Economic Development

The Village of New Glarus welcomes you and your business to the community!

Economic development within New Glarus is a joint effort between several community stakeholders, including the Village Board, Village Community Development Authority (CDA), the Village Plan Commission, the New Glarus Chamber of Commerce, and the Green County Development Corporation (GCDC).

To learn more about New Glarus, or set up an appointment to discuss your business plans and ideas, please contact the Village Administrator, Bryan Gadow, at 608-527-5971 or

Small Business Healthy Credit Initiative

Loan program funded through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). For more information, click HERE.

Revolving Loan Fund Program

The Village is excited to announce the creation of a Revolving Loan Fund Program to encourage business growth and expansion through smaller gap financing loans.

For more information on the Revolving Loan Fund program requirements, please click HERE.

Façade Improvement Grant Program

The Village is excited to announce the creation of a Façade Improvement Grant Program to encourage commercial building improvements through smaller grant assistance.

For more information on the Façade Improvement Grant program requirements, please click HERE.

Economic Development for Local Leaders 101 Workshop

On September 25, 2017, twenty five (25) Village policymakers, business owners, and residents gather to participate in the course, "Economic Development 101 for Local Leaders" sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA). The session was presented by Paul Jadin of MadREP (Madison Region Economic Partnership). A copy of the presentation can be found HERE.

Connect Communities Program

On October 3, 2016, forty three (43) Village business owners, residents, and policymakers gathered to celebrate the Village’s selection by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) as one of fifteen (15) communities around the state to participate in the Connect Communities program.  The Connect Communities program is aimed at helping local and community leaders leverage the unique assets of their downtowns and commercial districts.

Organized by the Village’s Community Development Authority (CDA) and staff from WEDC, the participants conducted a walking tour of the Village’s downtown to gather impressions of what is working in the downtown and potential improvements.  After the walking tour, Village Administrator Bryan Gadow provided an overview of Village economic development activities, and Mark Tallman and Darrin Wasniewski of the WEDC, conducted a strategic planning session with the group.  The purpose of the strategic planning discussion was to gather feedback on the positive aspects of the current downtown, such as how well it is maintained and the limited number of empty storefronts, and the desired wants for improvements, including addressing parking concerns, and drawing customers towards the 2nd Street commercial corridor.

As a follow up to this event, Village Staff will summarize the feedback received and post it on the Village’s website, and invite interested participants to convene again in early 2017 to go more in depth on implementation strategies for the priorities that were discussed. 

For more information on the Connect Communities program, please contact Bryan Gadow, Village Administrator, at 608-527-5971 or

For a copy of the New Glarus Connect Communities Presentation, please click HERE.

For a copy of the Village's Economic Update Presentation, please click HERE.

For a copy of a Write up Summary of the October 3rd Kickoff Event, please click HERE.

For more information on the WEDC's Connect Communities Program, please click HERE.


Additional Resources

Business Relocation or Expansion Resources

Business Start Up Resources

Wisconsin Department of Administration "Starting a Business Resources"

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Business Start-Up Resources

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center

WI SBDC - "How Do I Start a Business in WI" Flyer

WI SBDC - Market and Industry Analysis Resources

New Glarus Community Profile

New Glarus Utility Resources

U.S. Postal Service - Guide for Builders and Developers (Mail Delivery Standards)



New Glarus was established as a Swiss Colony in 1845 and incorporated as a Village in 1901. The Village has retained its Swiss charm with Alpine-style architecture, ethnic festivals and Swiss delicacies. The Village is located in beautiful Green County in south central Wisconsin. We are just 28 miles south of Madison and 17 miles north of Monroe on State Highway 69.


  319 2nd Street
    PO Box 399
    New Glarus, WI 53574

(608) 527-2510

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed