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Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA)
Celebrating 25 years of TEA grants!

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was proud to mark the 25th Anniversary of its Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant program in September 2012. TEA grants cover up to 50% of project costs 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.

Program history

Governor Tommy Thompson announced the first TEA grant on September 8, 1987. In a news release, Thompson said, “We created the new Transportation Economic Assistance program to allow the state to move more quickly to help communities make transportation improvements when the opportunity for new jobs hangs in the balance.”

That first TEA grant went to the city of La Crosse in the amount of $1.4 million. It allowed what was then Gateway Foods, now Reinhart Foodservice, to add 300 new employees. In addition, more than 540 indirect jobs resulted from the construction of a new access road for Gateway Foods and other expanding industries.

Since 1987, WisDOT has invested more than $93 million in TEA grants – benefiting 363 businesses around the state. Those projects created or retained more than 80,000 direct and indirect jobs.

TEA testimonies

In 2007, the village of Denmark was awarded a $94,750 Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. It covered half the construction costs of a new road to serve Salm Partners. Watch and see how the TEA grant is benefiting more than just one company in Denmark.

The city of Ladysmith received a $300,000 Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant in 2009 from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. It covered nearly half the construction costs of a new rail spur to serve Indeck Ladysmith LLC. Check out how the TEA grant is helping stimulate one of the state’s most economically-challenged counties.

Additional information

Please see WisDOT's TEA web page for information about applying for grants.


Dennis Leong
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
Email: dennis.leong@dot.wi.gov

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Last modified: September 24, 2013

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