• Economic Development

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    THE ONLY WAUNAKEE IN THE WORLD!
    Waunakee's convenient location 13 miles outside of Madison and 85 miles outside of Milwaukee places Waunakee in close proximity to major markets. Futhermore, Waunakee's short distance from Chicago, Minneapolis, and the Quad Cities allows the Village to expand beyond local markets.

    Village Administrator and Economic Development Director Todd Schmidt recently wrote an article featured in the Village Horizon. “Hey Todd, why do we need another _____?”

  • Waunakee TIF 101

    On behalf of Village President Zellner and myself, Todd Schmidt, thank you for attending the listening session. We had a good back-n-forth conversation that covered a wide variety of TIF logistical and philosophical concepts. It was great to have such an engaged audience of interested citizens.

    Attached is a copy of the power point slides in PDF format for your reference. Also, as a reminder, the Village has updated it's website to include the latest and greatest TIF information regarding our TIF history and policies. Pertinent documents are linked and available for download. You can check it out here:  http://www.vil.waunakee.wi.us/443/Tax-Incremental-Financing-TIF-Districts.

    Waunakee TIF 101 Power Point

     

    Office of Business Development

    2016 Office of Business Development Powerpoint

    Invite Directors, Joe Knilans or Nancy Mistele to your business or industry trade group, Chamber of Commerce or economic development association. Contact information in Brochure below.

    Office of Business Development Brochure 

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    WHY WAUNAKEE?

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    Waunakee enjoys a quality of life that is a major reason for our growing population!  With a higher than average educated work force and close proximity to Madison, Waunakee should be your top choice when considering expansion or relocation. 

    The Waunakee Community School District has 8% more high school graduates than the state average and a young demographic that contributes to the community.  There are also top notch private educational options within a close radius.  A number of leading employers in our area take advantage of the young, educated population increasing our population and making the Village a great place to live, work and do business. 

    Locate in Wisconsin 
    direct link for available buildings, sites, and stats in the Waunakee Area. 

     

  • WHY WISCONSIN?

    WImap.pngWisconsin is experiencing an economic renaissance.  With a proud and agressive 'Badger State' attitude, and a firm committment to economic development, a more competitive Wisconsin is emerging.  Here are some reasons why:

    • Wisconsin's business taxes are among the lowest in the country;
    • Wisconsin's worker's compensation rates consistently rank among the lowest in the country;
    • Wisconsin's electric rates are among the lowest in the country;
    • No public institution...anywhere...spends as much on transfer of applicable technology to private industry as the University of Wisconsin-Madison;
    • Wisconsin's technical college system offers over 800 degree programs;
    • Wisconsin is among the TOP 15 states in industrial production.  Wisconsin ranks 3rd nationally in percentage of toal manufacturing jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

     

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    MAJOR EMPLOYERS
    Business park sign The Waunakee/Westport region is home to some of the strongest businesses in the state.  These businesses know the value  of a well-educated workforce and an engaged community that cares for its residents.  In return they support the community in which they are doing business in, and support the efforts of the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce, Village, and School District:
     
    • Uniek Plastics, 400 employees:  Home furnishings & craft products
    • Suttle-Straus, 206 employees:  Web-enabled and print communication solutions
    • Scientific Protein Laboratories, LLC, 147 employees:  cGMP biopharmaceutical manufacturing
    • Waunakee Manor, HCC, 141 employees:  Assisted living and nursing home services
    • Piggly Wiggly, 140 employees:  Original self-service grocery store
    • Nord Gear Corp. Midwest, 120 employees:  Compact gear motor manufacturer
    • D&S Dental Laboratories, 108 employees:  Certified Dental laboratory 

     

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    WAUNAKEE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

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    The village Board of Trustees created the Waunakee Economic Development Commission (WEDC) on September 8, 2009. The WEDC replaced the Development Advisory Committee (DAC) previously dissolved by the Village Board. 

    The purpose of the WEDC is to set economic development policy for the Village of Waunakee and to establish annual goals and objectives for economic development. The WEDC is also responsible for accomplishing the objectives outlined in Waunakee's Strategic Vision Implementation Plan

    For detailed Economic Development statistics go to  http://www.waunakee-ed.com  

    Waunakee/Westport Comprehensive Plan Update

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    BOARD MEMBERSHIP
    The WEDC is composed of nine individuals including the village president, two village trustees, one representative from the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce, one representative from the Waunakee Community School District, and four citizen members appointed by the village president with approval from the Village Board. Meetings are held at 6:00 pm the second Monday of each month.

     

  • AGENDAS & MINUTES 
    Agendas are available prior to the meetings. 

    For an official copy of the minutes, submit a records request to the village clerk.  


  • 1) CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT TASKFORCE


    2) SUSTAIN MAIN GROUP


    3) LONE EAGLE INITIATIVE
    Waunakee's Lone Eagle Initiative is an effort to engage with and understand the needs of professionals who work out of the home. For more information click here: Lone Eagle 

    4) CHAMBER GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS GROUP 


  • THRIVE HERE IN THE MADISON REGION: MADISON REGION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNER
    Thrive is the economic development partnership for the eight-county Madison Region with a vision to create a dynamic environment where people and business prosper.  

    Thrive is committed to:

    • Providing businesses and communities with efficient access to capital;
    • Growing the industries and sectors that comprise the region's greatest assets;
    • Informing smart decision-making by delivering valuable research and date;
    • Collaborating across communities to share best practices and promote the regions of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk Counties...Thrive creates values with initiatives that focus on long-term, sustained results aimed at building the region's competitive advantage while preserving and enhancing quality of life. 

  • ADVANCE NOW
    In April 2012, Thrive launched Advance Now: Madison Region's Strategy for Economic Growth, a comprehensive economic development strategy that will serve as a consensus blueprint for the Madison Region's collective economic development efforts over a five year period.  Thrive will partner with public and private-sector entities from across the region to implement Advance Now during the years 2013-2017.  


    For more information:
    Thrive
    615 E. Washington Ave., PO Box 71
    Madison, WI  53701
    608-443-1960
    info@thrivehere.org 

  • UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    Their mission is to connect the richness of UW Faculty and staff talent, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial energy with Wisconsin businesses in order to foster job growth and to build better communities.  

    Their Strategic Program Goals are:

    • Raise the awareness of and commitment to business development;
    • Identify and build stronger connections to help link university research activities with businesses;
    • Accelerate capital investment potential for UW-generated innovations and new business start-ups.

    Contact David Brukardt-Office of Economic Development:  dbrukardt@uwsa.edu

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    For detailed Economic Development statistics go to http://www.waunakee-ed.com 

    For additional information contact:

    Village of Waunakee
    Todd Schmidt, Village Administrator &
    Economic Development Director
    608-850-8500
    E-Mail: tschmidt@vil.waunakee.wi.us
    www.waunakee.com


    Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce  
    El
    len K. Schaaf, Executive Director
    608-849-5977
    E-Mail:  ellen@waunakeechamber.com
    www.waunakeechamber.com