Workforce Housing Series 2020-04-27T17:43:04+00:00

Wisconsin’s workforce housing shortage is impacting communities and employers across the state.  The shortage makes it more difficult to attract or retain workers, impacting the economic competitiveness of communities, regions and businesses.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Academy is hosting a series of four programs on workforce housing that will provide participants with an understanding of the causes and impacts of the shortage, initiatives for addressing the shortage, best practices in workforce housing development and resources and tools to use in your community.

Workforce Housing: Framing the Issues and Opportunities  – Held Dec. 12, 2019


Financing Workforce Housing: Exploring Program Options and Models – Held Feb 5th, 2020

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Workforce Housing: Identifying Local Needs, Municipal Tools and Zoning Practices

July 23, 2020 – Webinar : 10 AM – 3:00 PM

Members: $95            Non-Members: $145     Register for Session

In the last session of the series, we will focus on the policies, practices and tools that communities might consider in assessing their local needs and methods to reducing the cost of development of housing in their market. Through this course, attendees will learn:

  • Methods and examples of examining local housing needs/gaps and the cost of housing
  • Best Practices in permitting and the development approval process
  • Innovations in zoning practices and land use requirements
  • Municipal tools to encourage the development of workforce housing

Spurring Single Family Residential Investment, Tools for Your Market

August 12, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Webinar  

Members: $65    Non-Members: $95  Register for Session

The nature of single family housing is changing with different factors impacting the design and affordability of housing units. During this session, attendees will learn:

  • The costs related to single family residential investment
  • Options for spurring new development, such as down payment assistance, first time home buyer program savings accounts, public investment in infrastructure, and employer assistance
  • Resources for rehabilitation of existing homes
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