• First lady looks for ‘big splash’ in Midwest visit
    Calling water "the original energy drink," Michelle Obama visits Wisconsin to launch a nationwide campaign on the benefits of drinking water.
    (Sept. 13, 2013)
  • Old-fashioned factories and farms outweigh biotech hopes
    Despite chatter about becoming a “water-technology hub” or “biotech leader,” a major new report says Wisconsin’s longtime industries of farming and heavy manufacturing are more likely to boost future growth.
    (June 13, 2013)
  • Caterpillar exec sees minimal impact from proposed Wisconsin mine
    A top global mining equipment manufacturer, based in Wisconsin, debunks hopes that a proposed iron ore strip mine will add new jobs at his plants.
    (Feb. 27, 2013)
  • Iron ore strip mining: Economic boon or environmental blight?
    A manufacturing lobbyist and the chairman of the Lake Superior Chippewa tribe trade opposing views on the impact of a proposed strip mine in Wisconsin’s pristine north woods.
    (Feb. 20, 2013)
  • Experts caution worst-case scenarios even for well-prepared retirees
    Financial planners advise lifestyle changes and new investment strategies as the economy dries up longstanding methods to find living expenses during retirement.
    (Aug. 1, 2013)
  • Mining equipment sales would mean more sales tax, but not necessarily new jobs

    This was an exclusive story for WisBusiness and its sister site, WisPolitics. It explored a new, as yet unreported aspect of a highly controversial proposal by Gogebic Taconite to build a strip mine in northern Wisconsin.  This story -- which showed that the project would not create jobs at Wisconsin’s heavy equipment manufacturers, and would bring in some, but not a great deal of sales tax -- ran just days before the Wisconsin state legislature was to vote on the matter, providing lawmakers with vital information.
     (March 5, 2012)

  • Real estate pros lukewarm to Walker’s HSA relief proposal; some disappointed by high-speed rail loss
    Wisconsin’s real estate trade association had vigorously backed Scott Walker’s bid for governor, but individual real estate professionals appear underwhelmed by Walker’s proposed tax break on health savings accounts and divided over his decision to kill high speed rail. Although real estate professionals, who are largely self-employed, say any break on health insurancecosts is a step in the right direction, they say job growth and mortgage loan incentives would be more likely to rescue their struggling industry.
     (Dec. 14, 2010)
  • Storm water collection touted to reduce drain on businesses from municipal fees
    Changing the longtime engineering mind-set of deliberately channeling rainwater off of property in the Milwaukee area could save tens of thousands of dollars in sewerage district fees.
     (Sept. 19, 2010)
  • Talgo high-speed trains to sport Badger colors, traditional locomotives
    Wisconsin transportation officials have chosen a bright, white-and-red color scheme for the exterior of its new high-speed train sets, but the modern, cutting-edge passenger cars will be pulled, for the time being, by existing Amtrak locomotives.
    (Sept. 9, 2010)
  • Climbing gyms, indoor rec facilities retaining foothold despite plunging economy
    With so many businesses closing or hanging on by a thread during the recession, Adventure Rock, an indoor rock climbing gym in suburban Milwaukee that opened in 1991, just had its best year ever. It and other indoor sports facilities in Wisconsin are doing things like hiring and planning new construction -- activities that for other luxury businesses are well out of reach these days.
    (Aug. 19, 2010)
  • Consultant urges manufacturers to look for savings in shipping
    As companies struggle through tough economic times, most could save considerable money in shipping costs for both the products they sell and the purchases they make, a transportation consultant told Wisconsin manufacturers this week. 
    (April 22, 2010)
  • Theater owners face real-life drama as 3-D roll-out coincides with economic crisis
    Perhaps someone will one day make a movie about it: How theater owners, from mom-and-pop operations to big cinema chains, were caught up in an exciting, yet hair-raising adventure when groundbreaking technology swept their industry during the worst recession in decades. In Wisconsin, theater owners say digital film and the 3-D phenomenon has them scrambling to install new equipment -- investing hundreds of thousands of dollars – in hopes of a happy ending. 
    (April 20, 2010)
  • Free water touted as tonic for job-parched industrial corridor in Milwaukee
    A call to offer free municipal water to attract new employers and a push to expand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beyond its east side campus dominated a panel discussion Thursday morning on the future of Milwaukee’s 30th Street industrial corridor.
    (Oct. 22, 2009)
  • Manufacturers wary of new e-waste recycling bill
    As sweeping new legislation regarding disposal of electronic waste moves through the Legislature, some technology groups and recycling businesses are lauding the measure even as electronics manufacturers say it places an impossible task on them to control what happens to their products once in the hands of consumers.
    (Oct. 7, 2009)
  • Milwaukee City Hall earns recognition for energy efficiency
    Century-old historical landmarks and 'green' buildings might seem worlds apart, but hidden within the ornate, steeplelike Milwaukee City Hall, constructed in 1895 and recently renovated to the tune of $70 million, is a 21st-century success story: The City Hall complex, which includes two attached office buildings, has earned silver LEED certification for energy efficiency.
    (Sept. 16, 2009)
  • Hefty pushes for state-paid job incentives to get economy out of "major trouble"
    A leading Wisconsin executive and longtime key figure in the state's economic development efforts reiterated his belief that those efforts have failed embarrassingly, but offered few ideas on how Wisconsin can improve an economy he calls grim.
    (Sept. 11, 2009)
  • Sinking economy could mean rise in employee theft
    Statistics compiled by the National White Collar Crime Center and the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance show that embezzlement by employees may be on the rise during the current economic downturn -- at a time when businesses can least afford the losses associated with employee theft.
    (Sept. 2, 2009)