MADISON – An outlook survey
compiled by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce shows 75
percent of businesses throughout the state expect moderate
growth in their communities.
The survey, which nearly 70 percent of chamber of commerce
executives participated in, showed 89 percent of participants
think the state is on the right rack, and 90 percent feel that
Wisconsin is very or somewhat pro-business.
The main concern, according to the survey, is healthcare costs,
which have rose nearly 10 percent since last year, according to
82 percent of the respondents.
“While chamber executives are optimistic regarding the direction
our state is headed, they understand uncertainty is the true
problem inhibiting expansion of their members’ facilities and
workforce,” said Jim Morgan, president of the WMC Foundation and
secretary/treasurer of the professional association Wisconsin
Chamber of Commerce Executives. “The businesses in communities
statewide also face uncertainty in issues such as healthcare,
workforce development and expanded regulation.”
Sixty-nine percent of the chambers surveyed believe that
employment in their communities will increase in 2014, while 75
percent believe their communities will see moderate economic
growth in 2014.
The Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives association’s
mission is to advance the management skills and experience of
its members to equip them to lead their business members and