It is our honor and privilege to announce that Sarah Hole will be leaving Common Wealth Development, effective July 31, to enjoy her retirement. Over the past 22 years, Sarah has been instrumental in Common Wealth’s success as well as being an integral piece of Madison’s economy as the Facilities Director for Common Wealth’s two business incubators, Madison Enterprise Center and Main Street Industries.
Prior to her arrival at Common Wealth, Sarah earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Earlham College and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Sarah joined the Common Wealth family on September 1, 1995, and has been an ambit of growth and development for our economic development efforts ever since. Through Sarah’s stewardship and support, the Common Wealth incubators have supported the growth of over 100 businesses including the 28 current incubator tenants (since their inception Common Wealth incubators have served 137 total businesses). Some of the successful incubator graduates include: ShopBop, Virent Energy Systems, Filament Games, Etes-Vous Pret, Artful Home, Broadjam, Full Spectrum Solar, Applied Tech Solutions and Just Coffee.
In 2007 Sarah worked with MG&E Facility Director on coordinating MEC building renovations that included insulating all exterior walls, installing new energy efficient windows and installing new high efficiency HVAC units. In 2010, she successfully applied for a Business Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) application for $100,000 ($50,000 grant and $50,000 no interest loan) for energy improvements at Main Street Industries. BEEP provided funding for the installation of a 10kW solar electric system, replacement of 22 aging HVAC units with high efficiency units and upgrading of common area lighting.
Currently, Sarah is at the helm of a $1.5M rehabilitation of Main Street Industries, setting the incubator up for continued success for the years to come. There is no doubt that the overall success and upkeep of the Common Wealth business incubators are largely due to her dedication and commitment to the building and the economic development efforts of Common Wealth.
Madison is fortunate to have people such as Sarah Hole counted amongst its citizenry, whose dedication and commitment to the mission of Common Wealth has served to establish economic opportunities that will benefit the community for many years to come.
Please join us in congratulating Sarah on October 25 from 5:00 pm – 7:00pm at Old Sugar Distillery.