Dane County Growth

Dane County growth helps communities well beyond its borders

TOM STILL | Wisconsin Technology Council president

If there’s a tangible sign of confidence in the opening of Exact Sciences Discovery Campus on Madison’s West Side, it’s the fact that a nearby parking ramp with spaces for 970 employees at any one time is also ready to go.

With 2,300 employees today and immediate openings for 300 more, Exact Sciences cut the ribbon June 26 on a 169,000-square-foot clinical laboratory and warehouse space just south of Madison’s West Beltline. The lab will process samples from people who use the company’s Cologuard screening kit for colorectal cancer, which kills about 50,000 people a year — mostly in cases where the disease was not detected early enough.

It is just the latest example of how the Dane County economy, which includes a strong dose of well-compensated scientific and technology jobs, is helping to propel Wisconsin forward.