Public Policy Forum Research

 

Sound economic development policy is critical to creating jobs, stabilizing local government budgets, and enhancing the region’s quality of life. The Public Policy Forum conducts a variety of research that is designed to inform government and community leaders about the impacts of local economic development policies and practices, as well as best practices nationally. We will continue our in-depth analysis of issues releated to workforce development, transportation, housing, land use, local government economic development policy, tax increment financing, income migration, and related issues.

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Mar, 2017
Our latest research suggests that flexible forms of transit service – and perhaps new strategies linked to partnerships with ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber – could help address the region's elusive "last mile" problem, which can arise...
May, 2016
Our new research finds that the City of Milwaukee's Residents Preference Program is largely meeting its goal of employing substantial percentages of Milwaukee residents on construction projects backed by City tax dollars. However, improvements...
Oct, 2015
Unemployment remains a persistent problem in Milwaukee -- particularly in central city neighborhoods where poverty has been heavily concentrated for many years. In this analysis, we seek to understand the factors preventing unemployed jobseekers...
Aug, 2015
In recent years, concerns have been raised by neighborhood-based organizations in Milwaukee regarding the stability of key public funding sources that support their programs. To better understand the extent to which local community development...
Jul, 2015
Plan commissions play an important role in municipal government proceedings throughout Wisconsin; nearly every municipality has one and many local officials view them as a critical component of local land use decision-making. But what exactly do...
Mar, 2015
This report explores common strategies that transit systems around the country have utilized to enhance the speed and efficiency of their bus services, and considers their potential for implementation in the Milwaukee area. These strategies may hold...

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