Wisconsin Economic Development Guide

2015-2016

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6 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 54 BIOTECH Big pockets of growth in biotech are emerging across the state, and biotech companies are garnering headlines and making history. 58 AEROSPACE & AVIATION Aviation soars in Wisconsin with manufacturing precision and innovation, and the world's largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts. 61 ADVANCED MATERIALS & MANUFACTURING With more than $53 billion in output in 2013, the state is recognized as a leader in manufacturing for its efforts in industry partnerships, collaboration and integration. 65 AGRICULTURE & FOOD PROCESSING Leading the nation in food production doesn't happen overnight. The state's rich agricultural history lends a hand to entrepreneurs and product development. 68 CERTIFIED SITES Wisconsin bites back, leading the way with the Certifed in Wisconsin Program that goes beyond shovel-ready certifcation to attract new business. 72 TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE With several major expansions to infrastructure on the way, Wisconsin is poised to tackle freight transportation in the most effcient way. 76 EXPORTS & FDI In 2014, Wisconsin businesses exported $23.4 billion in goods worldwide. With a multimodal infrastructure, goods can reach any US location in just 24 hours. 79 FAMOUS WISCONSINITES & FUN FACTS Wisconsin has an offcial state pastry and the state animal is the badger. Learn more fun facts about this iconic state and the famous people who call it home. 81 QUALITY OF LIFE Wisconsin's top-rated quality of life spans all four seasons. The state has it all, and residents couldn't be happier. 86 TOP 10 From the state's leading economic projects to the best restaurants and parks, these rankings may take a few by surprise. ....................................................................................................................................................................... CEO & Publisher L AUR A LYNE President ADAM JONES-KELLE Y Executive Vice President RONALD J. STARNER Managing Editor of Custom Content CRYSTAL MEDLER Editor in Chief MARK AREND Managing Editor ADAM BRUNS Senior Editor PAT T Y R ASMUS SEN Contributing Writers BE TH BRODY, C AROL C ARTER, JAN JABEN-EILON, MICHAEL P. K AS SNER Art Director SCOT T L ARSEN Production Manager BOB GR AVLEE Graphic Designers SE AN SC ANTL AND, RICHARD NENOFF, T YLER DAWSON, K ATHERINE KONZ AL Vice President of Sales CHARLES FIT ZGIBBON Director of Custom Content PAUL TARR ANTS Director of Corporate Projects MICHELLE ROY Director of Marketing L AUREN EUBANK Circulation Manager JULIE CL ARKE Staf Photographer HE ATHER OVERMAN D I G I TA L T E C H N O L O G Y T E A M Director of IT DAVID SODEN Webmaster BEN YAWN Database Administration Manager DANIEL BOYER The publishers believe that the information contained in this publication is accurate. However, the in formation is not war ranted, and neither Conway, nor Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., assumes any liability or responsibility for actual, consequential or incidental damages re sulting from inaccurate or erroneous information. PHONE: (770) 446-6996 • FA X: (770) 263-8825 • TOLL FREE: (800) 554-5686 email: editor @conway.com web: siteselection.com/cc/wisconsin Wisconsin Economic Development Guide is published annually by Conway, 6625 The Corners Parkway, Suite 200, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 USA. PRINTED IN USA. ©2015 Conway p61 p76 p79

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