Economic Impact


David Michael Miller

The Art Fair on the Square, now in its 60th year, is a thriving arts economy, benefiting a local art museum, boosting careers of working artists and infusing cash into local businesses. more

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Phil Ejercito

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein documented the fallout in Janesville after General Motors shuttered its factory in 2008. Goldstein’s new book shows the difficult choices faced by families whose $28-an-hour jobs vanished. more

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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

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CUNA Mutual tries to invent an insurance policy to help the working poor in a crisis. Will it become a new model? more



David Michael Miller

A Michigan corporation purchased a 127-year-old iron foundry in Brillion, Wisconsin, in September. Two weeks later it announced it would close the foundry in December and was putting the equipment and property up for sale. more

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Thomas DeVillers

Community Pharmacy continues to struggle, renewing fears about the health of downtown retail. A new consultant study offers some ideas for how city officials might help boost business. more



David Michael Miller

​Madison’s iconic co-op is looking to open a third store where Pierce’s Market is now located. There is no doubt the co-op will do fine. The real question is whether it will serve the entire community or be a force for gentrification. more


Film buffs spend more than $1 million each year at the Wisconsin Film Festival, and much of that goes to downtown restaurants, bars and hotels. more



Phil Ejercito

Bill Truman's connections to Janesville run deep. He was born and raised here, bought a home and started his own family. It's where four of his five children, and his grandchildren, still live. It's where he found a family-supporting job. Lately, all more

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Timothy Hughes

Software innovator, Epic Systems, stakes out Dane County's place on global IT map. more

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