Economic Development   

Why Tomah?

The City of Tomah is centrally located in West-Central Wisconsin at the junction of Interstates 90 & 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. Greyhound bus line and Amtrak passenger train also service the Tomah community.  


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.

Fast Facts


On the cutting edge of communications technology, a main fiber optic cable with Gigabit + speeds through Lynxx who also provide phone and television services.  Other phone, internet and television providers include Centurylink and Charter Communications.


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 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 Tomah School District also offers an Alternative School, a Montessori Public Charter School, and an online educational program offered by the Rural Virtual Academy. The district consistently performs in the top tier of all school systems in the state.Additionally, 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. 


Tax Rate

2017 - $23.55 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



The local Airport in Tomah is 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.

Passenger Bus

Greyhound offers direct routes and low fares to several nearby cities.


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.


Visit http://mrrpc.com/Revolving_Loan_Funds.html for more information.

Industrial Development

Location & Acreage

Forward Tomah Development Park - U.S. Highway 12 & 16 (East) and I-90; has 29 acres available zoned for commercial use.  Contact the Chamber and Visitor's Center for more information.


Private Land for Development

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, President/CEO of the

Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce



City of Tomah
Contact: Roger Gorius, City Administrator


Monroe County
Contact:  Steve Peterson,

Economic Development Coordinator

Service Providers


Alliant Energy  |  1-800-862-6222

Oakdale Electric Cooperative  |  608-372-4131  |   1-800-241-2468.



Centurylink  |  1-608-372-8291

Lemonweir Valley  |  1-888-317-6565

STAR Connection  |  1-608-372-7066



Charter  |  1-888-235-9681

Dean's Satellite and Security  |  1-888-659-4518

STAR Connection  |  1-608-372-7066



City of Tomah  |  Contact: Kirk Arity  |  608-374-7430
4 wells, 1.5 million cubic ft storage, 80 PSI, sewer treatment plant 2.3 million per day.



WE Energies  |  1-800-242-4035



Charter  |  1-888-235-9681

Centurylink  |  1-608-372-8291

Lemonweir Valley  |  1-888-317-6565

STAR Connection  |  1-608-372-7066

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Tomah Chamber of Commerce

Convention & Visitors Bureau

310 N Superior Ave | P.O. Box 625

Tomah, WI 54660


T: 833.94.Tomah

P: 608.372.2166

F: 608.372.2167