Economy & Business

Economy & Business
2:36 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Investors Turn to Foreclosures to Make Money

Home on Milwaukee's northwest side recently purchased by Michael Baron.

Milwaukee will host a home ownership fair Saturday. The goal is to unload many of the foreclosed properties both banks and the city own. City Hall estimates there to be 4,000 such houses. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis learned of potential buyers who view foreclosures as a great business opportunity.

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WIsconsin Economic Scorecard
3:31 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Some Optimism, Some Pessimism Among Wisconsinites

The inaugural Wisconsin Economic Scorecard shows some divisions along party lines about the state of the Wisconsin economy.  Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Peter Maier, acting director for UW-Milwaukee's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, which conducted the poll of 545 Wisconsinites, in conjunction with WisBusiness.com and WUWM.

Economy & Business
1:35 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Biking Instead of Driving May Not be Easier on Your Pocket

New adult bikes start at $350 at Johnson's Cycle & Fitness.

Now that spring is upon us, you will probably see more bicyclists on the road. They’ll join the hard-core riders who brave the elements all year. While nice weather may prompt some people to hop on a two-wheeler, there may be another incentive these days. Bike storeowners in town told WUWM’s LaToya Dennis that four-dollar-plus gasoline prices are also driving business. John Jensen has been in the bike business a long time. He owns Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness on North Avenue in Wauwatosa. He took over the family-owned company about 30 years ago, so he knows plenty.

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Economy & Business
8:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Wisconsin Once a Leader in Creating Public Unions, Now in Weakening Them

Ken Germanson next to historical marker at the corner of Russell and Superior in Bay View.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO held a pro labor rally in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The event was part of a statewide tour that will end in Madison on Saturday, to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor Walker restricting collective bargaining rights for public workers.

As WUWM’s Bob Bach reports, Wisconsin is at the forefront of retracting public union gains that opponents insist went too far, while the state was once a leader in creating worker protections.

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Economy & Business
12:55 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Public Market Thrives in Nationwide Trend

Customers peruse the deli at the West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe.

If you have visited the Public Market in downtown Milwaukee recently, you may have discovered a lively place. Tables filled with customers eating or drinking and others standing in line to purchase items. The Market was not always crowded; in fact at one point it was on the brink of closing. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, the trend is a growing one across the country.

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Project Milwaukee
2:50 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Economist Critical of Gov. Walker's Job Claims

Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval

Our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval draws to a close Friday.

Today, we’re examining how new legislation and a shift in state policies in 2011 have positioned Wisconsin for the future.

In 2010, Gov. Scott Walker ran on a pro-jobs agenda, promising to help create tens of thousands of jobs. He's been struggling to meet his goal.

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Project Milwaukee
2:19 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Forward Wisconsin on Spurring Economic Growth

Mark Erhmann

How has Wisconsin’s business climate fared in 2011? Mark Erhmann is an attorney with Quarles & Brady, LLP in Madison, and the Chairman of the Board of Forward Wisconsin, a non-profit organization created in 1984 to foster economic development in Wisconsin.

Project Milwaukee
2:08 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Business Wins, But Struggles

Paul Jadin

In taking office, Scott Walker declared that the state is now open for business. But it’s a mixed bag for business - employment is stagnant at best, and though unemployment has fallen slightly of late, the number of jobs here has declined significantly. We talk with Paul Jadin, the President and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the unit that largely replaced the state’s Department of Commerce this year.

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Project Milwaukee
1:27 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Labor Leader Says Unions Lost Rights, Gained Solidarity

Sheila Cochran

A local union leader weighs in on how organized labor came out of this historic political year. Sheila Cochran is the Chief Operating Officer and Secretary/Treasurer of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series - you can hear much more of their conversation as supplemental audio below.

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Project Milwaukee
1:23 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Is Wisconsin Any Better Off?

It was nearly a year ago that Gov. Walker proclaimed - Wisconsin is open for business. In order to re-enforce that message, his administration successfully advanced a number of tax breaks to encourage businesses to hire and even relocate to the state. There was some bipartisan support for the incentives, although Democrats labeled them marginal and later blasted the governor and Republican lawmakers for slashing money from things such as education. Still, Walker maintains Wisconsin is in a much better place with a balanced budget and improved business climate. Is that the case? WUWM’s LaToya Dennis posed the question to Abdur Chowdhury. He’s chair of Marquette University’s Department of Economics.

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