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investment and providing site selection assistance to executives and their
consultants were invited in April 2006 to provide an informative article on
this simple topic.
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market knowledge, project experience, and selective facts about their state business environment
and the competitive business investment climate in their region as presented below.
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Forward Wisconsin's role in the economic development arena is to help businesses
establish profitable Wisconsin
operations. We provide state cost comparisons, Wisconsin financial information and a variety of other relocation consulting
services to prospective expanding businesses.
In Wisconsin, business assistance
is very important to us. To enhance the site selection process, we also
offer a database of available buildings and sites complemented by community
For the past 22 years we have promoted
Wisconsin and helped bring
nearly 16,000 new jobs, over 280 new businesses, and hundreds of millions of
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Wisconsin is experiencing an economic
renaissance. Spawned by experience in a wide range of technology-oriented
industries, assisted by our government's firm commitment to economic
development, and fueled by an aggressive attitude, a more competitive
Wisconsin has emerged. Here are some of the reasons why:
Wisconsin's business taxes are among the
lowest in the country due to
property tax exemptions for manufacturing machinery and equipment,
computers and computer equipment, inventories and pollution-control
Wisconsin provides tax credits for
energy used in manufacturing and for R&D expenditures.
Wisconsin has single-sales-factor tax
treatment and a 60% capital gains exclusion; no unitary tax on
foreign-owned corporations; no inheritance and gift taxes.
Wisconsin's worker's compensation
rates for most industries consistently rank among the
lowest in the country.
Wisconsin electric rates are among the
lowest in the country;
commercial and industrial water and sewer rates are also among the lowest
in the nation.
Wisconsin has one of the lowest cost
of living indices in the country.
A Customized Labor Training Fund
and more than 500 technical outreach training locations assist
companies in their specific training needs.
Wisconsin's Technology Development
Fund makes grants in support of university and industry R &
D for new products and processes.
The University of Wisconsin receives
more research and development money than any other public university
in the country.
No public institution--anywhere--spends as
much on transfer of applicable technology to private industry
as the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI).
Wisconsin's technical college system offers
more than 800 degree programs and serves one out of
every eight adults--twice the national average.
Wisconsin is among the top 15 states
in industrial production.
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In addition to its business advantages,
Wisconsin also enjoys close proximity to the major markets of the U.S. and
Canada. That means freight cost savings for distribution companies and just
in time production firms. Within 500 miles of Wisconsin (one day's shipping)
33% of the nation's population
31% of all U.S. manufacturing
30% of all U.S. business operations
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Wisconsin’s business climate is strong.
Construction activity is at record levels.
Wisconsin recorded $11 billion worth of construction starts between May
2003 and April 30, 2004. Construction employment in Wisconsin hit 121,600
in April--the highest level ever for that month--and grew to 129,100 in
Wages in Wisconsin are below the national
average. Wisconsin's average
wages are 11.6% below the national average of $36,764 (U.S. Bureau of
Wisconsin is among the top 15 states in
industrial production. Wisconsin
ranks 3rd nationally in percentage of total jobs that are in manufacturing
(Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Best Places for Business. Forbes
Magazine (May 2004) ranked Madison, Wisconsin as the No. 1 Best Metro
Area for Business. Inc. Magazine (March 2004) ranked Madison as the No. 2 Medium City for Doing Business right behind
Green Bay, WI that took the top spot.
International trade leader. Wisconsin
recorded a 1.86% increase in exports last year compared to a 5.17%
Smart and safe. Wisconsin ranks as the 6th
smartest state, the 10th safest state, and the 11th most-livable state
(Morgan Quitno Press). In 2003, Wisconsin high school seniors topped the
nation in ACT scores for the 7th straight year. Wisconsin has the
nation's 3rd lowest dropout rate (U.S. Department of Education).
Most Livable State. Wisconsin was recognized as
a 2003 Most Livable State
(Morgan Quitno Press).
Tops in R&D. UW-Madison ranks first among the nation's public universities in
Low insurance rates.
Wisconsin's homeowner insurance rates are the lowest in the
and its auto insurance rates are fifth
lowest (National Association of Insurance Carriers). Wisconsin is
among the six best states for physicians to practice thanks to the low
level of malpractice insurance premiums.
Low health care costs. Wisconsin's
hospital patient-care costs are 20% below the national average (Wisconsin
Health and Hospital Association).
Short commutes. Wisconsin has the nation's
10th shortest travel time to work with an average of 20.3 minutes (U.S.
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Wisconsin is business-friendly. It offers a
variety of tax incentives for corporations and other businesses to locate or
expand their operations within the state. Available tax incentives include
exemptions, credits, and other special corporate tax treatment along with
preferential treatment of capital gains.
In addition, Wisconsin has designated certain
areas as Economic Development Zones and local governments have created Tax
Incremental Finance (TIF) districts. Businesses locating or
expanding operations within Development Zones are eligible to claim
development zone tax credits. Businesses locating operations within a TIF
district benefit from infrastructure improvements financed by tax
More recently, a Technology Zones program
was enacted that provides tax credits for high-technology businesses
locating in a designated technology zone. Enterprise Development Zones
offer tax credits in areas of the state suffering from high unemployment or
other economic distress.
Wisconsin is an emerging technology
Wisconsin's vibrant and growing technology
base bolsters both its traditional and knowledge-based industries. For more
than 80 years, Wisconsin entrepreneurs have built successful businesses using leading-edge
research--from the Vitamin D milk irradiation discoveries in the 1920s, to
the world’s first commercially available computer in the 1960s, to magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) innovations in the 1980s.
Today, Wisconsin is in the international
spotlight through the isolation of human embryonic stem cells--a discovery
now paving the way toward treatments for incurable diseases.
Strong technology transfer programs
underpin the state's fastest-rising industries, including biotechnology
and medical imaging.
Public-private partnerships--including the
$317 million dollar BioStar Initiative for construction of University of
facilities--are another way Wisconsin is investing in its technology
and cost data
The Wisconsin Available Building & Site database is a searchable database
providing details on nearly 1,900 available buildings and about 700 sites
throughout the state. It also gives you instant access to profiles of
Wisconsin communities, maps you can customize, plus GIS information.
For additional information on why Wisconsin is the place for your business,
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