THE RIGHT CLIMATE FOR BUSINESS TO GROW

Attracting new business and investment to the state is a top strategic priority for WEDC, and our attraction team engages with prospective businesses worldwide to make the case for how Wisconsin can meet their unique needs.

WEDC’s attraction strategy includes engaging with and cultivating relationships with corporate location decision-makers and C-suite business executives to increase their awareness of all Wisconsin has to offer. Our attraction team also proactively recruits targeted companies by identifying and researching their growth potential, delivering solid data supporting a Wisconsin location and developing a competitive incentive package.

WEDC also makes business and foreign direct investment attraction a priority in our worldwide trade ventures and international trade shows, promoting Wisconsin’s strengths, including location, infrastructure, tax climate, industry clusters, skilled workforce, institutions of higher education, cost of living and quality of life to global business leaders in key international markets.

WEDC PROGRAMS

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LOAN PROGRAM

Loan program primarily for small businesses that have limited access to standard types of debt or equity financing, particularly in rural areas of the state.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT

Refundable tax credits for companies remaining, expanding or relocating in Wisconsin.

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CERTIFIED SITES PROGRAM

Consistent standards developed for Wisconsin sites consisting of at least 20 contiguous, developable acres signaling that key approvals, documentations and assessments for industrial uses are already in place.

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DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY ZONE

Non-refundable tax credits for new and expanding businesses in the cities of Beloit, Janesville and Kenosha to assist with capital investment and the creation and retention of new, full-time jobs.

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ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX CREDIT

Refundable tax credits for companies undertaking major expansion projects in, or relocating major business operations from other states to, Wisconsin.

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INDUSTRIAL REVENUE BONDS

A unique type of revenue bond organized and issued by a state or local government, the proceeds of which are directed to a private, for-profit business.

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MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Initiatives include revolving loan funds offered through minority business associations and an annual conference that is the state’s premier event for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.

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WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANT

Grants for businesses to upgrade or improve the job-related skills of their full-time employees.

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LOCATE IN WISCONSIN™

Our comprehensive online site location tool allows brokers, realtors, municipalities and economic development professionals to list available properties throughout the state.

LAUNCH TOOL ON IN WISCONSIN

CERTIFIED IN WISCONSIN™

Through this program, partners can list available industrial sites that have met our consistent standards for certification.

VIEW LIST ON IN WISCONSIN

WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

Dollar General Corp.

​To find a site for a new distribution center, Dollar General Corp. called on the Certified In Wisconsin Program, which provides a consistent set of standards for industrial site certification. Read More

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Diversified Manufacturing Corporation

When Diversified Manufacturing Corporation, a premier contract manufacturer of over-the-counter skin care and personal grooming products, realized it needed to consolidate its Minnesota operations into a single location, the company looked to Wisconsin. Read More

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Foxconn Technology Group

Foxconn’s historic investment in Racine County is Wisconsin’s largest economic development project ever and the largest corporate attraction project in U.S. history as measured by jobs. Read More

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Colbert Packaging Corp.

​In relocating its flexographic packaging operation and related warehousing services from northern Illinois, Colbert Packaging Corp. selected a Kenosha site for its proximity to the Interstate and major transportation hubs. Read More

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​To find a site for a new distribution center, Dollar General Corp. called on the Certified In Wisconsin Program, which provides a consistent set of standards for industrial site certification. Read More

Read Story
dollar-general-logo

When Diversified Manufacturing Corporation, a premier contract manufacturer of over-the-counter skin care and personal grooming products, realized it needed to consolidate its Minnesota operations into a single location, the company looked to Wisconsin. Read More

Read Story
logo-444733285

Foxconn’s historic investment in Racine County is Wisconsin’s largest economic development project ever and the largest corporate attraction project in U.S. history as measured by jobs. Read More

Read Story
2000px-Foxconn_logo

​In relocating its flexographic packaging operation and related warehousing services from northern Illinois, Colbert Packaging Corp. selected a Kenosha site for its proximity to the Interstate and major transportation hubs. Read More

Read Story
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“WEDC is a valuable economic development engine. At ConsortiEX, we found WEDC resources, programs and assistance key to expanding our healthcare IT services that support hospital pharmacy quality management.”

NEAL K. LONG • CEO, CONSORTIEX

“The state of Wisconsin, through WEDC and the local economic development network, is ready to do business.”

MIKE MULLIS • SITE CONSULTANT, J.M. MULLIS INC

“As we are embarking on building one of the largest facilities in the confectionary industry, this location provides ideal conditions to further grow HARIBO’s successful business in the USA.”

WES SABER • EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO, HARIBO OF AMERICA INC.