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  • DeLong: Expert says employment future ‘complex’ for manufacturers
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Author David DeLong calls the lack of skilled workers facing manufacturers at a time of high joblessness one of the country’s biggest paradoxes. And he says it’s only going to get worse as the economy recovers. More baby boomers will be retiring at the same ... <more>

  • WisBusiness: The Show - Greg Meier, The Talent Lab
    Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues. This episode features The Talent Lab's co-founder Greg Meier talking about Wisconsin's incubator for businesses. Also, Tom Still talks about lessons to learn from Israel and th... <more>

  • Montgomery: New PSC chief seeking 'balance'
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Though he’s had a long career as a Republican partisan, Phil Montgomery stresses that he wants to be seen as an independent actor at the PSC. “I view this more as a quasi-judicial role,” the former GOP Assembly energy chair said in a new WisBusiness.com inte... <more>

  • Perez: New DWD head says training needs to sync with economic development
    By Brian Clark For WisBusiness.com Manny Perez, the new head of DWD, says Wisconsin has failed to align its training programs with industry needs. But he says that's about to change. Especially now that the economy seems to be turning the corner. “It’s our mission to advance the Wisconsin... <more>

  • WisBusiness: The Show - Zach Brandon, Wisconsin Angel Network
    Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues. Zach Brandon has joined the staff of the Wisconsin Technology Council as director of the Wisconsin Angel Network and takes center stage during this week's featured interview. Th... <more>

  • Strong: April conference connects researchers, fed funding
    By Brian Clark For WisBusiness.com Federal officials from as many as 10 agencies are set to attend an April conference in Madison that one entrepreneur says is a good indicator for the Midwest economy. This spring’s national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology... <more>

  • Falk: Packing facility for local produce could dovetail with 'buy local' movement
    By Brian Clark For WisBusiness.com Building on the popular Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square, as well as a successful program to link area farmers with large institutional buyers, officials are now looking into opening a 30,000-square-foot packing facility to wash, label, distribu... <more>

  • WisBusiness: The Show - Departing WMC President Jim Haney
    Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues. In this show, Liz Schrum has the stock report with some surprising news about local brewery sales numbers and Tom Still talks about possible disruption in R&D dollars. Then Jim... <more>

  • Drozdiak: Liaison to Germany sees relationship to benefit small and medium-sized businesses
    By WisBusiness staff and contributors A top liaison between Germany and the United States sees a lot of potential for small and medium-sized businesses in Wisconsin. And not in the way you may think. While economic development officials often have thought of foreign trade as the way to help... <more>

  • Reopelle: Clean Wisconsin leader shocked by Walker agenda
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Keith Reopelle, senior policy director of Clean Wisconsin, has seen a lot of environmental politics over the years and thought he had prepared himself for GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget. But Reopelle says he was blindsided by the environmental roll-backs Walk... <more>

  • WisBusiness: The Show - Doug Nelson, M&I Bank
    Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues. In this mid-March edition of WisBusiness: The Show, M&I Bank Madison Regional President Doug Nelson responds to questions of political support and contributions, Tom Still talks... <more>

  • Round-up: 4th annual Future of Midwest Energy forum
    Emerging EPA greenhouse gas regulations, if they survive, will raise utility rates in Wisconsin and may result in the closure of some older coal-fired plants in the state, three panelists agreed during a recent luncheon in Madison. They disagreed on other possible effects of the rules. A trio of pa... <more>

  • Bauer: New WMC head says group will remain politically active
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Expect more political activism from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce – the state’s largest business group – after Wisconsin Bankers Association head Kurt Bauer takes over the helm on March 31. “Our members expect the WMC to be a strong advocate in Madison ... <more>

  • Klett says investing in tourism brings many happy returns -- for visitors and economy
    For nearly two decades as host of the "Discover Wisconsin" travel program, Stephanie Klett was on the road 200 days a year. That ought to prepare Klett well for her new job as secretary of the Department of Tourism. And, if Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill passes, she’ll have something big to tal... <more>

  • Leonhart: Early childhood education important to economic growth
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Multi-billion-dollar state budget deficits notwithstanding, Jim Leonhart believes there’s no time like the present to boost investment in early childhood education. “The bottom line is essentially, ‘when do you want to pay?” argued Leonhart, executive vice p... <more>

  • WisBusiness: The Show - Rod HIse, The Luminis Group
    Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues. WisBusiness.com: The Show kicks off March 2011 with exports and taxes and tech, oh my! In the featured interview, Rod HIse from The Luminis Group provides insight into tech le... <more>

  • Brancel: New DATCP secretary ready for budget challenges
    When Ben Brancel was secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection 10-plus years ago, former Gov. Tommy Thompson kept him busy with new initiatives. This time around, Brancel, 60, has a new boss in Gov. Scott Walker. Burdened with a multi-billion-dollar state budge... <more>

  • WisBusiness: The Show - Zack Robbins of the Morgridge Institute for Research
    Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues. This edition features Zack Robbins of the Morgridge Institute for Research, who discusses a federal small business research grant conference to be held in Wisconsin. Tom Stil... <more>

  • Gottleib: New transpo chief sees aging infrastructure in need of repair and expansion
    By Brian Clark For WisBusiness.com Mark Gottlieb, the new chief of the Department of Transportation, says there won’t be a gas tax hike. And while toll lanes may be in Wisconsin’s future, he’s not ready to support any toll roads. Not just yet. “There are a lot of options out there. Going into... <more>

  • Bugher: ‘New urbanist’ look for University Research Park 2 means mixed-use development in store
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com University Research Park on Madison’s west side is now home to 126 companies spread out over 255 acres. They provide 3,600 jobs, primarily in the biotech sector and many have been spun out of UW-Madison labs. That employment figure could be nearly tripled i... <more>

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