2705, 2021

What’s Next in the Battle for Workforce Talent?

By |May 27th, 2021|

Last fall we looked at the rising number of online job postings, the increase in remote work opportunities and the decline of the unemployment rate in Wisconsin from 6.3% in August to 5.4% in October. Well, the unemployment rate for the state of Wisconsin has now declined to 3.9%, without the labor participation rate rising dramatically (https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/wisconomy/pub/whatsnew and Emsi). For Washington County that labor participation rate has remained 65-66 percent of the total [...]

1204, 2021

Is Your Company Leaving Money on the Table?

By |April 12th, 2021|

Inflationary pressures make this question more than a “gut check.” Rising supply chain costs – if you can even find the inputs you require – are all too real. Vendors are tightening payment standards; interest rates are on the move upward; and federal stimulus is only making matters more frenzied. So, if your company was offered cash at 3.5% interest, fixed for 10 years, subordinate to others in your capital stack and thus effectively [...]

1102, 2021

3 Steps to Successfully Approach Workforce Attraction

By |February 11th, 2021|

Companies recognize that today’s front on the war for economic development is talent retention and recruitment and have decided to make this core to its strategic pursuits.  Laying important foundations to address the gap between job growth and available workers is key to taking the next step in your growth initiatives. Below are 3 steps on how to successfully approach a workforce attraction initiative.  1 - Workforce Analytics Uncover key intelligence that will (1) [...]

2501, 2021

Economic Outlook for 2021

By |January 25th, 2021|

“Rubbing the Crystal Ball”2020 was a challenging year that most of us would prefer to put in the rear-view mirror.  Economic development in Washington County, however, continued to be strong.  Significant development projects in 2020 added 103 new jobs and resulted in more than $29,169,837 in new capital investment.View Top Projects in 2020 West Bend Office/HotelPartnered with Washington Co. and the City of West Bend to leverage US EPA grant funding for a [...]

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