Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation
Wisconsin Public Economic
Development & Growth
Within 500 miles of Beloit: Beloit, WI
- 31 percent of the nation’s population
- 30 percent of all U.S. business operations
- 30 percent of the nation’s manufacturing companies
- 38 percent of all U.S. manufacturing volume
- 50 percent of the nation’s top twenty metro manufacturing centers
Businesses can benefit from Greater Beloit’s strategic location. Our geographical location on the Illinois-Wisconsin border, midway between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, puts us in the center of the U.S.A.’s biggest market-the Midwest. Speedy access to these markets is provided by the area’s diversified transportation systems. Interstate Highways 39, 90, and 43 link the area with other Wisconsin and Illinois communities, as well as the rest of the nation.
We are in close proximity to 2 major cities; Chicago and Milwaukee, both within a 2 hour drive. Greater Beloit can offer ease of access to markets and suppliers. This is a highly significant factor in terms of freight costs and the increased emphasis on “Just-In-Time” production. With it’s strategic location and access to markets, Greater Beloit continually plays a big role in Wisconsin public economic development. In short, Greater Beloit can offer you and your firm the right location to expand or establish a business.
BUSINESS EDUCATION CONNECTION EVENT IN BELOIT
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Workers assembly rebar at plant’s construction site.
WEST RIVERSIDE ENERGY CENTER UPDATE
In the first quarter of 2017, site preparation work began for Alliant Energy’s 730-megawatt, natural gas-fired West Riverside Energy Center in the Town of Beloit. All federal, state and local permits to start construction were finalized. April brought more visible activity to the construction site. Work on the high capacity well was completed. By mid-April, major excavation work had started, and dirt was being moved in preparation for cement foundations. AECOM, the major contractor, was onsite beginning in April and work trailers were put in place for contractors and Alliant Energy employees. April and May yielded strong progress with excavation. In June, there are about 115 workers involved in the construction and that number will steadily increase over the coming months. The primary activity into summer and throughout the fall will be bringing in cement and pouring the foundations for the two steam generators. That is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Then, foundations will be put in for the two combustion turbines, which will be finished by mid-2018. Over 90% of the construction still remains and the goal is to complete the West Riverside Energy Center by early 2020.