Economic Development Category Archive


  • Walker Proposes $50 Million in Rural Economic Development

    Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a new $50 million annual investment in rural economic development projects. Walker announced the proposal Wednesday, hours before he was to deliver his State of the State...

    Associated Press, 01/24/2018
  • “Sweet Day for Kenosha Co.:” HARIBO to Build 1st North American Manufacturing Facility in Pleasant Prairie

    “On behalf of the state, I want to thank HARIBO for its decision to establish its North American manufacturing operations in Kenosha County, and I applaud the company for its commitment to...

    WITI-TV, 03/23/2017
  • Gov. Walker Seeks to Revive Scandal Plagued Loan Fund He Had Previously Ended

    Economic development officials in rural Wisconsin spurred Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to revive a troubled state loan program that was phased out two years ago after some loans were never repaid and...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/15/2017
  • Herald Times Reporter

    Gov. Scott Walker joined local and state leaders Friday in marking the transformation of a former downtown factory into a loft-style apartment complex and art gallery… The governor praised the apartment project...

    Herald Times Reporter, 07/22/2016
  • Governor Touts State ‘s Business Climate

    As the unemployment rate continues to fall, it is spreading all sorts of positive news throughout the state. But it is also putting more pressure on businesses in the Chippewa Valley and...

    Chippewa Herald, 05/20/2016
  • Paul Soglin Blasts WEDC, WMC in Wake of Kraft Heinz Report

    In the days after the Oscar Mayer announcement, Gov. Scott Walker pointed out that Soglin never contacted his office or WEDC. In Thursday’s interview, Soglin maintained that Madison made no mistakes.“We’re the...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/04/2016
  • Walker Blames Lack Of Trained Workers For Flagging Job Growth

    Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin continues to rank relatively low in job creation because not enough people are ready to join the workforce. New data from the U.S Labor Department shows Wisconsin...

    WPR, 12/18/2015
  • City Officials, Democrats Blame Scott Walker Administration for Not Reaching Out to Oscar Mayer

    Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development agency made no contact with Kraft Heinz as other states did in the months leading up to the company’s decision to close its Oscar Mayer headquarters in...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 11/05/2015
  • The Reality of Scott Walker’s Record on the Economy & the Middle Class

    Scott Walker’s signature promise was to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin in his first term. He fell nearly 50% short of that goal, an abysmal failure at the one major promise he made to voters.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/06/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Jobs & The Economy

    Scott Walker’s signature promise was to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin in his first term. He fell nearly 50% short of that goal.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/08/2015
  • Walker Promise to Create 250,000 Jobs Falls Short

    Gov Scott Walker made it only about halfway toward fulfilling his signature 2010 campaign promise — repeated in the 2012 recall — that 250,000 private-sector jobs would be created over four years...

    Associated Press, 05/22/2015
  • Under Walker, Wisconsin Ranked at Bottom of the Midwest for Job Creation

    Among the 10 Midwestern states we’ve checked on previous “dead last” claims, Wisconsin is at the bottom, if not “dead last.”

    Politifact, 03/16/2015
  • Research Wing of Business Journals Ranked Walker 40th of 45 Governors on Job Growth

    A new national report ranks Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 40th out of 45 governors scored on their job growth records. On Numbers, the research wing of the Business Journals, analyzed private-sector employment...

    Capital Times, 06/30/2013
  • Some Economists Say Walker to Blame for Wisconsin’s Slow Economic Recovery

    Across the country, the economy is slowly but steadily improving. More companies are hiring, consumers are spending again, the stock market is tickling record highs and many Americans say they are feeling...

    Capital Times, 02/06/2013
  • IPads Put $60,000 Byte on WI Taxpayers

    Despite Governor Walker’s message of the importance of paying off he State’s debt, newly created WEDC dropped more than $43,000 to by 74 iPads for all of its staff. Along with the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/07/2011
  • Public-Private Economic Agencies Under Fire in Other States

    WEDC has been the source of some controversy. From its inception, critics worried it would wrestle with the same problems that plagued similar hybrid agencies in other states. In Texas, state leaders...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/30/2011
  • WEDC Working on Hiring, Branding, and Being Nimble

    The public-private hybrid agency officially opened July 1, but there still are no outward signs of its existence. Now, some eight weeks in, WEDC officials are working out the details. They’ve installed...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/30/2011
  • Wisconsin’s Chief Economic Recruiter Still Is Very Much Under Construction

    There is this perception that we just took Commerce and privatized it, said Paul Jadin, Commerce secretary and CEO of WEDC. “The truth is, we are creating a whole new organization and...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/30/2011
  • Walker Chairs First Meeting of WEDC Board

    Today’s meeting of the WEDC board marks a new beginning in the relationship between job creators and government, Governor Walker said. “For too long the Department of Commerce was tasked with regulating...

    State News Service, 05/18/2011
  • Link Snacks Gets $75k in Tax Credits From Walker; Gave $50k to RGA for Walker Election

    An announcement by Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday that Link Snacks Inc. of Minong, in Washburn County, will receive $75,000 in state tax credits came under fire from a liberal advocacy group...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/05/2011
  • Former Mayor Called Walker Claim That He Landed GE Headquarters Overblown ‘Revisionist History’

    “One recent dust-up involves Walker’s talk of his help in landing GE Healthcare’s $85 million headquarters in the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa in 2004. But the former mayor of Wauwatosa...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/21/2010
  • County Supervisors Said Walker Failed to Market Financing Aid Available to Boost Economic Development

    “Milwaukee County supervisors faulted County Executive Scott Walker on Monday, saying he hadn’t developed a plan or designated staff to promote financing aid that could boost local economic development. Two major federal...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/26/2010
  • Walker Delayed Hiring of Green Building Projects Position for Over A year

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker came under fire Tuesday for delays in hiring the county’s first engineer to oversee the county’s ‘green’ building projects. Although the position was created in July 2007...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/29/2008
  • Walker Appointed Campaign Cronies to Economic Development Posts

    “Walker’s last two choices to lead the county economic development office, Bob Dennik and Tim Russell, came from his campaign and lacked depth in the development business, Clark said. Dennik left the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/03/2008
  • Walker Wanted to Eliminate County Economic and Community Development Division

    “Milwaukee County’s economic development efforts would get a lower profile under County Executive Scott Walker’s 2009 budget. The Economic and Community Development Division would disappear, its duties parceled out to other departments....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/03/2008