Category Archives: Economic development that works

Beyond cheese, brats, beer to neutron economy

The term “neutron economy” is coming alive in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, proving that big-time innovation and ventures are happening in fly-over country. The excitement level was about as high as it gets in business at the grand opening of the… Read more

Let’s make big bets on Wisconsin FIRE cluster

Back in 2000 to 2003 when the Wisconsin Summits were being sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System, it jumped out that our manufacturing and farm clusters were not producing big new job numbers and that the FIRE cluster – Finance, Real… Read more

UWM finally gets fair share of campus dollars

It seemed like it would never happen as UW-Milwaukee boot-strapped its way over the last two decades toward its destiny as a world-class urban university. But there last Thursday was Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin System,… Read more

Mosher sparked entrepreneur renaissance in Wisconsin

Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Elm Grove) has drafted a bold bill that would raise the investment tax credit for high-growth startup companies from 25% to 50%. It deserves to be called the “George Mosher” law. When I had lunch with George about a… Read more

Everts changes tune on economy; could lead with fresh game plan

Gov. Tony Everts appears to have figured out that a pro-growth posture will be good for his Democratic Party. There has been a death of pro-growth Democrats for a couple of decades, and it hasn’t helped the party or the state. It doesn’t take… Read more

Would Gov. Evers have done the K-C deal?

Economic development policy – largely all about catching up on job creation over the last two decades – is up for grabs as the state gets ready for Governor–elect Tony Evers and a Democratic agenda. Were he governor already, Evers… Read more

Where would Evers, Walker take lagging economy?

How to move the Wisconsin economy forward over the next decade or two is emerging as the overriding issue in the contest for governor, now only two months away. Wisconsin has ridden the ten-year upswing in the national economy to a very low… Read more

New M7 film cluster could be a star

The latest example of the reinvention of the rust belt is the formation of a mini-cluster in film making in Milwaukee. It is a historic irony that the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance (MWA) will be housed in a previous Pabst building called The… Read more

Foxconn subsidies eclipse all others, by far

As reports of other Wisconsin subsidies to recruit businesses come to light, the historically high Foxconn subsidies at $2.8 billion continue to look out of proportion. Not counting additional local support for projects, the Wisconsin tax… Read more

CROWE seeks answers for lagging state economy

Even though the Wisconsin unemployment rate is very low, its economic growth rate is stuck in low gear. How to improve on that long-term pattern? Fortunately, there is a new place to go for answers. Under the leadership of Noah Williams, a… Read more