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RCEDC’s Business Recruitment & Expansion staff have been assisting expanding business in and locating to Racine County since 1983.  As the first point of contact, our experienced staff proactively assists with: expansion project resources; market research; location selection; grant and loan opportunities; and securing incentive packages to grow your business in Racine County. 

Our mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and provide employment opportunities in Racine County. 

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    RCEDC’s staff works with existing Racine County companies and new businesses and developers considering industrial, commercial, housing and redevelopment projects in Racine County. Gain more insight into our community, area businesses, regional workforce, site options, and financial assistance by connecting with Jordan Brown or Laura Million.

    Outgrown your current location? Need more space? Consult RCEDC’s site selection tool

    Adding jobs and making a capital investment (equipment and/or building)? Your business may qualify for state or local incentivesCall us early in your project to determine if your business qualifies.

    Business Lending Partners (BLP) is the Business Finance Division of RCEDC. BLP assists companies within Racine County through the administration of several fixed rate, long-term Loan Fund Programs and Grants. BLP also partners with financial institutions throughout the State of Wisconsin to offer financing through the SBA 504 Loan Program.

    Need data to assist with your business expansion? Consult our Data Center.

    Racine County offers a continuum of resources to assist companies with talent attraction, retention, and development. Find out more about RCEDC’s Talent Resources.

    Recent Business Recruitment & Expansion News

    During the next several years, nearly 1 million square feet of industrial development is planned for the DeBack Farms Business Park in the Village of Caledonia. Scannell Properties, headquartered in Indianapolis, plans to develop a 65-acre site in the park over three phases. A General Mills warehouse and distribution center is planned to occupy the first building.

    The Build Your Own Business program helps entrepreneurs open a storefront location for 3 - 5 months in downtown Union Grove. Business owners receive assistance in finding a store front location, business and marketing plan assistance from the SBDC at UW Parkside, and access to a $500 grant upon signing a lease of no less than 3 months and no more than 5 months.

    In this edition of RCEDC's Development News you'll discover the 2020 recap of Racine County's housing market and development activity. Also learn about the value of doing business in Racine County as well as the talent pipeline resources

    One of the City of Burlington's newest businesses, The Loop Commons, announced their official opening on Facebook (January 11, 2021). The Loop Commons is a historic building revived for modern endeavors, and includes co-working space, a photo studio, a podcast studio, conference rooms, private offices, event space, a coffee shop, and coming spring 2020, a climbing gym.

    Open for Business We are offering all Racine County businesses a FREE mapping and listing tool that maps area businesses open or offering modified services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents and workers can search for businesses in Racine County that…

    Start In Wisconsin is the premier network for local businesses. For owners and startups, Start In Wisconsin will power connections to start, scale and accelerate area entrepreneurs. For the established resource network, Start In Wisconsin will be a platform to provide best fit referrals, build your network, and to showcase the story of entrepreneurship in our region.

    Darius Szczekocki, president of Hestia Heat Treat in Racine, will use a $100,000 pandemic recovery loan to purchase new equipment to seek more work with automotive industry clients.

    Single-family housing development, featured available properties, County-wide talent recruitment, and much more in this edition of RCEDC's Development News.

    The Village is seeking an experienced master developer to develop and construct single-family homes on two sites totaling approximately 15 acres. The sites, located near Lake Michigan, are included in the Tax Increment District #5 project plan approved in 2019.

    Case High School graduate and Milwaukee Brewers former draft pick, Lee Jaramillo now owns Northterra Real Estate Group. Jaramillo recently used RCEDC's High Impact Revolving Loan Fund for interim financing to construct the new O&H Danish Bakery on the corner of Douglas Avenue and 4 Mile Rd.

    When Low Daily Brewery owners, Tim and Claire Sullivan moved from the Pacific Northwest to Burlington, RCEDC provided development assistance in a variety of capacities, including local and state incentive as well as an SBA 504 loan for building renovations and equipment purchasing.

    The Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) and several partner organizations are proud to welcome ND Packaging, a subsidiary of ND Paper, Inc., to the Village of Mount Pleasant. Last year, ND Paper purchased a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for $15.5 million, with an additional investment of over $30 million for renovations and equipment.


    RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. Over the last three years the RCEDC staff assisted 72 projects that, when completed, will result in 1,000’s of new full time jobs, and will substantially boost local property tax revenues. Your investment allows RCEDC staff to continue these positive efforts.


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