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
Many people agree that there are unintended consequences associated with the manner in which our food supply chain has evolved. These concerns range in focus from health, to environment, to economic structure, to social justice. But, for each argument critical of our current food system, there are to be found strong counter-arguments; the popular press […]
Using 2019 county sales tax data, we examine the strength and weaknesses of Wisconsin retail and service markets. 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?”
In this report, Steven Deller updates prior analysis documenting the contribution of hospitals to the Wisconsin economy. Growth in the industry has been strong since 1998 with some evidence of a dampening effect from the Great Recession when Wisconsin is compared to the national average.
In this Updated for 2018 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?”
Minority-owned businesses have become an economic engine in the United States, with the potential to shape the future of local economies. Chad Chriestenson, Emmett Sexton, Tessa Conroy, and Diana Hammer explore the rate of minority business ownership in the state and within select counties.
“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?”
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.
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.
Downtown and Community Market Analysis – Opportunity for Two Communities Do you know a community needing research to guide economic development in their downtown? Do they have a core group of business and community leaders who would be interested in working with us in conducting a community-led analysis? We would like to provide intensive services […]
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.
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?”
Read “Where are the Women Entrepreneurs? Business Ownership Growth Across the Urban Landscape.” on Economic Inquiry. Highlights: The results indicate that there are important characteristic and behavioral differences between the male and female populations in each county that affect regional changes in business ownership for each gender. For example, a large share of college graduates is […]
Read “Regional Business Climate and Interstate Manufacturing Relocation Decisions.” on Regional Science and Urban Economics. Highlights: The results show that the key policy levers have expected effect on relocation decisions but economic effects are trivial. This calls into question the ability of state policies, e.g. tax rate changes, to stimulate manufacturers inflow into state. Contributors: Conroy, Tessa, […]
Read “Business Survival Rates Across the Urban-Rural Divide.” on Community Development. Highlights: For each county, we identify the number of new firms born in each year and calculate their survival rate as the share of firms from each cohort still operating five years later. We then explore how survival rates change over a simple urban–rural spectrum […]
Read “Fueling the Job Engines: The Impact of Small Business Loans on Establishment Births.” analyzing contemporary Economic Policy. Highlights: Small business lending does generally have a positive effect on the startup activity of businesses with employees. The positive effect of small business lending on start-ups is strongest in nonmetropolitan (rural) counties. Contributors: Conroy, Tessa, Sarah Low, and […]
Read “Interstate Relocation of Manufacturers and Business Climate.” reviewing Urban and Regional Development Studies. Highlights: Very few manufacturing firms relocate across state lines in any given year. Those firms that do relocate are relatively small businesses and are most likely to move to neighboring states. Traditional factors associated with business climate, such as taxation, appear to […]
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
Entrepreneurs thinking about starting or scaling up a food processing business can find a way to make their dreams a reality with the help of the newly released Wisconsin Food Processing Guide: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers, available from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Authors Jenifer A. Buckley and Elena M. Byrne worked with UW-Extension, the Dept. […]
WEDC and UWEX are seeking your examples. WEDC and UW-Extension, are working together to identify creative uses for vacant downtown buildings in small towns. The purpose of this project is to provide Wisconsin’s small communities with research and case studies highlighting different ways to meaningfully occupy vacant properties. They are looking for examples that showcase […]
The goal of community marketing is to make villages, towns or cities competitive and enable their stakeholders to thrive. This Power Point presented by Kristin Runge, a researcher for UWEX-Center for Community and Economic Development, discusses a cooperative framework model for community marketing in which stakeholders take a central role in crafting a unique market […]