You might not expect that just over the Illinois border, in southeastern Wisconsin, is a place that people are describing as the ideal spot to live and work. Perfect for both business expansion and relocation, it also offers its residents excellent K-12 and higher education institutions, beautiful parks, 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and close proximity to two major cities as well as two major airports. And while all of this may seem a bit unexpected to you, to us, this place is home. This place is Kenosha.
Kenosha County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Wisconsin. And with over five million square feet of industrial development since 2006, the potential for continued growth is great. A few of the companies that have recently made major investments in Kenosha County include ACCO Brands, Gordon Food Service, Mondi Akrosil and Uline. A bit unexpected? Sure. But that’s also what makes Kenosha so compelling.
When it comes to Kenosha’s sheer business potential, the conversation may begin with location, but it doesn’t end there. Companies that have made this area their home know firsthand about Kenosha’s pro-business environment, dedicated business development organization, strong labor force and high quality business parks. For them, Kenosha is the perfect spot to expand their operations. And available financing and incentives, as well as lower costs of doing business only strengthen the argument.
Finding and keeping the right people has an enormous impact on an organization’s performance. To ensure success, companies need to find employees who have the potential to be top performers. Kenosha has a reputation for having a labor force with a superior work ethic. Surprising? It shouldn’t be. After all, nearly 54% of Kenosha County residents 25 years and over have some post secondary education. And being able to tap the talent pools of both Chicago and Milwaukee doesn’t hurt either.
A lot of communities talk about a high quality of life. But few can deliver as complete an offering as Kenosha County. Just what sets us apart? Great K-12 and higher education systems, a close-knit business community, a strong economy, 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and a wide variety of arts and cultural offerings that include three world-class museums. All of these things, combined with an enviable location between two big cities, continue to drive Kenosha’s unexpected high quality of life.