Economic Development

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Economic development involves social, environmental, and economic change to enhance the quality of life. As Pepin County residents and business owners innovate to changing circumstances and our communities adjust to the needs of our residents and visitors, the staff at Pepin County help to share ideas, work toward community-defined goals, connect individuals with groups and resources, strengthen relationships, evaluate the effects of decisions, take into account resource concerns, and help to identify new markets and opportunities.

Local Programs and Resources

  • Pepin County Land Conservation and Planning staff can help direct individuals to resources that may be available. Both the City of Durand and Village of Pepin have tax increment finance districts. We can help connect you to the appropriate contact at local, regional, state, federal, or other organizations that provide economic development programs, funding, or other initiatives. We strive to promote Pepin County as an inviting community that offers opportunities for all.
  • Wisconsin Small Business Development Center is an organization that operates out of UW-Eau Claire which assists business owners and entrepreneurs through free training, consulting, and other initiatives to help small and midsize companies develop into successful enterprises.
  • Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC) serves Pepin County by augmenting planning resources available to local units of government. Pepin County residents can contact the MRRPC to seek gap funding from the "Business Capital Fund" which provides start up and expansion financing to businesses. More information about the loan program and the organization's services can be found on their website.
  • Momentum West is a regional economic development organization that serves Pepin County. They focus on marketing and branding Western Wisconsin for business and talent attraction, development, and retention.
  • 7 Rivers Alliance is an economic development organization for the Upper Mississippi River that is dedicated to economic development across geographic and state boundaries. They strive to provide workforce solutions to the entire region, offer useful and relevant seminars, and create more opportunities for our region.


State Agencies 


Federal Agencies