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Wisconsin Directory of Economic Development Organizations

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The Wisconsin economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Wisconsin and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Wisconsin.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful as background to support your project plans.

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See explanation of column headings below.

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Forward Wisconsin State
Wisconsin Dept of Commerce State
Alliant Energy Multi State Utility
Racine County EDC County
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Metro 53202
Milwaukee Economic Development Corp City
Milwaukee County Economic Development Division County
Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce County 53081
City of Franklin, Wisconsin - fDi Award City 53132

Doug Wheaton

City of Whitewater City  53190
City of Manitowoc City
Rock County Planning & Development Agency County 53545
Green County Development Corp. County 53566
Oconto County Economic Development Corporation County 54153
City of Green Bay City 54301
Door County Economic Development Corp, Sturgeon Bay County
Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp County 54936
Portage County Business Council, Stevens Point County
City of Wausau City  54403
Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry Region 54449
Heart of Wisconsin Business & Economic Alliance Region 54494

Fox Cities Chamber of Comm & Industry, Appleton Region
Winnebago County IDB County
Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce City 53511
City of Janesville City 53545
Rock County Planning & Development Agency, Janesville County
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Metro 53703
City of Madison Office of Business Assistance City
Sauk County Dev Corp, Baraboo County
Northwoods Regional Development Group 5 county
Lincoln County Economic Development Corp., Merrill County 54452
Oneida County Economic Development Corp. - Rhinelander County 54501
LaCrosse Area Development Corp City 54601
City of Eau Claire City 54701
City of Menomonie City
City of Chippewa Falls City 54729
Barron County Economic Development County 54812 715-637-6871
Pierce County Economic Development Corp, River Falls County
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above is a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the larger Great Lakes region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at Global Direct Investment Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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