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Wisconsin is at the center of America—and at the center of what makes America a great place to do business. Our unique location, hardworking people and positive policies work together to make Wisconsin the perfect U.S. hub for your company. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) represents the State of Wisconsin and supports businesses in every step of the process.

In April 2015 Governor Scott Walker lead a weeklong trade mission to Germany, France, and Spain focusing on increasing the state’s exports in those countries and encouraging European companies to invest in Wisconsin. The 22-member delegation included leaders from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), executives from seven Wisconsin companies, Jim Paetsch, Vice President of Corporate Expansion & Attraction for the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development organization, and Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of The Water Council. While in Germany, Governor Walker and WEDC leaders attended the Hannover Messe trade show, the world’s largest industrial fair, and the governor also met with the Hannover Messe Board of Directors about business opportunities in Wisconsin. In addition, Governor Walker and the delegation met with business and government leaders in Hessen.  From the meeting, the delegation will build on the existing cultural relationship founded in 1976 and encourage business development efforts between the two states. Read a full report at:

One particularly noteworthy sector in Wisconsin is water technology. Milwaukee is one of only two North American cities in the elite list of 13 worldwide United Nations Global Compact Innovating Cities (UNGCCP) and the only one in the world focused on the full cycle of water. For further information see:

Hessen has distinguished itself as an attractive location for foreign direct investment. No other German territorial state receives as much foreign investment relative to the number of jobs. Hessen is one of Germany’s and Europe’s most attractive locations for companies and international investors. The federal state has used Hessen’s central location in Germany to build a transportation infrastructure that is unparalleled in Europe. The Rhine-Main area in particular occupies a top position in Europe for its status as an international hub for air, road and rail traffic (

Econonomic development in Hessen is driven primarily by two organizations: The Hessen Agentur (website in German) is the service company for the State, which implements projects, campaigns, and promotional activities and functions further as an advisor and think tank. 

Hessen Trade & Invest is an additional economic development company for the State and subsidiary of the Hessen Agentur whose central task is to position and strengthen Hessen as an economic and technology site nationally and internationally.

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