The Sussex area is a place that continues to grow and progress in many ways, and the local business community is no exception. The opportunities for business success are increasing in this flourishing suburban community. An ideal location within the Milwaukee-Waukesha MSA, coupled with a growing tax base, sustained population growth, high quality schools and dedicated employees, are among the many attractive characteristics of doing business in the Sussex area.
The quarry business has long been a major player in the area’s economy, notably in Lisbon and Lannon. The retail sector of the Sussex WI area is experiencing a surge in growth, ushering in a new era of local economic diversification. In the past, the region was primarily dependent on manufacturing and industry, and while these aspects of the local economy remain significant, other industries, such as retail, have made a niche for themselves. Nowhere is this more evident than along the major commercial corridors at State Highways 64 and 74, Country Trunk Highway VV and within Downtown Sussex.
Downtown Sussex is the center of the community, and with its ideal location and prospects of opportunity, the Village of Sussex has placed a major emphasis on its revitalization. The Village’s Downtown Design and Development Plan—an addendum to the Village’s Comprehensive Plan 2020—was updated in 2004 and outlines the vision and future plans for Downtown Sussex. According to the plan, “The design plan for downtown contemplates a more active, functional and visually unified Village center. Downtown Sussex should be a place that is instantly recognized as the community’s major activity area and public living room.” Stay up-to-date on the happenings in Downtown Sussex on the Village Web site, www.village.sussex.wi.us/ DowntownPlan.php.
In addition to these commercial areas, the Sussex area features such attractive business sites as the 70-acre Sussex Business Park and the 221-acre Sussex Corporate Center, both mixed-use developments. The Town of Lisbon, known for its principal industry of extracting gravel and limestone, also houses several commercial and mixed-use areas.
Supplementing the attractive business sites in the Sussex area is a number of financial programs designed to assist both new and expanding businesses. The Village of Sussex provides fixed-rate Industrial Revenue Bonds, the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program and Tax Incremental Financing (TIF). Additionally, Waukesha County supplies the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is utilized by the Village of Sussex in order to enhance the physical, economic and social conditions in specific locations of the community.
The Villages of Sussex and Lannon and the Town of Lisbon are good sources for businesses interested in relocation and expansion. Other valuable resources in the area include the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce, the Community Development Authority (CDA) and the Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation.