About the Project

What will Wisconsin look like in 20 years? What will our workforce look like? What sort of businesses will thrive in our economy? How will our tech colleges and universities stack up to those in other states? What sort of jobs will be available? Will we be able to grow our economy if we can’t find the labor to fill the jobs?

New Report: Wisconsin Workforce Competitiveness Evaluation

WMC Foundation, through its Future Wisconsin Project, released a report that breaks down the state’s workforce challenges and proposes a variety of recommendations to help grow Wisconsin’s workforce and the state’s economy well into the future.

The report, titled the Wisconsin Workforce Competitiveness Evaluation, blended statistical data and long-form interviews with the state’s business leaders to determine specific challenges and how to address them.

The findings of the report are broken into six areas of focus:

  • Attract and Retain Talent
  • Upskill Existing Workers
  • Improve Career Pathways
  • Promote Apprenticeships, Youth Apprenticeships, Internships and Other Work-Based Learning for Students
  • Promote Career Awareness
  • Reach Disconnected Groups

The Wisconsin Workforce Competitiveness Evaluation was prepared for WMC Foundation by Economic Leadership, LLC, a nationally acclaimed consultancy group that develops economic and workforce strategies.

Click Here to Read the Report

2019 Wisconsin Workforce Tour

Wisconsin’s biggest economic challenge today is its severe lack of workers. WMC Foundation commissioned a study to determine the best path forward to get more Wisconsinites into the workforce, attract talent to the state and upskill the individuals already working.

The Future Wisconsin Project, a program of WMC Foundation, and its steering committee unveiled this new report during a three-day tour of the state. The tour stops included Madison, Milwaukee, Appleton, Wausau, Eau Claire and La Crosse to discuss the report’s findings, and present solutions. WMC Foundation invited the business community, the public and media to attend the events to learn more about how we can all make Wisconsin the best place to live, work and play.

March 15

  • Rockwell Automation – Milwaukee
  • WPS Health Solutions – Madison

March 18

  • Grant Thornton – Appleton
  • Greenheck – Wausau

March 19

  • Chippewa Valley Expo Center (Hosted by Menards) – Eau Claire
  • Kwik Trip – La Crosse

 2018 – Program

The 2018 Future Wisconsin Summit program by WMC Foundation was a sold out event ending WMC’s programs for the calendar year. We greatly appreciate all the efforts put forth to make this program possible. The Summit brought in individuals from both the public and private sectors to discuss issues employers are facing in the workforce today. The video series below features a quick recap of the program and the individual breakout sessions captured for the Future Wisconsin Summit.

Click below to view the recap:

2018 – Breakout Sessions

Talent Attraction & State Branding Update:


Wisconsin’s Workforce, The Preliminary Findings:


Private Sector Solutions to Workforce Challenges (Panel):


Wisconn Valley, Innovation Centers & Smart Cities | Foxconn:


WMC, in partnership with the following partners, is working to identify, answer and be prepared for the outcome of questions like that.

  • University of Wisconsin System
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Wisconsin Technical College System

The six Competitive Quality Indicators to focus on include:

  • Talent Development, Attraction and Retention
  • Business Competitiveness
  • Global Engagement
  • Government Effectiveness
  • Quality of Life
  • Entrepreneurism

Annual Summit Videos


2017 Future Wisconsin Economic Summit Video

2016 Future Wisconsin Economic Summit Video

2015 Future Wisconsin Economic Summit Video

2014 Future Wisconsin Economic Summit Video


Forward Thinkers Video Series

Future Wisconsin Communities

These communities have formally agreed they have the same goal as the WMC Foundation and Future Wisconsin Partners – to make Wisconsin the most competitive state in the nation.

  • AbbyColby Crossings Chamber of Commerce
  • Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce
  • Black River Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce/Tourism
  • Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce
  • Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grafton Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Green Bay Chamber
  • Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce (Kaukauna)
  • Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (WI Rapids)
  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau
  • Forward Janesville, Inc.
  • Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
  • La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
  • Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce
  • Menomonie Area Chamber & Visitors Center
  • Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Middleton Chamber of Commerce
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce
  • New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Plover Area Business Association
  • Port Washington Chamber of Commerce
  • Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Portage County Business Council (Stevens Point)
  • Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Racine Area Manufacturers & Commerce
  • Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rice Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
  • Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
  • South Suburban Chamber of Commerce
  • Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Germain Chamber of Commerce
  • Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
  • The Chamber for Superior & Douglas County Wisconsin
  • Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Verona Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waukesha County Business Alliance, Inc.
  • Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
  • Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce
  • West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Project Partners


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