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
  • A labor force that’s growing steadily while the rest of the Milwaukee MSA’s labor force is shrinking

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

EDWC Business Tools Lunch & Learn

Noon on April 30th; Moraine Park Technical College, West Bend, Room T-117

The website offers many tools including the Location Center and Business Accelerator - innovative, free online tools that let local businesses and prospects instantly access data from public and private sources to provide performance benchmarking, competitive assessment, best places to advertise and demographic analysis. The website also offers a great compilation of resources ranging from a business plan template to contacts for various public and private organizations to tax and unemployment rates.  Register here!


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Wisconsin’s unemployment rate falls to five-year low of 5.9%

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dipped below 6.0% in March to a five-year low of 5.9%, down from 6.1% in February, reaching its lowest point since November 2008.

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Trick to lead Racine County EDC

Jenny Trick has been named the new executive director of the Racine County Economic Development Corp. , effective immediately.

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Wisconsin ranks 35th in job creation

Wisconsin added 31,000 jobs from September 2012 to September 2013, 28,351 of which were in the private sector, according to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages released today by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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U.S. jobs up 192,000 in March, unemployment rate holds at 6.7%

The U.S. economy reached a milestone last month: The private sector has recouped the number of jobs it lost in the downturn that began in 2008.

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Tax Credit Transferability Bill Signed Into Law

Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 449, which allows for the transfer of economic development tax credits between eligible Wisconsin taxpayers. This bill, another top legislative priority for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), represents the second consecutive economic development enhancement legislation signed by the Governor today. Representative Loudenbeck and Senator Gudex authored this bipartisan bill.

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Cedarburg metal shop plans move to West Bend

A Cedarburg company that creates metal parts is planning a move to West Bend, where it would expand an industrial building it bought last year.

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March 2014 Legislative Update

The recent passage of the Tax Credit Transferability and TIF Enhancement bills are excellent examples of how your engagement makes a difference and portrays WEDA members as a valued voice on economic development issues. Events like WEDA’s annual Legislative Day help to build relationships with legislators and advance important pieces of economic development legislation. As the latest legislative session comes to a close, it is important to highlight WEDA’s accomplishments and refocus on future opportunities.

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Milwaukee manufacturing sector shows growth in March

Milwaukee-area manufacturing activity rebounded in March after contracting in February, according to a new report from the Institute for Supply Management-Milwaukee. The industry has now seen growth in six of the past seven months.

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Office of Skills Development

Governor Scott Walker proposed and the legislature signed into law legislation creating the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program in early 2013. The program, administered by the Department of Workforce Development’s Office of Skills Development (OSD), provides grants to businesses to increase the skills of their incumbent workers and new hires and to prepare unemployed and underemployed workers for high-demand, good-paying jobs.

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. accepting applications for real estate certification program

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is again launching its Certified In Wisconsin Program, a land development program that works with local officials to certify properties as development-ready to enhance the marketability of the property. Certified properties are reviewed and approved by the WEDC, which uses Deloitte Consulting to evaluate the sites to determine if they are ready for development and meet certification requirements. The certification includes documentation about the price, availability,…

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Wisconsin adds 28,351 private-sector jobs over 12 months

The latest data show a 1.2% increase that ranks the state 35th among 50 states in the pace of job creation for the 12 months ended September 2013.

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IRS Issues Final Regulations and Delays

Implementation of ACA for Smaller Employers

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Why small business ownership is appealing to vets: Bloomberg (Video)

Curtis Kroeker, group general manager at BizBuySell, explains why small business ownership is so appealing to veterans.

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Skills gap debate heats up

Discussion heated up at the standout afternoon panel at the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s “Manufacturing Matters!” event on Thursday afternoon.

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