Office of Workforce
   & Economic Development
Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive
David B. Phillips
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Room #421
Madison, WI 53703-3342
P: 608.266.4006
F: 608.266.2643
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Welcome to Dane County! Please enjoy our one stop site for job creators within one of America's most dynamic counties. With just over 515,000 residents, Dane County has the fastest growing population of any county in Wisconsin. Read more...



Arts and Culture Generate Nearly a Quarter Billion in Annual Economic Activity in Dane County and Support 9,154 Jobs 

Madison, Dane County lead the state population growth in latest U.S. Census estimates

Dane County responsible for over half of Wisconsin's job growth since 2001

Madison selected as 8th best place to live in the U.S. (Elle Decor)

Brookings report ranks Madison high for high-tech output growth

A new survey ranks Madison among the top U.S. cities for starting a business.
Madison ranks among the top cities for "Most Educated Workforce", "Most Accessible Financing", "Access to Resources", and "Shortest Work Week".

Dane County Executive Opens New County Facility
Will Save County $600,000 a Year and Creates 19 New Jobs.  Read More...

Madison ranks 7th best out of the top 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals.

Madison Called a Top Area in the Country for Tech Professionals

2015 Best Performing Cities Report
The Madison metro area placed 20th on the Milken's Institute's 2015 Best Performing Cities Index, 10 spots higher than in 2014. Improving on it's 2014 performance, Madison ranked ninth in the country for one-year wage growth and, over the past five years, has outpaced the nation by 6 percent in this measure. Madison's overall ranking placed it higher than any other Midwestern metro area on the list.

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Get Involved!  
Dane County is looking for residents to fill vacant seats on the Commission on Economic & Workforce Development.  If you experience in economic and workforce development, or a related field, and are interested in filling a seat on the Commission, please complete an Application for Appointment by following this link.

US EPA awards WI DNR $600,000 in new environmental assessment funding.  Funds will be available in early October for both municipalities and individual businesses.  
-Please visit the DNR's Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program page for more information and details on how to apply.  
-To see the official EPA annoucement, click here.

The Village of Brooklyn Business Park Complex is now open and is available for business expansion or relocation projects. For more information, click on the banner to the right.


In Dane County, The Arts Mean Business, and Jobs!

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 (read more).
Links for summary results and final report docs are found on