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.

Search Publications


Mar, 2005
The seven-county southeastern Wisconsin region grew its tax base at a rate faster than the state as a whole for the second year in a row. This year’s 8.9% growth is the highest since 1992, possibly signaling a turn around for the region’s fiscal...
Feb, 2005
This report provides policymakers and citizens with a snapshot of current land use patterns in our region and their implications for the region’s future. While many land use policies are made at local levels of government, those policymakers must be...
Feb, 2005
The original intent of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) legislation was to provide assistance to redevelop blighted urban areas that could not be developed under normal market conditions. But since the time that Wisconsin’s first TIF district was...
Dec, 2004
In 2003, travelers spent $11.7 billion Wisconsin, making tourism the state’s third largest industry. For the seven-county southeastern Wisconsin region, the economic impact of Wisconsin tourism in 2003 was $3.26 billion, which represents 28% of all...
Aug, 2004
In order to measure public opinion about segregation and housing in the metro Milwaukee area, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Public Policy Forum of Milwaukee conducted telephone interviews in mid-2004 with a representative sample of 800 heads of...
Apr, 2004
Milwaukee Women inc is recognized as the authority on the status of women in Metro Milwaukee based upon their Women in Leadership Research.