Category Archives: Economic development that works

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 credits, which often will … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Final Foxconn contract needs tough approach

Foxconn has a reputation as a hard-nosed negotiator, a requirement in its business of contract manufacturing. It drives hard bargains with its vendors as it relentlessly drives down costs. Contract manufacturing operates on high volumes, but with low margins of … Read the rest

Long-shot Foxconn deal has to pay off

In the competition for a big Foxconn plant with an alleged 10,000 workers, bear in mind that Wisconsin has generally been a loser in sweepstakes those big deals. Name one of any size where we got the blue ribbon. There … Read the rest

How one Midwestern city saved its downtown

Go to downtown West Bend on a Saturday night or a sunny Sunday afternoon and you will see what a busy place it has become. It’s jumping. The downtown has become really lively, even on weekday nights. So, what’s changed? … Read the rest

Best bet for Milwaukee: grow UWM

As Gov. Walker, the legislature and the University of Wisconsin Regents address the 2017-2019 budget for the state, they need to be mindful that the Milwaukee was one of three metropolitan areas out of 51 with a population over one … Read the rest

Wisconsin job engine running at half speed

Governor Walker

Wisconsin will hit Gov. Walker’s first term target of 250,000 added jobs, but it will take two terms to do it. The goal required 62,500 jobs per year, but the state has been growing at roughly 1% or 30,000 jobs … Read the rest

Athletics Center shows power of partnerships

Nick Turkal of Aurora Health

People and organizations working together to make good things happen seldom makes big news, but the power of collaboration has become increasingly evident in the Milwaukee region. The most recent demonstration of the power of partnership was the announcement by … Read the rest

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 counted … Read the rest

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 the rest