About Forward Wisconsin
Forward Wisconsin is a unique public-private state
marketing and business recruitment organization. Our job is
marketing outside Wisconsin to attract new businesses, jobs
and increased economic activity to the state. Forward
Wisconsin was created in 1984 and is a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit corporation. Our group has an annual budget of
approximately $1 million. Private sector contributors provide
more than half of that funding, with the balance coming from
the State of Wisconsin.
Forward Wisconsin's Board of Directors reflects our
public-private partnership. Governor Jim Doyle is chairman of
the board. Private sector representation includes Wisconsin's
utilities, banks, educational institutions, investment firms,
law firms and manufacturers. Public sector representation
includes four state legislators and the Secretary of the
Department of Commerce.
Forward Wisconsin works to boost the
state's image, to project the state's positive business
climate and to attract industry and workers to Wisconsin. We
provide business cost comparisons, financial information and a
variety of other business consulting services to prospective
expanding businesses. Forward Wisconsin services are provided
on a confidential, no-cost basis.
Forward Wisconsin gains its primary strength from its
unique status as a public-private partnership, its ability to
draw upon the resources of both the public and private sectors
and its capacity to coordinate these efforts. The
corporation's success in implementing its mission statement
depends in large part upon its close working relationship with
the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Forward Wisconsin is
responsible for out-of-state marketing and business
attraction, while the Department of Commerce is responsible
for existing business retention, expansion, financial programs
and international development.
Forward Wisconsin is headquartered in Madison, the state's
capital in south-central Wisconsin and has offices in
west-central Wisconsin in Eau Claire, and southeast Wisconsin
20 Years of Economic Development Success
Since 1984, Forward Wisconsin has worked on more than 280
successful projects with companies from 26 states and 4
countries that have established new business facilities in 47
Wisconsin counties. For details, see:
If you have questions or want additional information
about Forward Wisconsin, please contact us
Forward Wisconsin, Inc.
201 W. Washington
Avenue, Suite 500
Madison, WI 53703-2796
"Forward was extremely supportive.
They were with us every step of the way. It's never easy to
move a company but working with Forward eliminated a lot of
concerns and issues."