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The Business and Professional Coalition is leaning into crucial questions about smart and sustainable urban economic development with its 2023-24 program series at Carthage.

Headshot of Jordan Komp On Oct. 5, Carthage hosted Jordan Komp, associate principal engineer with Thornton Tomasetti, a world-renowned structural design, engineering, and materials analysis firm. Mr. Komp was a supervising engineer on the Ascent project, a 25-story tower that is the world’s tallest mass-timber structure.

He spoke with the Business and Professional Coalition about the Ascent Tower’s signature material, cross-laminated timber slabs, beams, and columns. In a fireside chat with Professor Kathryn Hasz, Mr. Komp described the extensive fire testing he conducted to ensure the timber structure would exceed code required fire ratings and discussed the exciting future of building tall with wood!

Smart Urban Development Roundtable

The next event will occur at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Todd Wehr Center Jockey rooms. Featuring noted landscape architect Tim Duggan, a specialist in regenerative design, this roundtable program will generate discussion around a series of topics under the umbrella of smart and sustainable urban development.

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Mr. Duggan is the founder of Phronesis, a highly collaborative and nimble landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm focused entirely on creating sustainable infrastructure and community systems. He will launch our roundtable program with a talk that asks us to reconsider how we understand “the city” and lead us in a conversation about the challenges ahead for Kenosha’s growth and development.

Participants will then join separate conversations on topics ranging from urban waterways and ecosystems, to intelligent transportation and data-enabled public health solutions.

About the Program

For nearly 30 years, the Business and Professional Coalition (BPC), a network of regional civic, business, and professional leaders, have met regularly at Carthage to engage in substantive discussion around topics of regional and national import, and conversations that aim to further the region’s economic growth and prosperity. Through programming that includes prominent guest speakers and panel events, the BPC promotes learning, conversation, and relationship building to strengthen our local business community.

Save the dates for our future events:

  • Thursday, Feb. 29: Business for a Better World
  • Thursday, April 18: The Future of Higher Education with UW-System President Jay Rothman

These events are free and open to the public. The program is supported by the Sam and Gene Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program. Sponsors of the BPC include Riley Construction Company, Inc.; Lee Mechanical; HARIBO of America; KABA; Partners in Design Architects; Johnson Financial Group; Snap-on; State Bank of the Lakes; Wintrust Commercial Banking; Prem Magnetics; Camosy Construction; Tenuta’s Liquors and Delicatessen; and United Way of Kenosha County. Sponsorships support the Ralph Tenuta Experiential Learning Fund and the Carthage Fund.

To learn more about this event, please contact Katharine Keenan at or 262-551-6464. Keep informed by joining our mailing list!