The 1918 influenza pandemic and how the ordeal played out in Wisconsin illuminates the scale at which the experience of and response to public health emergencies impact both human lives and the economy.
When it comes to jobs in Wisconsin, there are unique differences between the urban communities of Milwaukee and Madison, with their legacy-industry manufacturing and government-education tandem, respectively, compared to agriculture-, manufacturing- and tourism-intensive rural counties.
Economic growth and development hinge on how firms conduct business. Companies striving to maximize profits can compete in two ways: They can minimize their operating costs or they can innovate, develop new products and increase their market share. In practice, many firms mix these options by focusing on innovation while keeping an eye on costs.