BEAVER DAM (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that the Beaver Dam Commerce Park has been certified as ready for development by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) Certified In Wisconsin Program.
The commerce park is located between Madison, Milwaukee and Fond du Lac. Situated along U.S. Highway 151 at Hemlock Road and county highways A and W, it is one of Wisconsin’s largest available industrial sites.
According to Evers, business located in the park can reach more than half of the U.S. population within one day’s truck delivery time and 75% within two days.
The Certified In Wisconsin Program helps communities throughout the state attract new companies. It looks at environmental and geological factors, transportation access, utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning and property rights.
“The process eliminates a critical stumbling block for industries, particularly manufacturers, that are considering expanding or locating in the state of Wisconsin,” Evers said.
Alliant Energy holds the option on the properties that make up the Beaver Dam Commerce Park. Once development begins, the company will transfer the options to the Beaver Dam Area Development Corp. who will execute the purchase of the land and the development of the site. The land is currently in the town of Trenton, but it will ultimately be annexed into the city of Beaver Dam.
Wisconsin has 21 certified sites, with 29 development projects completed or underway that are expected to create more than 2,600 jobs and generate more than $472 million in capital investment.