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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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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Cost of hospital care slows in southeastern Wisconsin

Payments to hospitals from private health insurers and employers increased an estimated 37% in southeastern Wisconsin in a decade compared with a 75% increase nationally.

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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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Employment opportunities looking up for central Wisconsin

Unemployment rates across central Wisconsin are improving, reflecting the national trend in job growth, but the region’s jobs outlook may be even better than the figures show. Job market observers across central Wisconsin say that there are plenty of jobs available, but employers say that workers are hard to find. An official from a Marshfield-area employment services firm says the company is putting more workers into jobs than last year, but locating job seekers is getting increasingly difficult. Read…

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West Bend Darrow dealership expanding to music store site

The White House of Music store in West Bend would be converted into an auto repair and sales facility for the neighboring Russ Darrow Chrysler dealership, under a new proposal.

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Manufacturers are still cautious, but growing: Marquette-ISM Report

A number of manufacturers in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois are feeling pretty good about how their businesses are growing; however, a majority are expecting conditions to remain the same over the next six months, according to the Marquette-ISM Report on Manufacturing by Marquette University. The Milwaukee-area PMI in June was 60.57, which is slightly lower than in May when it was at 63.49. The index has been over 50 for eight of the past 10 months. In April, however, it was at 47.26.…

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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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Radio stations in Racine, West Bend to be sold to Tomah broadcaster

The sale of Racine radio stations WRJN-AM (1400) and WEZY-FM (92.1) and West Bend’s WBKV-AM (1470) and WBWI-FM (92.5) is pending approval from the FCC.

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Most Wisconsin millennials plan homeownership in next five years

Almost 75 percent of Wisconsin millennials plan to purchase a home in the next five years, according to a new survey from BMO Harris Bank.

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Views of retirement changing, survey shows

Views of retirement are evolving between generations, with the expectations of those still working different from those who’ve already quit, survey results released Tuesday by Milwaukee’s Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. show.

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New collection of broadband laws and policies

The UWEX Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center has published a new collection of broadband laws and policies which can be helpful to communities wanting to make more informed decisions regarding their own policies, agreements, ordinances, and plans. These samples assist with understanding the issues that have been considered by others, and can be used as a starting point for local discussions.   You can find the online and downloadable 

PDF version here: Collected Broadband Regulations

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72-unit apartment development proposed in Hartford

A 72-unit apartment complex and a nearby commercial space is being planned for Hartford.

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Wisconsin job market ranks among best in the nation

The job markets of Wisconsin and metropolitan Milwaukee rank among the best in the nation, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin earns national rankings

Wauwatosa-based Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been ranked among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals on the annual U. S. News World Report list.

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Alarm sounded over Wisconsin’s lack of start-ups, venture capital

The national trend toward fewer business start-ups is particularly disconcerting for Wisconsin, which trails neighboring states in venture capital by a large margin.

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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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Crowdfunding bill takes effect

Wisconsin will implement a law that allows online crowdfunding for state businesses on June 1.

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Milwaukee region among 12 picked for federal program on manufacturing

The seven-county region was chosen by the Obama administration to get preferential consideration for up to $1.3 billion in grants from 11 federal agencies.

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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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Federal Tool to move to West Bend, expand facility

Federal Tool Engineering LLC plans to move its Cedarburg operations into a building it owns in West Bend.

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MD Design moving to West Bend

Menomonee Falls-based MD Design Automation is moving all of its operations to a new facility it is purchasing in West Bend.

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Falls machine shop proposes West Bend building

A machine shop plans to move from Menomonee Falls to a new building that would be developed in West Bend.

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