Economic Development

Why Tomah?

The City of Tomah is centrally located in West-Central Wisconsin at the junction of Interstate 90 and Interstate 94, or as we like to say "where the Interstates Meet”.  Halfway between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago/Milwaukee metro areas, Tomah is the city of choice for many international businesses.

All Roads Lead to Tomah…  In addition to the interstate system, U.S. Highways 12 & 16, along with Wisconsin State Highways 21, 131 and 173 converge in Tomah. Two separate railroads also service our community, as does Tomah’s city-owned airport, Bloyer Field.  The La Crosse Regional airport and Port of La Crosse are only 45 miles away on the Mississippi River.

As the home to international manufacturers, military, healthcare, transportation and agricultural businesses, Tomah boasts a diverse and educated workforce.  Many of these businesses work with Western Technical College to promote worker continuing education and development.

Tomah provides a high quality of life to its residents, making visitors want to live here.  With a highly acclaimed school district, beautiful park system, numerous events and a reenergized downtown, Tomah provides small town friendliness and safety while also providing several larger city amenities.

With a strategic location, dedicated workforce and business-friendly environment, Tomah stands poised to enable existing businesses to expand and new businesses to grow and prosper.


Industrial Development

Location & Acreage

  • Forward Tomah Development Park - U.S. Highway 12 & 16 (East) and I-90; has 29 acres available.

Private Land Adjacent to Parks

There are various additional privately-owned parcels located throughout Tomah.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce or a local Realtor for more information.

Contacts and Resources

Forward Tomah Development, Inc.

Contact: Tina Thompson

Executive Director, Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Tomah

Contact: Roger Gorius, City Administrator

Monroe County
Contact:  Steve Peterson, Economic Development Coordinator


Fast Facts


On the cutting edge of communications technology, a main fiber optic cable runs through Tomah.  Tomah is served by Charter Communications and CenturyLink.

Employment Trends

Of the roughly 24,042 residents in Monroe County who currently participate in the labor force, about 22,248 are employed and 1,614 are unemployed. Source: WI Dept. Workforce Development (Jan. 2014)


The highly acclaimed Tomah Area School District has three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school in the city and four elementary schools in surrounding communities.  The district consistently performs in the top tier of all school systems in the state.  There are three parochial elementary schools. Western Technical College has a campus in downtown Tomah. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College – La Crosse Campus, Viterbo College and Globe University are within forty miles.  Monroe County also has a local UW-Extension Agent available to confer with new businesses in the region.

Tax Rate

2013 - $24.58 per $1,000.00

Transportation Services

Highway System

  • Interstates 90-94

  • US Highways 12 & 16

  • State Highways 21, 131, and 173

Traffic Counts

  • 94 North of Tomah 21,200 per day

  • 90 West of Tomah 15,400 per day

  • 90/94 South of Tomah – 30,400 per day

  • Hwy 12 (Superior Avenue - Downtown) – 20,200 per day

Local Airport in Tomah – Bloyer Field: 3,900 foot x 75 foot asphalt runway, regularly utilized by local corporations for executive travel.  City-owned, unattended.  Fuel available on site.

Canadian Pacific Railroad has a line that runs right through Tomah’s downtown.
Amtrack offers a regular daily passenger service on the Empire Builder route on the CP line.

Representative Wages (2013)

All Industries   $34,295
Natural Resources   $34,097
Construction   $39,902
Manufacturing   $36,363
Trade, Trans & Util   $32,431
Finance   $35,374
Prof & Business Services   $32,809
Education & Health   $41,102
Public Administration   $43,873

Local Economic Development Programs

Available through the City of Tomah, the Community Development Block Grant Program has:

  • Revolving Load Funds

  • Public Facilities for Economic Development

  • Economic Development Assistance for Transportation (T-Grants)

  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Bond Program

  • Industrial Revenue Bonds

The Monroe County Revolving Loan Fund is designed to promote local economic development by providing a source of long term, fixed rate, low interest financing for new and existing business projects that are located in Monroe County.

The CMV Growth Development Revolving Loan Fund is designed to foster growth in economic base activities that are the dominant force in affecting 
economic growth or decline in the Tri-county area of Crawford, Monroe and Vernon counties. 
The fund is targeted to manufacturers, tourism and selected service industries that create jobs.

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Service Providers



Alliant Energy

Customer Service


Oakdale Electric Cooperative

608-372-4131 or 1-800-241-2468.





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City of Tomah

Contact: Kirk Arity

Director of Public Works & Utilities


4 wells, 1,500,000 cubic feet storage, 80 PSI, sewer treatment plant 2.3 million per day.



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