Nov 10, 2021

The Rising Cost of Healthcare and Health Savings Accounts (A Guest Column by SavingsOak)

The rising cost of healthcare has reached a critical point. According to EBRI, in 2020, a U.S. couple could need around $325,000 in retirement alone to cover the cost of healthcare expenses. These expenses will only continue to rise year after year. Additionally, across the U.S., 62% of bankruptcies are due to medical costs.   continue reading »

Nov 3, 2021

Madison Region Launches Broadband Speed Test Initiative

New Tool to Help Eight-County Madison Region Improve Internet Infrastructure   continue reading »

Oct 12, 2021

Madison Leads 2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America

For the past eight years, has released a data-driven list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. Right now, millions of people are reevaluating where they want to live. If you’re one of them, this list is for you.   continue reading »

Sep 29, 2021

MadREP Releases 2021 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey Findings

Building on the success of its groundbreaking Workplace Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Surveys from 2015 through 2020, MadREP launched its sixth D&I Survey in early 2021.   continue reading »

Sep 2, 2021

MadREP to Host Regional EDA Strategy Town Hall Meeting

We hope you will join us for a virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 8 at 3:00pm CST to create connections and identify synergies throughout the Region for EDA American Rescue Plan Programs.   continue reading »

Aug 18, 2021

MadREP Now Accepting Applications for Main Street Bounceback Grants

We are currently accepting and reviewing applications for the program. To request your application...   continue reading »

Aug 18, 2021

Request for Qualifications: Update Sector Analysis and Business Park Inventory

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) is seeking a statement of qualification from consultants to provide economic development services for a minimum 15-month period.   continue reading »

Aug 4, 2021

MadREP to Administer WEDC Main Street Bounceback Grants for Madison Region

The program will provide financial support to businesses that move into existing vacant commercial properties, helping to create a foundation for long-term success for themselves and their communities.   continue reading »

Jul 9, 2021

DBIA Awards $1.19 Million in Grants to Midwest Dairy Processors

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), announced 26 Midwestern companies and cooperatives which, via a competitive review process, have been selected to receive grants totaling $1.19 million.   continue reading »

Jun 23, 2021

Wisconsin: Leading the Way to a Better World

Echoing those sentiments, Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) President and CEO Jason M. Fields added, “as consumer confidence in travel returns, we expect cautious travelers to seek out destinations within driving distance that offer ample outdoor activities.”   continue reading »

Jun 9, 2021

Cap Times: Development agencies will use pandemic relief funds to study region’s economic potential

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) announced today that they would put the $160,000 they received through the federal CARES Act toward the $200,000 initiative.    continue reading »

Jun 8, 2021

MadREP & CARPC Secure EDA Investment for Madison Region

The organizations will support redevelopment and revitalization in the Madison Region to address the economic development needs of communities adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.   continue reading »

May 24, 2021

Kathy Collins Announced as Madison Region Economic Partnership Vice President of Economic Development

Kathy Collins joins the MadREP team after six years as a director in UW-Madison’s Office of Business Engagement where she served as a key connector for university-industry partnership engaging corporate interests in research, talent, professional education and tech transfer.   continue reading »

May 15, 2021

Madison Region Now Boasts Thirteen Fab Lab Awards

Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently announced that 28 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of more than $635,000 in grants to establish or expand local...   continue reading »

May 7, 2021

Madison’s Tech Sector Booms, Driven by UW Innovation

“Google, Zendesk, and Microsoft are all here and all recruiting,” said Jason Fields, a six-term Wisconsin State Assembly member who has been president and CEO of the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) since January 2021.   continue reading »

Apr 28, 2021

Decennial Census: Wisconsin Retains its Eight Congressional Seats & Gains 3.6% Population

“Ensuring an accurate population count in the decennial census is vital to the future success of a state because we need to be making decisions with accurate data,” said MadREP President and CEO Jason Fields.   continue reading »

Apr 28, 2021

“We Must Not Accept Complacency”

MadREP President & CEO Jason Fields recently spoke Rotary Club of Madison’s first in-person meeting since the pandemic.   continue reading »

Apr 13, 2021

Building a Gaming Industry Ecosystem in the Madison Region

Between 2010 and 2020, the Madison Region has seen a 76.4% increase in Computer Systems Design and Related Services (NAICS 54151) jobs, a category that includes video game development.   continue reading »

Mar 10, 2021

Nearly Half of Entries Advancing in 2021 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest from Madison Region

Fifty-five entries from 31 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 18th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced. Twenty-five of these are located here in our Madison Region!    continue reading »

Feb 9, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints MadREP President & CEO Jason Fields to Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and Capability

In his role as a legislator, Fields served on Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and was invited back to serve in his new role to work on the Council’s expanded mission.   continue reading »

Jan 14, 2021

MadREP Announced as a Partner in Milwaukee Bucks and The Lonely Entrepreneur Initiative to Empower Black Entrepreneurs Nationwide

The Milwaukee Bucks and The Lonely Entrepreneur (TLE), a New York-based non-profit that empowers individuals with entrepreneurial skills and support, announced their selection of the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) as a partner in their initiative to connect Wisconsin Black entrepreneurs with business-skill-building tools and resources to help them advance their businesses.   continue reading »

Jan 13, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program Resumed Monday

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal Monday at 9 am ET.   continue reading »

Dec 22, 2020

Click Thru Job Fair on January 27, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing recruitment but the workforce development system is dedicated to helping you find the talent you need. The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin is hosting a Click Thru Job Fair on January 27, 2021 as part of a statewide, unified approach to let job seekers know there is still opportunity available in their local area!   continue reading »

Dec 9, 2020

Jason Fields Announced as Next Madison Region Economic Partnership CEO

Jason M Fields CCRS CFEI a finance professional and outgoing Wisconsin State Legislator will begin serving as MadREP’s president and CEO on Monday January 4 2021. The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) Board of Directors today...   continue reading »

Nov 20, 2020

Dane Buy Local Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season

Dane Buy Local Executive Director Colin Murray and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi joined other local business leaders for a virtual press conference today The event commemorated the 11th anniversary of the Shop Indie Local...   continue reading »

Nov 17, 2020

Website offering entrepreneurs access to local resources, events and networking connections launches statewide during Startup Wisconsin Week 2020

The website helps Wisconsin entrepreneurs connect with resources events and experts tailored to their specific needs and based in their communities. [caption id="attachment_33790" align="aligncenter" width="526"] Start In Wisconsin first launched in the Madison Region during Forward...   continue reading »

Nov 6, 2020

Startup Wisconsin Week offers startup advice & pitching opportunities

Startup Wisconsin is committed to advancing Wisconsin’s startup ecosystems through unique programming collaborative partnerships and networking Driven by entrepreneurs and leaders throughout Wisconsin who are passionate about making a difference and creating a positive and...   continue reading »

Oct 27, 2020

7th Annual Summit Focuses on Access to Opportunity

Thank you for joining us during last week’s Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit The event now in its seventh year is hosted annually by MadREP and the Urban League of Greater Madison. [caption id="attachment_33756"...   continue reading »

Oct 16, 2020

International Market Access Grants Now Available From WEDC

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has recently opened the 2021 application cycle for the International Market Access Grant (IMAG). Through WEDC’s IMAG Program established businesses can receive grant support (up to $10,000 or up to $25,000...   continue reading »

Oct 14, 2020

Area Tourism Leaders Speak Out

The region’s hospitality industry is in critical condition After a record year of visitor spending in Wisconsin in 2019 the effect of COVID on the regional hospitality industry has been devastating imparting both an economic...   continue reading »

Oct 7, 2020

Colliers International | Wisconsin names Chris Richards managing director, market leader of Madison office

New leadership reflects firm’s ongoing growth in Wisconsin Colliers International | Wisconsin the state’s largest third party real estate services firm has named Chris Richards managing director and market leader of its Madison office. The appointment of...   continue reading »

Oct 5, 2020

gener8tor Announces 50 Companies Participating in Fall Pre-Accelerators Nationwide

Top-ranked startup accelerator gener8tor announced today the participants selected for 10 of its Fall 2020 gBETA cohorts including gBETA Madison The 50 startups are located across the country and represent a wide variety of industries...   continue reading »

Oct 2, 2020

New Speakers Announced for Upcoming Summit

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) have announced additional speakers for the 7th Annual Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit The event being held virtually October...   continue reading »

Sep 17, 2020

National Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial to Keynote 7th Annual Summit

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) are pleased to announce that National Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial will keynote the 7th Annual Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit, being held virtually October 22 and 23.   continue reading »

Sep 16, 2020

Stoughton Trailers to Add 300 New Positions

Management at Stoughton Trailers, LLC, a global leader in transportation equipment, has announced plans to hire 300 new employees for entry-level, skilled labor and professional positions in its Stoughton and Brodhead plants this fall.   continue reading »

Sep 8, 2020

MadREP President Set to Retire

Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) President Paul Jadin recently announced plans to retire. “It’s been a tremendous privilege to lead the Madison Region through the Advance Now strategy over the last several years,” he said. “Our Region is now more competitive on the global economic stage and ready for a new leader to see it through the Advance Now 2.0 strategy.”   continue reading »

Sep 4, 2020

PSC Announces Opening of 2021 Broadband Expansion Grants

Applications for $24 million in funding will be accepted through December 1. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) announced the opening of the 2021 Broadband Expansion Grant round.   continue reading »

Aug 27, 2020

Center for Dairy Research & Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Awarded $6 Million

MadREP is a collaborator on the project.  Collaborators aid in developing, marketing, and implementing program workshops, as well as help develop the pipeline of project participants.  “In addition to our established collaborator role, MadREP has plans to offer direct technical assistance to program participants,” said Craig Kettleson, MadREP’s enterprise development director. “We’re able to advise them in a variety of areas, including business planning and economic development financing.”   continue reading »

Aug 25, 2020

Center for Dairy Research and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Awarded $6 Million in Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) have been awarded $6.13 million to support continuation of the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), serving Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. DBIA offers both industry education, technical support and direct-to-business grants.   continue reading »

Aug 13, 2020

Comprehensive Network Helps Entrepreneurs Start In Wisconsin in Madison Region

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), in partnership with state and regional partners, announces a new online directory of entrepreneurial resources.   continue reading »

Aug 6, 2020

Urban League Announces $5,000,000 Homeownership Initiative

Urban League of Greater Madison President & CEO, Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., announced today that the organization is launching a new $5,000,000 initiative to increase homeownership among Black Madisonians. He was joined in making the announcement by partners in the project including WHEDA Executive Director Joaquin Altoro, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, South Madison Alder Sheri Carter, and other financing partners from National Community Investment Fund, Wells Fargo, and Johnson Bank.   continue reading »

Aug 4, 2020

Fourth Statewide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Reveals Gains in Inventory, Income and Employment but a Significant Decline in Business and Personal Travel

Respondents to the fourth survey, administered July 6-20, represent more than 21,700 employees across the state.   continue reading »

Jul 21, 2020

Fitchburg Biz Boost Loans Available to Fitchburg Businesses

The City of Fitchburg Community and Economic Development Authority’s (CEDA) Forward Fitchburg Biz Boost Loan Program is available for local small businesses to utilize as they reopen from the COVID-19 crisis. Funds for this loan program are being provided from the City’s existing Revolving Loan Program for this purpose. The focus of this loan program is to help local businesses reopen after the COVID-19 “Safer at Home” order in conjunction with the WEDC Reopening Guidelines, Dane County Public Health and Forward Dane Reopening Plan.   continue reading »

Jul 20, 2020

City of Madison Launches Kiva Small Business Loan Match Program

As the COVID-19 crisis stretches on, there is no question that many small businesses are suffering. During this time of reduced hours, closures and decreased consumer spending, it is critical that the City of Madison act to support its small businesses owners. Today the City of Madison is committing $100,000 to match Kiva small business loans.   continue reading »

Jul 20, 2020

Effort to increase profitability of Wisconsin farm businesses

An initiative to build profitable farm businesses in Wisconsin is launching with events this summer and fall. Financial management boot camps and customized consulting for farm-based entrepreneurs will be provided by the Food Finance Institute (FFI) and the Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network. Both programs are part of the University of Wisconsin System’s Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship.
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Jul 7, 2020

MadREP & Regional Partners Launch Fourth Installment of Statewide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

The organizations, with support from UW-Oshkosh, are distributing the survey to businesses in their communities through Monday, July 20, 2020.   continue reading »

Jul 2, 2020

County airport traffic down from last year

A recently released report from the Dane County Regional Airport stated 7,154 passengers boarded airplanes in May of this year compared to 102,892 passengers from May 2019.   continue reading »

Jul 1, 2020

Farm Center Offers 24/7 Hotline, Other Counseling Resources in New Pilot Program

Source Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection As of July 1 Wisconsin farmers facing increased stress and other challenges can access additional free and confidential counseling resources by contacting the Farm Center at the Wisconsin Department...   continue reading »

Jun 30, 2020

SBIR Advance opens 16th round of funding for high-tech small businesses

The Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is offering a matching grant of up to $100,000 to provide additional assistance to companies in the process of completing a project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.   continue reading »

Jun 19, 2020

On Juneteenth, five local nonprofits partner to create Black Enterprise Fund

On the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day the last enslaved people in the United States were declared free, five local nonprofit organizations are launching a joint effort to raise $155,000.   continue reading »

Jun 19, 2020

Garver Feed Mill Receives Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society is excited to announce that Baum Revision is the recipient of the 2020 Historic Restoration Award for their role in the preservation of the Garver Feed Mill in Madison, WI.   continue reading »

Jun 18, 2020

41% of Wisconsin Businesses Introduced or Expanded Online Services over the Last Three Months

“It will be important to continue to assess this measure throughout the summer,” said MadREP President Paul Jadin. “Many businesses will continue to operate with significant restrictions, and we need to understand the impact to appropriately respond and support those businesses, so they are able to survive.”   continue reading »

Jun 10, 2020

It’s not enough to be “Part of the Choir”

The underpinnings of a country which espouses “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” must include equal justice before the law. Until equal justice is fulfilled, we will not as a nation be able to realize the unalienable rights for all written in our country’s declaration of independence.   continue reading »

Jun 4, 2020

Wisconsin Metros Rise in Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking

StartupBlink annual report shows momentum for entrepreneurism building in state Madison Milwaukee Green Bay and Appleton made significant gains in a leading startup ecosystem ranking of 100 countries and 1,000 cities registering “amazing momentum,” according to the report’s...   continue reading »

Jun 3, 2020

MadREP & Regional Partners Launch Third Installment of Statewide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

The economic development organizations, with support from UW-Oshkosh, are distributing the survey to businesses in their communities through Saturday, June 13, 2020.   continue reading »

Jun 2, 2020

WEDC Announces Small Business Grant Program

Wisconsin's small businesses have been dramatically challenged by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)’s We’re All In Small Business Grant is designed to help these small businesses get back on their feet.   continue reading »

May 20, 2020

32% of WI Businesses Surveyed Felt They Would Likely Survive Beyond Ten Months Under Current Conditions

Madison WI – Most businesses responding to the second statewide COVID-19 Wisconsin Business Impact survey anticipate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue through 2020 and beyond. While twenty-three percent of responding businesses reported not...   continue reading »

May 18, 2020

Helping Minority-Owned Micro-Businesses Weather the Storm

To help ethnic minority-owned micro-businesses cope with the economic impact of COVID-19, the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant Initiative is being launched with a total of $2 million to be made available to 1,000 Wisconsin micro-businesses.   continue reading »

May 13, 2020

MadREP & Regional Partners Relaunch Statewide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) continues its partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC),Wisconsin’s eight other regional economic development organizations (EDOs) and UW-Oshkosh to create and distribute a data collection tool to businesses in the Region who are experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second observation period of a statewide survey, measuring the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin businesses, is underway. The survey is open – for both past participants and new participants – until May 16.   continue reading »

May 8, 2020

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Recipients Announced

Nine local food projects have been selected to receive grants through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) program, a competitive grant program designed to strengthen Wisconsin’s food industries by helping farms and businesses more efficiently process, market and distribute locally grown food products.   continue reading »

May 8, 2020

Meat Suppliers Step Up in Wisconsin

As large meat processing factories across the Midwest work to reopen, smaller operations in Wisconsin are working to meet the growing need. Dan Ryan is the COO of Neesvig's, which has a small processing facility based in Windsor. He said the business is based on connecting with local farmers to supply local retailers and restaurants.   continue reading »

May 7, 2020

Madison College and Latino Chamber Sign Agreement

Madison College and the Dane County Latino Chamber of Commerce (LCC) have signed an articulation agreement that will help train, support and segue future Latino business owners into the local commercial ecosystem. Currently, more than 60 people a year graduate from the LCC's "Tu Empresa" entrepreneurial training program - a number it hopes to increase through its partnership with Madison College. The new agreement is expected to increase the diversity of Madison College’s educational pipeline, as well as its long-term regional economic imperative.   continue reading »

May 6, 2020

WWBIC Announces New Funding for Small Businesses

WWBIC has announced that they are now opening up the PPP loan process to non-WWBIC clients. Funds are limited, so this will be on a first come first serve bases. Business owners who have not applied for PPP loans with a bank or financial institution are encouraged to apply.   continue reading »

May 1, 2020

DWD Encourages Employers to Avoid Layoffs by Participating in the Work-Share Program

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is encouraging Wisconsin employers to consider Wisconsin's updated Work-Share Program to avoid worker layoffs. The Work-Share Program, also called "short-term compensation" (STC), is designed to help both employers and employees. Instead of laying off workers, a participating employer may reduce their work hours. Workers whose hours are reduced under an approved work-share plan receive unemployment benefits that are pro-rated for the partial work reduction. This allows everyone in the work unit to maintain some income and their health benefits.   continue reading »

May 1, 2020

31 Wisconsin school districts awarded Fab Lab Grants

One new and two expanded fab labs coming to the Madison Region!   continue reading »

Apr 27, 2020

Amid scramble for federal funds, small businesses turn to local loans, grants to survive

Legislation passed Thursday will inject another $310 billion into the small-business Paycheck Protection Program, which ran out of money last week. The new bill also includes $60 billion for a depleted emergency loan and grant program, as well as $75 billion for health care providers and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing.   continue reading »

Apr 22, 2020

Survey: 35% of Wisconsin businesses could close permanently if shutdown continues for 3 months

Ultimately, MadREP president Paul Jadin said the study underscores the need for immediate relief for many businesses, as well as difficult decisions ahead on how to allocate financial aid.   continue reading »

Apr 22, 2020

35% of WI Businesses Surveyed Felt They Could Not Be Viable After Three Months of Current Circumstances

The Madison Region Economic Partnership and key strategic partners announce statewide COVID-19 business impact survey results.   continue reading »

Apr 21, 2020

United Way of Dane County Announces Emergency Funding to Local Organizations

From the generosity of more than 1,000 donors, United Way of Dane County announces that 36 applications representing more than 90 organizations will receive approximately $1.5 million in grant funding through the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.   continue reading »

Apr 20, 2020

Gov. Evers Announces Badger Bounce Back Plan

Gov. Tony Evers today announced Wisconsin's "Badger Bounce Back" plan which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. In coordination with this announcement, at the direction of the governor, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued Emergency Order #31 establishing the process and outlining the phases of the plan.   continue reading »

Apr 20, 2020

DATCP Offers Produce Safety Program Virtually During COVID-19

To continue serving Wisconsin produce farmers during the public health emergency, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is offering virtual On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs), a program that helps growers prepare to comply with the Produce Safety Rule. An OFRR is a non-regulatory assessment of a produce farm’s safety practices, and the program assists producers to make sure those practices align with federal regulations. The Produce Safety Rule was created as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed in 2011 in an effort to shift U.S. supply safety efforts from response to prevention.   continue reading »

Apr 16, 2020

Dane County Increases Small Business Grant Funding

Dane County will be increasing funding for its Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to $800,000 after “overwhelming” community interest, the county announced recently. “I’m pleased to be able to increase funding for the Dane County Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to help more small businesses stay afloat during this challenging time,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement. “We encourage small business owners throughout Dane County to apply for this funding to help retain employees and cover expenses.”   continue reading »

Apr 15, 2020

USDA Opens Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA has opened a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. This window includes an additional $25 million that Congress recently provided to the program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is providing this additional window for those who were not able to complete applications prior to the first application deadline for the DLT program.   continue reading »

Apr 13, 2020

Finalists in Gov’s Biz Plan Contest poised to be part of economic recovery post-COVID

Twenty-eight entries representing sectors as broad as health technologies and innovations in products or services are competing in the finalist round of the 17th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.   continue reading »

Apr 3, 2020

USDA Invests $4 Million in Rural Community Facilities in Dane & Green Counties

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $65 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit more than 600,000 rural residents in 14 states. USDA is funding 38 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The investments can be used to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities.   continue reading »

Apr 2, 2020

Urban League announces COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative

The Urban League of Greater Madison today announced that it has launched a new COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative. The initiative will bring to bear the Urban League's infrastructure and experience to help job seekers and employers meet current and future workforce needs.

"Since the pandemic struck, we have heard from and read about growing numbers of workers who have lost work. Simultaneously, we have heard from employers who have an immediate need to fill jobs. In sticking with our demand-driven workforce development model, the Urban League is uniquely positions to serve as a match-maker between these two group," said Urban League CEO, Ruben L. Anthony, Jr.   continue reading »

Apr 1, 2020

MadREP and other organizations conduct survey of businesses to help direct economic aid

Businesses from around the state can help state and federal agencies determine where economic aid is most needed during the COVID-19 pandemic by completing a survey managed by the state’s economic development organizations. The survey — conducted by the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the eight other regional organizations in the state along with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and UW-Oshkosh — asks businesses to detail how many employees have been laid off, whether the business can keep up with typical bill and supply payments, what aid the business may need and how long it can feasibly stay in business under current circumstances.   continue reading »

Mar 31, 2020

Videoconferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March

Work-from-home policies, social distancing and government lockdowns have increased the demand for video conferencing apps, for both business and personal use. According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of March 14-21.   continue reading »

Mar 31, 2020

Companies gearing up to battle the pandemic

Businesses switch to making products needed in outbreak No one will be drinking Doundrins Distilling’s newest product — it’s hand sanitizer. On the other side of Dane County workers are assembling face shields for doctors based on...   continue reading »

Mar 27, 2020

COVID-19 Scenarios: Rebooting an Economy in Free Fall

The trajectory of COVID-19 and the economic response over the next few months are uncertain. To help businesses navigate this volatile period, The Conference Board has developed three scenarios for the course of the US economy for the remainder of 2020:   continue reading »

Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill ever, includes provisions to help small businesses. Here are the highlights.   continue reading »

Mar 27, 2020

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers relaxes rules to boost health care workforce during coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Friday relaxing a range of rules governing Wisconsin’s health care workforce — an effort to maximize the number of doctors, nurses and physician assistants available to help during the all-hands-on-deck coronavirus pandemic.   continue reading »

Mar 26, 2020

Local Construction Companies Donating Masks and Shields to Hospitals

JP Cullen is donating 2,400 N95 face masks to local hospitals and Prent, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of custom plastic, rigid thermoform packaging for the medical industry, has donated 2,000 face shields. This is in response to Vice President Pence requesting that the construction industry donate equipment to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.   continue reading »

Mar 24, 2020

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Issue Safer at Home Order

Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is available here. 

The order is effective at 8 am on Weds., March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8 am Fri., April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.    continue reading »

Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 Financial Programs

Staff at MadREP are monitoring financial programs that are being developed at the federal, state and local level to help businesses cover expenses incurred during the period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis. We are currently aware of the three programs summarized below. Check back frequently as we will be posting updates to this information, as well as documenting new programming, on our website.   continue reading »

Mar 23, 2020

Food Finance Institute Huddle Notes – From 03.23.20

Reprinted with Permission We are in an unprecedented time in terms of what is going on in the food industry and there are enormous ramifications for all of us Within this there is still opportunity for...   continue reading »

Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 Hits Manual Services Jobs Hardest

Source | The Conference Board About 23 of the 152 million jobs in the US are at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis Some of the hardest-hit sectors are in the hospitality industry (hotels restaurants and...   continue reading »

Mar 17, 2020

Postponed: 7th Annual Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit

The event will now take place on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin.   continue reading »

Mar 16, 2020

MadREP Statement on COVID-19

I have the utmost confidence in our Madison Region to meet this public health emergency with strength, dignity and resolve. Please follow the advice of government and health professionals. Practice social distancing, stay home if you feel sick and call before seeking medical assistance if you develop symptoms.   continue reading »

Mar 11, 2020

Lost Boys Interactive Adds Key Talent and Opens Second Office in Austin

Lost Boys Interactive, LLC has added industry veterans Chase Jones and Timothy Gerritsen to their executive team as part of a company expansion. Jones takes the role of Studio Design Director and Chief Design Officer where he will direct company design efforts. Gerritsen joins the studio as Chief Operations Officer and will direct Executive Production, and business growth for the company.    continue reading »

Mar 3, 2020

Wisconsin SBDC offers 1-on-1 assistance to maximize exports

The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network wants businesses across the state to find new markets for their products and services with the help of an international trade expert. Chad Hoffman, a NASBITE certified global business professional, provides no-cost consulting to companies new to exporting as well as existing exporters that could perform better.

“There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for international growth, and navigating the many local, state and federal trade programs can be daunting,” Hoffman said. “Yet the opportunities are immense and within reach, since most US exporters are small- and medium-sized businesses.”
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Mar 3, 2020

Lincoln Contractors Supply to Celebrate New Location in McFarland with Grand Opening

Lincoln Contractors Supply (LCS), a construction equipment sales and rental business, is hosting a grand opening on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th to celebrate their newly renovated sales and service building located in McFarland. “We want to show off our new space, have people come in and check it out. Lunch is on us as a thank you to our customer base,” said LCS territory manager Dan Steinbrecher.   continue reading »

Feb 19, 2020

Madison startup developing drugs based on bones, teeth has new WARF license

Located in University Research Park, Dianomi is developing pain medications and other drugs using mineral coated microparticles, which mimic properties in bones and teeth, to make drugs last longer and work more effectively.   continue reading »

Feb 19, 2020

DATCP’s Farm Center Hosting ‘Unexpected Tomorrows’ Workshops

As part of its efforts to support farmers facing increased stress due to economic challenges, the Wisconsin Farm Center at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is hosting a series of one-day workshops for farmers. These workshops will present opportunities for farmers to hear from others in similar situations as well as learn about stress management techniques and resources available to them. Called “Unexpected Tomorrows,” the workshops are designed to help Wisconsin farmers and their families deal with increased stress, depression, anxiety, and family issues brought on by prolonged downturn in the farming economy.   continue reading »

Feb 18, 2020

5 Predictions That May Reshape Site Selection & Economic Development Strategies in the Next Decade

As we roll into the next decade, it is evident that exponential growth in technology and economic conditions will be key drivers in the changes over the next decade that will impact workforce, real estate and logistics, among other things. These changes will have a dramatic impact on site selection and economic development strategies as we try to adapt to the new global economy. To help prepare for some of these changes, we have identified the following five key predictions that may change site selection and economic development in the very near future.       continue reading »

Feb 11, 2020

Ideadvance Seed Fund opens 11th round of funding to small businesses with UW System ties

Ideadvance Seed Fund encourages small businesses looking to solve problems in new ways and diversify into new markets to apply this spring. This is the 11th round of money and mentorship available to UW System alumni, students, faculty and staff. Especially in demand are applications from food technology, agriculture technology and agriculture manufacturing. The Ideadvance program fosters teams that want to advance a scalable, profitable business model. Grant dollars are earned after demonstrating key learnings toward commercialization goals. Awardees are supported by a teaching team, mentors and the program manager as they work through the Ideadvance Lean Startup program.   continue reading »

Jan 29, 2020

Nika Nour to Endnote 3rd M+DEV Conference

The Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA) and the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) announced Nika Nour, the executive director for the International Game Developers Association Foundation (IGDAF) and Bravo Spy Games reality TV contestant will be addressing the Third M+Dev Conference in Madison on February 14, 2020. The conference expects to attract hundreds of game developers from across the Midwest to the Alliant Energy Center.   continue reading »

Jan 21, 2020

Krull Joins DATCP as Agriculture and Farm Center Director

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has hired Jayne Krull as the director of the Agriculture and Farm Center, a bureau of DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development. As director of the Ag and Farm Center, Krull will lead a staff of agricultural program specialists who provide support and assistance for farm issues such as business and financial planning, transition and succession planning, production concerns, starting or exiting farming, conflict resolution, and counseling services. Krull also will oversee staff who manage the Something Special from Wisconsin, Alice in Dairyland and Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin programs; agricultural marketing boards; and the cultivated ginseng program.
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Jan 14, 2020

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants Available

Wisconsin farmers and businesses seeking to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for 2020 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin producer and processor grants. Proposals must be received by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) by noon, February 28, 2020.   continue reading »

Jan 9, 2020

Madison Region Home to Over 1/3 of the State’s Top Economic Development Deals of 2019

WEDC’s 2019 awards consisted of 158 grants, 47 investor tax credit awards, 20 loans and 57 historic preservation or business tax credit awards. Of the fourteen projects highlighted on WEDC’s list, five call the Madison Region home.   continue reading »

Jan 9, 2020

Amazon Fulfillment Center Under Construction in Beloit

Construction on Amazon's 1 million square foot, build-to-suit fulfillment center in Beloit's Gateway Business Park is underway. The development, which is occurring on 80-acres of certified, shovel-ready property, is affiliated with Seefried Industrial Properties and Peyton Paisley WI LLC, a division of USAA. The center is expected to open in late Q3 / early Q4 2020 and have 500 employees.    continue reading »

Jan 2, 2020

Watertown Mayor Looks Ahead

Watertown Mayor Emily McFarland sat down with the Watertown Daily Times to discuss the events of 2019, including her first year in office, as well as her hopes and goals for the city in 2020. McFarland, who is the first female mayor in the city’s history, was elected in April at the age of 34. During her first year as mayor, McFarland has overseen numerous changes for the city of Watertown, including creating a plan to revitalize Main Street, overseeing renovations to the city’s library, passing stricter laws against who may purchase electronic smoking devices in the city and countless other city-wide events including a 9/11 moment of silence.   continue reading »

Jan 2, 2020

Sun Prairie Notes Many Developments in 2019

2019 was another banner year for Economic Development in Sun Prairie. It was a year that brought a wide diversity of fast-paced economic activity that has become synonymous with Sun Prairie. The projects are a testimony to the attractiveness of the area for commercial uses.   continue reading »

Jan 2, 2020

How Colleges Can Help Reverse Regional Inequality

There’s perhaps no greater illustration of what a university can do to boost a region’s economy than the story of Madison, Wisconsin. The secret to Madison’s success, said Paul Jadin, president of the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), was a deliberate decision in 2012 to harness the full research and educational capacity of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We recognized that the university’s role was not simply to graduate intelligent people and send them off into the world but to assist in the state and regional economy.”   continue reading »

Dec 9, 2019

Brookings Proposal Could Mean Boost in Funding for Madison Region

MadREP joins with Governor Tony Evers in urging Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to give careful consideration to a new proposal that would provide up to $100 billion over the next 10 years to fund technological entrepreneurship and innovation in up to 10 so-called “heartland” states.   continue reading »

Dec 5, 2019

Third M+DEV Conference Planned for Valentine’s Day

The Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA) and the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) announced that the Third Annual M+Dev Conference will return to Madison on February 14, 2020.   continue reading »

Dec 4, 2019

Blackhawk Technical College Celebrates New Ag Lab

Blackhawk Technical College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Blackhawk Monroe Campus to celebrate the construction of a 3,200 sq. ft. lab facility for its Agribusiness degree program.   continue reading »

Dec 4, 2019

City of Madison Names Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced today that Matt Wachter has been named the City’s Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development (PCED).   continue reading »

Dec 3, 2019

Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest Open

MADISON – The 17th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2020 competition until 5 p.m Friday Jan 31 2020. The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage...   continue reading »

Nov 26, 2019

Madison Receives $7 Million U.S. DOT Grant

The City of Madison is pleased to announce that it has received a $7 million U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Bus and Bus Facilities Grant to support acquisition of property for the creation of a satellite bus facility. "This is the next critical step in advancing my MetroForward plan, an initiative to support our regional growth, recruit and retain strong business and talent, protect our environment, and ensure a great quality of life for our residents. We must invest in success -- sustainable, accessible, and reliable transportation,” said Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.   continue reading »

Nov 21, 2019

Mayor Rhodes-Conway Selects Natalie Erdman as Interim Metro Transit Manager

Natalie Erdman, Madison’s former Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development (PCED), will serve as interim Metro Transit General Manager replacing Chuck Kamp, who has retired after 38 years.   continue reading »

Nov 21, 2019

Madison Named to List of Top Ten Booming Midwest Cities

Madison has been named to the list of Top Ten Booming Midwest Cities based on a study of population growth, job growth, gross domestic product per capita and college degree attainment.   continue reading »

Nov 20, 2019

City of Madison is a 2019 Digital Cities Winner

City of Madison ranked #6 in the 250,000-499,999 population category by the Center for Digital Government , a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The City of Madison was recognized for developing digital government services to be sufficiently designed to reach community members and to improve how residents interact with government.   continue reading »

Nov 1, 2019

USDA Invests $11 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements in Wisconsin

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.4 billion in projects in 21 states to build and improve rural electric infrastructure. "Modern and reliable electric infrastructure is a cornerstone to rural prosperity,” Frassetto said.   continue reading »

Oct 31, 2019

ParqEx Announces Pilot Parking Project with the City of Madison for StartingBlock

ParqEx announces a pilot project with entrepreneurial hub StartingBlock and the City of Madison. "The City of Madison is excited to continue its partnership with StartingBlock and participate in this pilot. We need more innovative solutions, especially around parking, to make our transportation system successful in the long term," says Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.   continue reading »

Oct 24, 2019

The 11 Best Untapped Cities for Startups in 2020

The beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin is number one on our list, due to an excellent balance of startup-friendly factors. Madison boasts a well-educated population, with 57% having a bachelor’s degree or higher.   continue reading »

Sep 25, 2019

The Future of the Madison Region’s Infamous Beltline

The beltline carries more people than any other roadway combination in Dane County and its traffic volume has increased more than 10 times since its initial construction in 1956.   continue reading »

Sep 1, 2019

For the Record: Paul Jadin, President of MadREP, Madison Region Economic Partnership

President of MadREP, Paul Jadin. talks about what the Madison Region Economic Partnership has been doing and the most comprehensive strategy the region has ever pursued, called “Advance Now Strategy” which aims to take advantage of and grow economic opportunities in the eight county region.   continue reading »

Jul 25, 2019

Madison Region Ranks #2 for Millennial Magnets, Economic Growth Potential (Mid-Sized MSAs) in Business Facilities’ 2019 Metro Rankings Report

Madison MSA named #2 metro for Millennial talent attraction and economic growth potential (mid-sized MSAs); #7 for manufacturing leaders (mid-sized MSAs) in Business Facilities' 2019 Metro Rankings Report   continue reading »

Jun 20, 2019

DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman and MadREP President Paul Jadin Co-Hosted Roundtable Discussion on Workforce Solutions

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman and MadREP President Paul Jadin met with Madison Region employers and industry leaders at Madison College to discuss the current labor force climate and solutions related to talent attraction and retention.   continue reading »

Jun 6, 2019

Madison Region Goes to Puerto Rico: An Interview with Michael Gay, MadREP SVP of Economic Development

The 11th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) recently took place in Puerto Rico. MadREP’s Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Michael Gay, attended, serving as an ambassador for the Madison Region and shares his insights here.   continue reading »

Jun 5, 2019

MadREP Releases 2019 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey Findings

Building on the success of its groundbreaking Workplace Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Surveys from 2015 through 2018, MadREP launched its fifth D&I Survey in early 2019.   continue reading »

May 23, 2019

MadREP’s State of the Madison Region Economy Draws Nearly 150 Attendees

Nearly 150 government and business leaders, members of the media and economic development professionals joined MadREP at The Edgewater on Thursday, May 16 for our State of the Madison Region Economy address.   continue reading »

May 23, 2019

6th Annual Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit Focuses on Equity

A record crowd of approximately 600 business and community leaders joined MadREP and the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) on Friday, May 17 at the sixth annual Madison Region Economic Development and Diversity Summit. The day-long event was packed with important conversations about equitable development and embracing diversity as the Region continues to grow.    continue reading »

Apr 2, 2019

MacDon Breaks Ground on Sun Prairie Facility After MadREP-Led Site Search (in partnership with Broadwing Advisors)

City officials participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at MacDon’s new research and development facility in the Sun Prairie Business Park on March 27th. Mayor Paul Esser and Council President Bill Connors were joined by Michael Gay, Senior Vice-President of Economic Development for the Madison Region Economic Partnership, and Melissa Hunt, Regional Economic Development Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).   continue reading »

Apr 2, 2019

Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit Announces Second Keynote Speaker

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) are pleased to announce former NFL Player Wade Davis will speak at the 6th Annual Summit on Friday, May 17 at Monona Terrace.   continue reading »

Mar 25, 2019

Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit Announces New Speaker

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) are pleased to announce Paulita David, Director of Multicultural Strategies at McPherson, Former Head of Multicultural at Google will speak at the 6th Annual Summit on Friday, May 17 at Monona Terrace.   continue reading »

Mar 23, 2019

SSM Health details plan for $75 million redevelopment on South Side

Source Dean Mosiman | Wisconsin State Journal One of the city’s health care giants is detailing plans for a $75 million first-phase of a multi-decade redevelopment that would transform a big chunk of a triangle-shaped area...   continue reading »

Mar 8, 2019

Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit Announces First Speaker

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) are pleased to announce Sarah Treuhaft, managing director at PolicyLink will speak at the 6th Annual Summit on Friday, May 17 at Monona Terrace.   continue reading »

Mar 7, 2019

22 of Final 50 Entries Advancing in 2019 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest Located in Madison Region

Fifty entries from 24 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 16th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced. Of these, 22 are located in the Madison Region. “To see our Region is home to nearly half of the advancing entries in a state-wide business competition is a tremendous honor and speaks to the industrial diversity of our eight counties,” said MadREP President Paul Jadin.   continue reading »

Feb 22, 2019

Currently Seeking Millennials: Cities throughout the country compete to lure this coveted talent demographic

Just what is it that Millenials want? It’s an important question. According to a report by Forbes, their collective spending power was a whopping $200 billion (yes, that’s billion) in 2017. As the oldest Millennials begin their 30s, they become increasingly desirable for businesses and municipalities seeking to entice this demographic to invest in careers and homes. Due to low national unemployment, American Millennials enjoy a variety of relocation options, should they decide to make a change.   continue reading »

Feb 18, 2019

Conagra Brands expanding Birds Eye Foods operations in Beaver Dam

“Birds Eye Foods is a company with a long history in Wisconsin and their decision to expand in Beaver Dam is another example of the strength and diversity of our economy in the Region,” said Paul Jadin, president of the Madison Regional Economic Partnership. “Congratulations to Birds Eye and the City of Beaver Dam and thank you very much to WEDC for recognizing this as an opportunity worthy of investment.”   continue reading »

Jan 28, 2019

Congress designates much of Baraboo an Opportunity Zone

Source Baraboo News Republic Looking to spur economic activity in low-income areas the federal government has named much of Baraboo an Opportunity Zone. Baraboo is one of 120 locations in Wisconsin designated Opportunity Zones by the federal...   continue reading »

Jan 27, 2019

Exact Sciences takes aim at 15 types of cancer, envisions universal test

Exact Sciences Corp. says it is working on separate diagnostic tests to detect 15 of the deadliest types of cancer, and its ultimate, eventual goal is to create, with its partners at Mayo Clinic, a single, universal blood test for cancer.   continue reading »

Jan 25, 2019

What $1M in Bay Area Startup Dollars Buys You in 12 Other Cities

But how much cheaper is it—or how much less venture funding does a startup need to raise—to operate a business in middle America versus the Bay Area?   continue reading »

Jan 24, 2019

Top 10 Site Selector Trends

Every year Montrose Development Advisors, a team of economic development planning professionals based in Columbus, Ohio, releases a list of site location trends. Naturally, we at MadREP wait at the edge of our seats.   continue reading »

Jan 18, 2019

Welton, SSM to transform Park Street

Deciding to go their separate ways on South Park Street, Welton Enterprises of Madison and SSM Health now propose two separate projects that will amount to about $100 million in development at or near the former Truman-Olson U.S. Army Reserve Center property.   continue reading »

Jan 9, 2019

Gold Shovel Activity Picking Up

Launched in 2017, the Gold Shovel Site Verification program assists communities, counties and private landowners in packaging and marketing development-ready land to site selectors and business owners looking to locate or expand in the eight-county Madison Region.   continue reading »

Dec 26, 2018

2018 Certainly Wasn’t Boring

2018 was an eventful and prosperous year for the Madison Region economy, as well as MadREP.   continue reading »

Dec 20, 2018

SSM Health to assume sole ownership of Turville Bay

SSM Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter sign definitive agreement.   continue reading »

Dec 13, 2018

WEDC, MadREP announce recipients of Disaster Recovery Microloan Program

Ten businesses affected by severe weather this summer receive first round of loans   continue reading »

Nov 29, 2018

MadREP’s Support on Site Searches Helps Land Three Major Wins

Phoenix LLC, Eurofins and MacDon have all found homes in Dane County after extensive site searches supported by Madison Region Economic Partnership.   continue reading »

Nov 29, 2018

Cybersecurity Career Opportunities

State and Federal Agencies need cybersecurity internship applicants.   continue reading »

Nov 28, 2018

Historic Garver Feed Mill Adds Three Tenants

The much anticipated historic Garver Feed Mill is pleased to announce three new tenants.   continue reading »

Nov 15, 2018

Sauk County Development Corporation Completes Housing Study and Needs Assessment

The Sauk County Development Corporation, in partnership with Alliant Energy, the County of Sauk, City of Baraboo, City of Reedsburg, Village of Prairie du Sac, Village of Sauk City, Village of Spring Green, and Village of West Baraboo contracted with Vierbicher to complete a housing study and needs assessment to guide immediate and future housing actions.   continue reading »

Nov 14, 2018

2018 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

The 2018 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium attracted a mix of 524 investors, entrepreneurs and others Nov. 7-8 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, where a combination of company pitches, speakers, panel discussions and workshops focused on ways to enhance venture and angel capital investing in Wisconsin.   continue reading »

Oct 31, 2018

M+Dev 2018: A Roaring Success

This year, the Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA) built upon the momentum of M+Dev 2017 and welcomed over 400 game developers, designers and enthusiasts to the Alliant Energy Center for a day of networking and learning. Guests traveled from states away, leading Milwaukee Magazine to declare that this year, the “M” in M+Dev clearly referred to Midwest.   continue reading »

Oct 18, 2018

MadREP to Administer State’s Microloan Program in the Madison Region

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) today announced its receipt of funds from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to distribute to businesses in the Region who experienced damage to property and inventory due to the recent severe weather events.   continue reading »

Oct 11, 2018

Startup makes field-by-field farming predictions ‘for any crop, anywhere’

A two-year-old Madison startup has made a bid to create what its leaders describe as a historical “holy grail” of agriculture: Software that accurately that predicts yields “for any crop, anywhere.”   continue reading »

Oct 11, 2018

MadREP Joins Inspire Wisconsin Network to Give Local Students, Educators More Opportunities for Career Exploration

Local public school students will have access to additional career development and mentorship tools starting as early as sixth grade in a platform that directly connects local employers to students, thanks to a new statewide collaboration.   continue reading »

Oct 5, 2018

Wisconsin regulators accept Cardinal-Hickory Creek application, start clock on review of high-voltage power line

Source: Chris Hubbuch | Wisconsin State Journal Wisconsin regulators have accepted an application from three utilities seeking to build a high-voltage power line between northeast Iowa and Middleton. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Thursday declared the Cardinal-Hickory Creek...   continue reading »

Oct 4, 2018

Growth of Inspire Madison Region Program Reveals Demand for Workers in Key Sectors

A review of Inspire Madison Region data from the 2017-2018 school year indicates demand is outpacing student interest for careers in IT, transportation and hospitality/tourism.   continue reading »

Sep 28, 2018

Two-year institutions prove to be attractive options for students joining workforce

Gene Dalhoff, vice president of Talent and Education of the Madison Regional Economic Partnership, noted the knowledge of college programs that students receive prior to college is detrimental to deciding whether they would rather join the workforce or further their education. “I do believe that within many of our school districts there is an increasing effort to expose individual students to post-secondary education and career opportunities that may be a better fit for them,” Dalhoff said.   continue reading »

Sep 26, 2018

Amazon now offering Whole Foods delivery to Prime members in area

Amazon Prime members in Milwaukee and Madison can now have groceries from Whole Foods delivered to their homes. The e-commerce giant announced expanded grocery delivery and pick up services for the two cities as well as several others across the country on Wednesday.   continue reading »

Sep 24, 2018

Fostering an Inclusive Workforce in Madison Remains a Complex Effort

The state of Wisconsin’s efforts to attract and retain a younger workforce — in some cases spending millions of dollars advertising to people in other states — are coinciding with a growing public reckoning in Madison and surrounding Dane County with the fact that many of its minority residents don’t necessarily experience the city as welcoming or inclusive.   continue reading »

Sep 19, 2018

MadREP to Administer State’s Microloan Program

On Friday, September 14, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), unveiled a $2 million Disaster Recovery Microloan Program aimed at small businesses that will provide an immediate source of funds for necessary restoration work and related expenses.   continue reading »

Sep 5, 2018

Business Impacts of Summer 2018 Severe Weather Events

As you are undoubtedly aware, the Madison Region has experienced a series of weather events comprised of torrential rain, flash flooding, high winds and tornadoes.   continue reading »

Aug 28, 2018

Top Manufacturing, Ag Leaders View Mexico Trade Deal Favorably

Source: Top Wisconsin manufacturing and agriculture leaders see the recently announced trade agreement with Mexico as a positive for businesses in the state. President Trump announced yesterday a tentative new trade deal with Mexico as he’s “terminating”...   continue reading »

Aug 28, 2018

Foxconn pledges $100 Million for UW-Madison Research Partnership

Foxconn Technology Group has pledged to invest $100 million in UW-Madison to further engineering research and create a new tech facility on the university's campus.   continue reading »

Aug 28, 2018

Phoenix To Open First Commercial Neutron Imaging Services Facility Without A Nuclear Reactor

The selection process for the new site was done in coordination with local government and economic partner, Madison Region Economic Partnership.   continue reading »

Aug 23, 2018

Forward Fest Reflections

Here at MadREP, we get excited when it’s time for Forward Fest. The Forward Festival is Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival, which has grown tremendously since starting in 2010. This year we are especially proud to have taken part in the Badger Startup Summit and the Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA) Meetup.   continue reading »

Aug 22, 2018

MadREP Supports Ground-Breaking Rural Transportation Initiative

Transportation across long distances is a common challenge in most rural counties in the US. The issue acutely impacts the agriculture, food processing and light manufacturing industries that depend on lower-skilled workers, many of whom lack access to a vehicle or do not have a driver’s license.   continue reading »

Aug 13, 2018

Madison Funds Study of Wholesale Market Targeting Small, Local Food Producers

Madison is flush with farmers’ markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture and unique projects liked FEED Kitchens. But some believe the lack of a wholesale market puts local food retailers at a disadvantage.   continue reading »

Aug 8, 2018

A Government Office You’ll Want on Speed Dial

As citizens seek more transparency from government and less red tape and regulation, it’s nice to see that
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature have taken the idea of reform seriously and have solid
results to show for it.   continue reading »

Aug 1, 2018

Location Change: Foxconn Informational Meeting

Due to overwhelming interest from companies seeking to do business with Foxconn, Thursday's Madison-area informational session for contractors has been relocated to Middleton Performing Arts Center at Middleton High School.    continue reading »

Jul 27, 2018

Wisconsin’s Madison Region Delivers on Critical Site Selection Factor: Available Buildings

The second of multiple spec buildings coming to the Madison Region is Greywolf Partners’ Center for Industry and Commerce Spec Building.   continue reading »

Jul 24, 2018

Madison Region MSA Ranks #1 for Quality of Life & Industry Diversity in United States

Business Facilities Magazine ranked the Madison Region #1 in Quality of Life and Industry Diversity and #5 in Economic Growth Potential (Mid-Sized Metros).   continue reading »

Jul 12, 2018

MadREP’s Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey: A Deeper Dive

In the 5/31/18 edition of eNews we reported on the newly released overview of the findings for this year's Madison Region Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey. As reported earlier that survey was conducted in February and...   continue reading »

Jul 11, 2018

Company Spotlight: Teel Appeal

The Madison Region’s manufacturing sector includes a number of innovative companies employing advanced processes and materials. In Baraboo Teel Plastics engineers and manufactures plastic tubing that finds its way into products used in industries as diverse...   continue reading »

Jul 11, 2018

City of Madison receives $500,000 state grant to support redevelopment of former Oscar Mayer plant

  [caption id="attachment_32719" align="alignleft" width="300"] MadREP President Paul Jadin Speaking at the announcement of WEDC's idle site grant for the former Oscar Mayer site.[/caption] Laying the groundwork for the redevelopment of the former Oscar Mayer plant Lt...   continue reading »

Jul 8, 2018

Wisconsin cheesemakers facing double whammy

Source: Rob Schultz | Wisconsin State Journal Wisconsin cheesemakers are facing rising prices sparked by a budding trade war between the United States and its key trading partners around the world. But some analysts believe the current price...   continue reading »

Jul 6, 2018

Navitus builds new headquarters, keeps distance from big drug benefit managers

Source David Wahlberg | WiscNews With a new headquarters going up at a prominent intersection on Madison’s West Side Navitus Health Solutions is gaining visibility at a time when some of its competitors are trying to...   continue reading »

Jul 2, 2018

Mobile App Now Available for Cover Crop Field Guide

The Midwest Cover Crops Council has reformatted its popular field guide to create the Midwest Cover Crops Field Scout mobile app for cellphones and tablets. The app allows farmers, crop advisers and conservation professionals to access vital cover crop information from mobile devices.   continue reading »

Jul 2, 2018

State producers battling through trade war

Source: Rob Schultz | Wisconsin State Journal Wisconsin with an economic backbone of manufacturing and agriculture has become a heated battlefield in the trade war that was started by President Donald Trump earlier this year as part...   continue reading »

Jul 1, 2018

Zurex Pharma moves toward filing for FDA approval of its surgical antiseptic

Source: Judy Newman | Wisconsin State Journal Zurex Pharma a Middleton company with a new type of antiseptic for surgical wounds is getting a boost from investors as it prepares to file for approval of its first...   continue reading »

Jun 16, 2018

Second Annual M+DEV Conference to be held in Madison

The Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA), in cooperation with the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), is following up on the success of its 2017 event with the second annual M+Dev Conference in the Madison Region on October 19. To be held at the Alliant Energy Center, the conference expects to attract more than 500 engineers, designers, and coders from across the Midwest. Early bird tickets will be available until August 1 and can be purchased at   continue reading »

Jun 7, 2018

Madison Region MSA Ranks #1 for Industry Diversity in United States

Madison, WI – The Madison MSA was named the top metro for industry diversity out of 382 Metro MSAs in the Industry Diversity Rankings published by Emsi Developer, a data reporting tool designed for economic development organizations.   continue reading »

Mar 30, 2018

Madison Region companies invited to informational session on how to bid for work during Foxconn construction 

Construction-related companies in the Madison region that want to learn more about becoming a vendor, subcontractor, supplier or professional service provider during the construction phase of the Foxconn project are invited to informational sessions in Madison and Janesville on April 9.   continue reading »

Jan 28, 2018

Baraboo economy ranks 15th among small cities

“Being ranked 15th in the country, that’s pretty remarkable,” Mayor Mike Palm said. “We will strive to be No. 1.”   continue reading »

Jan 24, 2018

WEDC awards 11 grants to support entrepreneurship programs across Wisconsin

$500,000 in grants have been awarded to help develop or expand innovative programs aimed at advancing the climate for entrepreneurship throughout the state.   continue reading »

Jan 9, 2018

Vintage Brewing opens $7 million facility in Sauk City, announces plans for another Madison bar and restaurant

The 26,000-square-foot, $7 million Vintage Brewing Co. facility could help pave the way for a hotel, bring more business to the village’s downtown and draw customers from Madison, Wisconsin Dells and nearby Devil’s Lake State Park.   continue reading »

Jan 8, 2018

MadREP Applauds Addition of Non-Stop Flight from Madison to San Francisco

Securing a non-stop route between San Francisco and Madison has been a goal for the MadREP Board of Directors and the regional business community for years.   continue reading »

Dec 27, 2017

Madison’s tech economy fares well in nationwide survey

The study, Digitalization and the American Workforce, ranks Madison as No. 10 of the top 100 metropolitan areas nationwide.   continue reading »

Dec 5, 2017

MadREP among recipients of Mid-America Economic Development Council 2017 Annual Economic Development Awards

MadREP had winning entries in two categories: Annual Report and Workforce Development, for its annual Madison Region Economic Development Guide & Annual Report as well as the Inspire Madison Region program.   continue reading »

Nov 30, 2017

Research big deal at UW-Madison; maintains No. 6 national ranking

Research from UW-Madison has been responsible for creating over 360 startup companies in Wisconsin, the university said.   continue reading »

Nov 9, 2017

Tech companies get foothold in downtown Janesville

Local officials estimate that such businesses now employ about 300 people.   continue reading »

Oct 31, 2017

Company site selectors have their eye on the Madison Region

What’s sparking the sudden surge of interest in south-central Wisconsin?   continue reading »

Oct 24, 2017

Baraboo business survey prompts action

Volunteers conducted a Business Walk, surveying more than 200 merchants to gauge the pulse of local commerce.   continue reading »

Sep 25, 2017

Inspire Workforce Development Initiative Creates Regional Connections

Inspire Madison Region and Inspire Rock County have integrated their databases to enhance collaborative talent development and employment engagement activities throughout the greater region.   continue reading »

Sep 19, 2017

MadREP Board Chair Tim Gaillard Receives ACHE Regent’s Award

The Champion of Diversity Regent's Award recognizes ACHE members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of diversity in healthcare management, their organization, their community, and among ACHE.   continue reading »

Sep 12, 2017

UW-Madison is highest ranked university in state by U.S. News

Excerpted from BizTimes By Andrew Weiland U.S News & World Report today released its annual university rankings. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the top ranked national university in Wisconsin according to the U.S News rankings UW-Madison ranks 46th...   continue reading »

Aug 23, 2017

Gener8tor Partners with UW-Madison CS Department on Mini-Accelerator

The overarching goal is to create another vehicle for students to turn their visions for new products into actual businesses.   continue reading »

Aug 16, 2017

Inspire initiative launches statewide to address workforce development needs

Statewide expansion of web-based platform enables local employers to engage directly with students and help build talent pipeline
  continue reading »

Aug 15, 2017

Supply Chain Marketplace ready for companies seeking to do business with Foxconn

MadREP invites companies to showcase capabilities with free, statewide online tool   continue reading »

Aug 14, 2017

Generac’s $73 million expansion to add 400 new jobs

Generac, which manufactures power generation and engine-powered products, plans to expand its corporate headquarters, research and development, and production operations.   continue reading »

Aug 3, 2017

The Little Potato Company: A fresh starch in DeForest

The DeForest processing facility is the company’s first location in the United States.   continue reading »

Jul 28, 2017

MadREP Announces New Board Chair

Tim Gaillard, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UW Hospital & Clinics, has been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors.   continue reading »

Jul 21, 2017

Wisconsin manufacturer Fisher Barton to add 80 positions at Watertown locations

"Our commitment to manufacturing in Wisconsin continues, and we’re excited to be able to expand our business at our facilities here in Watertown,” said Igor Zelenovskiy, CEO of Fisher Barton.   continue reading »

Jun 28, 2017

Madison Region Economic Partnership Releases Diversity & Inclusion Survey Results: Survey finds improvement but MadREP stresses need for more attention

“A diverse workforce is vital to the sustained economic growth of the region,” said MadREP CEO Paul Jadin.   continue reading »

Jun 23, 2017

Grainger is over 1,000 employees and is still hiring

Over the last year, Grainger has added hundreds of employees in Janesville as it consolidated call centers from 150 locations across the country to just three.   continue reading »

Jun 6, 2017

gener8tor again named one of nation’s top accelerator programs

Gener8tor was given a gold ranking, which places it in the top 16 accelerator programs in the nation.   continue reading »

May 27, 2017

Middleton biotech Lucigen Corp. reaps awards for selling its products overseas

Lucigen received a 2017 President’s “E” Award for recording a sustained increase in export sales over the past four years.   continue reading »

May 24, 2017

Inaugural Midwest Games Conference to be held in Madison: M+DEV event will bring 300+ games developers to Madison October 27

The Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA), in cooperation with the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), is bringing the inaugural Midwest Games Conference to the Madison Region on October 27.   continue reading »

May 22, 2017

Madison video game industry alliance goes statewide

The Madison Games Alliance is now the Wisconsin Games Alliance.   continue reading »

May 19, 2017

MadREP summit highlights diversity in the workforce

Over 500 attendants gathered May 11 at the Monona Terrace in Madison for the Economic Development and Diversity Summit.   continue reading »

May 11, 2017

Economic Summit encourages diversity in the workplace

As part of an economic summit, this Thursday businesses are being asked to look at how diversity in their workplace compares around the region.   continue reading »

Mar 30, 2017

Going for Gold: Madison Region Gains First Gold Shovel Site

The Madison Region is home to eight of the state's sixteen Certified in Wisconsin sites, and we're excited to announce the region's very first Gold Shovel verified site: Gateway Business Park in Baraboo.   continue reading »

Mar 12, 2017

In Fort Atkinson, a downtown revival rides on the back of a historic building

“It’s a catalyst project for the downtown,” said Matt Trebatoski, Fort Atkinson’s city manager for the past three years. “It’s definitely a welcome thing to the community.”   continue reading »

Mar 11, 2017

Madison shows ‘great momentum’ in tech job growth, Brookings analyst says

Madison is one of the few U.S. metropolitan areas with a rising share of tech jobs, according to a new Brookings Institution report.   continue reading »

Mar 7, 2017

LiveXchange Conference Coming to Madison Region:MadREP and Greater Madison CVB bringing 60+ site selectors to Madison

The Madison Region Economic Partnership and the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today they were successful in winning the bid for the 2018 Business Facilities LiveXchange event.   continue reading »

Feb 21, 2017

Putting Greater Madison on the ICT Map

MadREP will use the map to market Madison’s critical mass of technology firms, available capital resources, and talent to site selectors.   continue reading »

Feb 2, 2017

Perfect storm: Mount Horeb is rapidly redeveloping

The village is in the middle of a major transformation representing tens of millions of dollars of private investment.   continue reading »

Jan 24, 2017

WEDC awards $500,000 in grants for entrepreneurs

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awards eleven of 32 applicants to help them provide education, mentoring, training, business development and financial services programs to Wisconsin's entrepreneurs.   continue reading »

Dec 21, 2016

Program pairs businesses with students for experiential learning

Through the Inspire Madison Area program, students can explore future careers by connecting with career counselors or find experiential learning opportunities such as job shadowing, tours and internships.   continue reading »

Dec 13, 2016

MadREP initiative inspires students to explore education, careers

It's smart strategy by MadREP, and -- if done right -- will help reduce disparities as it nurtures our workforce.   continue reading »

Dec 12, 2016

MadREP Refers Plastics Industries Opportunity to Rock County; Company Leases 75,000 SF in Janesville

"This project continues to reinforce the narrative that manufacturing remains an important, as well as strong, economic component for Wisconsin and the Janesville-Beloit MSA."   continue reading »

Dec 8, 2016

Inspire Madison Region Hits Important Milestones

The Madison Region Economic Partnership announced today that it has 41 school districts and 210 employers in the region signed on to participate in the Inspire Madison Region Program.   continue reading »

Dec 6, 2016

John Deere completes Horicon expansion

The company held a ribbon-cutting event last week for the new $45 million facility that employs 80 peo   continue reading »

Dec 6, 2016

Sauk County Development Corp. Names New Leader

Edward White has been named the new executive director of the Sauk County Development Corporation.   continue reading »

Nov 29, 2016

IMCP Designation Attracts Over $2.1 Million Federal Investment to the Region

As one of just twenty-four IMCP regions in the nation, MadREP and its partners have the opportunity to access significantly greater federal dollars to position the region to attract talent, technology, and investment.   continue reading »

Nov 16, 2016

StartingBlock Madison Wins $475,000 grant from U.S. Economic Development Agency

“The support from business leaders, especially American Family Insurance, and federal, state, regional and municipal entities makes StartingBlock a game-changing collaboration,” said MadREP President Paul Jadin. “StartingBlock Madison will become another Madison asset that enables our region to set new standards for the global marketplace.”   continue reading »

Nov 10, 2016

Business-to-school connection a sound investment

“If we want small towns to sustain and thrive,” Dalhoff said, “we have to connect kids with local businesses, while they’re still in high school.” That’s where Inspire comes in.   continue reading »

Oct 17, 2016

Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation

Mount Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation is seeking qualified candidates for the part-time position of Executive Director.   continue reading »

Oct 6, 2016

REAP Food Group Receives USDA Grant for Farm Fresh Atlas Project

Madison-based REAP Food Group, a non-profit whose mission is to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system, receives $203,500 USDA grant.   continue reading »

Sep 29, 2016

Toledo picks Beloit, will bring 118 jobs

“Plastics manufacturing is a key industry driver for both the state of Wisconsin, as well as the Janesville-Beloit MSA, and we look forward to adding TMD’s project to the growing list of firms that are investing in our market,” said James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Manager.   continue reading »

Sep 21, 2016

Fourth Annual Madison Region Economic Development Guide to Publish In Print and Online

Showcasing the best of the Madison Region’s people places and positive business climate the Madison Region Economic Development Guide reinforces the area’s favorable quality of place while also targeting prospective residents employees businesses and visitors...   continue reading »

Sep 2, 2016

Looking to Poynette’s economic future

A group of two dozen people gathered at Poynette’s village hall to attend a workshop on economic development presented by Madison Region Economic Partnership.   continue reading »

Aug 23, 2016

Downtown reels in SHINE Medical

"This is a great thing for downtown,” council member Carol Tidwell said. “It will be a great boost for the economy here.”   continue reading »

Aug 17, 2016

Health IT startup Wellbe is top local company on 2016 Inc. 5000 list

Sixteen Madison-area companies have made the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing, privately owned companies in the U.S., including two that cracked the top 500.   continue reading »

Aug 5, 2016

Study Names Madison The Most Socially Responsible City in US

The Community Progress Index ranks Madison the #1 most socially responsible city in America.   continue reading »

Jul 22, 2016

UW-Madison spinoff keeps an eye on weather as it returns to Madison

After a three-year sojourn in the Boston area, a maker of weather station networks has moved its headquarters back to Madison.   continue reading »

Jul 9, 2016

Beloit Ironworks a launchpad for tech jobs

The Ironworks’ new life has begun to transform Beloit’s downtown from a center of manufacturing to a garden of venture capital dreams that have taken root and are now budding.   continue reading »

Jun 29, 2016

WaunaBoom! A little town gets a big bump from new business

With cute shops, village-centric events and a focus on creativity, Waunakee is poised to become a small town destination.   continue reading »

Jun 22, 2016

MadREP Shares Full Results of 2016 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey

MadREP shared today the full results of its 2016 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey, which captures data about workforce demographics, supplier diversity programs, and community engagement.   continue reading »

Jun 15, 2016

TIF, WEDC tax credits help lure American Packaging Corp. to build DeForest plant

American Packaging Corp., maker of flexible packaging for a wide variety of food, healthcare, hygiene and household products, plans to build a plant in DeForest and add as many as 300 employees there over the next decade.   continue reading »

Jun 13, 2016

Rock County riding warehousing and distribution wave

In Janesville alone, new warehousing and distribution operations are on pace to create at least 700 new jobs over the next two years.   continue reading »

May 11, 2016

Encouraging connections crucial to inclusive Madison Region economy

“I think it was a success,” Urban League President & CEO Ruben Anthony said after the event. “We really found a way to marry diversity and inclusion and economic development in a way that’s probably not happening in a lot of other places around the country.”   continue reading »

Apr 8, 2016

The Little Potato Co. cropping up in DeForest, adding 130 jobs by 2019

“We decided to stay in Wisconsin because we really, truly felt at home as soon as we came,” Gleddie said. “The same things that are important to you guys are important to us.”   continue reading »

Apr 5, 2016

National Decision Support Company Opens Research-Development Headquarters In Madison, Wisconsin

"We selected Madison to capitalize on its reputation as a technology startup hub and access to qualified talent," said Tom Conti, Vice President of Product and Technology.   continue reading »

Apr 1, 2016

Beloit’s Comply365 flying high and expanding into other industries

Beloit-based Comply365, now has most of the U.S. market locked down on one of its airline software products, which digitizes flight manuals for pilots.   continue reading »

Mar 11, 2016

Gener8tor named one of the country’s top 16 accelerators

The 38 start-up companies that have graduated from gener8tor's programs since gener8tor was founded in 2012 have gone on to raise more than $75 million in financing and create more than 400 jobs, said Joe Kirgues, gener8tor co-founder.   continue reading »

Feb 25, 2016

WEDC Launches “Made in Wisconsin” Program: Where it’s made matters

Companies operating in Wisconsin now have a new tool—an official “Made In Wisconsin” logo—to help market the origin and quality of their products   continue reading »

Feb 17, 2016

In Return to Roots, Understory Raises $7.5M & Relocates HQ to WI

Understory, a weather technology startup, was founded in Madison in 2012 before moving to Boston. Now, it is coming home to Wisconsin with $7.5 million in tow.
  continue reading »

Feb 15, 2016

Janesville’s A.M. Castle ramping up as ‘supermarket of steel’

A.M. Castle Metals official said the company's new steel distribution warehouse on the city's east side already employs 70 people.   continue reading »

Feb 10, 2016

State Economic Development Association Honors Madison Region Economic Partnership

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association presented MadREP the Organization Excellence Award at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development.   continue reading »

Feb 9, 2016

MadREP & Urban League of Greater Madison to host joint Economic Development & Diversity Summit on May 9

In their third year of continued partnership, MadREP and ULGM will host a joint event for Madison Region business and community leaders focused on economic development and diversity.   continue reading »

Feb 9, 2016

John Burke Builds a $1 Billion+ Global Bike Business from Waterloo, Wisconsin

Like the legendary garage from which David Packard and Bill Hewlett built the mighty HP, the Burke family father and son team built a $1 billion-plus business out of a red barn in Waterloo, Wisconsin.   continue reading »

Jan 26, 2016

MadREP Releases Results of Business Retention & Expansion Survey

MadREP released today the results of an expansive Business Retention & Expansion survey conducted in 2015, which was conducted as part of MadREP’s multi-pronged approach to economic development.   continue reading »

Jan 6, 2016

Two Madison Region Economic Development Professionals Elected to Mid-America Economic Development Council Board of Directors

Kim Erdmann and Kyle Adams will represent Wisconsin on the Board of the multi-state Mid-America Economic Development Council.   continue reading »

Jan 5, 2016

United’s Hemispheres Magazine Features Wisconsin in January Issue

United's Hemispheres Magazine features Wisconsin in its January 2016 Dossier supplement, providing an in-depth overview of the state, including the unique initiatives that shape its industry and influence on today’s global economy.   continue reading »

Dec 29, 2015

Local game developers earn high scores

Video games are a big business, and two Madison game developers have now earned special recognition for having two of the top games of the year.   continue reading »

Dec 26, 2015

Indie game creator savors sweet praise for Prune

An artistic game about growing trees, made by a Madison independent game developer, is the best video game of 2015, according to TIME magazine.   continue reading »

Dec 22, 2015

Two Video Games Created in Madison Make Apple Inc.’s “Game of the Year 2015” List

The game Prune received top billing as Game of the Year for the iPad, while the game Lost Within appears 22nd on the list for iPads. Boasting two spots in the top 25 from Madison illustrates the region’s immense talent and capability in this industry.   continue reading »

Dec 14, 2015

Madison, Janesville-Beloit among tops in the U.S. for economic growth, study says

Madison and the Janesville-Beloit area are among the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the country, according to a report by the Milken Institute.   continue reading »

Dec 8, 2015

MadREP among recipients of Mid-America Economic Development Council 2015 Annual Economic Development Awards

MadREP received the first place award in the Annual Report: Large Division category for its electronic newsletters.   continue reading »

Nov 24, 2015

UW-Madison remains highly ranked in research spending despite shrinking revenue streams

The University of Wisconsin-Madison held its fourth place ranking in research expenditures among U.S. universities, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation.   continue reading »

Nov 10, 2015

Janesville City Council approves deal with private jet company

A private jet company will get a $100,000 assist from the city of Janesville as it doubles its business.   continue reading »

Nov 9, 2015

Study: Osteopathic college would have positive impact

The Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium has completed an economic impact study on a College of Osteopathic Medicine being considered for Jefferson. The analysis suggests positive local and statewide impacts if the college is realized.   continue reading »

Nov 9, 2015

Last Chance! Ad Space Available in Madison Region Economic Development Guide

Don’t miss this great opportunity to buy advertising space in the Madison Region Economic Development Guide Advertisers are able to advertise in print and online and have the option to develop a customer acquisition and...   continue reading »

Oct 22, 2015

Dodge County Lunch & Learn Will Discuss Global Expansion Opportunities for Local Companies

Together with Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Dodge County Land Resources and Parks Department andMadREP will host a Lunch & Learn for Dodge County bankers, attorneys, accountants and executive leadership of manufacturing companies to discuss global expansion opportunities.   continue reading »

Oct 22, 2015

John Deere Horicon Works Hosts Wisconsin Officials for Groundbreaking

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch joined other elected officials and business leaders today as John Deere Horicon Works broke ground on a 400,000 square-foot addition to its existing facility.   continue reading »

Oct 19, 2015

Madison Named a Top 10 Emerging City for Global Trade

Global Trade Magazine presented its fourth annual “America’s Best Cities for Global Trade” report, citing Madison as a Top 10 emerging city for global trade.   continue reading »

Oct 19, 2015

Groundbreaking for Johnsonville is hailed

Johnsonville Sausage hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at its new Watertown location. The company notes that, with the new facility, 30 jobs will be created in the next year, with the potential for more.   continue reading »

Oct 13, 2015

MadREP to Participate in Americas Competitiveness Exchange in Argentina

MadREP has been selected to participate in the Fourth Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a high-level visit taking place from October 26-30, 2015, in the Province of Córdoba, Argentina.   continue reading »

Oct 11, 2015

Help Wanted: In search of engineers, Chickasha firm looks to Madison to expand

When it needed to open a new development lab, Oklahoma hermetic switch maker HSI Sensing chose Madison, Wis., for the location, some 876 miles away from Chickasha.   continue reading »

Oct 8, 2015

Madison Region Economic Development Guide: Ad Space Available

Advertising space in the 2016 Madison Region Economic Development Guide is available for local businesses but only for a limited time Advertisers will be able to advertise in print and online and have the option...   continue reading »

Oct 6, 2015

Madison, Wis.: Moving Beyond Dialogue and Taking Action to Reach Future Talent

Madison’s businesses and education system have a few initiatives underway to attract young talent to manufacturing careers. Inspire Madison Region connects students with workplace learning experiences as well as job opportunities.   continue reading »

Oct 4, 2015

Survey: Minorities underrepresented in Madison-area business leadership positions

A MadREP survey shows that the percentage of minorities in leadership and supervisory positions is lower than the percentage of minorities in the region’s total population, but there are resources available to help companies.   continue reading »

Sep 25, 2015

Large tech accelerator considered for Madison

Madison could soon be home to a major new project aimed at helping technology companies get started and grow … if a local serial entrepreneur has her way.   continue reading »

Sep 16, 2015

Bioscience brings big bucks to Wisconsin’s economy, study shows

Wisconsin's bioscience industry includes 1,600+ companies that provide jobs for nearly 36,000 people and pay a salary well above that of the average employee in the state.   continue reading »

Sep 10, 2015

Janesville to get Dollar General distribution center, 552 jobs

State and local officials announced that Dollar General will build a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Janesville that by 2019 would employ 552 people.   continue reading »

Sep 9, 2015

Fisher Barton stays devoted to city of Watertown with new center

Fisher Barton has added a third center in Watertown continuing an over four-decade commitment to the city.   continue reading »

Aug 27, 2015

Video Game Industry Meet-Up fuels momentum around Madison’s gaming cluster

A capacity crowd of more than 75 people attended last night’s Video Game Industry & Higher Ed Meet-Up to discuss growing the Madison Region’s gaming industry and creating an innovation ecosystem for video games.   continue reading »

Aug 27, 2015

Third Annual Madison Region Economic Development Guide to Publish In Print and Online

Showcasing the best of the Madison Region’s people places and positive business climate the Madison Region Economic Development Guide reinforces the area’s favorable quality of place while also targeting prospective residents employees businesses and visitors The...   continue reading »

Aug 20, 2015

A great place to work at play: Madison game developers aim for critical mass to compete with the coasts

The future of game development in Madison has never looked brighter than it does right now. The question of whether Madison would become a national game development hub has been burbling for more than 15 years.   continue reading »

Aug 19, 2015

Madison-based Shoutlet acquired by Spredfast, will keep local office

Madison-based social media management company Shoutlet has been acquired by Spredfast, another major player in the social media management industry.   continue reading »

Aug 17, 2015

Madison’s Healthtech Cluster: The Rise of Epic and Everybody Else

Healthcare, agriculture, and manufacturing remain the bread and butter of the private sector in Madison, WI, and the surrounding region, but healthcare IT has arguably become the area’s most buzz-worthy industry.   continue reading »

Aug 16, 2015

Raven has helped create a video game cluster in Madison Region

At age 25 with nearly 200 employees, Raven Software is the Madison area’s Big Kahuna in the digital game development business and is credited with a good share of its growth.   continue reading »

Aug 3, 2015

Sub-Zero/Wolf to build $62M plant addition in Fitchburg

Sub-Zero will build a $62 million addition onto one of its Fitchburg plants and plans to hire 300 employees over the next three years.   continue reading »

Jul 28, 2015

Madison equipped to become a startup city

If local entrepreneurs and civic and business leaders capitalize on the city’s size, location and unique culture—and make inclusivity a priority—Madison has all the makings of becoming a startup city.   continue reading »

Jul 23, 2015

Oklahoma-based HSI Sensing Opens Development Lab in Madison

Oklahoma-based HSI Sensing announces the opening of a new development lab in Madison, WI that the company says will focus on manufacturing technology, processes, and efficiencies.   continue reading »

Jul 22, 2015

Waterloo accepted into statewide program to improve downtown

The city of Waterloo is one of 18 communities around the state to be accepted this year into the WEDC's Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown and urban corridor revitalization efforts.   continue reading »

Jul 14, 2015

Board looking into adding facility space to Whitewater University Technology Park

The Innovation Center is at capacity, and advocates of the business incubator are hoping to break ground on additional facility space within two years.   continue reading »

Jul 9, 2015

MadREP Selected as Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Designee

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) is one of twelve new designees.   continue reading »

Jul 2, 2015

DWD Secretary Reggie Newson visits Zendesk offices, highlights opportunities for young professionals in Wisconsin

Secretary Reggie Newson today met with employees of Zendesk, a software company with offices in Madison, to highlight employers' efforts to attract and retain young professionals in south-central Wisconsin.   continue reading »

Jul 1, 2015

MadREP’s Michael Gay Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation

Michael Gay, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council.   continue reading »

Jun 19, 2015

Janesville and Madison MSAs among Best Cities for Information Jobs

Both the Madison MSA and the Janesville MSA are among New Geography’s 2015 ranking of Cities Winning the Battle for Information Jobs.   continue reading »

May 28, 2015

French company announces $11.5M expansion in Portage

A global plastics company announced Thursday an $11.5 million expansion of its plant in Portage, aided in part by $700,000 in state tax credits.   continue reading »

May 20, 2015

USDA to Give Priority Funding for Regional Economic Development Projects

Policy Will Support Long-Term, Regional Economic Growth Strategies   continue reading »

May 15, 2015

New level of commitment at Economic Development & Diversity Summit

The annual Economic Development and Diversity Summit held by MadREP and ULGM is always an important event in building the Greater Madison region’s economic growth capacity.   continue reading »

Apr 23, 2015

International delegation visits Madison-area centers of innovation, technology

A foreign delegation featuring 47 government ministers from 28 countries toured Madison-area centers of technology and entrepreneurship.   continue reading »

Apr 17, 2015

Madison selected for stop on advanced technology, innovation tour

Madison for two days next week will host an international delegation featuring nearly 50 foreign trade and innovation ministers from 28 countries as a stop on the third Americas Competitiveness Exchange Tour.   continue reading »

Apr 14, 2015

MadREP Board of Directors Issues Resolution on University Funding

The Board of Directors of the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) has issued a resolution on Governor Scott Walker’s proposed funding cuts to the University of Wisconsin System.   continue reading »

Apr 14, 2015

City of Madison Selected for Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange Tour

Madison has been selected as a featured site in the Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE), a tour designed to showcase advanced technology centers, innovation hubs, public-private partnerships, exports, and foreign direct investments in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.   continue reading »

Mar 24, 2015

SWAG’s ag innovation center project moving to Dane County

A plan for an agricultural education and innovation center will be built in the village of Marshall in eastern Dane County, the nonprofit group proposing the project announced Tuesday.   continue reading »

Mar 22, 2015

Ball Corp. finishes $18M expansion in DeForest

Ball Corp. in DeForest is expecting to hire up to 40 people in the next year to help staff an $18 million expansion adding an aluminum container line at the can-making plant.   continue reading »

Mar 3, 2015

Madison Ranks #5 in Site Selection Magazine Governor’s Cup Rankings

Madison scores big in Site Selection Magazine's annual Governor's Cup rankings, jumping to spot #5 for like-sized metros by number of projects.   continue reading »

Feb 25, 2015

Job Posting: Executive Director, Southern Wisconsin Agricultural Group

The Southern Wisconsin Agriculture Group (SWAG) has an immediate opening for an Executive Director.   continue reading »

Feb 24, 2015

WEDC to provide $9M in tax credits to Exact Sciences

Excerpted from Wisconsin State Journal By Judy Newman Exact Sciences is preparing for big growth as its Cologuard test to screen for colorectal cancer gains ground and the Madison company will get the state’s help to do...   continue reading »

Feb 18, 2015

Madison is a national hub for medical IT software development

"Madison is positioned better than almost any other place in the country to help make health care more affordable, safer and get better outcomes," says Mark Bakken, founder of HealthX Ventures and the former head of Nordic Consulting Partners.   continue reading »

Feb 4, 2015

Madison ranked top metropolitan area in U.S. for STEM graduates

The Brookings Institute on Tuesday recognized Madison, Wisconsin, as the number one metropolitan area in the U.S. for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college graduates.   continue reading »

Jan 22, 2015

Wisconsin stays at the forefront in R&D

From individual companies to small communities to entire states, research and development is the fuel behind business drivers and economic engines.   continue reading »

Jan 8, 2015

MadREP’s diversity initiative is smart economic development

MadREP's forward thinking workplace diversity and inclusion plan is smart, timely and just plain right.   continue reading »

Jan 7, 2015

MadREP Announces Initiative to Measure, Recognize and Improve Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Practices in the Madison Region

MadREP announces a new initiative designed to measure, recognize, and improve workplace diversity and inclusion practices.   continue reading »

Dec 22, 2014

Bakken Rounding Up Investors for Madison HealthX Ventures

Bakken and other local business leaders believe Madison has a shot at becoming a nationally recognized healthtech hub...   continue reading »

Dec 19, 2014

Beloit to welcome $52 million plant, 140 jobs

Pratt Industries will build a 350,000-square-foot plant to make corrugated boxes in Beloit's Gateway Business Park.   continue reading »

Dec 12, 2014

StartingBlock project signs on American Family for support

American Family Insurance has agreed to put its financial backing behind the StartingBlock Madison project slated for the 800 block of East Washington Ave.   continue reading »

Dec 10, 2014

Chicago Fittings Corp. relocating to Gateway Business Park

Excerpted from Janesville GazetteBy Jim Leute Chicago Fittings based in Belvidere Illinois said Wednesday it would break ground next spring on a 30,000-square-foot facility at the southeast corner of Gateway Boulevard and Colley Road. The project is...   continue reading »

Dec 9, 2014

MadREP among recipients of Mid-America Economic Development Council 2014 Annual Economic Development Awards

The Mid-America Economic Development Council presented its annual Economic Development awards at the 2014 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum, held December 7-9 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago.   continue reading »

Dec 8, 2014

StartingBlock, Madison’s Answer to Chicago’s 1871, Hits Crucial Stage

Excerpted from Xconomy Wisconsinby Jeff Engel A vacant 1.75-acre piece of land in downtown Madison WI—once the site of a car dealership—could become one of the most important hubs for tech entrepreneurship in the state’s capital...   continue reading »

Dec 3, 2014

Madison Region Economic Development Guide: Advertising Space Available

Advertising space in the Madison Region Economic Development Guide is available for local businesses, but only for a limited time.   continue reading »

Nov 24, 2014

Trek Bicycle plans Johnsons Creek distribution center

Excerpted from Jefferson Daily UnionBy Ryan Whisner  Trek Bicycle Corp plans to move its global distribution center from Oconomowoc to a new 250,000-square-foot facility in the Village of Johnson Creek. The $7-million building to be located on...   continue reading »

Nov 21, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin Creates Major Medical Cluster

Home to a host of health care IT companies like Epic, a medical software developer with annual revenue estimated at $1.5 billion, Madison, Wis., is quickly becoming one of the leading medical clusters in the nation.   continue reading »

Nov 18, 2014

Madison Named Second Best City for Young Entrepreneurs

NerdWallet, a personal finance website, recently conducted a study to find the best cities for young entrepreneurs in the nation – and Madison made the top 10.   continue reading »

Nov 12, 2014

Nordic Consulting founder Bakken to start healthcare IT venture capital fund

Mark Bakken, co-founder and chief executive of Nordic Consulting, one of the state's fastest-growing start-ups, said Wednesday he is stepping aside to start an early-stage venture capital fund.   continue reading »

Nov 10, 2014

MadREP Announces Second Annual Edition of Economic Development Publication

MadREP has partnered again this year with Journal Communications, an award-winning custom publisher that specializes in economic development and reaches a critical niche audience around the globe, to implement a marketing initiative that shines a spotlight on our region.   continue reading »

Nov 7, 2014

Job Opportunity: Economic Development/Planning, City of Waupun

The City of Waupun seeks an economic development and planning professional.   continue reading »

Oct 23, 2014

The M-List 2014 Local Food Perspectives: Rooted in the Future does agriculture align with an emerging vision of the Madison area as a region of the future—one that leads the way in innovation, technology and discovery? It fits quite well, as it turns out.   continue reading »

Oct 18, 2014

Rock County’s GDP growth among best in nation

The value of goods and services produced in Rock County in 2013 increased at a rate bettered only by a few other metro areas in the United States...   continue reading »

Oct 10, 2014

Deerfield pouring $125M into Madison Region startup Shine Medical Technologies

Shine Medical Technologies, the Monona, WI-based startup said today it has inked an investment deal with New York-based Deerfield Management for up to $125 million.   continue reading »

Oct 9, 2014

Sun Prairie company to get $750K in state tax credits to expand plant, create 199 jobs

Thermal Spray Technologies, a developer of protective spray coatings for some of the world's top manufacturers, will get up to $750,000 in state tax credits to create 199 jobs...   continue reading »

Oct 2, 2014

Janesville manufacturer to expand, create up to 30 jobs

GOEX Corp., a plastic sheet products manufacturer, is more than doubling the size of its operations in Janesville.   continue reading »

Sep 24, 2014

College towns like Madison score big on talent & innovation

Within a short span in late summer, Madison, WI, picked up accolades in two national rankings of livability.   continue reading »

Sep 22, 2014

WEDC, MadREP to host program on exporting to Western Europe

Wisconsin's trade representative for Germany, Belgium, Netherlands to provide information on trends, opportunities at Sept. 24 presentation   continue reading »

Sep 19, 2014

Epic Hopes WI Campus Can Help in Talent War with Apple, Facebook

There's a reason Epic went all-out on its campus, Faulkner said this week during the company's annual users group meeting that reportedly drew more than 10,000 people.   continue reading »

Sep 15, 2014

Why Madison is the Top 100 Best Place to Live 2015

A new city sits atop Livability's annual ranking. Find out what Madison did to get there.   continue reading »

Sep 12, 2014

California biotech firm to hire 100-plus to make cancer drugs in University Research Park

A California biotech consulting firm that pledged to create at least 103 local jobs by 2017 will get a $1 million low-interest loan from the state to help it buy an under-used pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in University Research Park.   continue reading »

Aug 27, 2014

AOL cofounder Steve Case and Google head to Madison to hunt for hot start-ups

Local entrepreneurs will have a chance to pitch to a pioneer Internet entrepreneur and win a $100,000 investment when Steve Case and Google for Entrepreneurs come to Madison in October with their Rise of the Rest road trip.   continue reading »

Aug 22, 2014

Local companies make Inc. 5000 fastest growing list

Sixteen south-central Wisconsin companies are in the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately owned U.S. companies.   continue reading »

Aug 18, 2014

Madison #5 on Forbes Ranking of 15 Best Cities for Young Professionals

Madison scores another top 5 ranking, this time as a best city for young professionals.   continue reading »

Aug 18, 2014

Saint-Gobain plans to add 120 jobs in Portage

Saint-Gobain, a French multinational high-performance materials company, plans to expand its Portage plant and create as many as 120 new jobs.   continue reading »

Aug 15, 2014

Columbia County loan fund gets $99,990 infusion

A revolving loan fund that has offered seed money to Columbia County businesses for more than a decade will soon get an infusion of cash, thanks to the federal government.   continue reading »

Aug 12, 2014

Virent gets EPA OK for its biogasoline

Virent's BioForm fuel has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in highway driving, the Madison company said Tuesday.   continue reading »

Aug 12, 2014

Exact Sciences wins FDA approval for non-invasive colorectal cancer test

Big news came late Monday for Exact Sciences Corp.: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Cologuard, the Madison company's non-invasive test to screen for colorectal cancer.   continue reading »

Aug 6, 2014

State announces $1 million program for high-tech start-ups

Excerpted from Milwaukee Journal SentinelBy Kylie Gumpert Technology entrepreneurs will receive funding from a new $1 million program to commercialize innovation. SBIR Advance which stands for Small Business Innovation and Research will be available across the state...   continue reading »

Aug 5, 2014

InForm Product Development Announces New Corporate Headquarters in Sun Prairie Business Park

InForm Product Development has reached an agreement with the City of Sun Prairie to acquire a five-acre parcel in the Sun Prairie Business Park for the construction of a new 26,400 s.f. corporate headquarters.   continue reading »

Aug 4, 2014

Ball Corporation to Expand, Invest $18M, Hire 40 in DeForest

Ball Corporation, an iconic American company more than a century old, is expanding its metal container operations — a project expected to create approximately 40 new jobs and retain another 106 positions.   continue reading »

Jul 16, 2014

NorthStar breaks ground for Beloit facility to produce medical radioisotopes

What started as a dream 12 years ago moved closer to reality Wednesday when George Messina worked a shovel into rock-hard soil on Beloit's far east side.   continue reading »

Jul 16, 2014

UW-Madison ranked 25th-best university in world

The Center for World University Rankings has ranked the University of Wisconsin as the 25th-best university in the world.   continue reading »

Jul 15, 2014

Chicago investors flock to Madison start-ups

Chicago investors are looking outside the Midwest's biggest city for some of their next investments. One increasingly popular option: Madison's digital start-ups.   continue reading »

Jul 11, 2014

Verona’s Epic Systems adding employees

Epic Systems Corp., the Verona electronic health records powerhouse, is in the midst of another big boost to its staff.   continue reading »

Jul 1, 2014

United Alloy expansion fuels job creation

Janesville manufacturer United Alloy has already surpassed employment benchmarks required by city and state incentive packages.   continue reading »

Jun 22, 2014

Crowdfunding, Wisconsin style, begins

It's only logical that MobCraft Beer would be the first company to sign up to use Wisconsin's new crowdfunding law.   continue reading »

Jun 17, 2014

UW-Madison College of Engineering receives $25 million grant

A $25 million grant will allow UW-Madison College of Engineering to create a more interdisciplinary teaching approach, focus on manufacturing advances to boost the nation's economic competitiveness.   continue reading »

May 27, 2014

The Cities Winning the Battle for Information Jobs 2014

In the town of Verona on the rural fringes of Madison, Wisc., there's a Google-like campus that houses one of the country's most rapidly growing tech companies, and one of the least well known.   continue reading »

May 21, 2014

Hot off the presses! The new Madison Region Economic Development Guide.

We are pleased to share the Madison Region Economic Development Guide, a new publication showcasing the Madison Region's many business and quality of life assets.   continue reading »

May 10, 2014

MadREP & ULGM Summit looks at creating jobs, expanding diversity

A unified effort to boost the economy of the eight-county Madison region is starting to make headway, but there's still a long way to go to diversify the workforce, speakers told a conference on Friday.   continue reading »

May 1, 2014

Join summit to focus on economic development, leadership and diversity

Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is among three high-profile keynote speakers to participate when two local organizations hold a first-ever joint summit in Madison.   continue reading »

Apr 30, 2014

Thermodata moves to Whitewater Innovation Center

Thermodata, an international corporation with clients on every continent, has moved its world headquarters to the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park.   continue reading »

Apr 25, 2014

Schools, industries join forces

A need for trained workers has Baraboo manufacturers and schools working together to promote technical education programs.   continue reading »

Apr 6, 2014

Business is growing at Janesville Innovation Center – and so are businesses

The center at 2949 Venture Drive on the city's south side now has seven of its 13 offices and manufacturing bays filled.   continue reading »

Apr 6, 2014

BTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Center helping construct new workforce

The face of manufacturing is changing radically, and the need for highly trained technicians has never been greater.   continue reading »

Apr 2, 2014

Gov. Walker signs tax credit portability bill in Janesville

Gov. Scott Walker said his state picked up another Wednesday when he signed a bill that allows the transfer of state income tax credits awarded as economic development incentives.   continue reading »

Mar 26, 2014

Gov. Walker helps dedicate new facility for E.K. Machine in Columbia County

The new building at 465 Quality Court represents a $3.6 million investment.   continue reading »

Mar 21, 2014

Dane County second in nation in private sector wage increase

In what local officials call a sign of the area's robust recovery, private sector wages in Dane County jumped 9.3 percent over the past 12 months, the second largest increase in the nation.   continue reading »

Mar 19, 2014

GE Healthcare study shows $342 million economic impact

GE Healthcare released the results of an independent study quantifying the company's economic impact on the Madison Region.   continue reading »

Mar 15, 2014

Economic development program would match entrepreneurs with mentors

Excerpted from Janesville GazetteBy Jim Leute Brian Rubash is different from many entrepreneurs. He's willing to accept advice. Rubash one of the newest tenants at the Janesville Innovation Center is getting guidance from a team of four mentors...   continue reading »

Mar 14, 2014

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education nominations due April 6

The deadline is fasting approaching for farmers to nominate rural public school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000.   continue reading »

Mar 14, 2014

Software company, 30 employees move from Illinois to Beloit

AccuLynx moved into the Ironworks redevelopment owned by Hendricks Commercial Properties.   continue reading »

Mar 13, 2014

UW-Madison ranks 28th in worldwide reputation

UW-Madison is again being recognized as one of the world's top learning institutions this year.   continue reading »

Mar 5, 2014

MadREP roundtables connect IT industry with workforce development

MadREP and key partners are hosting a series of industry roundtables that connect workforce development professionals with business representatives to identify actionable human capital needs.   continue reading »

Mar 4, 2014

Madison area ranked among top metro areas its size for corporate building

Annual rankings point to expanding economic development activities.   continue reading »

Mar 4, 2014

Joint Summit: Getting people together can be a simple, powerful first step

Sometimes, a catalyst is needed to get those diverse groups — which have many of the same goals — together. One such catalyst is Advancing Talent, Opportunity and Prosperity: The Madison Region's Economic Development, Diversity and Leadership Summit, scheduled for May 9 at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.   continue reading »

Mar 3, 2014

Madison Region Economic Partnership & Urban League of Greater Madison to Host Joint Economic Development, Diversity, & Leadership Summit

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, MadREP and ULGM will host a joint event for Madison Region business and community leaders focused on economic development, diversity, and leadership.   continue reading »

Mar 1, 2014

Nonprofit hoping to build Watertown Makerspace

A local nonprofit organization is in the beginning stages of a plan to open a makerspace in Watertown to provide area residents a place to create anything they can imaging.   continue reading »

Feb 20, 2014

Epic opportunity: The software giant is positioning Dane County for an economic breakthruogh

This is the big question: How far can Dane County ride Epic's success?   continue reading »

Feb 12, 2014

Bell Laboratories to build facility in DeForest

Madison-based Bell Laboratories plans to build a 300,000-square-foot facility in the North Towne Corporate Park in DeForest.   continue reading »

Feb 11, 2014

FEED Kitchens in Madison helps start-up food businesses grow

According to its website, the project's mission is to create an enterprise that supports local food entrepreneurs and the development of food-related employment by providing five commercial kitchen spaces for food processing   continue reading »

Feb 6, 2014

Dane County Regional Airport to get more covered parking

Dane County officials unveiled a $20 million plan Thursday to add more parking at the Dane County Regional Airport.   continue reading »

Jan 19, 2014

Beloit’s downtown continues evolution

What's happening in Beloit is a continuing evolution that observers say is necessary to keep the downtown relevant.   continue reading »

Jan 18, 2014

Development on the move on Milton’s east side

"Development Mania" might be an overstatement, but Milton City Administrator Jerry Schuetz said he's seen a recent jump in interest from companies seeking to build or expand in the business park along the new Highway 26 bypass.   continue reading »

Jan 13, 2014

Bioscience’s Bright Spots: Madison Region Leads the Way

Collaboration within clusters trumps competition.   continue reading »

Jan 2, 2014

MadREP announces Craig Kettleson as Enterprise Development Director

MadREP the economic development partnership for the eight-county Madison Region announces Craig Kettleson as its Enterprise Development Director Craig begins his post at MadREP on January 2 and will play a key role in implementing...   continue reading »

Dec 16, 2013

Xconomy Launches in Wisconsin: Innovation Isn’t Something We Fly Over

There are no flyover zones in the United States. That's the way Xconomy views the map, anyway, because we see innovation happening all over America.   continue reading »

Dec 16, 2013

Press Release: Xconomy Launches in Wisconsin – Ninth Bureau in Rapidly Expanding National High-Tech News Network

Xconomy today announces the debut of Xconomy Wisconsin. The most recent location in its fast-growing national high-tech news network, it represents the third new Xconomy bureau to open in 2013 and the ninth throughout the U.S.   continue reading »

Dec 16, 2013

City officials hope to turn lemons into lemonade at the idled GM plant

Now is the time to start talking with General Motors about the future of the company's shuttered Janesville facility, said Jay Winzenz, assistant city manager.   continue reading »

Dec 4, 2013

Press Release: ETC Expands into Mazomanie

ETC has experienced substantial growth in recent years, leading the company to open a new manufacturing facility in Mazomanie, which will support its Middleton headquarters.   continue reading »

Dec 3, 2013

MadREP Announces New Economic Development Publication

We expect to launch the inaugural issue of this annual publication in Spring 2014.   continue reading »

Nov 26, 2013

Press Release: Organic Processing Institute Launches School for Organic Processing Entrepreneurs

The Organic Processing Institute, a nonprofit focused on expanding the organic business sector in the upper Midwest, is launching a School for Organic Processing Entrepreneurs.   continue reading »

Nov 25, 2013

Janesville loan will help United Alloy expand, add jobs

United Alloy of Janesville will expand and add jobs with the help of a forgivable loan from the City of Janesville.   continue reading »

Nov 21, 2013

Wisconsin Agricultural Exports Continue to Increase

The news is good again for Wisconsin's agricultural industry.   continue reading »

Nov 15, 2013

University Research Park: A business incubator that is “changing the world”

University Research Park and the MG&E Innovation Center on its campus were cited by Forbes Magazine as among the top breeding grounds for compelling high-tech startups.   continue reading »

Nov 12, 2013

Mentors help inventors make the leap to entrepreneur

Despite the name, MERLIN specializes in advice rather than magic. "We want to get skills in entrepreneurship to people interested in creating companies," says Terry Sivesind, MERLIN's director.   continue reading »

Oct 25, 2013

Dane County rates No. 9 in U.S. in information technology job growth

When Great Oaks Venture Capital decided to expand its reach and build digital start-up companies in Wisconsin, it didn't take long for the New York firm to figure out where to begin: Madison.   continue reading »

Oct 24, 2013

The M List Future Fantastic: Meet Madison’s New Who’s Who

This month, Madison Magazine rebrands the editorial project "The M List," kicking off a new Madison A-list of the people you should know.   continue reading »

Oct 23, 2013

Why the Midwest is better for startups than saturated Silicon Valley

New research is beginning to paint a different story of rising job growth and business prosperity in the Midwest.   continue reading »

Oct 21, 2013

Whitewater Makerspace open to project builders

The not-for-profit Whitewater Makerspace had a "soft opening" on Oct. 1.   continue reading »

Oct 21, 2013

Comet clutch division a quiet giant in Edgerton

The company is seeing a resurgence as a recreational clutch manufacturer, 'but many in Edgerton still don't know Certified Parts Corp.'s Hoffco Comet clutch division is on the map.   continue reading »

Oct 17, 2013

SHINE looks forward to operation, partnership in Janesville

Greg Piefer sees a parallel between his young company and the city of Janesville. Both are fighting through challenges to reach prosperity, he said.   continue reading »

Oct 17, 2013

5.0 website to help out Rock Co. students

Rock County 5.0 released an Inspire Rock County promotional video during Thursday's Regional Business Expo in Janesville to alert the public about its new career readiness website.   continue reading »

Oct 9, 2013

Milton city administrator: ‘You’d better get in now’

In a pitch to local realtors and developers at a development junket Wednesday, Milton City Administrator Jerry Schuetz borrowed a quote from the UW-Madison athletic director.   continue reading »

Oct 7, 2013

Village of Brooklyn breaks ground at new business park

A conversation with a resident became a "driving force" for Walsten in her quest to bring jobs to Brooklyn, and the work culminated Friday in a groundbreaking ceremony at the new Brooklyn Business Park on Hwy. 92.   continue reading »

Oct 5, 2013

Paul Jadin: Madison Region well positioned to lead state’s economic recovery

Tom Still's recent analysis of the trends weighing down the state's economy and, more important, reasonable recommendations for improvement, should spark optimism about the economic future of the eight-county Madison region.   continue reading »

Oct 3, 2013

Grant helps GOEX project move forward

Construction is on track for a Janesville company to open a $17 million manufacturing facility next summer that will keep a minimum of 130 employees on the local payroll.   continue reading »

Sep 26, 2013

Despite slow economy, several projects under way in Beloit

About 18 construction projects currently are under way in the city of Beloit...   continue reading »

Sep 25, 2013

Irish biotech startup chooses Madison for U.S. headquarters

Irish biotech company GenCell Biosystems Ltd. has opened a U.S. office in Madison's University Research Park, with plans to hire more people in the coming 12 months.   continue reading »

Sep 17, 2013

Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Southern Wisconsin Agriculture Group

The Southern Wisconsin Agriculture Group has an immediate opening for an Executive Director. SWAG is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the cultural and economic benefit of all aspects of agriculture.   continue reading »

Sep 15, 2013

Building specialized devices for medicine, a budding local business field

Medical device manufacturing is nothing new to the Madison area. But a different version of the medical device industry is starting to shape here...   continue reading »

Aug 28, 2013

Evansville Mayor Sandy Decker reflects on MadREP and Regional Cooperation

Mayor Sandy Decker communicates Evansville's satisfaction with MadREP's multiple efforts on behalf of the city.   continue reading »

Aug 27, 2013

Stoughton company plans major expansion in Beloit

A Stoughton-based manufacturer that acquired a Janesville company this year is planning a significant expansion in Beloit.   continue reading »

Aug 23, 2013

Seljan move to SPX creates industrial rebirth

Seljan Company in Lake Mills on Thursday held an open house to introduce the public to its new home.   continue reading »

Aug 21, 2013

More expansion for AMPI plant? Production has increased dramatically in last year

The Associated Milk Producers Inc. plant in Portage might expand again.   continue reading »

Aug 15, 2013

Google among companies to move into East Washington development

The Constellation, the new upscale high-rise apartment complex on Madison's Near East Side is dividing its commercial space to accommodate several companies, including Google.   continue reading »

Aug 1, 2013

Cooperation behind MadREP can help all thrive

Cooperation...offers the best hope for growing our economy in a way that makes our entire region a better place for all to live, work and play.   continue reading »

Jul 21, 2013

Regional economic development group resets itself

The economic development organization promoting an eight-county region that includes Rock County has a new name and a new strategy that officials think could do something the previous didn't: Attract significant businesses to south-central Wisconsin.   continue reading »

Jul 10, 2013

Press Release: WARF biotech patent ranking highlights UW-Madison research productivity

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation ranked fourth for university biotechnology patents issued in the U.S. and Europe from 2008 to 2012, according to new data published by Bioentrepreneur.   continue reading »

Jun 27, 2013

A calf no longer, Sassy Cow Creamery turns 5

Since opening in 2008, Sassy Cow's grass-roots beginnings and organic focus have attracted swarms of tourists and local buyers, making its "milk with an attitude" one of the most popular dairy products in the state.   continue reading »

Jun 25, 2013

Janesville City Council approves $3.3 million deal with Seneca Foods

Several business people at Monday's council meeting lauded the work Janesville city staff did to keep a Seneca Foods expansion here.   continue reading »

Jun 20, 2013

Editorial: Regional approach best to overcome economic challenges

What ails the Madison region's economy begs a more important question: What are we going to do about it?   continue reading »

Jun 17, 2013

New Glarus tapped SBA resources from start

New Glarus beer wouldn't be flowing today without the SBA and local community banks.   continue reading »

Jun 17, 2013

Editorial: Wisconsin is well-positioned for explosion in health information technology

A major tool being applied to health care's challenges is wider adoption of health information technologies, which collectively help patients, providers, insurers and medical practitioners as they come to grips with change.   continue reading »

Jun 11, 2013

Madison among top 5 cities for high-tech jobs

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of jobs in STEM fields.   continue reading »

Jun 10, 2013

Editorial: Cultivate Careers in Agribusiness

Careers in agribusiness have become a hot topic with growing appeal to young people.   continue reading »

Jun 4, 2013

Innovation and Investment Dollars Turn to a New Region: The Midwest

It may seem as if entrepreneurship and venture capital are exclusively tied to the east and west coasts. In many cases this is true. There are, however, accelerator programs that are trying to change that.   continue reading »

May 28, 2013

Brodhead manufacturer Kuhn ships farm equipment worldwide

More than 20,000 tons of raw steel pass through the Kuhn North America plant each year, leaving as large pieces of farm equipment.   continue reading »

May 28, 2013

BTC hopes to expand industrial mechanics program

Blackhawk Technical College is looking for more than a few good men and women who want to become industrial mechanics.   continue reading »

May 24, 2013

A NEW NAME: Madison Region Economic Partnership

Yesterday at its annual State of the Madison Region Summit, MadREP announced its new name: Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP).   continue reading »

May 15, 2013

Enerpac breaks ground on manufacturing plant in Columbus

The transformation of 180 acres is underway in Columbus to help a local company expand and bring more development to the city's southwest side.   continue reading »

May 13, 2013

Madison based Snowshoe selected for TechStars start-up accelerator program

A Madison company with a unique, inexpensive technology for authenticating mobile transactions, has been accepted into the highly selective TechStars Boulder start-up accelerator program.   continue reading »

Apr 18, 2013

Rock County offers businesses economic, strategic advantages

For businesses considering relocation, Rock County, Wis., certainly offers its fair share of advantages, according to the Rock County Development Alliance.   continue reading »

Apr 14, 2013

Grocery store in Plain may get new lease on life as food co-op

Together, in varying roles, they're working to insure Phil's Foods, the village's lone grocery store, remains a part of the economic and social fabric of the downtown here, a role it has played for over 100 years.   continue reading »

Apr 13, 2013

Young businesses find homes in Janesville Innovation Center

The Janesville Innovation Center has signed leases with its first two tenants.   continue reading »

Apr 3, 2013

MadREP announces Michael Gay as Senior Vice President of Economic Development

PRESS RELEASE April 3 2013 MadREP the economic development partnership for the eight-county Madison Region announces Michael Gay as its Senior Vice President of Economic Development Gay comes to this position with significant experience and a...   continue reading »

Apr 3, 2013

Groundbreaking set Wednesday for North Side food business incubator

Developed through the Northside Planning Council, the 5,400-square-foot, $1.4 million building is to open in August.   continue reading »

Apr 2, 2013

BizTimes, WEDC, UW System, and Associated Bank unveil the inaugural edition of WisconsinBiz

BizTimes Media LLC unveiled the inaugural edition of WisconsinBiz, a special magazine and website promoting Wisconsin as a place to do business.   continue reading »

Apr 1, 2013

Life after Epic: Alumni put skills learned to use in new ventures

Excerpted from Wisconsin State JournalBy Judy NewmanAfter Epic then what? For a growing number of alumni of the Verona-based electronic medical records development company the answer is Stay in Madison and start your own company. Not only...   continue reading »

Mar 26, 2013

Primorigen Biosciences gets grant for stem cell work

Primorigen Biosciences, Madison, has received a $1.2 million Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health.   continue reading »

Mar 22, 2013

Baraboo named 4th best small town to visit in U.S. by Smithsonian Magazine

Baraboo has been selected as one of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2013 by Smithsonian Magazine.   continue reading »

Mar 22, 2013

Cellular Dynamics getting $16 million grant for stem cell biobank

Excerpted from Wisconsin State JournalBy Judy Newman Cellular Dynamics International is getting a $16 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to develop several thousand stem cell lines that will become the basis of...   continue reading »

Mar 19, 2013

Investment Board, WARF launch $30 million venture fund to target early-stage companies

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation are creating an early-stage venture capital fund focused on information technology.   continue reading »

Mar 14, 2013

Green, Iowa, and Rock County businesses can apply for training grants

Grant money is available to business owners who want to improve the skills of their workers through customized training.   continue reading »

Mar 13, 2013

MadREP supports scholarships to send Wisconsin bioscience companies to BIO International Convention, including 16 from the Madison Region

Twenty Wisconsin bioscience companies, including 16 from the Madison Region were awarded scholarships to participate fully in the 2013 BIO International Convention.   continue reading »

Mar 10, 2013

Green County’s Klondike Cheese Co. eyes more success with Greek-style yogurt

A big reason Klondike Cheese Co. has found success and earned so much respect for its quality products over the years is the refusal of its owners to play it safe.   continue reading »

Mar 7, 2013

Verona’s Liberty Business Park selected as Certified In Wisconsin site

Liberty Business Park in Verona, Wis., was designated a ‘Certified in Wisconsin' development-ready site today by Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).   continue reading »

Mar 5, 2013

State taking notice of Edgerton school-manufacturer partnership

Since it started last fall, the internship and training program has been turning heads locally as more industries in and around Edgerton jump on board. It's also grabbed the attention of state officials.   continue reading »

Mar 3, 2013

Group fundraising for ag events, education center in Evansville

A private group hopes to build a regional agricultural events and education center in Evansville that also could host the Rock County 4-H Fair and Blackhawk Technical College agriculture courses.   continue reading »

Mar 2, 2013

Jefferson meeting with success

In a recent State of the City address, Jefferson Mayor Dale Oppermann summarized the good things that have been happening in the city.   continue reading »

Feb 18, 2013

Universal AET to create Center of Excellence within Beloit facility

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies (AET) is bringing together engineers, designers, business staff, and manufacturing specialists under one roof to create a dedicated team for its new Center of Excellence.   continue reading »

Feb 14, 2013

New coworking space bolsters Madison’s tech scene

The tech world is so different from other industries. Can you think of another field where successful companies would rent space in their offices to freelancers working on their own projects?   continue reading »

Feb 13, 2013

Game change: Raven Software’s Raffel goes from dreamer to player and beyond

In retrospect, it might look as though the Raffels and Raven were destined to succeed. After all, the company currently employs around 140 in the Madison area and has worked on some of the biggest titles in the industry...   continue reading »

Feb 13, 2013

2013 State of the Madison Region Summit

Thursday May 23 20131:30-4:30pm with reception to followMadison Marriott WestRegister now! We’re off and running with the Advance Now Strategy and we’ll share it all at this year’s State of the Madison Region Summit. You’ll hear from...   continue reading »

Feb 11, 2013

Town of Sun Prairie farm to host 2015 Farm Technology Days

By the time Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is held in Dane County in 2015, the host farm will be showcased as the quintessential state dairy operation — 21st century style.   continue reading »

Feb 11, 2013

Big events for New Glarus Brewing’s Deb Carey: sitting with first lady, brewery expansion

There are good reasons the White House selected Deb Carey to sit with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union Tuesday night.   continue reading »

Feb 8, 2013

County Executive names David Phillips Director of Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today that he has named David Phillips as the Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.   continue reading »

Feb 5, 2013

Two start-ups get Whitewater grants

The Whitewater Community Development Authority presented Date Check Pro and Got Apps the first grants from their early stage seed capital fund.   continue reading »

Feb 4, 2013

Evansville company designs, manufactures steel structures

Varco Pruden Buildings is tucked behind downtown Evansville on Water Street, but its products are visible throughout the area.   continue reading »

Feb 2, 2013

Tech and Biotech: Madison start-up Codiqa gets TechStars boost

Another young Madison tech business is getting a running start through the TechStar accelerator.   continue reading »

Jan 24, 2013

MadREP announces Gene Dalhoff as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

MadREP announces Gene Dalhoff as its Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.   continue reading »

Jan 21, 2013

Whitewater company an industry leader in the design and manufacture of grinding machines

Fast food fans who enjoy White Castle Sliders and McDonald's Big Macs can thank a Whitewater manufacturer for the taste and consistency of the burgers.   continue reading »

Jan 17, 2013

Four emerging Madison Region companies approved for investment tax credits

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation today announced certification of five emerging Wisconsin companies for Early Stage Business Investment tax credits.  WEDC certified: Kayo Technology Inc Madison Wellbe LLC Madison Wellintel LLC Shorewood Mobileigniter Inc. Madison Nextt Madison. The...   continue reading »

Jan 4, 2013

Site Selection Magazine: Advanced Manufacturing in the Madison Region

The Madison Region is included in a special advanced manufacturing section of the January 2013 issue of Site Selection magazine.   continue reading »

Dec 27, 2012

WEDC announces investments in emerging Madison companies

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation recently announced approval of Qualified New Business Venture tax credits for six emerging Wisconsin companies.   continue reading »

Dec 20, 2012

Madison Magazine Feature: The Time is Now

The Madison Region is on the clock to execute a well-honed strategy for advancing the economy -- or else.   continue reading »

Dec 20, 2012

Madison Magazine Feature: The Time is Now

The Madison Region is on the clock to execute a well-honed strategy for advancing the economy -- or else.   continue reading »

Dec 14, 2012

For the Record: MadREP President Paul Jadin

MadREP President Paul Jadin speaks with Neil Heinen on "For the Record."   continue reading »

Dec 11, 2012

Madison Region to benefit from announcement of certified sites

Businesses looking to locate or expand in the Madison Region will benefit from the announcement made today of three "Certified In Wisconsin" development-ready certified sites in Fitchburg, DeForest, and Beaver Dam.   continue reading »

Dec 11, 2012

Universal AET sets sights on expansion of new Beloit Manufacturing Center

In response to the rapidly growing demand for its products and services, Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies will expand its new manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wis., early next year, company officials announced today.   continue reading »

Dec 2, 2012

Janesville incubator set to help small businesses

The Janesville Innovation Center is designed for flexibility and to promote the growth of many different types of enterprises.   continue reading »

Dec 1, 2012

Madison Region companies appear on “Top 10 Innovations” list

MadREP congratulates the Madison Region companies on the "Top 10 Innovations" list: Cellular Dynamics International, Promega, and Life Technologies.   continue reading »

Nov 30, 2012

Madison Region companies Trek and Virent join “In Wisconsin” marketing campaign

Waterloo world-class bicycle manufacturer Trek and Madison bio-products company Virent have joined the state's business climate marketing initiative, "In Wisconsin," to promote the benefits of doing business in Wisconsin.   continue reading »

Nov 26, 2012

Epic’s growth has been a boon for Madison as well as Verona

Madison officials mourned the loss of booming Epic Systems to Verona in the mid-2000s, but the medical software colossus is having a huge, unexpected impact on its original hometown.   continue reading »

Nov 21, 2012

WEDC announces investments in entrepreneurs

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced approval of financial support for several emerging Wisconsin companies.   continue reading »

Nov 20, 2012

A message from MadREP president Paul Jadin

I am honored to have joined MadREP this month as president. The Madison Region has the assets and potential to lead the State of Wisconsin in economic growth, and I am committed to assisting this region in reaching its full potential.   continue reading »

Nov 18, 2012

Edgerton students learn local trades, get paid doing it

"Pipeline to Employment," a new public-private work-study program between the Edgerton School District and several area businesses is being trumpeted as a big win for the school district and local manufacturers.   continue reading »

Nov 9, 2012

Iowa County Area Entrepreneurs of the Year awarded

The Iowa County Area Economic Development Corporation is proud to announce its first group of local business leaders chosen as Iowa County Area Entrepreneurs of the Year.   continue reading »

Oct 31, 2012

Sandy pushing Generac to add 100 jobs, start production in Jefferson

Sandy's impact on the short-term demand for Generac's portable generators and the expected long-term demand for its home standby generators was a tipping point in the decision for how to use the Jefferson facility.   continue reading »

Oct 27, 2012

Tech and Biotech: SciLog to stay here, new owner Parker Hannifin says

An official of Parker Hannifin Corp. is giving assurances that SciLog will stay in Madison and grow.   continue reading »

Oct 18, 2012

Bendyworks’ big idea: Cutting-edge tech firm says we need a downtown Madison web district

Tech entrepreneurs Stephen Anderson and Brad Grzesiak hooked up the old-fashioned way — at a user-group meeting in 2008... That chance meeting gave rise to Bendyworks, a software and web development firm that opened for business in 2009 at Anderson's kitchen table with a couple hundred dollars in start-up capital.   continue reading »

Oct 11, 2012

Two Middleton companies to get venture capital funding

Two Middleton companies have been selected by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to receive venture capital funding from the State Small Business Credit Initiative.   continue reading »

Sep 28, 2012

Ten regional companies make Deloitte’s 2012 Wisconsin 75 list

MadREP is pleased to recognize the companies from the Madison Region included on this year's list.   continue reading »

Sep 20, 2012

MadREP announces Paul Jadin as new President

MadREP announces Paul Jadin as its new President.   continue reading »

Sep 20, 2012

MadREP announces Paul Jadin as new President

MadREP, the economic development partnership for the eight-county Madison Region, announces Paul Jadin as its new President.   continue reading »

Sep 16, 2012

In Janesville, political spotlight and hundreds of new jobs are sparking local economy

There is a vibe in this city of 62,000 people and it goes beyond aqua-focused international visitors and Paul Ryan's bid for the vice presidency... The energy that is gradually building here and throughout Rock County also extends to its battered but emerging economy.   continue reading »

Sep 13, 2012

Madison entrepreneurs win San Francisco tech prize

Two executives of a Madison start-up parlayed their company's technology into a new use to win the grand prize and a total of $70,000 at a San Francisco technology contest this week.   continue reading »

Sep 13, 2012

UW-Madison celebrates imagination, discovery in the Year of Innovation

From dairy science to dance to vitamin D to stem cells, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has pushed the boundaries of what is known and the limits of what is possible for more than 160 years.   continue reading »

Sep 8, 2012

Software company moving headquarters to Beloit

Comply365, a software design and development company, is relocating its headquarters to downtown Beloit.   continue reading »

Sep 6, 2012

Three Madison biotech firms report expansions

Aldevron and Epicentre Technologies will move into University Research Park's accelerator building... Exact Sciences, meanwhile, is adding 10,000 square feet at its current location...   continue reading »

Aug 24, 2012

List of fastest-growing firms includes 12 from south-central Wisconsin

Twelve south-central Wisconsin companies are on the 2012 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing U.S. companies.   continue reading »

Aug 22, 2012

Shovel-ready sites could boost development in Beloit

Two Beloit city-owned properties are being considered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for "shovel ready" certification.   continue reading »

Aug 19, 2012

Officials want Cambridge to be tourist destination again

The last 10 years have not been kind to this village, but officials, business owners and recreational enthusiasts are working together to restore the crowds.   continue reading »

Jul 25, 2012

Edgerton business park deemed shovel-ready

Rock County now has its third shovel-ready business park, and one economic development official said it's just a matter of time before companies start building on the properties.   continue reading »

Jul 25, 2012

Madison ranked No. 1 city in U.S. for young adults, beating out Austin, Texas

Madison was ranked No. 1 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance today on a new list of the Top 5 best cities for young adults.   continue reading »

Jul 20, 2012

Life after General Motors – Janesville area economy on its way back

The rebirth of a diverse economy in Janesville, Beloit and the rest of Rock County is a success story in the making.   continue reading »

Jul 19, 2012

Janesville incubator project on schedule

The $2.05 million Janesville manufacturing incubator project is on schedule for completion Nov. 15.   continue reading »

Jul 15, 2012

Tech and Biotech: Anteco is in growth mode

Anteco Pharma, Lodi, plans to add at least half a dozen employees by the end of the year now that its building addition is completed.   continue reading »

Jun 30, 2012

Tech and Biotech: Program boosts two local tech companies

Two young Madison tech companies, Murfie and Vidmaker, got a big boost this spring when they were accepted into TechStars.   continue reading »

Jun 16, 2012

New tech business accelerator looks to grow new Wisconsin tech firms

Madison is getting a new tech business accelerator: gener8tor.   continue reading »

Jun 15, 2012

MadREP Wins Best of Wisconsin Business Award

MadREP was named the gold winner in the "Best Economic Development Agency" category at Corporate Report Wisconsin's 2012 Best of Wisconsin Business Awards.   continue reading »

Jun 11, 2012

Study: Economic impact of Dane County arts scene is double comparable communities’

The amount of money that nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Dane County — and their audiences — poured into the local economy in 2010 was nearly double that of many other communities of comparable size, according to a new national study.   continue reading »

May 18, 2012

MadREP Accepting Applications for Position of President & CEO

MadREP seeks a proven, highly-skilled leader in the economic development field to fill the position of President & CEO.   continue reading »

May 11, 2012

2012 Greater Madison Area High-Tech Directory is out

The 2012 Greater Madison Area High-Tech Directory is out, and it lists 580 companies in the technology field, including computer hardware and software, bioscience and medical devices.   continue reading »

May 6, 2012

Region needs to act now on economic growth

Forget about Madison vs. Middleton. Or Verona vs. McFarland. Or even Dane County vs. Rock County. Instead, let's focus on the Madison region's strategy for economic growth.   continue reading »

Apr 26, 2012

Goals for regional growth outlined

About 300 elected officials, company heads and community leaders from south central Wisconsin attended the Advance Now Strategy Launch on April 25.   continue reading »

Apr 26, 2012

Time to live up to region’s potential

Most people living in this region would agree we have a lot going for us. But have the high rankings we've received for quality of life made us less sensitive to the low rankings we've received for business vitality?   continue reading »

Apr 11, 2012

Janesville incubator to hatch young businesses

City and community leaders turned ceremonial shovels of dirt Tuesday on a four-acre parcel that later this year will be home to the Janesville Innovation Center.   continue reading »

Apr 3, 2012

MadREP Launches ‘Advance Now’ Strategy at Community Leadership Summit on April 25

MadREP announces the launch of the Advance Now Strategy, a comprehensive, action-oriented economic development plan that will serve as the region's consensus blueprint for driving economic growth over the next five years.   continue reading »

Mar 16, 2012

Job Posting: Dane County Director of the Office of Jobs and Prosperity

Dane County is seeking an experienced economic development professional to lead its newly created Office of Jobs and Prosperity.   continue reading »

Mar 16, 2012

UW-Madison to host national VentureLab program

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Entrepreneurs' Resource Clinic has partnered with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to bring the VentureLab program to Wisconsin.   continue reading »

Mar 8, 2012

Cheese is the Apple of Wisconsin

UW-Madison researchers have estimated that Wisconsin's dairy industry generates more than $26.5 billion in economic activity for the state and nearly 150,000 jobs, making it Wisconsin's most important single economic sector.   continue reading »

Mar 5, 2012

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Named 2012 Laboratory of the Year by R&D Magazine.

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the innovative 330,000-square-foot public-private facility that opened just more than a year ago on the UW–Madison campus, has been named the 2012 Laboratory of the Year.   continue reading »

Feb 21, 2012

Economic development conference coming to Madison in 2015

The International Economic Development Council has chosen Madison as the site for its annual spring conference in 2015. More than 250 people are expected to attend, with a local economic impact estimated at more than $230,000.   continue reading »

Feb 6, 2012

MadREP hopes to learn what young professionals like — and don’t like — about Madison

MadREP is calling together a group of UW-Madison graduate students and young professionals to find out what they think the Madison area offers them — and what it lacks.   continue reading »

Feb 1, 2012

2011 Great American Main Street Award Profile: Beloit, Wisconsin

A stroll through downtown Beloit, Wisconsin, reveals a historic town brimming with flowers and a scenic river filled with kayakers. Recovering from a tough reputation and a weak business mix, this Main Street has been able to cut its 19 percent vacancy rate to 7 percent and contribute to a 192 percent boost in property values.   continue reading »

Jan 24, 2012

SHINE selects Janesville for biomed plant

SHINE Medical Technologies of Middleton said Tuesday it will construct an $85 million manufacturing plant in Janesville that will employ more than 100 people with average salaries of $60,000 a year.   continue reading »

Jan 23, 2012

Good advice from growth guru

Holladay engaged easily with his audience at a community event designed to formulate, adjust and eventually launch a clear strategic direction for economic development for this eight-county region.   continue reading »

Jan 18, 2012

Despite nationwide job cuts, Kraft/Oscar Mayer to keep headquarters in Madison

Madison will be among the locations losing jobs — about 12 positions will be cut. But Madison will continue to be the base for Kraft/Oscar Mayer as well as one of two management centers for its grocery business,   continue reading »

Jan 17, 2012

Madison needs to sell itself better, business and community leaders told at ‘Advance Now’ Community Leadership Summit

The Madison area may be a great place to live and run a business, but people outside the region don't know it, consultant J. Mac Holladay told community leaders at MadREP's Advance Now Community Leadership Summit.   continue reading »

Jan 5, 2012

Casino project could bring jobs to Beloit

Thousands of new jobs could be coming to the Beloit area in the next few years if a tribal casino is built.   continue reading »

Jan 3, 2012

Historic tobacco buildings could help revitalize downtown Edgerton

The tobacco transformation is providing reason for hope in Edgerton, a bedroom community between Madison and Janesville, just a couple of miles west of Interstate 39-90.   continue reading »

Dec 20, 2011

A fashionable neighbor: Shopbop transforms stretch of Madison’s East Washington Ave

Shopbop, an online, high-end fashion retailer started out of a downtown clothing store in 2000, has 300 employees and spent more than $5 million converting the former Gisholt space into its headquarters.   continue reading »

Dec 19, 2011

MadREP Publishes New Report: ‘Advance Now’ Target Cluster Analysis

MadREP published the Advance Now Target Cluster Analysis, an assessment of the Madison Region's employment concentrations and leading industries, as well as workforce and occupational strengths.   continue reading »

Dec 16, 2011

Virent chosen by Coca-Cola to provide plastic bottles made from plants

The Coca-Cola Co. has chosen Virent Inc., a Madison company working on renewable fuels, as one of three companies to help the soft drink giant provide plastic bottles made entirely from plants, not petroleum.   continue reading »

Dec 15, 2011

Jennifer Alexander Announces Retirement at End of 2012

Jennifer Alexander makes the announcement that 2012 will be her final year as President of MadREP and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.   continue reading »

Dec 7, 2011

Janesville eyeing $1.5 million lot to start business park

Janesville appears to have more momentum than two other Wisconsin cities to land a medical isotope manufacturer and 100 or more high-paying jobs.   continue reading »

Nov 29, 2011

Spectrum Brands gets $4 million forgivable loan from state

Spectrum Brands Holdings is getting a $4 million forgivable loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to keep nearly 500 jobs at its Madison offices and to invest in its Wisconsin operations over the next five years.   continue reading »

Nov 14, 2011

Community Leaders Prioritize Competitive Assessment Findings

Community Leadership Summit attendees indicate top opportunities and challenges as priorities for the Advance Now Strategy.   continue reading »

Nov 10, 2011

MadREP Publishes New Report: ‘Advance Now’ Competitive Assessment

MadREP publishes the Advance Now Competitive Assessment, a detailed look at the Madison Region's demographic, socioeconomic, and economic trends in recent years.   continue reading »

Nov 10, 2011

Epic Systems goes ahead with another epic expansion

Epic Systems Corp. is moving ahead with plans for another set of office buildings on its rural Verona campus.   continue reading »

Oct 19, 2011

Networked Insights lands $20 million in venture investments

Madison-based Networked Insights, which mines social networks to help big companies learn what their customers value, pulled in $20 million from a group of national venture capital investors.   continue reading »

Oct 12, 2011

Lucigen gets two national research grants

Lucigen, a Middleton biotechnology company, has received two Small Business Innovation Research grants totaling $350,000 from the National Institutes of Health.   continue reading »

Oct 10, 2011

Anteco Pharma to expand Lodi plant, add jobs

A Lodi contract manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry said Monday it is breaking ground on a $3.5 million addition that is the first phase of a plan to increase revenue and add jobs.   continue reading »

Sep 27, 2011

George Austin joins MadREP to help drive Advance Now project

George Austin, who has been a key player in some of Madison's biggest projects, will help carry out MadREP's new initiative, Advance Now: Madison Region's Strategy for Economic Growth.   continue reading »

Sep 27, 2011

MadREP Seeks Input Through Advance Now Community Survey

Lend your voice to the conversation and help shape the future of the Madison Region by taking the Advance Now public input survey.   continue reading »

Sep 22, 2011

MadREP Launches ‘Advance Now’ Strategy Development Process

MadREP announces the launch of the eight-month strategy development process for Advance Now: Madison Region's Strategy for Economic Growth. The process relies heavily on public input and engages both public- and private-sector leaders to define the region's roadmap for sustained economic growth.   continue reading »

Sep 1, 2011

We Need to Invest in Madison

Business development, new urban communities and green energy are key to the city's future   continue reading »

Aug 14, 2011

Here’s hoping nonprofit’s effort pays off

Advance Now is MadREP's effort to come up with a grand economic development plan. Its name is meant to emphasize what it says is Madison's faltering position among similar regions when it comes to things such as quality of life and personal income.   continue reading »

Aug 10, 2011

Advance Now seeks to unify area economic development

As whispers of a double-dip recession grow louder, the need for a coordinated economic development strategy throughout Dane County is more vital now than ever before. That strategy has recently begun taking root across Southern Wisconsin, and it's called Advance Now: Madison Region's Strategy for Economic Growth.   continue reading »

Jun 27, 2011

MadREP Shares in Sponsorship of Wisconsin Pavilion at 2011 BIO Convention in Washington, DC

MadREP is pleased to share in sponsorship of the Wisconsin Pavilion at the 2011 BIO International Convention, June 27-30, 2011, in Washington, DC.   continue reading »

Jun 13, 2011

MadREP Wins Best Economic Development Agency at 2011 Best of Wisconsin Business Awards

MadREP was named "Best Economic Development Agency" in the state of Wisconsin at Corporate Report Wisconsin's 2011 Best of Wisconsin Business Awards.   continue reading »

May 20, 2011

MadREP Issues RFP for Consultant on Creation of Regional Economic Development Strategy

MadREP is launching the process of creating a comprehensive, action-oriented regional economic development strategy for the eight-county Madison Region. To complete this project, MadREP will partner with a strategic consultant to provide project direction and input.   continue reading »

May 19, 2011

Wisconsin Ranks #15 in U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index

Clean Edge's second annual U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index provides the industry's most comprehensive and objective analysis and ranking of how all 50 states compare across the clean-energy spectrum. According to Clean Edge's assessment, Wisconsin ranks #15 among all 50 states.   continue reading »

May 18, 2011

Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Resource Kit Training

Attend the Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Resource Kit training session on June 8 and learn about this free resource for businesses seeking to start or improve a wellness program.   continue reading »

May 10, 2011

Madison-based Mithridion gets orphan drug designation for leading compound

Congratulations to Mithridion, a Madison drug development company headed by MadREP board member Trevor Twose, on receiving orphan drug designation for its leading compound, MCD-386CR.   continue reading »

Apr 14, 2011

Madison Region Worksite Wellness Week

Worksite Wellness Week is a local awareness week designed to celebrate our region's dedication to employee wellness programs.   continue reading »

Mar 28, 2011

MadREP releases 2010 Annual Report

MadREP's 2010 Annual Report outlines our progress and success across a broad spectrum of projects in four key initiatives: Capital Growth, Sector Development, Policy & Research, and Promotion & Collaboration.   continue reading »

Feb 25, 2011

MadREP receives $97,500 EDA grant

The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded MadREP a $97,500 grant to begin the process of obtaining a federally-approved Economic Development District (EDD) designation for the Madison Region.   continue reading »