Area Communities

Located in Dane County, Madison is surrounded by smaller, diverse communities, each with its own identity and opportunities.

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Centered on an isthmus between two scenic lakes, Madison is a top-ranked place to live, work and prosper. The seat of Wisconsin state government and home to the University of Wisconsin, Madison offers a thriving market for your business. Check out a comprehensive community profile presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

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Cross Plains

Cross Plains is located in southern Wisconsin, about 7 miles west of Middleton, and approximately 12 miles west of Madison. The village of Cross Plains is home to approximately 3,500 people and serves as the Gateway to Wisconsin's Driftless Area—some of the most scenic and choice recreation areas. Check out a comprehensive community profile presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

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Business owners and residents often describe Fitchburg as the "best of both worlds!" Minutes from the state capitol building, University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and State Street yet surrounded by family farms, community parks and miles of world-class bike trails. Check out a comprehensive community profile presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

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Small town charm with the amenities and activities of a larger city describes Middleton, a city of 18,000 located next to Madison on the shores of Lake Mendota. Middleton is close to the rolling hills and farmlands of rural Wisconsin yet boasts an abundance of commercial activity, recreation, entertainment, dining and nightlife. Check out a comprehensive community profile presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

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Calling itself the "best kept secret in Dane County", Monona is known for award-winning commercial corridors, strong community institutions and beautiful lakefront views. Close to downtown Madison by bike, bus or car, generations of families have chosen Monona as an ideal place to live and work. Check out a comprehensive community profile presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

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Located about 15 minutes southwest of the capitol building in downtown Madison, Verona is home to an extensive park, recreation and bike trail systems as well as top-notch schools, providing an inviting atmosphere in which to work, live and play. Check out a comprehensive community profile presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.


*The community profiles include demographics, consumer spending, labor force, wages and more from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.'s Locate in Wisconsin site selection tool.


The area we serve Lodi DeForest Mazomanie Arena Black Earth Waunakee Middleton Cross Plains Madison Monona Barneveld Blue Mounds Ridgeway Fitchburg McFarland Mount Horeb Verona

Local Chambers and Convention and Visitors Bureaus provide a sampling of the quality of life in our area's communities.

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  • Barneveld
  • Black Earth Chamber of Commerce - The Only Black Earth in the World! The village is home to a variety of businesses, a restored train depot that now acts as a museum and the Black Earth Creek, a Class 1 trout stream. Contact:
  • Blue Mounds
  • Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce - The CPACC mission statement is: "Promote a strong economy and high quality of life for our Chamber members and the Cross Plains Area community." Contact: Amy Hansen.
  • DeForest Chamber of Commerce - Promotes positive economic and community development in the village of DeForest and nearby towns of Windsor, Burke, Leeds and Vienna, located just 10 minutes north of Madison. Contact: Lisa Beck.
  • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce - As a neighbor to and an integral part of Wisconsin's vibrant capital city (Madison), with close proximity to UW-Madison, the State Capitol and the Dane County Regional Airport, Fitchburg offers the best of city and rural life. Contact: Angela Kinderman.
  • Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce - A visit to Madison is often more than a one-time stop. Visitors keep coming back for more. Here are a few reasons why: Madison was named the most bike-friendly city; the Dane County Farmers Market is one of the largest in the nation; Madison has the most restaurants per capita of any U.S. city; and Madison is home to nationally recognized academics and athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contact: Zach Brandon.
  • Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau - The GMCVB attracts new events to the community, provides expert service and support to existing and repeat events, and shares comprehensive and easy-to-access information with visitors. Contact: Deb Archer.
  • Mazomanie Chamber of Commerce - Mazomanie's Business Park, located 20 minutes west of Madison on U.S. Hwy. 14, offers very affordable land to businesses looking to relocate, expand and grow in a community that embraces industry. Contact:
  • McFarland Chamber of Commerce - A growing community located just minutes southeast of Madison on Lake Waubesa, it maintains a friendly, small-town atmosphere. The village of McFarland also offers all the advantages of proximity to a large metropolitan area and supports a thriving business community and commerce park. Contact: Donna Manring.
  • Middleton Chamber of Commerce - The quality of life in Middleton, often called the Good Neighbor City, has been nationally recognized by Money┬« Magazine as "The 100 Best Places to Live" in the United States. It is a dynamic hub of commercial activity, recreation, entertainment, dining/nightlife and environmental treasures, strategically located next to Madison on the shores of Lake Mendota, and just minutes from the state capital and UW-Madison. Contact: Van Nutt.
  • Monona Chamber of Commerce - Conveniently located near the heart of Madison, Monona has 8,000+ residents and more than 500 large and small businesses. Located on the eastern and southern shores of Lake Monona, with over four miles of Lake Monona shoreline on three major transportation corridors, it has over 330 acres of park lands. Contact:
  • Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce - Mount Horeb ("Troll Capital"), with a population of 7,000 and more than 200 businesses and growing, is rich with history and has maintained its link to the past with the preservation of its many cultural celebrations, historic buildings and homes. Residents and visitors alike enjoy a small-town atmosphere which brings with it a spirit of community and neighborliness. Contact:
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  • Verona Chamber of Commerce - A vibrant community with many recreational, cultural and business amenities, Verona residents (10,619) enjoy a high quality of life, excellent schools and the small-town feel of Hometown U.S.A. As a center for recreation in the region, the Sugar River Valley, the Badger Mill Creek and the Sugar River Water Trail all run through Verona. Contact: Karl Curtis.
  • Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce