James J. Schmitt was elected the 41st Mayor of Green Bay in April 2003; he was re-elected in April 2007 and again in April 2011. He is presently the second longest serving Mayor in Green Bay’s history. Schmitt is a graduate of St. Norbert College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Schmitt and Dona, his wife of more than 25 years, reside in the City’s historic Astor Neighborhood where they have raised daughters Anna, Greta, and Laura.
Mayor Schmitt serves on the Advisory Board of both the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. In the private sector, Schmitt was president of Famis Manufacturing Inc. and received the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Under the leadership of Mayor Schmitt, the City of Green Bay has undergone significant redevelopment of its downtown, including The CityDeck, Bellin Building, Nicolet Bank Building, Green Bay Children’s Museum and Associated Bank headquarters. He has brought substantial new development and investment to Green Bay and increased value to neighborhoods and industrial parks, achieving over six billion dollars in assessed value for the City. Mayor Schmitt has put great effort in connecting neighborhoods with city hall by helping develop 35+ neighborhood associations. Recent achievements include; acquisition and deployment of the Zippin Pippin roller coaster, redevelopment of the Washington Commons mall into Schreiber Foods Global Technology Center, expansion of the KI Convention Center, city with the highest credit score and Green Bay Press Gazette Person of the Year.
While living in tough economic times, Mayor Schmitt’s budgets have been below tight state-imposed levy limits as he finds efficiencies and creative policies to consolidate government functions while promoting incentives, improving public safety, and leading through example to bring about a healthier workforce.