About the Wausau MPO
The Marathon County Metropolitan Planning Commission has been designated by the governor of Wisconsin as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to perform transportation planning activities for the Wausau area in accordance with Federal regulations and is known informally as the Wausau MPO.
The Wausau Metropolitan Planning Area includes the Cities of Mosinee, Schofield, and Wausau, the Villages of Kronenwetter, Maine, Rothschild, and Weston, and the Towns of Mosinee, Rib Mountain, Stettin, Wausau, and Weston.
The main objectives of the Marathon County Metropolitan Planning Commission are to develop and maintain a long-range transportation plan, and a short range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of state and federally funded and other regionally significant projects. The MPO also provides technical expertise to the local area transit provider Metro Ride.
The MPO biannually allocates federal funds through the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) to projects that have passed an established criteria. Funding for non-motorized transportation is available every three years through the Transportation Alternative Program.
The Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department provides the staff support for the Marathon County Metropolitan Planning Commission and annually prepares the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) to identify the types of projects and plans to be undertaken, and the budgets for the work.
There are two committees that provide technical advice to the Marathon County Metropolitan Planning Commission and assist with specialized planning. They are the Technical Advisory Committee (MPOTAC), and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Sub-Committee.
View the current MPO Bylaws (pdf)
Planning Manager for CPZ and Director of Wausau MPO
Dave began his career as a hand-drawn cartographer after completing his degree in Geography/Cartography from the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. He got his start in planning while working for NCWRPC before joining Marathon County in 1995. A lifelong resident of Marathon County, Dave lives on a beautiful piece of land with his wife, dogs, cats, and horses.
Originally from Iowa City, IA Andrew joined the Wausau MPO in 2015 after completing his Master's in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. A bike commuter for many years, Andrew is staff to the MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and has also completed workshops on bicycle infrastructure design at Portland State University. Andrew lives in Wausau with his wife, two children, two small dogs, and three bikes.
Brenda joined the Marathon County CPZ team in 2017. Besides working with the Wausau MPO, she assists with the Non-metallic Mining, POWTS, Zoning, and the CPZ's administrative tasks. Brenda holds a Business Management and Accounting degree from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. She lives in Marathon County with her husband, two children, a dog and cat. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing, boating, gardening and enjoying the outdoors.