Economic development in Wisconsin should mean more than just counting jobs — it could also include helping companies create affordable housing for employees, Gov. Tony Evers told a business group in Madison on Tuesday.
Evers said decisions on how to use state economic development funds should be “more nimble.”
“It can be around: Do you need affordable housing? We should use economic development more in a more holistic way,” Evers said.
The governor called on business leaders to get involved so that all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties can spur their economies.
“We can’t expect to have Foxconns all across the state of Wisconsin,” Evers said.
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn has promised to build a $10 billion manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin with a $3 billion state subsidy.
Evers spoke to about 40 members of the Wisconsin Technology Council, a group that advises the governor and state Legislature about science and technology issues. Read the full story here.