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What makes the Madison area the right fit for…

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    Everyone

    There’s something for everybody in the Madison region! With a population of 320,000, Wisconsin’s capital city is known for its unique culture, picturesque isthmus and lakes, thriving arts scene and active nightlife. Another 250,000 people reside in surrounding communities, where they get the benefits of small-town life. Whether you live in Madison’s bustling downtown, in a suburb, or out in the country, you’ll enjoy a reasonable commute to work in Middleton or Mazomanie.

    By the numbers…

    Middleton is the:

    • Best Place to Live, according to Money magazine, #4 in 2009, #1 in 2007, and #7 in 2005

    Mazomanie is the:

    • 4th-coolest small town, according to Budget Travel, 2008

    Madison is the:

    • Best city for quality of life, according to NerdWallet, 2014
    • Best city to work, play and sleep easy, according to Credit Donkey, 2013
    • Most livable medium city, according to AARP, 2015


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    Young Professionals

    More than half of Madison’s population is 30 years old or younger, including the students who attend
    local universities and colleges, and a growing number of young professionals who are flocking to Madison
    to start careers with ETC and other growing technical companies. From coffee shops and bars to
    comedy clubs, sports leagues and live-music venues, Madison’s culture caters to this age group.
    And a recent housing boom has increased the number of apartments, condos and homes on the market.

    By the numbers…

    Madison is:
    • The 3rd-best city for young adults, according to Forbes.com
    • Ranked 5th among cities winning the battle for information jobs, according to Forbes magazine, 2014
    • The 5th-best city for high-tech jobs, according to Marketwatch, 2013
    • The 7th-best metro area for STEM professionals, according to WalletHub, 2016


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      Families

      Top-ranked schools, safe neighborhoods, and strong communities just a few of the reasons why you’d
      want to raise your children in the Madison area. Wisconsin’s educational system has consistently been
      ranked at the top of the nation for test scores, graduation rates and quality of education. Your kids can
      participate in a variety of sports leagues, academic clubs, arts organizations, and programming at the
      local colleges and universities. And the Madison Children’s Museum, free-entry Henry Vilas Zoo, and
      hundreds of parks provide year-round entertainment.

      By the numbers…

      Madison is the:
      • 3rd-healthiest city, according to Livability.com, 2015
      • 4th-happiest city, according to National Geographic, 2015
      • 8th-best city to raise a family, according to Parenting magazine, 2012
      Middleton High School is the:
      • 2nd top-ranked school in Wisconsin, according to U.S. News and World Report, 2015
      Wisconsin is the:
      • 2nd in the nation for composite ACT scores by 2015 graduates, with an average score of 22.2


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        Art Lovers

        Madison’s culture is centered around the arts. There are more than two dozen performing arts centers
        in Madison alone, where you can see plays, musicals, concerts and productions of all kinds, any day of
        the week. The visual arts are also celebrated at Madison’s two largest art museums and in many smaller
        galleries throughout the region. Every summer, thousands of visitors attend the Art Fair on the Square to
        take in the works of hundreds of artists. Another popular draw in the summer is the weekly Concerts on
        the Square, where you can enjoy a picnic and listen to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra perform for free
        on the steps of the capitol building. And from street musicians and live-music joints, to festivals and
        world-class tours in the area’s many concert venues, you’re guaranteed access to a vibrant music scene
        that has launched the careers of famous bands and musicians.

        By the numbers…

        Madison has:
        • More than 14 performing arts centers and an additional 10 theaters on the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College campuses
        • Two prominent art museums – the Chazen Museum of Art and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – and dozens of smaller galleries
        • The 2nd-most rock shows per capita, according to Songkick, 2010
        The Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison:
        • Stages productions by its 10 resident companies, performances by local and world-renowned artists, Broadway shows, and more
        The American Players Theatre in Spring Green:
        • Brings in top talent to perform the classics in an indoor theater or an outdoor amphitheater surrounded by nature… and it’s just a short drive from our Mazomanie factory 


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        Scholars

        The city of Madison was built around the flagship University of Wisconsin-Madison, which adheres to the tradition of the Wisconsin Idea, extending its educational outreach beyond the borders of its campus. UW-Madison, along with the other four institutes of higher learning in the city, host a variety of events, seminars, classes and museum and art exhibits that are open to members of the community.

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        Madison is home to:
        • UW-Madison, which is ranked 41st on US News and World Report’s 2016 list of Best Colleges
        • Edgewood College, the Madison Area Technical College, the Madison Media Institute, and the ITT Technical Institute
        • A long list of museums, such as the Wisconsin Historical Museum, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, UW-Madison Geology Museum, and the Madison Science Museum 


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        Athletes

        Madison has more bicycles than cars, and miles and miles of safe bike paths. The nearby lakes and rivers provide for great swimming, fishing and watersports in the summer, and ice-skating, hockey and ice fishing in the winter. Water-, downhill-, and cross-country skiers, along with hikers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and rock climbers love the terrain. Madison hosts countless marathons, and is the annual location for the Wisconsin IRONMAN triathlon. And there are tons of leagues where you can get involved in softball, volleyball, golf, yoga, ultimate Frisbee, unicycling, and just about any activity you can imagine.

        By the numbers…

        Madison is:
        • A platinum-level bicycle-friendly city, ranked by the League of American Bicyclists
        • The 4th-best cycling town, according to USA Today
        • The 7th-best U.S. swim city, according to USA Swimming, 2014
        • The 9th best city on earth for biking, according to Yahoo! Travel, 2015
        • The 10th-best city for an active lifestyle, according to WalletHub, 2016


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        Nature enthusiasts

        Area lakes, rivers, hills and valleys are great places for you to get in touch with nature and enjoy the local wildlife. There are hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails throughout Southern Wisconsin, including right by ETC’s factories. The University of Wisconsin Arboretum is a popular destination for walks, birdwatching, or getting away from the bustling city. And even on the coldest, snowiest day in January, Madison’s Olbrich Botanical Gardens are in full bloom.

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        Madison is the:
        • Greenest city in America, according to NerdWallet, 2014
        • Best green town in Wisconsin, according to Wisconsin Trails, 2013
        • 2nd-best Midwestern city for green commuting, according to HomeOwnersInsurance.com, 2014
        The University of Wisconsin Arboretum has:
        • 20 miles of trails over 1,260 acres
        Madison has:
        • 5 lakes: Kegonsa, Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Wingra
        • 260 parks
        Dane County has:
        • 6,000 acres of parks, 150 miles of bike trails, and 26,000 acres of lakes
        Wisconsin has:
        • 84,000 miles of rivers


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        Sports Fans

        There is nothing like Madison on game day! You could get tickets to cheer on the nationally-ranked UW Badger teams in football, volleyball, hockey, basketball or any other sport, or just join in on the fun of tailgating. Madison also has its own summer collegiate baseball team, the Madison Mallards, who play at the Duck Pond, a fun-filled stadium on Madison’s north side. You could also support the 56ers, Madison’s amateur soccer team, or the Mad Rollin’ Dolls, the hometown flat-track roller-derby team. If professional sports are more your thing, Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers football team plays, is just a couple hours north, and Milwaukee – with the Bradley Center for the Bucks basketball team and Miller Park for the Brewers baseball team – is a short trip to the east.

        By the numbers…

        Madison is:
        • The best college football town, according to USA Today and the NCAA, 2014
        The University of Wisconsin Badgers:
        • Are an NCAA Division I participant in the Big Ten conference
        • Compete in more than 20 sports
        • Play football at Camp Randall Stadium, the 4th-oldest in the country
        • Hold NCAA records in everything from track and field to swimming


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        Foodies

        Wisconsin’s strong heritage of family farming means fresh produce is right around the corner. Many neighborhoods and communities in the area have their own farmers’ markets, including the Dane County Farmers’ Market, where you can get Wisconsin-grown vegetables, meats, flowers, and (of course) cheese. That fresh produce is also used in the area’s award-winning restaurants, cafes and food trucks. The region is also well known for its top-rated collection of craft breweries and brewpubs. And it wouldn’t be Southern Wisconsin without food festivals, like the World’s Largest Brat Fest, Taste of Madison, National Mustard Day (just a couple blocks from ETC in Middleton!), and multiple OctoBEERfests.

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        Madison is the:
        • Best foodie town, according to Wisconsin Trails, 2013
        • 5th top foodie city, according to Livability.com, 2013
        The Dane County Farmers’ Market is:
        • The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the U.S.
        • The 5th-best farmers’ market in the country, according to USA Today, 2013