate director, took over leadership of the nonprofit community development organization in September when former executive director, Laura Bray, left to become CEO of Madison-based BioForward, Inc.
During her near 10-year run at MVP, Zett has largely focused on real estate development and business recruitment, infrastructure and design planning, habitat restoration, public art and community engagement, according to the organization.
Among the projects Zetts has contributed to throughout her career are the transformation of the former Milwaukee Stockyards into the Canal Commerce Center, the redevelopment of the Milwaukee Road Shops into Menomonee Valley Industrial Center and the establishment of new businesses to the area. She has also been part of the emergence of Three Bridges Park, completion of the Hank Aaron State Trail and creation of the Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley branch.
“The valley’s success is the result of bold vision, strong planning and collaboration across public and private sectors,” said Mick Hatch, president of MVP’s board of directors. “Our board knows that Corey’s expertise in urban redevelopment, enthusiasm for our work, and relationships with our many stakeholders make her the best choice to lead MVP into the future.”
Additionally, Zetts has been a force in strategic planning initiatives for the long-term development of the Menomonee Valley area.
“The recent revitalization of the valley has been extraordinary and has helped make Milwaukee a model of sustainable redevelopment,” Zetts said. “I am excited to work with our strong board, staff and partners as we continue to help move the valley towards its full potential. We will be focusing on revitalizing the many underutilized properties that remain in the valley, capitalizing on upcoming infrastructure projects, and job opportunities in the valley.”