Monroe is the county seat of Green County and is home to the Monroe Campus of Blackhawk Technical College. Other major communities include New Glarus, known as America’s Little Switzerland; Albany, Monticello, Browntown, and Brodhead. The county population is over 36,800 and we are located just southwest of Madison. See more complete demographic information and roadway maps of our county.
Building the Economic Future of Green County, Wisconsin’s Communities and Businesses Through Public-Private Partnerships.
Through forward-looking leadership and an effective marketing program, GCDC will recruit businesses and industries that both benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life of the citizens of Green County.
GCDC recognizes that a high quality of life is inextricably linked with a strong economy, challenging and high paying jobs, high quality educational institutions, robust infrastructures, an effective transportation system, a comprehensive health care system, a safe environment, and cultural resources that are relevant and responsive to the diverse interests and backgrounds of the county’s citizenry.
Our Vision for the future of Green County
Cooperative land use management
Integrated community partnerships
Diverse evolving businesses
Profitable agriculture industry
Seniors integrated into community life
A flexible, fully-utilized, well-paid workforce integrated learning partnerships
Improved transportation resources
The Green County Development Corporation is ready to help your company whether you are starting a new business, looking for a new location or growing an existing business. GCDC is your source for community data, available buildings and sites, labor force information and demographics. We can also help you access incentives and financial assistance programs that will help make your project a reality.
Manufacturing support services include:
- Transportation infrastructure
- Industrial parks
Green County has 31 dairy processing plants including 12 cheese manufacturers. These cheese plants combine to produce more than 60 varieties of specialty award winning artisan cheeses, including many not produced anywhere else in the United States. Leaders in the cheese industry include Colony Brands, Emmi Roth USA, Wisconsin Cheese Group, Grande Cheese Company, Edelweiss Creamery, Klondike Cheese Company and Maple Leaf Cheese.
Agriculture provides about 32% of jobs in the county, pumping $1.38 billion into the economy. Dairy is the leading agricultural industry in Green County, supporting the local dairy production plants and cheese factories. Green County has more Master Cheesemakers and cheese manufacturing plants than any other county in the state.
Green County ranks third in the state in sheep and goat production and in the top 10 in the production of corn, soybeans and alfalfa. One of the state’s first ethanol plants, producing more than 50 million gallons of ethanol annually, is located at Monroe.
Direct marketing agricultural sales are strong in Green County. Residents and visitors buy fresh foods at farmers markets, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms, roadside stands, and community auctions.
The Green County courthouse in Monroe, built in 1891, is a classic example of Romanesque architecture and is one of the most photographed structures in southern Wisconsin.
If you are looking for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, birdwatching, and trail riding, come to Green County.
- The Sugar River State Recreation Trail was one of the first rails-to-trails conversions in Wisconsin. The scenic trail winds its way 23 miles (39 kilometers) through picturesque countryside. Four Green County communities are linked by the trail: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus.
- Badger State Trail features the 1200 foot long Stewart Tunnel north of Monticello, and intersecting with the Sugar River State Trail.
- Cheese Country and Tri County Trails – The trails are open to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-road dirt bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, horses and horse-drawn conveyances, bicycles, and hikers. The trail runs from Monroe to Mineral Point.
- Ice Age Trail statewide trail is a 1000 mile footpath entirely within the state of Wisconsin. The trail highlights the distinctive natural landscape features left behind by the glaciers.
Tourists and local residents enjoy seeing and learning about the barn quilts displayed throughout the county. While touring the area, you might also enjoy our museums, parks, fairs, and specialty shops. Be sure to notice the chalet-style architecture prevalent in the area.
Green County is famous for our Swiss heritage and ethnic cuisine, colorful festivals, local brews, and award-winning cheese. We welcome you to our county!