Due to its natural terrain and its central location in a rural economy, Monroe has become a center of trade, employment, business, culture and recreation for a large area. The City of Monroe is located just north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border, approximately 140 miles to Chicago, 45 miles to Madison, and 100 miles to Milwaukee.
From one of the nation’s largest mail-order companies, Colony Brands, Inc. – to one of the Nation’s largest U.S. manufacturers of high performance car, home, professional and commercial audio products, MiTek Corporation – to a state-of-the-art ethanol producer, Badger State Ethanol – to a Thomas Reuters, 100 Top US Hospital, Monroe Clinic – and the many National and International Cheese producers, Monroe is home to a variety of world class businesses. Recent developments include a new Wal-Mart Superstore (scheduled to open in late 2009), a complete revitalization of the Historic Downtown Square to be completed in 2009, and in 2008 the opening of the Badger State Trail, connecting Madison to the Illinois Trail System.
The City of Monroe owns two business parks and for qualifying projects, lots are priced at $1.00/acre.