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Why Wisconsin

Business Advantages

Wisconsin is experiencing an economic renaissance. Spawned by experience in a wide range of technology-oriented industries, assisted by our government’s firm commitment to economic development, and fueled by an aggressive attitude, a more competitive Wisconsin has emerged. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Wisconsin’s business taxes are among the lowest in the country due to property tax exemptions for manufacturing machinery and equipment, computers and computer equipment, inventories and pollution-control equipment.
  • Wisconsin provides tax credits for energy used in manufacturing and for R & D expenditures.
  • Wisconsin has single-sales-factor tax treatment and a 60% capital gains exclusion; no unitary tax on foreign-owned corporations; no inheritance and gift taxes.
  • Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation rates for most industries consistently rank among the lowest in the country.
  • Wisconsin electric rates are among the lowest in the country; commercial and industrial water and sewer rates are also among the lowest in the nation.
  • Wisconsin has one of the lowest cost of living indices in the country.
  • A Customized Labor Training Fund and more than 500 technical outreach training locations assist companies in their specific training needs.
  • Wisconsin’s Technology Development Fund makes grants in support of university and industry R & D for new products and processes.
  • The University of Wisconsin receives more research and development money than any other public university in the country.
  • No public institution - anywhere - spends as much on transfer of applicable technology to private industry as the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI).
  • Wisconsin’s technical college system offers more than 800 degree programs and serves one out of every eight adults - twice the national average.
  • Wisconsin is among the top 15 states in industrial production.



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In addition to its business advantages, Wisconsin also enjoys close proximity to the major markets of the U.S. and Canada. That means freight cost savings for distribution companies and just in time production firms. Within 500 miles of Wisconsin (one day shipping) are:

  • 33% of the nations population
  • 31% of all U.S. manufacturing
  • 30% of all U.S. business operations

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