Economic Development Organizations

Statewide economic development organizations

Regional economic development organizations

Madison Region Economic Partnership is an economic development partnership for the eight-county Madison region with a vision to:

  • Advance economic competitiveness.
  • Advance innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Advance human capital.
  • Advance the Madison region's story.
  • Advance regional cooperation, leadership and diversity.
Contact: Paul Jadin.

Local economic development organizations and offices

Regional and local planning partners

  • Capital Area Regional Planning Commission serves as the regional planning and area-wide water quality management planning entity for the Dane County region. Contact:
  • City of Madison Planning provides a wide range of services which guide development and implementation of the City's urban development policies including activities such as development review, the preparation and maintenance of the City's comprehensive master plan elements and one-time activities which involve policy planning and analysis, special projects planning and other mid- and long-range plans. Contact:
  • Dane County Office of Economic and Workforce Development coordinates the county's economic development efforts including new business recruitment and retention, promotes policies to enhance job creation , manages the county's revolving loan fund to assist businesses with low interest financing and serves as a liaison between existing private-public sector economic development entities. Contact: Dave Phillips.
  • Northside Planning Council (NPC) helps north side businesses and residents become engaged, informed and organized in dealing with community and economic development issues that have a direct impact on them. The NPC works with area alders and City officials to execute beautification projects and "brand" the north side to create a community atmosphere that inspires and welcomes both residents and visitors. Contact:

Workforce development partners

  • Dane County Job Center is a central location for people looking for work and businesses that need help finding qualified applicants. Contact: Dan Barroilhet.
  • Madison College serves dislocated workers in the Madison region by providing support and training for re-entry into the workforce. Contact: Lorin Toepper, Executive Director, Economic and Workforce Development - Southwest Region.
  • State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development provides labor market information, overviews of hours-of-work and wage laws, regional projections, links to job centers and more.
  • Workforce Development Board of South Central WI (WDBSCW) serves a six-county area to make positive economic change in the local area and beyond. It is a one-stop workforce development connection for businesses, workers and leaders in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette and Sauk counties. Contact: Pat Schramm.
  • WorkNet, the State of Wisconsin's Workforce and Labor Market Information System, offers up-to-date statistics, employer search and other features.

College/university partners


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