Door County Economic Development Corporation
Improving the economic vitality of the county.
We Can’t Wait to Partner with You.
The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation in Door County.
DCEDC partners with companies and entrepreneurs to help build successful businesses in Door County and continuously improve the area’s economic climate. It’s a relationship that allows businesses to tap into the expertise of area leaders, and provides them with access to a variety of local, state and federal resources.
Our team is a collaborative group of economic development professionals committed to attracting, growing and retaining business, industry, and labor force to Door County. Team DCEDC provides expert site selection services inclusive of: operational cost analysis, incentive comparisons, workforce studies, connectivity to key resources, and project management.
Our team is a high performing service organization, with the mission of improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. #Team DCEDC has a behavioral compass:
- We are Driven: We are passionate and driven to excel – always hungry for new challenges and opportunities to achieve more for Door County every day.
- We are Kind: We serve each other and our communities with respect and civility at all times.
- We are Bold: We innovate and take risks, so we can keep growing, improving and learning. New ideas and innovative approaches mean sometimes we’ll stumble. DCEDC is a safe place for big ideas.
- We are Collaborative: Titles are the least interesting thing about us. Service is at the heart of everything we do. We’re in the service business and relish opportunities to facilitate the success of others. Authenticity and collaboration are critical to our success.
History & Milestone Achievements
We are proud of our community impact
In 1988, a Task Force appointed by the County Board completed a nine month assessment of the local economy and presented a revitalization report. At that time the local economy was plagued by the loss of 2,000 jobs and 18% unemployment. Governor Thompson brought his entire Cabinet to the County and conducted a day-long Economic Summit. The keystone recommendation of the Task Force was to prioritize and reorganize our economic development infrastructure. The blueprint for the ideal organization was a not-for-profit business structure, with joint public/private funding, private sector leadership and a full-time staff to lead a diverse economic development strategy. By February 1989, the inaugural DCEDC Board of Directors had been assembled, funding for a couple years of operations was secured and an Executive Director was hired. That started a new chapter in our community’s history, where businesses, jobs and private investment were elevated to a new level of importance.
Door County “Fast Facts”
A vibrant business community nestled within one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the United States, Door County seeks to welcome business and economic development alike.
Over 208 Apartment Units have been completed in Door County to assist with adding more affordable housing options for residents
The DCEDC is a great resource for existing and aspiring business owners, helping more than 100 entrepreneurs in 2018 alone
Door County features a diverse local economy including manufacturing, agriculture, health care, tourism and much more
Door County offers a skilled workforce brimming with mid-western work ethic and pulling from Door County’s active art and cultural community
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