economic development

December 18, 2014 - 8:00am
The temperatures have plummeted, the NFL playoffs are almost upon us, and our credit cards are tapped from holiday shopping – that means it’s time once again to unveil the Forum ‘s top five research findings of the year.  Last year’s list...
December 16, 2014 - 8:00am
Throughout Southeast Wisconsin and on a daily basis, development projects from retail stores and apartment complexes to technology parks and mixed-use developments are being proposed, negotiated, agreed upon, and sometimes contested. Behind the...
October 14, 2014 - 8:00am
Last December, the Public Policy Forum released a report called Getting to Work, which examined challenges and opportunities for improving public transit access to job centers throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Our analysis showed that many...
September 22, 2014 - 8:00am
The revitalization of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley as an industrial, recreational, and entertainment district has been lauded both locally and nationally as a successful and sustainable urban redevelopment project. While work in the Valley is not...
May 7, 2014 - 9:00am
At first glance, it seems as if The Economist, in a recent post titled “The sharing economy: Remove the roadblocks,” is warning me that local government is setting up barriers to community sharing. The article bemoans the fact that disruption[i] in...
April 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Tax increment financing (TIF) has been mentioned recently in relation to two proposed sports-related developments in southeastern Wisconsin: a new BMO Harris Bradley Center and entertainment district in downtown Milwaukee and a minor-league baseball...
March 11, 2014 - 9:00am
A recent Brookings Institution report on rising inequality within major cities indicated that Milwaukee is one of the top six metropolitan areas in which inequality is growing. A follow-up article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel referred to the...
February 26, 2014 - 8:30am
In his annual “state of the city” speech on Monday morning, Mayor Barrett announced plans to step up efforts to redevelop two vacant industrial parks in Milwaukee. “With the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center nearly complete,” he said, “we are...
December 20, 2013 - 7:55am
A December 7th article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the changing nature of manufacturing work: more automation and fewer jobs. This follows a November 21st article also in the Journal Sentinel  which laid out the most...
May 2, 2013 - 9:15am
A new report from the Brookings Institution analyzes the geography of private sector job growth and decline in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas between 2000 and 2010. It finds that while the share of jobs located in and around central business...

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