Public Policy Forum Research

 

Sound economic development policy is critical to creating jobs, stabilizing local government budgets, and enhancing the region’s quality of life. The Public Policy Forum conducts a variety of research that is designed to inform government and community leaders about the impacts of local economic development policies and practices, as well as best practices nationally. We will continue our in-depth analysis of issues releated to workforce development, transportation, housing, land use, local government economic development policy, tax increment financing, income migration, and related issues.

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Oct, 2011
For more than four decades, America’s economists, management consultants, investors, and futurists have discussed the need to transition from a manufacturing economy, based on skills, to a “knowledge economy,” based on ideas and innovation. One...
Jun, 2010
The Main Street Milwaukee (MSM) Program is a highly touted economic development program designed to promote economic growth and revitalization in selected city neighborhoods. Milwaukee’s Main Street program is a partnership between the City of...
Jun, 2010
Metro Milwaukee’s drivers and bus riders give the region average grades when it comes to transportation infrastructure. The condition of the region’s freeways gets the highest grade, a C+, while local streets and roads garner a C-. The findings come...
Apr, 2010
Despite the region's high unemployment rates, a recent survey of health care employers in Southeast Wisconsin indicates that a limited supply of qualified healthcare workers is harming efforts to fill current job openings. Respondents say applicant...
Mar, 2010
While the Milwaukee region's economic base is rooted in its manufacturing history, many believe that the region's future prosperity will be tied to its ability to successfully transition its economy into one that is based on knowledge and innovation...
Dec, 2009
Consensus is growing that the quality of early childhood care and education contributes a great deal to regional economic health, and that the current quality of care in southeast Wisconsin is too low. Research has linked high‐quality care with...

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