Jefferson and Dodge Counties. We Want Your Business.

- Upcoming Events
Supply Chain Tool Available
Internship Opportunity for Companies
JCEDC Website Launched
EPA Brownfield Grant Awarded
State of the Economy
Rail Grant Awarded

JCEDC November Board Meeting

Regular Monthly Meetings

Wednesday, November 12th | 864 Collins Road, Room 12 - Jefferson, WI

Wednesday, December 11th | 864 Collins Road, Room 12 - Jefferson, WI

Energy Security Forum

Discussion on Energy Issues 

Wednesday, October 29th from 11:30AM-1:00PM | Lower Room of Hi-Way Harry’s, Johnson Creek

The discussion will be an opportunity to learn more about energy production, distribution, pricing, infrastructure, and emergency preparedness – and how it all impacts Jefferson County.  This event is meant to be a dialogue, so come armed with plenty of questions and concerns that you’d like a response to from energy experts.  The luncheon is a unique opportunity to ask representatives of the oil industry all those questions that you have wanted to ask, but didn't have the chance. Please RSVP to by Friday, October 24th.  


Supply Chain Tool Available

Map Your Company's Suppliers

MadREP has launched a supply chain mapping initiative for our region’s businesses and industries using an innovative program called Sourcemap. 
For individual businesses, supply chain mapping makes it possible to analyze a variety of factors that can impact the profitability of a business, such as transportation costs, the potential for supply disruption, and opportunities to modify inventory based on turn-around of goods, among other things.   The goal is to gather the information necessary to analyze processes, mitigate risks, and thereby provide a strategic advantage for a company.

Unlike other supply chain mapping programs, there is no cost to businesses in our region that participate; this a free service sponsored by MadREP.   Individual companies upload their supply chain information and benefit from having that information mapped and available to them to help guide decisions.   

For more information contact Gene Dalhoff with MadREP at

Internship Opportunities

Does Your Company Need an Intern?

Through the WEDC TIP program (Targeted Industry), and in partnership with the WEDC International Division, WEDC is funding a pilot project – IIP Partnerships for Global Talent. UW-Madison through their International Internship Program, will provide SEED Funding to help small and medium sized Wisconsin companies invest in developing global talent as part of their international business initiatives. Internship placements can be outside the United States or in a domestic setting that requires students to use international skills. For successful applicants, the grant will provide up to $4,000 in matching funds to help offset costs associated with hiring an intern.

Please note that the deadline for companies to apply is October 31. Webinars will be held on October 14 and 16. For more information visit the link to the website with all of the details: Click Here.


FALL | 2014

News, Events, and Announcements

Enclosed is the Fall, 2014 edition of the JCEDC e-newsletter. Please take a moment to read about Jefferson County's economy. We encourage you to forward on this newsletter to your contacts as well. 

Interested in finding out more information about our economy? Visit the JCEDC website at 

JCEDC Website Launched

The JCEDC would like to announce the launch of the organization's new website. Found at, this site contains a rich array of resources for businesses, community leaders, and residents alike. Help us spread the word to local and regional partners about this new tool for Jefferson County Economic Development.

To name a few of the new resources: 
  • Key Industry Analysis
  • Business Solutions for new and existing businesses
  • Information on home counseling services available
  • Descriptions of living and working in Jefferson County
  • Resource Library with economic and community data and info

EPA Brownfield Grant Awarded


EPA has selected Jefferson County for a brownfields assessment grant in the amount of $200,000. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct five Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to develop a comprehensive GIS-based inventory of existing and potential brownfield sites, prepare approximately four sampling and analysis plans, and conduct community outreach activities.

“Developing a county-wide inventory of brownfield sites will place a magnifying glass on the environmental and economic issues which most impact the growth and sustained economic development of our region,” said Ben Wehmeier, Jefferson County Administrator.  “This investment in the county establishes a baseline for future investments in brownfield remediation and will empower our communities and property owners to then help track improvement at these locations over time.”

JCEDC Board Chairperson and Watertown Mayor John David said, “Our county and communities will be strengthened by the knowledge we gain from this assessment.  This is the beginning of comprehensive regional alignment to elevate the use of properties struggling from choices of the past.”

According to JCEDC Executive Director Genevieve Borich, PhD, AICP, “Some of the most valuable buildings and sites within the county need extensive remediation so they may be put to better use; this grant empowers our community’s leaders to prioritize investment in key properties in our area.”

EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.

State of the Economy

Jefferson County Snapshot

Unemployment (WI DWD) | 6.1% - July, 2014
Mean Travel Time to Work | 22.5 min.
Residents Working/Living in County | 23,764
Inbound Commuters | 11,270
Outbound Commuters | 15,500
Mean Household Income | $68,318
Per Capita Income | $26,907
Poverty Rate| 11.2%
Food Stamps | 14.2%

Source: American Community Survey
1-Year Estimate, 2013

Rail Grant Awarded

Funding Approved for Rail Track Improvements

Railroad track improvements have been approved for a section of railway between Watertown and Madison.

Funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Freight Railroad Preservation Program, the state grant is for $4,116,160. In addition, a loan of around $500k was also awarded. In addition, the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, which leases the line from Wisconsin, will contribute $1.1M for track rehabilitation. The line currently is adjacent to Classen Quality Coatings; other businesses on the line will also benefit from the improvements. Track upgrades will increase the freight limit of at least 25 mph from the current limit of 5 mph. The work will begin in 2015. 

Several local partners were instrumental in achieving the rail improvements, including Kim Erdmann, WEDO Executive Director and Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commissioner and Jefferson County Supervisor Augie Tietz. 

As reported in the Watertown Daily Times, "The city owns more industrial land along this track and is considering acquisition of additional land in that area. Having a rehabilitated rail line which has access to the industrial park is a positive point when recruiting new industries, according to Kim Erdmann, executive director of the Watertown Economic Development Organization."

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