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About Walworth County

Walworth County has a growing population of 102,000 people in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. Situated in southeastern Wisconsin along the Illinois border, Walworth County provides a strategic business location within easy driving distance of Milwaukee to the north, Chicago to the south, and Madison to the west.

Among the 72 counties in Wisconsin, Walworth County is the fourth-largest county in the state to attain more than 10% population growth since the 2000 census, with growth in every city in the County, including a 38% increase in Elkhorn.

Walworth County has 14 tax incremental finance (TIF) districts targeted for business development, as well as nine business parks, including several located along Interstate 43. World class facilities completed in 2011 include the Mercy Walworth Medical Center, and the LEED Gold certified Whitewater Innovation Center at the award-winning 125-acre Whitewater University Technology Park.

revised_region2Walworth County benefits from a superb highway transportation network. The County is encircled by the Interstate 94 and 90 freeway systems. The Chicago-Milwaukee segment of Interstate 94 runs parallel to Walworth County’s eastern boundary, directly connected to the County by Wisconsin State Highways 50, 11, and 20, while the Milwaukee-Madison segment of I-94 runs parallel to the County’s northern border. Interstate 90 runs parallel to Walworth County’s western boundary, from Madison to Rockford, and approximately parallel to the County’s southern boundary, from Rockford to Chicago.

Interstate 43 provides a direct connection between Walworth County and Milwaukee, providing nine freeway interchanges within the County to facilitate commerce. The US Highway 12 freeway runs through the County as well, including seven freeway interchanges. Transportation is also facilitated by U.S. Highway 14, plus Wisconsin State Highways 11, 20, 36, 50, 59, 67, 83, 89, and 120.

Walworth County is located 35 minutes from Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport, and 90 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. For executive business aircraft, there are also five public airports within Walworth County. In addition, the County is served by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Canadian National railroad.

Walworth County also benefits from state-of-the-art fiber optic infrastructure, and affordable electricity.

The County offers excellent local schools, with test scores that well exceed state and national averages. Many graduates continue their education within the County at Gateway Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and George Williams College of Aurora University. Other nearby institutions higher of education include Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As highlighted by the New York Times, the Lake Geneva area has been a favorite destination for Chicago-area executives since the 1870s. The 1,300-acre Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is one of five AAA Four-Diamond rated resorts in Wisconsin, featuring 50,000 square feet of conference meeting space, two championship golf courses, and an onsite executive airport. Other popular attractions include the full-service Abbey Resort and marina on the shores of scenic Geneva Lake, and the prestigious Geneva National Golf Club with courses designed by golf legends Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player.

With 37 lakes, 17 golf courses, and recreation afforded by the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Walworth County provides an ideal location for employers to recruit and retain well-qualified employees.

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