Category Archives: Economic development that works

Smart, long-range decisions produce boom in Denver


Denver –The potent mixture of TABOR, term limits, co-location of civic assets, smart urban planning and business leadership has produced a 20-year boom in the downtown here. On a recent weekend there, as the Broncos defeated the Steelers, I… Read more

Buffet, buddies grind jobs sausage at Kraft Heinz


As Wisconsin has witnessed in the last couple of months, big corporations like Kraft Heinz and Tyson Foods with a wide footprint of facilities are forever rationalizing their physical and human resources. That’s just what they do. To gain a… Read more

Will Gov. Walker lead on big issues back home?

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker Let’s take Gov. Walker at his word that he is not going to be lured away from finishing out the remaining three years of his second term. He is right on that there is “plenty of work to do” in Wisconsin. Not many… Read more

WEDC needs to pivot, but survive

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If you take a deep dig into almost any human organization – be it a bank, a business, a non-profit corporation, a newsroom or a government agency – you will find plenty of examples of decisions gone awry. Most go unnoticed outside of the… Read more

Business climate up; major issues ducked

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker In terms of the pressing strategic issues of the state, it’s hard to know what to make of the Walker administration and last two GOP-controlled legislatures. On the big issues — health care costs, university… Read more

Help Ray Cross reposition UW System

Ray Cross, UW System President

Ray Cross, UW System President Ray Cross’ stated willingness to resign as president of the University of Wisconsin if the GOP-controlled legislature and Gov. Walker don’t relent on the $300 million cut to his budget demonstrates just how… Read more

UW shows tin ear on engineering demand


The recent public disagreement within UW System on decentralized engineering degrees demonstrates one more time why its Madison-centricity is a bad idea. Business leaders in northwestern Wisconsin have stated plainly and simply that they need… Read more

Amidst ‘distractions,’ what happened to job creation?

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker Job creation was the central debate topic in the just-concluded campaign for governor of Wisconsin, so the question has to be asked: how did that issue fade so fast from the radar screen of the state’s political… Read more

Beyond happy talk on economic collaboration

There is a sad but true piece of reality that needs to be injected to the happy talk on the subject of collaboration in Wisconsin for economic development. Even thought the standard rhetoric extols the virtue of collaboration on a statewide… Read more

Walker, Burke cite clusters as roadmap out of economic swamp

Where do Gov. Walker and his Democratic challenger stand on “clusters? It’s not a hot button campaign issue, yet almost all economic strategists have come around to clusters as the best organizing concept for how the economy works. It means… Read more