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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Jun, 2006
A solid transportation infrastructure is critical to the economic competitiveness of a regional economy. Highway and rail projects result in the more efficient movement of people and goods and can lead the way to millions of dollars in new private...
May, 2006
Southeastern Wisconsin experienced a net loss of $214 million in personal income between 2003 and 2004, continuing an unhealthy trend that must be reversed for the region to be economically robust. This oneyear loss represents just one-half of one...
Apr, 2006
The city of Milwaukee, whose tax base has been lagging behind the region for decades, achieved a turnaround in the latest analysis of property values. The city’s total equalized property value rose nearly 12% to $26.2 billion this year, compared to...
Mar, 2006
Competitive federal dollars drive economic growth. From the new downtown public market, to the opening of a corner sushi café in Kenosha, to the development of a super fuel-efficient natural gas engine in Waukesha, federal funding is a diverse...
Sep, 2005
In the first study of its kind, the Public Policy Forum uses U.S. Census Bureau data to measure the 50 largest metro areas on their ability to attract federal investment for economic development. To this end, the forum developed a new measure based...
Jun, 2005
The federal government plays a significant role in our nation’s metropolitan economies. Annually, $1.1 trillion in federal funds flow into the 50 largest metro areas. Just under half of this money (46.8%) goes to individuals through direct payment...

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