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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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...
May, 2005
Over the past ten years, the southeastern Wisconsin region has experienced a net income migration of minus $2 billion. Southeastern Wisconsin is not attracting enough new personal wealth to counter its losses, and the trend has been greater net...
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...

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