Economic Development


David Michael Miller

CUNA Mutual offers insurance to protect both landlords and tenants through hard times. more

Mar 22, 2018 5:00 AM News

Between 2005 and 2016, $5.14 billion worth of electric transmission line projects were built or approved in Wisconsin. Opponents say the lines are not needed, are too expensive, and there’s a better way. more

Mar 1, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments


David Michael Miller

Black-owned businesses are growing, but still lag behind their white counterparts. Several organizations in Madison are trying to help them make connections, get attention and raise money. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM News

Some stories fly under the radar, accomplishing important work and telling vital stories with little fanfare. Sometimes too little fanfare. more

Dec 28, 2017 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Troy Vosseller, Madison’s startup wunderkind, argues two things would unleash entrepreneurs in Wisconsin: getting rid of non-compete clauses and beefing up the UW-Madison’s computer science program. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Wisconsin’s recovery from the Great Recession has been hopelessly incomplete. Dane County is flourishing while rural communities and Milwaukee languish. However, there are other ideas for jump starting the economy besides a $3 billion bet on Foxconn. more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

Call it “the two Wisconsins.” While Dane County booms and the bigger cities in the Fox River Valley and western Wisconsin prosper, the rest of the state is largely mired in a downturn that is a recession in all but name. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 6 Comments


Thomas DeVillers

Residents fear a Monopoly model — with developers accumulating several parcels in order to exchange green plastic houses for larger red “hotels” (in this case apartment buildings) — might become a prototype in Madison’s traditional neighborhoods. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM News 5 Comments


David Michael Miller

Walker’s wildly liberal giveaway of tax dollars suggests a desperation to wipe away his failed promise to create 250,000 new jobs and the state’s consistently below-average ranking in job creation. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

The iPhone maker’s plant in Wisconsin will reportedly generate 3,000 to 13,000 new jobs with an average salary of $53,000, plus benefits. But the company’s track record is troubling. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Our cover story this week is all about Monona. Staff writer Dylan Brogan talks to Mayor Mary O’Connor about what makes this small city tick. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

On July 24, Monona approved an agreement with Galway Companies to redevelop the area along the Yahara River, just north of the Beltline. The 20-acre site is triangle bordered by Bridge Road, West Broadway and the river. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

What do out-of-staters think of when they are asked what comes to mind when they think of Wisconsin? Cheese. That’s not helping attract well-educated, long-term residents to the workforce. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


OPN Architects

Developers seeking to build a boutique hotel on the corner of King and South Webster Streets downtown “take a step back” after their desired site sells to another buyer. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM News

Green energy could be Wisconsin’s next big industry, providing high-paying jobs. The field is experiencing a job boom that reflects economics, not any sort of liberal agenda. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

Downtown hotels saw their property values double, even triple this year. Facing higher tax bills, one industry rep says they will cut labor costs. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM News 3 Comments

The city purchased land in the High Point-Raymond neighborhood and constructed a multi-purpose path connecting the Jeffy Trail dead-end to the Ice Age Junction Path. Now the city is intent on destroying that public space over neighborhood opposition. more

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent several years in Janesville, documenting the fallout from GM's departure in 2008. This excerpt from her new book focuses on Mike Vaughn, whose family is one of three followed closely by Goldstein. more

Apr 17, 2017 7:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Oscar Mayer has a potential buyer in Reich Brothers Holdings, which specializes in buying and repurposing old industrial sites. The company’s co-CEO has hopes that Madison’s signature industry could find new life as a job center. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM News

A boutique hotel proposed for the top of State Street hopes to use a nearby city ramp for parking. But it is just one of several developments looking to use the same ramp, prompting fears that there won’t be enough parking downtown. more

Mar 15, 2017 11:07 AM News 1 Comments