Wisconsin Economic Development Institute

Current Projects

Childcare in Wisconsin and its Impact on Workforce and the Economy

This new report from WEDI shows the scarcity and high cost of quality childcare in Wisconsin is making it increasingly difficult for parents trying to enter, re-enter, or remain in the workforce. The report also clearly illustrates that the state’s childcare access crisis is a top concern for the business community. In fact, 80% of Wisconsin employers believe the economy is impacted by the availability of affordable, high-quality childcare. In addition, 73% of businesses believe that without greater access to childcare, Wisconsin employers will face workforce shortages now and in the future.

Past Projects

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Institute


The Wisconsin Economic Development Institute, Inc. (WEDI) is a non-profit, non-partisan foundation established under the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) to conduct research and education designed to increase the effectiveness of economic development efforts.


A higher quality of life and increased access to wealth and opportunity for Wisconsin citizens through economic development.


  • Provide policymakers, organizations and the general public with critical information to help address and improve economic conditions.
  • Provide policy research material, industry publications, and educational services, training and programming to promote economic development.
  • Identify and offer ideas and resources to address gaps in economic growth and prosperity.
  • Offer stakeholders and the general public with a clearinghouse of economic development information.


  • Supportive of increased economic growth and equal access to wealth.
  • Supportive of thoughtful and effective long-term economic growth policy making to promote economic prosperity.
  • Maintain independence and objectivity in the pursuit of economic expansion throughout Wisconsin.