LET’S LOOK FORWARD, TOGETHER
Wisconsin is more than picturesque farmland, plentiful freshwater and woodland escapes. It’s the innovators, weekend warriors, philanthropists and inventive visionaries who form the soul of our state.
It’s the people who are driven to make their mark.
Those who call Wisconsin home have a restless drive to invent, a sense of pride in their work and fervor for creating and achieving. Here, we rise up—to solve challenges, explore passions and meet the world’s ever-evolving needs. People and businesses alike flourish with Wisconsin’s support. And our determination has made us leaders in global industries and quality of life.
The possibilities are endless in Wisconsin. Whether you’re dreaming of a better job, improving the world, starting a family or simply enjoying the experiences of Wisconsin life, there’s a lot to look forward to here.
Build a business or career, or build a life?
People who live here don’t have to decide. Many Wisconsin cities are consistently ranked among the best places to live because they’re livable, walkable and affordable while offering opportunities to enrich the world and our own lives.
Our state is home to the largest musical festival in the world, the only publicly-owned NFL team in the nation and enough farm-to-table dining options to impress even the most ardent foodie—all while remaining a place where cost of living is among the lowest in the nation. Add to that low crime rates, stellar schools, short commute times, four glorious seasons, two Great Lakes and 15,000 smaller but equally inviting ones, and access to superior health care, and Wisconsin warrants consideration above and beyond its world-renowned cheese and beer credentials. Simply put, it’s a place where people live—happily, healthily and wholly.
Realizing your vision starts with knowing you can. Whether you’re driven to improve our world or just yours, Wisconsin supports game-changers by creating opportunities that can turn ambitions into careers.
Our world-class educational institutions and research facilities as well as our access to abundant natural resources have allowed us to create and sustain industry leadership in the areas of advanced manufacturing; energy, power and control; water technology, food and beverage production, biohealth and more. By moving ideas from vision to reality, Wisconsin has improved lives for those here and across the globe. Our culture of innovation increases productivity, enhances sustainability and improves health, raising living standards worldwide.
It’s no wonder that Wisconsin is home to some of the most inspiring and consequential companies and people in the nation. The only thing missing is you. Here, you can do more because you have more: more opportunity, more career satisfaction and a more well-rounded life. There’s so much more to look forward to here in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin loves big ideas and larger-than-life aspirations because they lead to big changes and a meaningful world impact. That’s why our statewide network of partners provides resources, financial support and more to keep your business moving forward. Here, you’ll benefit from access to unmatched talent, reliable supply chains and lucrative markets, all supported by public-private partnerships that bring the right people and resources together to solve problems.
Collaboration between our leading universities and technical schools, researchers, government and industry leaders have paved the way for business-minded people to change the world. Wisconsin believes in thinking bigger—and we do everything we can to support those who do, too.
HOW WE RANK
Wisconsin is consistently ranked at the top, from quality of life and affordability to career opportunities and outdoor recreation. Learn more about how we’re leading the nation.
8thin Job Market Strength
#1Best Place to Live is In Wisconsin
Top 10Manufacturing State
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MILWAUKEE NAMED THE MIDWEST'S COOLEST CITY
CITY FOR RECENT GRADS, MILWAUKEE
CITY TO START A BUSINESS, MILWAUKEE
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VARIETY OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES (HIKING, HUNTING, KAYAKING, BIKING, CAMPING)
OF GINSENG GROWN IN THE US COMES FROM WISCONSIN
MASSIVE LABOR SHED WITH A SKILLED LABOR FORCE OF MORE THAN 315,000
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ABUNDANT TIMBER PRODUCTION
AIRPORTS AND HIGHWAYS CONNECTING COMMERCE AND PEOPLE
CAMPING, FISHING, SNOWMOBILING
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BEST CITY FOR WORKING PARENTS, OSHKOSH
BEST PLACE TO RAISE KIDS, APPLETON
THREE OF THE 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN WISCONSIN
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SMALL TOWN LIVING
CLOSE TO BIG CITIES
OUTDOOR THEATER IN THE NATION DEVOTED TO CLASSICS- AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE
American Players Theatre
CHEESE COUNTRY MULTI VEHICLE-USE RECREATION TRAIL
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ABUNDANT AND SPECTACULAR NATURAL RESOURCES
VIBRANT COMMUNITIES WITH A "SMALL TOWN" FEEL
QUALITY OF LIFE
UNCONGESTED LIFESTYLE, YEAR-ROUND RECREATION
HAVE A LOOK IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN
TECH TALENT MOMENTUM MARKET
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOWN
COMMUNITY PROGRESS INDEX
HAVE A LOOK IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN
COUNTRY JAM AND EAUX CLAIRES MUSIC FESTIVALS
LA CROSSE AMONG MOST AFFORDABLE PLACES TO LIVE
FITTEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY, EAU CLAIRE
MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL.
What does it mean to live and work in Wisconsin? It means you’re free to think bigger, encouraged to make your mark, and that you’re poised for great things to happen around you and to you. Wisconsin has long enjoyed a heritage of personal, career and business success—and this tradition is stronger today than ever before.
While Wisconsin is known for its natural beauty and abundant resources, it is perhaps best defined by the people who call it home. People with a restless drive to invent, create and achieve. Who combine passion with pride and turn ideas into industries, and whose intellectual curiosity and commitment to collaboration propel groundbreaking discoveries to meet global challenges. We know that the real motivation to push forward comes from a common purpose to make an impact, while supported by a state that affords you the opportunity to define quality of life on your own terms. Our traditions, connections and experiences celebrate our unique culture and define a way of life in Wisconsin.
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- Lavender Fields – Washington Island, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-10-09T15:27:55-05:00
- Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-10-09T15:26:01-05:00
- ID Restaurant – Delafield, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-10-09T15:23:50-05:00
- Bass Fishing – Big Saint Germain LakeJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-10-09T15:18:31-05:00
- Sand Hill Cranes – Horicon, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-10-09T15:13:15-05:00
- Pleasant Ridge Reserve – Dodgeville, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-01-25T22:52:08-06:00
- Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-01-25T22:37:06-06:00
- Lake Park Lighthouse – Milwaukee, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-01-25T22:32:30-06:00
- Fishing – Port Washington, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-01-25T22:26:55-06:00
- Horseback Riding – Wautoma, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-01-25T22:24:22-06:00
- Bloody Mary Wisconsin Style – Slinger, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2018-01-25T22:22:26-06:00
- Lake Mendota, Madison, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T16:01:06-06:00
- Leon’s Frozen Custard, Milwaukee, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:59:13-06:00
- Lake Monona, Madison, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:58:11-06:00
- Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:55:47-06:00
- Muramoto, Madison, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:52:49-06:00
- The Plaza Cafe, Milwaukee, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:51:47-06:00
- Lake Park, Milwaukee, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:48:08-06:00
- Sardine, Madison, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:47:02-06:00
- State Capitol, Madison, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:43:49-06:00
- Milwaukee Art MuseumJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:43:55-06:00
- A Classic Wisconsin Old FashionedJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:44:04-06:00
- Milwaukee Polo, North Lake, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:44:11-06:00
- Sobelman’s Bloody Mary, Milwaukee, WIJake Mieske@wedc.org2017-12-14T15:44:17-06:00
Our residents are some of the happiest and most ambitious people in the nation—but don’t just take our word for it. Take theirs.
“I love Wisconsin because of every sincere forward-looking experiment the state itself has ever made; because of her courage; her love of independence; her true belief in individuality as essential to immortality.”
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect – Wisconsin, Excerpts from “Why I love Wisconsin”, Published in Wisconsin Magazine, 1932