2/11/17 – Officials in Dodge County may be close to entering into a partnership with Jefferson County that would be intended to bring jobs to the area. The collaboration would provide an opportunity for both counties to work together and share staffing on regional economic development issues. County Administrator James Mielke says the agreement will cost $85,000 a year which will be funded from the county’s sales tax revenues with no contribution expected from Dodge County municipalities or businesses. The county’s sales tax revenue would be the only source of funding. No contribution is expected from Dodge County municipalities or businesses. The proposed agreement calls for four distinct areas of focus: growing businesses, attracting and developing the workforce, building capacity, and marketing the areas assets to attract business investments. Mielke told the Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee this week that the plan is to take a regional approach to job creation. The county board will review the contract at their meeting later this month. The goal is to begin the five-year partnership by the end of next month.