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Economic Development

We have been providing economic development consulting services to our seven-county region for over 40 years. Our primary purpose is to partner with area communities and other economic development organizations to foster a sustainable, diverse economy that is attractive to businesses and supported by quality employment and educational opportunities for all residents. WCWRPC has been integral in helping our clients and businesses secure millions in grants and other funding to implement their projects. With a focus on partnerships, these projects have created quality jobs and increased the tax base throughout the region

Project Types

  • Coordination of Economic Development 

  • Administration (EDA) functions and project submissions as an EDA-designated Economic Development District 

  • Administration of revolving loan fund and business finance tools  

  • Community infrastructure funding assessments

  • Grant writing and administration

  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district project plan preparation and amendments 

  • Economic data collection and analysis 

  • Coordination of project activities 

  • LEED assistance to communities and businesses 

  • Environmental Review preparation 

  • Organizational assistance and strategic planning 

  • Mapping/GIS technology analysis and visualization

Lightcast - Labor Market Analytics

Through a partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), WCWRPC can now make Lightcast - Labor Market Analytics information available to eligible economic development organizations and municipalities in the region. All information and analysis is available within user-specified geographic areas – at the state, county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), or zip code level.

The information can be used to target high-impact business for recruitment or retention, craft revitalization plans for downtown areas, parlay the loss of jobs into successful business recruitment by showing the availability of skilled workers, or partner to shape career and tech education training around labor market demands.

For current economic snapshots of counties in the region, see the latest Lightcast (labor market analytics) reports prepared by WCWRPC staff.  Click the links below to download reports for Quarter 4 of 2022.


To make a request, please call or e-mail:

Craig Johnson

Associate Planner

Tel:715-836-2918 Ext. 21


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