Abundant natural resources support a variety of manufacturers, and form the foundation of a thriving tourism industry. And while the area retains a small-town ambiance, residents and visitors have access to the goods and services found in larger urban communities.
Service businesses provide just under a third of the jobs within a five-mile radius of downtown Oconomowoc. Health care providers based in Oconomowoc are among the major service businesses. Manufacturers are the Oconomowoc area's second largest employer. Many businesses have located in one of the four industrial/business parks in the Oconomowoc area. Encompassing a total of 293 acres, the parks feature complete infrastructure and ready access to transportation. Oconomowoc’s geographic location allows for easy transportation access for local businesses and the national and regional distribution centers.
An exciting development taking shape at the intersection of I-94 and Highway 67 promises to greatly expand the local economy. Pabst Farms, located on both sides of the freeway, is a master planned community set on 1,500 acres in Oconomowoc and the Village of Summit. Set on the former rural retreat of the legendary brewer, the $1 billion project is already beginning to take shape and includes homes, shops, offices, lodging, entertainment venues, parks, civic facilities and a technology/research park.
The Oconomowoc area offers companies some of the state's lowest tax rates, a low crime rate and reliable, locally-run utilities. Retail and wholesale trade is the area's third largest employer. In addition to the shops in Oconomowoc's historic downtown, there are enclosed shopping centers and convenient shopping plazas located throughout the area. Rounding out the employment base in the remaining 26% respectively includes areas of: agriculture; construction; finance/ insurance/real estate; transportation/communications/ utilities; and public administration.
From its historic downtown to Wisconsin's largest master-planned development rising along the busy I-94 corridor, the Oconomowoc area offers unique opportunities for new and expanding businesses of all sizes and types.
City of Oconomowoc
Bureau of Economic Development: City of Oconomowoc
Partnership for a Prosperous Downtown
Planning and Zoning: City of Oconomowoc
Oconomowoc Rotary Club
Wisconsin Business Resource Network
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
U.S. Census Data: City of Oconomowoc
U.S. Census Data: Waukesha County
Workplace Welness Survey