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Research 11/10/2020

Broadband in Rural Wisconsin: Identifying Gaps, Highlighting Successes

While broadband is nearly universal in Wisconsin cities and villages, there are major disparities in the rural parts of the state, according to a new Forward Analytics report, Broadband in Rural Wisconsin: Identifying Gaps, Highlighting Successes. “Without a doubt broadband access in all corners of our state is crucial for the success of Wisconsin. Over the past two decades,…

Research 07/22/2020

The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 3rd Edition

Forward Analytics, the research division of the Wisconsin Counties Association, has released the 3rd Edition of The Green Book, A Book of County Facts. This fact book provides a wide range of information on county government structure, county population and economies, county finances, development, veterans and school-age populations. “Counties are performing critical functions on behalf of the state and…

Research 06/15/2020

Economic Activity in a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April

A new report by Forward Analytics, Economic Activity During a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April, shows the varying impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state’s economy. See the full report here. According to recently released data from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, taxable sales in Wisconsin declined 10.5% in March and April compared to…

Research 06/02/2020

Deconstructing Depopulation: Rural Characteristics & Population Change

A new report from Forward Analytics, Deconstructing Depopulation: Rural Characteristics & Population Change, looks at rural population decline through two lenses: the source of the loss and the county characteristics that are related to population losses and gains. The study shows that the source of Wisconsin’s rural losses was quite different from losses nationally. The report is the second…

Research 02/06/2020

The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences

A new Forward Analytics report, The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences, found that from 2010-2018, two thirds of rural counties in Wisconsin lost population. That percentage was up from 44% during 2000-10, and in rural counties across the nation, a similar pattern has emerged. “The pattern of rural counties growing more slowly than urban ones has a…