Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Investing in Wisconsin Waterfronts

Over the past 50 years, Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry has declined, and closing industrial facilities have often left behind contaminated sites, known as brownfields. Brownfields’ negative impacts range from reduced economic development opportunities, to lowered property values and tax revenue, to public health and safety threats. This report was commissioned to identify both the untapped potential in waterfront redevelopment and the barriers preventing such projects from successful fruition. The authors argue that waterfront brownfields are a pressing public problem; that investing in waterfront brownfields redevelopment presents an economically efficient possibility to spur growth in Wisconsin; and because of economic risk inherent in the redevelopment process, initializing efforts must come from the public sector.

Policy Brief.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Timothy Smeeding in Spring 2016
  • Author(s): Falon French, Colin Higgins, Garrett Johnson, Eric Oberhart
  • Client Name: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources