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.
LITTLE POTATO COMPANY
WEDC helps The Little Potato Company establish a U.S. office In Wisconsin®
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.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT
Refundable tax credits for companies remaining, expanding or relocating in Wisconsin.
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.
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.
ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX CREDIT
Refundable tax credits for companies undertaking major expansion projects in, or relocating major business operations from other states to, Wisconsin.
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.
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.
WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANT
Grants for businesses to upgrade or improve the job-related skills of their full-time employees.
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.
The Little Potato Company
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 MoreRead Story
HARIBO has selected Kenosha County as the site of its first manufacturing facility in North America and attracting the company to Wisconsin aligns with WEDC’s proactive foreign direct investment strategy. Read MoreRead Story
With sales reaching double-digit growth, and recognizing the value the potatoes were bringing shoppers, The Little Potato Company saw an opportunity in the U.S. market and decided to seize it in Wisconsin. Read MoreRead Story
“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.