9 pages have the tag Economic Development

  • /news/columns/2014/wedc-new-audit-raises-more-questions/
    Summary The big question, did the agency successfully assist businesses in creating jobs, was not addressed in this audit. A companion audit last year reported there was no verification of claims of tens of thousands of jobs created.
    Body WEDC: New Audit Raises More Questions “I’m really uncomfortable with all these questions,” Linda told me. We were discussing the most recent audit of the state’s job creation agency: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC is a qu...
  • /news/columns/2017/audit-wedc-cannot-be-certain-of-any-jobs-created-or-retained/
    Summary Our state spends a great deal of money on economic development. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is responsible for overseeing much of the taxpayer money that goes to job creation.
    Body AUDIT: WEDC Cannot Be Certain of Any Jobs Created or Retained Our state spends a great deal of money on economic development. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is responsible for overseeing much of the taxpayer money that goes to...
  • /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 creation...
    Body Should Tax Dollars Go to Companies Just to create jobs 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 sta...
  • /news/columns/2015/wedc-leaders-missed-opportunity-to-apologize-and-reform/
    Summary “Are you going to follow the recommendations in the audit?” I asked the Board Chair of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). He crossed his arms, sat back and smiled at me.
    Body WEDC Leaders Missed Opportunity to Apologize and Reform “Are you going to follow the recommendations in the audit?” I asked the Board Chair of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). He crossed his arms, sat back and smiled at me. ...
  • /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 Time to Return to a State Department of Commerce “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 fol...
  • /news/columns/2014/discover-wineries-on-wisconsin-s-beautiful-west-coast/
    Summary Yes, Wisconsin has wineries – over 70 – and growing.
    Body Discover Wineries on Wisconsin’s Beautiful West Coast “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 stat...
  • /news/columns/2013/open-the-pantry-door-and-shine-the-light-on-economic-development-programs/
    Summary While the new dollars are still being debated, the spending of existing economic development dollars recently took center stage among Legislators.
    Body Open the Pantry Door and Shine the Light on Economic Development Programs “In Wisconsin, we don’t make excuses, we get results,” said Governor Walker as quoted by the Associated Press. The governor was unveiling his $75 million budget initiative e...
  • /news/columns/2013/audit-hearing-wedc-board-changes-key-to-reform/
    Summary “There’s a heck of a lot of things they didn’t tell me when I signed on,” admitted the chief of the Governor’s lead jobs agency during a recent hearing before the Joint Committee on Audit.
    Body Audit Hearing: WEDC Board Changes Key to Reform “There’s a heck of a lot of things they didn’t tell me when I signed on,” admitted the chief of the Governor’s lead jobs agency during a recent hearing before the Joint Committee on Audit. Reed Hall...
  • /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; scali...