While many residents choose to live and work in Racine County, our location between two major employment centers, Milwaukee and Chicago, mean that many live outside of Racine County and commute in to work. Similarly, many residents call Racine County home, but choose to commute outside of the county for work.

Commuting is easy thanks to Racine County’s proximity to Milwaukee and Chicago, as well as its access to four major highways, a major interstates (I-94), Amtrak passenger rail services and air services.

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    In order to attract and retain talent in the region, coordinated resources and programs were designed to connect business with local talent, as well as  support businesses talent development and training goals.

    Approximately 1 million workers within a 45-minute drive time.

    24 technical schools, colleges and universities with 125,000 students enrolled each year.

    Strategic plan led by Racine County leverages government, education, and business expertise to meet existing and future talent needs.


    RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. In 2023, RCEDC staff were able to facilitate 64 projects that included comprehensive site selection, loans, grants, and incentives resulting in $1.36 billion in private investment and $1.05 billion in new construction.

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