Waukesha County is on the “IQ Corridor” – which refers to the interstate and rail connecting the Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Twin Cities’ areas – based on the interrelated opportunities of higher education, research, technology and knowledge-based economic growth among these areas.
Within an immediate economic sphere, Waukesha County lies within the 72 miles span between Milwaukee and Madison –suggesting an important role for Waukesha County. With Madison / Dane County’s measured strength in being awarded federal research dollars and developing Intellectual Property, the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a national leader in research and a wellspring of knowledge. Milwaukee is a renowned center for “making things” – and a major corporate and production center.
The potential partnership between Madison and Milwaukee (with Waukesha County as the economic ‘bridge’) in the commercialization of products from research, patent, to production is a great opportunity to build greater wealth from the strengths of the state’s two leading metropolitan areas.