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Community Development Department


The Community Development Department collaborates with Vernon County departments, municipalities, and businesses to identify financial resources and creative strategies that will boost economic opportunity, build resilient neighborhoods, and ensure communities are well positioned to thrive.


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GRANTS & LOANS 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  
DOING BUSINESS IN VERNON COUNTY
RESOURCES  
DEPARTMENT CONTACTS

Grants & Loans

The Community Development Department administers Vernon County community grants and the Vernon County Economic Development Loan program. In 2023, $115,000 in Community Development Grants went out to fifteen villages and townships in Vernon County assisting in resiliency and economic development across the county. The Economic Development Loan Program has worked to help retain and create employment opportunities, encourage investment, and provide financing alternatives for small start-ups and expanding businesses in Vernon County. To date, Vernon County has loaned over $3.7 million dollars to 65 businesses who chose to invest in the people and communities of Vernon County.

Vernon County Community Development Grant (2024) - Closed April 19, 2024

Vernon County Opioid Settlement Community Grant


Vernon County Economic Development Loan

Other Grants, Loans, and Resources for Vernon County Businesses and Organizations

Business Grants

Business Financing

Community Grants

Office of Rural Prosperity Directory

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Economic Development

Economic development in Vernon County is more than just fostering growth; it's about cultivating an ecosystem where businesses thrive, entrepreneurs flourish, and the people of this community find opportunity and fulfillment. With rich natural beauty, vibrant rural culture, and outstanding recreational opportunities, Vernon County invites residents and visitors alike to discover the perfect blend of living, thriving, and enjoying life in our community. The strategic goals for Vernon County Economic Development include: 

  • Support Business & Entrepreneurship 
  • Establish County Economic Development Leadership 
  • Attract & Retain Workforce 
  • Promote Vernon County as an Ideal Place to Live, Work, and Play. 
Learn more about the Economic Development in Vernon County by reading the 2024 – 2029 Economic Development Strategy

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Doing Business in Vernon County

There are so many great reasons to do business in Vernon County!  From the outstanding quality of life in Vernon County, to the excellent schools, healthcare, broadband, and recreation opportunities, Vernon County has many of the amenities of larger communities and the benefits of rural living. With a strong foundation in agriculture, food based businesses, manufacturing, and tourism, Vernon County is the perfect place to start, grow, or relocate your business. Contact us to learn more and get connected with the business resources you need to flourish in Vernon County.


DATA & DEMOGRAPHICS

Visitor Guide

Business Toolkit

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Resources


Reports & publications

Newsletter Signup

Visit Vernon County

Living and Working in Vernon County



Contact Us
Amy Oliver, Community Development Director
608-637-5379
amy.oliver@vernoncounty.org

Larkin Breckel, Economic Development and Marketing Coordinator
608-637-5334
larkin.breckel@vernoncounty.org

Amanda Elliott, Grants Assistant
608-637-5374
amanda.elliott@vernoncounty.org

Department Mailing Address: Vernon 400 Courthouse Square, Box 007, Viroqua, WI 54665

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