Richland Economic Development

Director – Jasen Glasbrenner
Cell Phone: 608-475-0766
County Work Number – 608-649-5961
Email –

The City of Richland Center and Richland County Government worked together on a 10-year agreement to have a joint economic development position and together hired Jasen Glasbrenner who began in April of 2020.


The City of Richland Center Redevelopment Authority owns land along Highway 14 (Orange Street) near the downtown that is for sale for future commercial development.

Parcels are sold at Fair Market Value as determined by the City Assessor.   Please contact Jasen Glasbrenner at the above listed telephone number.


The Richland Center Industrial Park North has infrastructure that includes curb and gutter, storm water retention ponds, electrical lines, water mains and sewer mains in place within the streets.  Some lots have services to the property lines.  This adds approximately $30,000 to the value of each acre.  Land available for purchase includes between 1 and 17 acre parcels.  Of the land available, approximately 37 acres are in a TIF district.

City Resolution 2020-5 Industrial.Park Sale Pricing
20220512 Industrial Park North Lot Sales Map red

Industrial Park North Aerial Map
Industrial Park North Erosion Control Plan 2013 Industrial Park North Boundary/Site Plat Map 2013 Industrial Park North Storm Water Management Map
Industrial Park North Floodplain Map
Industrial Park North Utility Locations Industrial Park North Army Approval of Storm Water Ponds 2010 Industrial Park North Archaeological District 2013 Industrial Park North US Endangered Species Act 2009 Industrial Park North Geotechnical Evaluation Report 2010 Ordinance Chapter 452 Floodplain Zoning Revised 2008
Richland Center Zoning Map 2013
Zoning Ordinances – Chapter 401 thru 412 11-30-12  Industrial Park Zoning is Chapter 410 beginning on page 410-1


Land Purchasing Assistance Program:   Contact Aaron Joyce for more information at 608-647-3466

TIF:   Tax Increment Financing – TIF is a financing tool used to accommodate and support selected new industrial and commercial development projects that generate additional property taxes.  Taxes generated by the increased property values pay for land acquisition or needed public works.  Generally, businesses using a TIF are required to enter into a Development Agreement that outlines the project’s impact on the community.   All TIF decisions are ultimately approved by the City Council and must be in compliance with State of Wisconsin TIF regulations. Tax Increment Financing helps cities in Wisconsin attract industrial and commercial growth in underdeveloped and blighted areas.

Community Job Training:  The City of Richland Center works with UW-Richland, UW-Platteville  and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore to develop customized labor training programs.

Customized Labor Training Programs – Gold Collar Program:  This Gold Collar Program provides training grants to businesses that are implementing new technology or production processes.  The program can provide up to 50 percent of the cost of customized training through Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore. Other Options offered through the State of Wisconsin:

 City of Richland Center major employers in Industrial zoning districts:

Schreiber Foods, Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley, Allied Machinery Richland LLC, Foremost Farms USA, Alcam Creamery, Miniature Precision Components, Richland County Government, Seats, City of Richland Center & City Utilities, Schmitt Woodland Hills, Hynek Printing, RC Dance & Gymnastics, Ag Woods, Kid’s Stuff Child Care, Richland Electric Cooperative, Jensen Castings LLC, Greeley Signs & Graphics, and VARC

Community Development

Jasen Glasbrenner works with the City Clerk / Treasurer on Community Development. Responsible for the management and leadership of Community Development objectives. Duties: the Clerk works on Planning, Redevelopment, Business and Housing Revolving Loan Funds. Develop and maintains positive relationships with citizens, neighborhoods, businesses and other community groups and agencies. Develops and/or oversees the preparation of recommendations to the City Council, City Redevelopment Authority, local, regional and state EDA’a, Planning Commission, while Zoning Administrator Bill McCorkle works with Zoning and the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Clerk initiates programs, as applicable, relating to land use, zoning, redevelopment and economic development. Implements policy decisions and administers approved programs. The City of Richland Center operates a separate Housing Authority.

The City of Richland Center works with Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwest Wisconsin on a building façade loan program: Business Facade Loan Program Fact Sheet 2014  Contact NHS at 608-647-4949 if you are interested in taking advantage of funding from this program.



Richland Center Comprehensive Plan: City Comprehensive Plan 2007

Richland Center Master Plan 2003 Master Plan – Revised Aug 2003

Southwest Regional Planning Five Year Plan:

Richland Center Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: Outdoor Recreation Plan-2016-2020

Regional Planning   Commission seeking comments on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy PLATTEVILLE March 28, 2014 – –   The Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SWWRPC) has posted the regional economic development strategy on their website at public is invited to comment will until April 28th, 2014   when the final edits will be made and the plan submitted to the Economic   Development Administration regional office in Chicago. SWWRPC provides   intergovernmental planning and coordination of community development   planning, economic development, and transportation. In response to local and   regional goals, the Commission and its Staff work to enhance fiscal and   physical resources and to balance local and regional development,   preservation, conservation, and social priorities. SWWRPC’s member counties are   Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland. For more information, please   visit


Planning – Zoning Services

2013 Richland Center Zoning Map  ETZ Map  The City Staff wear many hats in providing planning services to the community, dealing with activities such as zoning and subdivision regulations, land use planning, economic development, historic preservation and housing programming.

Contact:  Zoning Administrator – Bill McCorkle at the City of Richland Center 450 South Main Street Richland Center, WI 53581  P:608-604-5405,   Email:

Variance – $250.00 Fee – Variance Application 2013
Rezoning – $700.00 Fee – Rezoning Application 2013
Land Split – $400.00 Fee – Requires Certified Survey Map
Conditional Use Permits – $400.00 Fee – Conditional Use Permit Application Site Plan / Plot Plan showing current structures and set backs as well as desired Maps / Civil Drawings (Commercial) – Landscape plan, Lighting plan, Erosion Control plan, Storm Water Runoff, Off Street parking

Reso 2013-30 Zoning Fees A Resolution establishing the amounts of Fees under the City of Richland Center Zoning Ordinance

Building Services – separate from zoning permits.

(Inspection Services): Contracted with Johnson Inspections, LLC – Tracy Johnson ph: 608-444-0372 or local 647-5364 (leave a message).  E.  UDC Permit Application 2020 doc   2013 Building Permit Fees     also check under the Departments – Building Permits tab

  • The inspection staff issue all needed building and mechanical permits, perform on-site inspections, and offer consultation on building and municipal code-related questions.
  • Respond to “Code Enforcement” and “Property Complaints” regarding related private property building and mechanical permits, perform on-site inspections, document and file complaints with City Attorney on violations.
  • Part-time Building Safety Technician and contracted agencies use voluntary compliance approach to Building Safety complaints.
  • Maintain Ordinances for “Code Enforcement.”