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UW-Milwaukee - Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development is a central part of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee's mission to apply university-based research and technical expertise to improve the quality of life in our region.

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CED in the News

Wisconsin Employment Growth Lags Neighbors, Nation – Wisconsin Public Radio

Is There or Isn’t There a Skills Gap? – ThomasNet News

Community/University Partnerships, Award Winner 2013-14 – Ms. Lisa Heuler Williams, UWM Center for Economic Development, for "Building Financial Literacy and Business Decision-Making amongst Milwaukee's Burmese Refugee Population"

HUD to say soon whether city violated hiring requirements at Westlawn – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WisconsinEye: The Skills Gap Myth – WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network

The 'Skills Gap' Myth – The Progressive

Monthly Employment Watch

Monthly Employment Watch Series Discontinued

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The Economic Challenges Facing Milwaukee's Inner City, ( PowerPoint 70kb, pdf 59kb )

Research Publications

New! Gauging Employment Growth in Wisconsin: State-By-State Comparisons, March 2014, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1 mb)

New! How Does Employment Growth in Wisconsin Compare to Other States Over the Past Decade?, January 2014, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1 mb)

The State of Black Owned Businesses in Milwaukee, September 2013, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1 mb)

Perspectives on the Current State Of the Milwaukee Economy, July 2013, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 8 mb)

The Economic Impact of Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, June 2013, by Marc Levine
Executive Summary
Full Report (pdf - 2.1 mb)

Impact of Green Infrastructure on Property Values within the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Planning Area: Case Studies, May 2013, by Catherine Madison
Full Report (pdf - 10 mb)

The Myth of the Skills Gap in Wisconsin: Research Update, March 2013, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 120kb)

The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact From Fiction, February 2013, by Marc V. Levine
Executive Summary
Full Report (pdf 1.7mb)

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