Key Economic Development Contacts

The Village of Brookfield Economic Development Team is dedicated to your business success.  We work closely with developers to ensure a smooth zoning review process, prompt building inspections, and timely resolution to issues.  The team also provides complimentary consultations with smaller businesses that are developing business location plans and that seek informal advice on zoning and building permit issues.


Martin Bourke – Interim Director of Community & Economic Development

The Interim Director of Community & Economic Development works in tandem with the Village Manager to promote economic growth in the Village. In practice, this involves (a) ensuring good customer service on building and zoning reviews, (b) creating incentives to developers to locate or expand in the Village, and (c) engaging closely with existing businesses to identify and remove barriers to economic growth (parking, licensing issues, etc.). The Interim Director also works to enhance the visibility of the community and to partner with key stakeholders such as the Brookfield Zoo, the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

Elyse Vukelich – Village Planner

Ms. Vukelich is responsible for all zoning reviews in the Village and serves as the liaison to the Village’s Planning & Zoning Commission.  Regarding zoning reviews, she is available to provide helpful information about land use regulations that may pertain to a given property, for home builders, developers, homeowners and other stakeholders. Ms. Vukelich also provides courtesy consultations for businesses looking to locate in certain zoning districts and to determine if specific businesses (“uses”) are allowed.  She also oversees long-term planning projects including the implementation of the Village’s new Comprehensive Plan and Active Transportation Plan.

Ms. Vukelich is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s graduate program in urban planning.

Megan Shilney – Permit Services Coordinator

As Permit Services Coordinator, Ms. Shilney is the first point of contact in the permit review process. She quarterbacks all the steps and assembles staff resources such as internal inspectors, external inspectors and specialized reviews to achieve a fast turn-around on building permit reviews and inspections, as well as re-inspections.

Paul Trudeau – Chief Building Inspector

Mr. Trudeau conducts all building inspections and plan reviews, and issues certificates of occupancy prior to all business openings.  He brings a wealth of experience from a lengthy background in commercial and residential construction.  He graduated from the Building & Fire Code Academy’s Career Development Certificate Program.

Mr. Trudeau attended West Point and is a graduate of Lake Forest College.