Strong community benefit agreements are the most certain and robust way for communities to obtain real and lasting returns from large-scale private developments such as the proposed Iron District in Milwaukee.
Asking for public money for sports stadiums, developers promise economic development, urban renewal, and neighborhood revitalization. Despite the big promises, public investments are often neither transparent nor accountable.
There’s a crisis in service work in Milwaukee. Too many of these jobs offer low wages, inadequate and unpredictable hours, and weak or non-existent benefits packages.