The City of Watertown and the Watertown Redevelopment Authority (RDA) welcome Mason Becker to the position Executive Director for the RDA the City’s Strategic Initiatives and Development Coordinator.
A resident and alder of Fort Atkinson, Becker will oversee efforts to attract, retain, and foster economic development in addition to place-making of businesses and community development.
Becker attended Luther Preparatory School in Watertown and is currently finishing his master of public administration degree from UW-Oshkosh. He has a degree in speech communications from UW-Whitewater.
A small business owner himself, Becker currently is part owner with his parents of several Subway restaurants in and around Jefferson County. At one time, he and his wife, Laura, were owners of a Snap Fitness franchise in Oconomowoc, eventually growing that number to five, including one in Fort Atkinson.
He is in the midst of his fourth term on the Fort Atkinson City Council where he spent three years as the council president.
“My interest in our local economy spurred me to run for the Fort Atkinson City Council in 2015,” he said. “I recognized that our city government needed to refocus its approach to business attraction and development, and I spearheaded creation of an official Economic Development Commission during my first term.”
Becker, who is also president of the Fort Atkinson Lions Club, said he has “a heart for public service.”
“Watertown has so many great things happening here and so many strengths to build upon,” he said. “I appreciate the City’s sense of history, sense of place, and focus on making its downtown a place of growth and celebration.”