The Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program provides 50%
state grants to governing bodies, private businesses, and
consortiums for road, rail, harbor and airport projects that help
attract employers to Wisconsin, or encourage business and industry
to remain and expand in the state.
The goal of the TEA program is to attract and retain business firms in Wisconsin and thus create
or retain jobs. The businesses cannot be speculative and local
communities must assure that the number of jobs anticipated from the
proposed project will materialize within three years from the date
of the project agreement and remain after another four years.
Grants of up to $1 million are available for transportation
improvements that are essential for an economic development project.
It must begin within three years, have the local
government's endorsement, and benefit the public. The program is
designed to implement an improvement more quickly than normal state
programming processes allow. The 50% local match can come from any
combination of local, federal, or private funds or in-kind services.
Applications are first come, first serve, and funded when all
eligibility information is complete and satisfactory.
The TEA program began in September 1987. Through December 2011, 72,780 jobs have been directly and indirectly created or retained through the $85 million invested in grants awarded to 195 communities. Some 339 businesses have benefited from the grants. A September 2007 job audit reveals that actual job creation and retention is 6.3% above that promised. The state average cost to-date has been $2,597 per direct job created and retained.
$6,805,200 --- State segregated funds
$6,805,200 --- Local matching funds
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Investment Management
4802 Sheboygan Avenue Room 901
P.O. Box 7913
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7913
Phone: (608) 266-9910
Fax: (608) 267-0294
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