Economic Reports and Regional Economic Profiles

CCED advances research about community and economic development in Wisconsin. Recently, research topics have included economic dynamism, pensions, retail and service trade areas, and the urban/rural divide.

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Recent Economic Reports and Regional Economic Profiles

A Trade Area Analysis of Wisconsin Retail and Service Markets: Updated for 2017

“The power of Trade Area Analysis (TAA) is the simplicity of the tools and the ease of interpretation.”  In this Updated for 2017 report, Professor and Extension Specialist Steven C. Deller provides insight into communities most basic economic development question “are local retail businesses reaching their fullest potential or are there weaknesses that need to be addressed?”

State of Rural Wisconsin — 2018

How is life in rural Wisconsin compared to urban areas? What changes have occurred in recent years and what will the future be like?  What rural issues deserve our attention and action? The 2018 version of the State of Rural Wisconsin is now available for download at the Wisconsin Rural Partners website.  

Slow Churn: Declining Dynamism in America’s Dairyland

In this special report, Tessa Conroy, I-Chun Chen, Chad Chriestenson, Matt Kures, and Steve Deller explore the components of dynamism–the speed and scope at which the economy can change–such as business activity, employment, mobility, R&D spending, and bank lending, and their implications in Wisconsin. They find that Wisconsin’s economy is becoming less dynamic.

Pension Report 17 an NCRCRD Policy Brief

Potential Rural Impacts of Pension Reductions study is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture via the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

A Trade Area Analysis of Wisconsin Retail and Service Markets: Updated for 2016

Professor and Extension Specialist Steven C. Deller provides insight into communities most basic economic development question “are local retail businesses reaching their fullest potential or are there weaknesses that need to be addressed?”

The Divide Between Rural and Urban America, in 6 charts

The work of AAE faculty Tessa Conroy and Steve Deller is featured in an article that in the past 4 days has run in several national outlets including The Conversation, SF Chronicle, US News & World Report, Salon.com and PBS

Oscar Mayer Closing Highlights Madison’s Complex Relationship With Manufacturing

Matt Kures of the Center for Community & Economic Development weighs in on some potential impacts of the Oscar Mayer plant closing in Madison.  

Quality of Life Indicators

When most people think of the places they like, they think of a host of valued attributes. Yet, most analyses of a region or a county typically use a narrow set of indicators. When it comes to capturing the totality of what makes a place attractive and vibrant we should consider culture, attractions, environment and […]

Transform Milwaukee Initiative

Transform Milwaukee is a public-private initiative led by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).  Transform Milwaukee focuses on restoring economic vitality to Milwaukee through a variety of business, workforce and transportation development strategies.  CCED Community Development Specialist Matt Kures and UW-Extension Milwaukee County CRD Educator Angie Allen continue to be a part of […]

Measuring Self Sufficiency

Why is it that many families earning forty or even fifty thousand dollars a year must stretch to meet their needs without outside assistance?  In this WIndicator, we take a closer look at the major components of the family budget which are either unaccounted for in the federal poverty threshold calculation or inaccurately budgeted for […]

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