Wisconsin Economic Development Guide

2015-2016

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4 W I S C O N S I N E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T G U I D E C O N T E N T S 8 BUSINESS CLIMATE OVERVIEW With top rakings for quality of life and fewer tax restrictions for manufacturing and agricultural companies, Wisconsin is creating an even better environment for business. 12 INTERVIEW WITH GOV. SCOTT WALKER Gov. Scott Walker plans to lower the tax burden and ensure that the rest of the country knows about Wisconsin's frst-class workforce. 16 INTERVIEW WITH REED HALL Secretary and CEO Reed Hall of WEDC isn't being meek about the state's signifcant presence in IT and water technology, or its various expansion projects. 18 REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP ROUNDUP Madison Region Economic Partnership, M7 Community Development, The New North and Momentum West are working with the state to advance business growth at the local level. 24 EDUCATION Churning out ideas for the future is what higher education in Wisconsin is all about. 30 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT With several key programs and a wide-reaching support system in the WEDC, community development is seeing monumental results. 33 COLLABORATION & PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS The state's long history of making things has paved the way to public-private partnerships with businesses and technical colleges. 38 ENTREPRENEUR FEATURE Known for nurturing startups, Wisconsin has created the perfect environment for successful new businesses like JAMF Software. 40 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT The Fast Forward workforce development program has provided grants to train nearly 14,000 workers in the state, with grants adding up to $12.5 million. 43 ENERGY, POWER & CONTROLS Energy is a blossoming industry in Wisconsin. With more than 900 companies in the EPC sector, the state has positioned itself as a leader. 47 WATER TECHNOLOGY The Blue Economy is blazing across Wisconsin. The state touts more than 300 water technology companies, registering $5.7 billion in annual sales. 50 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Home to IT industry leaders like Epic and Shoutlet, the state is also paving the way for new companies with its strong education system, qualifed workforce and fnancial programs. siteselection.com/cc/wisconsin 11 ONLINE EDITION 88 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS p8 p12 p47

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