Business Development Programs & Resources
Businesses can use economic development loan programs, such as the Brown County Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund administered through the Brown County Planning Commission, to obtain low interest loans that will generate new employment opportunities and encourage expansion of the tax base. Through Brown County’s partnership with Advance, the Town of Ledgeview also has access to development and grant information, as well as to economic development marketing services.
The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission annually creates a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) report. All communities served by the Commission, including the Town of Ledgeview, are invited to identify future projects for economic development that the community would like to undertake. Those projects included within the CEDS may become eligible for federal funding through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public Works grant program.
The combined Bay-Lake and East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission areas were named a technology zone by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. The Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership (NEWREP) Technology Zone provides five million in tax credits to businesses certified by Wisconsin Department of Commerce based on a company’s ability to create jobs, to make capital investments, and to attract related businesses.
The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS) also contributes a number of economic development services, and provides valuable resources for individuals, businesses, and farmers interested in energy efficiency and savings.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provides financing, technical, and business support for Wisconsin entrepreneurs, innovators, and businesses. Search WEDC’s online database of available industrial properties, as well as incentives, industry strengths, and tools to grow your business.
The Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development (CDBG-ED) program is designed to assist businesses that will invest private funds and create jobs as they expand or relocate to Wisconsin. The WEDC awards the funds to the Town, which then loans the funds to a business. When the business repays the loan, the Town may retain the funds to capitalize a local revolving loan fund. This fund can then be utilized to finance additional economic development projects within the Town.
The Town of Ledgeview, by nature of it having less than 10,000 residents and primarily located outside of the Green Bay Metropolitan Area, meets the requirements of some U.S.Department of Agriculture–Rural Development Programs. The Town may be eligible for Rural Development Economic Assistance Programs, however, there are typically strict income limits associated with the programs, so the Wisconsin Division of USDA–Rural Development should be contacted regarding eligibility for certain programs. A complete listing of USDA-Rural Development programs can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services