Business Recruitment & Expansion

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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. 

    We Are Here To Help

    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

    Construction is underway on the mixed-use Waterford Lofts, a 28,200 sq. ft. project at 506 E Main Street. The project is a partnership between the Village of Waterford, Wisconsin Redevelopment Group, and Milwaukee-based Selzer-Ornst Construction Company.

    RCEDC will host the 2023 Racine County Economic Outlook Roundtable on Wednesday, January 25th, which will feature the Wisconsin Department of Revue's Secretary, Peter Barca and Chief Economist, John Koskinen.

    Companies of all sizes, from all across the world are choosing to invest in Racine County. Since establishing their presence here in the 90's, Ashley Capital's Gary Rosecrans and Lee & Associates' John Sharpe quickly realized the value of doing business in Racine County.

    Racine County, RCEDC, local municipalities, and partnering developers have taken the initiative to meet the housing needs head-on. Because of this comprehensive collaboration, Racine County is experiencing a much-needed increase in housing development, leading to over 3,600 additional housing units in Racine County.

    ExporTechTM is a 12 week program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Build your customized, strategic export expansion plan with data, best practices, and a repeatable, results-proven process focused on ROI, execution, and minimal risk.

    Learn about important startup business topics like law, lending and accounting on your own time. Check out the short videos in the Start in Wisconsin toolbox.

    The 2022 Racine County Commercial Real Estate Showcase is the perfect forum for developers, commercial real estate pros and site selectors to learn what's happening here and how beneficial it is to invest in Racine County.

    The Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program is a state-funded
    grant program that provides employer-led worker training grants. Applications are now being accepted and are due by September 27, 2022.

    Construction at Endeavor Development's I-94 Business Center project in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin has been progressing rapidly.

    The Water's Edge Condominiums are to be approximately 178 units, to be sold as condominiums and townhomes.

    Zilber Property Group recently announced the planned development of an industrial business park in Caledonia, Wisconsin, on a recently acquired 93-acre land site.

    There is a new 188,000 square foot speculative development planned for Caledonia's DeBack Farms Business Park.

    INVEST IN RCEDC

    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 2021, RCEDC staff were able to facilitate 95 projects that included comprehensive site selection, loans, grants, and incentives resulting in $360 million in private investment and $210 million in new construction. These business expansion projects will result in 500 new full-time jobs.

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