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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EDWC is hiring!

We have a challenging, full-time opportunity for a talented professional to fill a newly created position within our organization – Program Specialist.  The Program Specialist directly oversees select EDWC programs and initiatives that fuel growth companies already in or considering Washington County. In so doing, this position provides principal leadership to EDWC’s workforce and partner relations programs. New challenges and interesting projects are a regular part of the fast-paced culture at EDWC, making for numerous opportunities to gain unique, meaningful experience and make a real, positive impact on our region. Members of our team are passionate about their role in executing our mission and enjoy an accountable yet flexible work environment supported by diverse local leadership and top talent in the economic development profession.

Click here to access the full position description: EDWC_ProgramSpecialist_2014-10-16.  Resumes and cover letters are due no later than 5pm on October 29th.

Menasha Packaging plans $5 million expansion in Hartford

Menasha Packaging Co. said Monday it will spend $5 million to expand production capacity at its Hartford plant, a move that could create about 75 jobs in Hartford and Neenah.

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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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Walker says minimum wage doesn’t serve ‘a purpose’

Gov. Scott Walker offered an ambiguous answer when asked about the state’s minimum wage at Friday’s debate.

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Legislative Update, September 2014

Governor Scott Walker has released a 64-page campaign jobs plan, “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback.”

Walker’s plan focuses on:

  • Tax reduction and relief;
  • Closing the skills gap through worker training and higher education tuition freezes; and
  • Putting more controls on state entitlement programs, to get more people working.

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2015 Top Workplaces program now accepting nominations

The Journal Sentinel is launching its search for the best employers in southeast Wisconsin for its sixth annual Top Workplaces program.

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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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$8 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants Available

Round 3 of Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant cycle opens on September 2 with $8 million available for employer-led training solutions to benefit skilled and semi-skilled job seekers and incumbent workers. Grant applicants can be a single business, a consortium of businesses, or employers in partnership with local workforce and/or economic development organizations.


WFF is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development – Office of Skills Development. For more information about grant deadlines and funding ranges by industry sectors and occupational areas, visit Wisconsin Fast Forward – Grant Program Announcements or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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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PSC Grant Application Period Now Open

History and Purpose of the Program: 
The Broadband Expansion Grant program was created in 2013 by Act 20. This program provides reimbursement for equipment and construction expenses incurred to extend or improve broadband telecommunications service in underserved areas of the state.

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Jobs recovery continues as employers add 209,000 jobs

By the standards of the past several years, Friday’s employment report for July signaled a robust pace of job creation as the U.S. economy added more than 200,000 non-farm jobs for the sixth consecutive month.

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Summit will focus on food business start-ups

Foodies looking to launch a business will learn how to do it at the first-ever Edible Startup Summit, a one-day event that will be held in Madison in late August.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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