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Business and Industry

Mauston’s stable job market has seen a positive expansion in its retail and tourism market. We provide about 3,000 jobs to our community and the region. Juneau County is in the top third of the strongest wage paying counties in the state.

The following list outlines the top 10 private employers within the city and its immediate borders.

EMPLOYER — Type of Business
Mile Bluff Medical Center — Medical
Parker Hannifin — Manufacturing
Master Mold — Manufacturing
Brenner Tank — Manufacturing
Festival Foods — Grocery
Brunner Manufacturing — Manufacturing
Kwik Trip — Trucking
Stroh Precision Die — Manufacturing
Dumore Corporation — Manufacturing

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Programs & Financing

TIF: Tax Incremental Finance
The City of Mauston has two Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) districts. Both are financially healthy and stable, positioning the city with the ability to comfortably incentivize new development.

The first TIF is the city’s industrial park located on the west side of town. The park has access to rail and is located on State Hwy 12/16.The city recently expanded the industrial park and created over 30 acres of developable land with provisions for streets, water, sewer, electrical, telecommunications, storm water detention and drainage. Property in the recent expansion is city owned.

The second TIF is the city’s business park located on the east side of town. The park has easy access to Interstate 90/94, offers the basic public amenities (street, water, sewer and electricity) and provides a variety of parcel sizes for future development. The city, county and private entities own lots open for development.

Downtown Redevelopment
The city has cleaned and prepared downtown sites for redevelopment. It is shovel-ready, over an acre in size and in a good location next to the County Justice Center, one block from State Street.

Revolving Loan Fund
The city maintains a revolving loan fund to provide gap financing for small businesses and start-ups. The primary purpose of the program is to provide additional jobs. The loan amount is subject to the availability of funds. There is no set minimum or maximum, but generally loans will not exceed the 20 percent of available funds. Private funds must be leveraged at least one dollar for every dollar of RLF funds.

In addition, at least one permanent full-time equivalent position must be created or retained for every $20,000 of RLF funds requested.

Economic Development Corporation
The city is serviced by two development corporations, the Greater Mauston Area Development Corporation and the Juneau County Economic Development Corporation. GMADC is the primary contact for development opportunities within the city.

CITY DEVELOPMENT PLANS
Most importantly, the city has the infrastructure to support additional growth. The school system infrastructure is also positioned for growth. The City recently invested in the redevelopment of its downtown by rehabbing its downtown Riverside Park and developing a mile of Riverwalk. Those investments have in turn attracted private development to invest and revitalize the Downtown and entry corridor. The City has every intention to continue its focus and efforts to expand park and trail amenities throughout the community.

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