Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still


Multiple centers for research will help Wisconsin’s high-growth economy

While economists don’t often agree on much, it’s hard to find much dissent over the notion that major research universities contribute to the prosperity of the cities, regions, and states around them.

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Foreign direct investment plays growing role in Wisconsin’s economy

Waupaca Foundry can trace its roots in Wisconsin to 1871, when the Rosche family opened the company on the banks of the Waupaca River. Today, the firm still operates three foundries in Waupaca and another in Marinette, but its ownership has turned to the east … the Far East.

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Is biotech back in favor? Not entirely, but funding drought may be ending

For much of the Great Recession and beyond, biotechnology was out of favor among angel and venture capitalists. Software and Internet deals became the shiny objects for investors who wanted faster returns with fewer dollars risked.

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Campaign for governor may hinge on new answers to old question

A generation ago, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan may have sealed his victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter with this question posed during a televised debate: “Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself: Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

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Diverse workforce challenges require a mix of strategies for Wisconsin

Workforce development means different things to different people — which is why the term carries emotional and political weight across Wisconsin, from its small towns to its major cities. It also explains why policymakers must aspire to devise a balanced approach to meeting Wisconsin’s diverse workforce needs.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.



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