Economic Development

The City of Ripon and our economic development partners work to create, diversify, and enhance employment growth and to promote opportunities for business development and stability.  Please contact the City Administrator at (920)748-4914 or to learn about local opportunities and financial tools that are intended to help businesses grow and prosper within the community.

Ripon Community Development Authority (CDA)

Pursuant to Wis. Stats. §§ 66.4325 and 66.436, there is hereby created a community development authority (CDA) to be known as the "Ripon community development authority," authorized to transact business and exercise any and all powers granted to a CDA under the community development authority law as amended from time to time for the purpose of carrying out blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal programs and projects and housing projects. The CDA is designed to promote community development and undertake projects that contribute to the growth and enhancement of neighborhoods and local economies.

Ripon Tax Increment Districts

The City of Ripon currently has 9 active Tax Increment Districts. Contact the City Administrator for more information. 

Ripon Business Outreach Program

The Ripon Business Outreach Program is a joint effort between the City of Ripon and Ripon Chamber of Commerce geared towards facilitating business growth, encouraging capital investment, helping secure the creation of jobs, and connecting local businesses with the resources they need to succeed. The program allows the City to build an economic development strategy that meets the needs of local employers by gathering information and analyzing local economic trends.

Ripon Main Street

The purpose of the Ripon Main Street Program is to restore the vitality of the central business district by enhancing our community identity and heritage, fostering a center of activity, and ensuring economic stability through concentrated efforts in organization, promotion, design and economic development.

Ripon Chamber of Commerce

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce is committed to making Ripon the ideal place to work, live, and play. No matter your longing or season, the Ripon area delivers breathtaking views, lively celebrations, historic attractions, and so much more.

SBDC at UW-Oshkosh

The Small Business Development Center at UW Oshkosh helps entrepreneurs succeed at any stage. We offer no-cost, confidential consulting and business education.

Envision Greater Fond du Lac

Envision Greater Fond du Lac was formed on July 1, 2017 as the unified organization of the former Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce (AC) and former Fond du Lac County Economic Development (FCEDC) organizations. The organization has been busy striving to enhance and grow existing program and service offerings through attraction of new businesses, growth of existing businesses, strengthening of workforce and community development, and development of new areas of opportunity throughout the county. We want to be your go-to partner as we work to create a strong, vibrant business community through our support of business retention, expansion and attraction. Whether you are a new entrepreneur or legacy business, we are here to come along side you and support your growth and prosperity in the Greater Fond du Lac area.