Office of Workforce
   & Economic Development
Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive
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About Dane County

With just over 515,000 residents, Dane County has the fastest growing population of any county in Wisconsin. Our largest city, the City of Madison, is home to the State Capitol, a new national performing arts center, as well as the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a primary economic driver for our region - UW Madison continues to be among the top recipients of federal research funding, and is the center of world class high-tech and bio-tech research and facilities.

Our vital and dynamic workforce is the result of an outstanding education system, a diverse economy, and successful partnerships between the private sector and public sectors, our technical colleges and higher education that are dedicated to ongoing training, retaining and promoting a workforce for the future. Our commuter shed spans the eight surrounding counties and includes an available labor pool to meet immediate and future staffing needs.

While our urban centers provide diverse cultural opportunities, fine dining and shopping, we are also surrounded by many smaller communities that also enjoy breathtaking scenery and natural resources, as well as recreational resources that include hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, lakes and rivers. Ranked among the top most productive soils in the world, we are particularly proud of our agricultural heritage.

We have been identified as one of the ten best places to live in the United States for three consecutive years in a row by Money Magazine (2007-09). In addition, CNNMoney.com ranked us among the top 20 places to launch a business in the United States (2009). Our new 68 million dollar renovation to the Dane County Regional Airport allows our residents 14 non-stop flights to all of the country’s major cities, and connects our businesses and families to the world.