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Across the country, urban freeways are at the end of their design lives, and cities are wrestling with the question of how to deal with them. Cities have the opportunity to rethink, remove, or repurpose urban freeway space, which can address environmental and social justice harm and result in significant local economic and social benefits.
Re-Thinking the Urban Freeway
provides cities with best practices and solutions from across the country, to help cities mitigate negative freeway impacts and secure a healthy and more prosperous future.
This brief was written by Mary Ebeling, Transportation Policy Analyst with the State Smart Transportation Initiative
and Satya Rhodes-Conway, the managing director of the Mayors Innovation Project and a former councilmember in Madison, Wisconsin.
Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin
The shutdown of the federal government delayed the monthly jobs reports, but new data for September and October have finally been released offering some good, if belated, news. Wisconsin added 11,700 jobs in the last two months, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though some jobs were lost in September, a strong October more than made up for the September drop. Even with these additions, Wisconsin’s still has fewer jobs than when the crisis officially began, in December 2007.
Wisconsin’s job deficit now stands at almost 147,000. Nearly six years after the recession began, and four years into the recovery, Wisconsin still has fewer jobs – 50,900 fewer jobs -- than in 2007 before the Great Recession. Wisconsin’s population has grown since then. Just to keep up with that growth, Wisconsin needs to add another 96,089 jobs. These two numbers together – 146,989 – account for the current Wisconsin Job Deficit.
COWS, State & Local Policy, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies
Living wage ordinances are enacted by local governments to raise job standards for workers at firms that do business with a city or county, or that benefit from taxpayer assistance. At least 140 communities in the U.S. have passed such laws over the past two decades, and there is now a significant body of research on their effect. The evidence shows that living wage ordinances raise wages for low-income workers, often by a significant amount, with few if any measurable negative effects on either employment or taxes. Any government considering a living wage ordinance of its own should consider the track record of living wage laws in other communities in order to implement the best living wage law possible. This white paper provides these details.
This project, funded by SSTI with a matching grant from the Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), identifies and evaluates freight transportation demand management (TDM) strategies to improve transportation efficiency by reducing the social costs associated with goods movement in urban areas.
Information about various freight transportation demand management (TDM) strategies was gathered through a review of literature, an online survey, and interviews with implementers. Strategies are compared based on their costs, benefits, and implementation difficulty. Case studies of six US cities using innovative freight TDM strategies are also included.
Jobs & Skills: Workforce Development & Industry Partnerships, COWS, High Road
To gain a better understanding of the post-secondary education needs in each state, we - together with CLASP - developed profiles of adult workers in every state who are in need of better skills and wages. Click below to learn more about your state.
COWS, Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Wisconsin Economy, Workers & Policy
Wisconsin’s labor market recovered some dynamism in August, adding 6,100 jobs, according to the latest data from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is good news. Even so, Wisconsin needs a more consistent growth trajectory.
Wisconsin’s job deficit now stands at almost 152,900. Nearly six years after the recession began, and four years into the recovery, Wisconsin still has fewer jobs – 59,900 fewer jobs -- than in 2007 (before the Great Recession). Wisconsin’s population has grown since then. Just to keep up with that growth, Wisconsin needs to add another 92,970 jobs. These two numbers together – 152,870 – account for the current Wisconsin Job Deficit.
The rate of job growth has simply been too small over the recovery to really close the gap. Workers in the state are still waiting for the sort of dynamic growth that will help the unemployed secure new jobs and help those who have jobs get the hours of work they need. Adding 6,100 jobs per month (as we did last month) would mean that the recovery of jobs is more than two years away.
Jobs & Skills: Workforce Development & Industry Partnerships, COWS, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies
This report synthesizes key information on the health care workforce in South Central/Southwest Wisconsin. We provide a snapshot of the current workforce in 40 selected health care occupations based on a representative subset of area employers surveyed in Spring 2013. We also project near-term changes in that workforce based on future retirements and employers’ anticipated staffing needs. Comparing the 2013 results to those of a nearly identical employer survey in 2008 allows us to assess key changes and continuities in the region’s health care workforce over the last five years, and to gauge the accuracy of the 2008 predictions.
Across all occupations considered, the health care workforce in the region has expanded considerably over the last five years. This expansion was perhaps expected given the region’s aging population and their associated health care needs. Less expected was the precision of the 2008 projections across all occupations, given the economic turbulence of the last five years: employers predicted an overall workforce growth of eight percent between 2008 and 2013, and this is precisely what happened. Workers in 2013 were also slightly older than in 2008, a trend that may be driven in part by the Great Recession and the need by some workers to postpone retirement.
Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies, Jobs & Skills: Wisconsin Economy, Workers & Policy
2013 Healthcare Staffing Assessment - Nursing and Pharmacy
State & Local Policy, Energy
The health, wealth, infrastructure and ability to maintain basic services of cities will increasingly be degraded as our planet warms and our weather worsens. Yet local governments are currently sharing in the profits made by the fossil fuel industry – investing in the very companies that are directly responsible for this threat.
The Mayors Innovation Project, a COWS project, is working to support the local government fossil fuel divestment movement. Building on the example set by Mayor McGinn of Seattle, we’re working with cities to remove municipal funds from fossil fuel investments, and working with pension funds to do the same. Divestment can have a serious impact and send an important message, and this guide offers the tools to help you get started on a divestment campaign in your community.
State & Local Policy, Transportation
Wilmington functions as the hub of DART (Delaware's bus system) in New Castle County, providing over 10 million passenger trips a year—including us and demand response paratransit. Thirty-eight of DART’s 60 routes serve Wilmington. Within the City of Wilmington, DART ridership continues to grow, resulting in bus congestion in the city’s central business district (CBD), particularly around and adjacent to Rodney Square. This success illustrates DTC’s role as an increasingly important part of the economic engine of the city. DTC contributes positively to the overall economic vibrancy of Wilmington through the movement of people, increased accessibility to the transportation system, improvements in air quality, and provision of access to jobs, medical care, and commercial centers.
But, the success of Wilmington’s transit service has brought challenges. As DART added more service to respond to the increasing demand, the additional buses started stacking around the square—sometimes two or three buses deep along the King Street side of the square. The situation began to negatively impact traffic movement and presented a clear safety concern as bus riders scrambled to find their buses. Parallel developments around Rodney Square included the growth of the high-end condominium market as well as an increasing number of financial firms locating offices along or adjacent to the square. For these neighbors, the transit activity created challenges of congestion, cleanliness, and safety.
This study from the State Smart Transportation Initiative - a COWS project - seeks to make recommendations for improving current system operations and to point out directions that can help position DART to function as an integral part of the city’s and region’s transportation system.