Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA)

Transportation Economic Assistance progam logoThe Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program provides matching state grants to governing bodies 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 purpose

The goal of the TEA program is to attract and retain businesses in Wisconsin and thus create and increase the number of jobs. The business 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 for another four years.

Program description

Each state fiscal year, the TEA program has $3.4 million available for transportation improvement projects. Grants of up to $1 million are available for transportation improvements that are essential for an economic development project. The transportation project must have the local government's endorsement, benefit the public, and begin within three years of project agreement. 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.

Program history

The TEA program began in September 1987. Through June 1, 2021, more than $118 million has been invested in grants awarded to 216 communities, resulting in 28,425 new jobs and 20,294 retained jobs at 361 Wisconsin businesses. 

Program documents


Dave Carlson
TEA Program Manager
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Investment Management
(608) 266-3488