Economic Development

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced that the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in September, down from 5.7 percent in August and at its lowest since October 2008.
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The U.S. stock market continued its October plunge today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing another 319 points.
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The Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin plans to hold its 13th annual Community Development Summit on Thursday, Oct. 16, with what the organization pegs as an interactive lab format.
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Wisconsin entrepreneurs looking to jumpstart their businesses are invited to take part at the first-ever Small Business Academy, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Potawatomi Hotel & Conference Center in Milwaukee.
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After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation announced today it expects sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase a healthy 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1 percent increase during that same time frame.
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Vangard Group LLC will get $850,000 in tax credits to convert the Germania Building at 135 W. Wells St. in downtown MIlwuakee into 70 “affordable” apartments, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefish announced Monday.
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Wisconsin entrepreneurs looking to jumpstart their businesses are invited to take part at the first-ever Small Business Academy, which will take place from on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Potawatomi Hotel & Conference Center in Milwaukee.
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The U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent in September, the lowest in six years, according to the latest report by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, has hired Matt Dorner to serve as its economic development director.
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