Southwest Wisconsin

Southwest Wisconsin offers lush, rolling landscapes and rich land. As a result, this area has become a magnet for artisanal food and beverage producers, farm-to-table dining experiences, and foodies from across the country who flock to indulge in world-champion cheese. At the same time, UW-Platteville (the state’s second-largest engineering program) and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College produce a steady pipeline of top talent for local employers. Within this region you’ll find a commercial port on the Mississippi, plus rail and a state highway system.

South West Region

Key Industries:

Education and Hospitals

Medical and Surgical

Local Government


Dairy Product Manufacturing

Region’s Largest Employers

Monroe Clinic & Hospital Foundation Rayovac logo Lands' End logo Colony Brands & Affiliates logo Mayo Clinic Health System logo mercury logo oshkosh logo

We have strong roots in traditional Wisconsin cheesemaking, but we also have a new generation of energetic and educated cheesemakers who are always looking for the next innovation.


Emmi Roth | Monroe, WI

Quality of Life

Southwestern Wisconsin offers scenic beauty beyond compare, with world-class fishing, hunting, and canoeing. Situated along the Mississippi River and in our Driftless Region, this area was untouched by glaciers, making the land rich and fertile. It’s perfect for farming—and for creating Wisconsin’s world-champion cheeses. Naturally, it’s become a destination for foodies and nature lovers. With a range of lifestyles from midsize cities to small towns and rural environs—and great schools—it’s the perfect place to raise a family.

South West collage

“This Wisconsin Valley with the spring-water winding down as its center line has been looked forward to or back upon by me and mine from all over the world, as home. Every time I come back here it is with the feeling there is nothing anywhere better than this is.”

Excerpt from “Why I love Wisconsin,”
Published in Wisconsin Magazine, 1932


Spring Green, WI