4 pages have the tag Economic Development

    /news/columns/2014/discover-wineries-on-wisconsin-s-beautiful-west-coast/
    Summary: Yes, Wisconsin has wineries – over 70 – and growing.
    Body: “Wisconsin has wineries?” the Chicago woman asked guests at a local bed and breakfast who shared their plans for touring. Yes, Wisconsin has wineries – over 70 – and growing. Many of the state’s wineries are located in the Upper Mississippi Rive...
    /news/columns/2015/time-to-return-to-a-state-department-of-commerce/
    Summary: Not following the law, and not acting in a transparent and accountable way is a frequent criticism of the state’s economic development operations.
    Body: “When do we return the economic development initiative and the checkbook to the control of a state agency?” John Dunn of Mauston asked in a letter to Legislators. “The WEDC has again failed to follow state law and its own policies in awarding ta...
    /news/columns/2015/should-tax-dollars-go-to-companies-just-to-create-jobs/
    Summary: WEDC’s name is misleading – it is not a corporation. It is a state ‘authority’ and is – or should be – accountable to taxpayers for dollars it spends. That’s why the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) has been auditing WEDC since its creat...
    Body: Imagine how private firms do business with the State of Wisconsin. The companies provide something of value for taxpayers and, in return, receive state money. This happens all the time in state government: private companies build roads, computer...
    /news/columns/2015/economic-development-grow-public-oversight-shrinks/
    Summary: “I’ve heard about the cuts,” the Buffalo County man said. “But this budget spends more. Who’s getting more money?”
    Body: Economic Development $$$ Grow ~ Public Oversight Shrinks “I’ve heard about the cuts,” the Buffalo County man said. “But this budget spends more. Who’s getting more money?” Folks are concerned about big cuts to the UW; cuts to local schools; sc...