Washington County’s quality of life, abundant workforce and proximity to the Milwaukee market make it one of the best areas in the state to live your life and grow your business.

There are many reasons why Washington County is a great place to expand and relocate, but here are just a few:

  • A population that’s growing more than twice as fast as the state’s population growth rate
  • An excellent education system that touts a high school graduation rate that’s higher than both the state and country as a whole
  • A median household income that exceeds the state and national averages

Don’t just take our word for it.  Check out some of our latest project profiles to find out why companies are choosing to locate and grow in Washington County: EDWC Project Profiles.


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Abele selects new Milwaukee County economic development director

Jim Tarantino, who most recently has been working on development efforts around General Mitchell International Airport, was named Milwaukee County’s new economic development director.

Tarantino fills a job that Teig Whaley-Smith left to become director of the county’s Department of Administrative Services.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced the selection Thursday. Major development initiatives for the county include selling its land in the Park East corridor and the sale of the Downtown…

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Wisconsin’s jobless rate fell to 5% in January

The state’s unemployment rate is hovering at the best levels since August 2008, about a month before the financial market meltdown in that year triggered a brutal global downturn.

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WisBusiness: The Show features WEDC’s Tricia Braun

MADISON – This episode features Tricia Braun, vice president of economic and community development at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., discussing the agency’s recruitment and attraction strategies for 2015.

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Takeaways from Gov. Scott Walker’s $68B budget address

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fleshed out his 2015-17 budget proposal Tuesday, adding to previously announced plans for funding a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks and a proposed $300 million two-year cut to the University of Wisconsin System. The two-year plan, unveiled before the state Legislature Tuesday evening, also covered new territory. Walker called it his “Freedom and Prosperity” proposal, and delivered the details in under 30 minutes. Not mentioned in his speech, although included in the…

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Milwaukee, Madison firms raise $2 million each, filings show

Two Wisconsin companies — a Milwaukee staffing firm and a Madison biotech company — have each raised about $2 million of equity funding, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. View Original Article >>

Washington County launches workforce program

To combat a severe labor shortage that could sweep through Washington County within the next decade, the Washington County Economic Development Corporation (EDWC) has created a new program that will package customized workforce solutions for individual businesses.  Complete Article

January 2015: Three Year Framework Plan for the WEDA

Over the past quarter, the WEDA board and staff have worked diligently to build a framework for the Association to implement over the next three years. It is our hope that this framework of goals will allow the Association to explore and implement new partnerships and collaborations that will enhance our member’s economic development outcomes.

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Glenroy acquires PF Flexibles from PolyFirst

Menomonee Falls-based Glenroy Inc. recently acquired Hartford-based PF Flexibles, formerly known as Pouch Converting Technologies Inc. , from Hartford-based PolyFirst Packaging Inc.

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Scott Walker proposes way for ‘real life experience’ to qualify for teaching license

Gov. Scott Walker may try to satisfy the need for more educators with a new way of assigning teaching licenses to people with experience in certain subjects. The idea could be part of Walker’s upcoming biennial budget proposal. It would give people a three-year, renewable teaching license if they have real-world experience in an academic subject and a bachelor’s degree. The proposal could help satisfy the demand for college graduates who can teach classes in applied technology, health sciences and…

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Gabelmann Joins EDWC Team as Business Services Director


Economic Development Washington County announced today that it has hired Julie Gabelmann to serve as its first Business Services Director. This move marks the organization’s expansion into new areas of specialized, high-impact solutions for growth-oriented businesses large and small in Washington County. Click here for entire release: NewBusinessServicesDirector_EDWCNewsRelease_2015-01


WEDA Statement on Potential Merger of WEDC and WHEDA

MADISON – In response to the State of the State address, the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is encouraged by Governor Walker’s proposed merger between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). This proposal is aligned with previous economic development policies and related WEDA programming initiatives that have been announced within Wisconsin since 2010.

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On Wisconsin event celebrates Wisconsin businesses: Slideshow

Several hundred Milwaukee-area business executives filled the Wisconsin Club in downtown Milwaukee Jan. 16 to celebrate Wisconsin businesses as part of the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin’s On: Wisconsin, The Success of Wisconsin Business event. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the event. The event included remarks by Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and other business leaders. A panel discussion that followed included Jay Schauer, CFO of Allen Edmonds Corp.;…

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Meet Tom Held, the Milwaukee Business Journal’s new manufacturing reporter

I am pleased to let all of our readers know that we have hired veteran Milwaukee journalist Tom Held to cover manufacturing, travel and tourism for the Milwaukee Business Journal. Tom, who will be joining us on Tuesday, spent more than 25 years with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering politics, education, transportation and business. He left the paper in 2011. He has spent the last three years as a freelancer, including as a writer for the Milwaukee Business Journal. He also wrote for The Chronicle…

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Germatown beer garden proposed as Ride Entertainment Group footprint expands

Chaz Hastings’ Ride Entertainment Group is on the move again, planning new restaurant openings, existing menu expansions and a sprawling, 5-acre beer garden/events space, among other developments in the new year. Hasting owns Milwaukee Harley-Davidson dealership, as well as several restaurants and taverns. Nearly every restaurant in the group is seeing aesthetic and/or menu updates, but none bigger than Ride Entertainment’s Old Town Inn, in Germantown. There, Hastings is hoping to win village approval…

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Cambridge Major Laboratories plans $20 million expansion

Cambridge Major’s expansion will include a new administrative headquarters, as well as additions to its research and development and manufacturing capacity in Germantown.

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Direct marketing firm to sell Regal Ware in China

A century-old cookware manufacturer based in Kewaskum said it will sign a deal next week to sell products through a firm in China that does direct marketing to consumers, like Amway Corp. or Mary Kay Cosmetics in the United States. (View entire article here)

Focus on Energy shifting to loans rather than grants

Grants for renewable energy projects in Wisconsin will continue to exist, but the program could shift to one providing all loans in the years ahead.

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In Wisconsin, the money’s on manufacturing

Industry is a powerhouse in Wisconsin, representing about 20% of all jobs. But manufacturing is pulling in considerably more than 20% of all state business incentives.

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Manufacturers scramble to fill jobs, struggle to recruit women

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but the number of women in manufacturing has been on the decline even as companies clamor for more talent at all levels.

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Association and the Brownfields Study Group

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association and the Brownfields Study Group

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Governor Scott Walker Announces New $1 Million Program Aims to Fuel Small High-Tech Businesses

Governor Scott Walker announced the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide $1 million in funding to entrepreneurs through a new program aimed at commercializing high-tech innovation.

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US consumer confidence in July hits pre-recession level

Washington — U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years.

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New program to help seed up to 100 Wisconsin companies

The fund managers of the Badger Fund of Funds expect to be able to take the $25 million state investment and turn it into $100 million for as many as 100 businesses over the next few years. The state is investing the money into the fund to help grow businesses in Wisconsin. The managers, a partnership of Sun Mountain Capital of New Mexico and Kegonsa Capital Partners of Fitchburg, plan to raise private funds to supplement the state money, allowing relatively small investments in a larger number…

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Manufacturers plan expansions, relocations in Germantown

A series of light industrial developments are seeking village approval in Germantown, including one project that would relocate a company there from Cedarburg.

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Walker lifts WEDC moratorium on historic tax credit program

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is again accepting and reviewing developer applications for historic tax credits, a program that was put on hold last month due to higher-than-expected demand. The state earlier this year doubled the amount of tax credits developers can receive for projects to rehab historic buildings. The program was expected to have a $4 million impact on the state budget, but the actual impact had reached $35 million. The WEDC announced a moratorium on reviewing applications…

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Wisconsin is one of top states in biotech job growth, report shows

Consider a few numbers from a recent report on U.S. biotechnology:

Wisconsin was one of 12 states to gain at least 1,000 jobs in the biotech and life sciences field between 2007 and 2012 Wisconsin had nearly 31,800 jobs and nearly 1,400 businesses in the bioscience industry in 2012

The numbers highlight a new report that shows Wisconsin’s bioscience industry is not only sizable, but also growing. The report also paints Madison as a hub in many speciality areas.

For more on that report and from…

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U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Awarded to Washington County

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Washington County will receive a Brownfield Assessment grant totaling $600,000.

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WEDA Best Practices: Kerry Inc. Business Expansion

Jackson, WI – $14.5 million expansion of the existing production facility, adding 119,000 square feet and growing employment by approximately 60 new full-time jobs above the 125 persons currently employed there.

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