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At the Crossroads of the Midwest
The County leverages the Madwaukee I-94 Corridor’s world class status as research and industrial centers, and our communities are well positioned to build on local strengths - affordable living, high quality of life, agriculture, food processing, and advance manufacturing. From small start-up businesses to major corporate enterprises Jefferson County is the right place to locate. We a have a diversified economy with major manufacturing firms like Trek Bicycle to strong service business such as Fort Healthcare. Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium works with entrepreneurs to grow their business while assisting existing businesses in their retention and expansion efforts. And, niche startup businesses are providing support services to the emerging bioenergy economy. Top industries are advanced manufacturing, food processing, healthcare, tourism, agribusiness, and bioenergy.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is located on the southern end of the county, and drive times to U-W Madison (39 minutes) and U-W Milwaukee (56 minutes) are quick. Within Jefferson County we have two locations for Madison Area Technical College in Fort Atkinson and Watertown; in addition our area is served by Blackhawk Technical College on the western portion of the county and Waukesha Technical College on the eastern portion of the county.
Several of our communities are connected by rail access as well, including Waterloo, Watertown, Johnson Creek, Jefferson, and Fort Atkinson. Currently Jefferson is a member of the Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission. For more infomation about rail improvements underway and planned visit their website at www.wrrtc.org/