Racine County Economic Outlook

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2022 Racine County Economic Outlook Roundtable, either in-person or virtually. If you were unable to attend or would like to revisit the topics discussed, you can either rewatch the event or download the presentation.




The Racine County Economic Development Corporation will host an economic outlook presentation, featuring the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca on January 25th from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. This will be a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting.



Secretary Barca will provide an overview on Wisconsin business initiatives. Senior state economist John Koskinen will present information regarding Wisconsin’s Economic Outlook including Racine data on employment, personal income, wages, and sales tax revenues. The meeting will conclude with a roundtable discussion.



This program is part of DOR’s efforts to assist Wisconsin’s small business community: Business Development and Government Relations (BDGR).


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about the speakers

Chief Economist for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue

John has testified on the Wisconsin economy before multiple standing committees of the state legislature. He has presented on Wisconsin’s economic outlook to various groups including state and regional economic development associations, colleges and universities, financial institutions and trade associations. He is a frequent commentator on the Wisconsin economy for a variety of media outlets throughout the state and the country.

john koskinen

Prior to joining the Department of Revenue in 2007, John served as the Staff Economist for the Governor’s Budget Office, Wisconsin Department of Administration from 1979 to 2007. He has also served in the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.


John has his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Marquette University. He has done
additional graduate studies in Economics at Northwestern University and computer science at
the University of Wisconsin.

Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Peter Barca was appointed as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue by Governor Tony Evers in January 2019. Secretary Barca, a lifelong citizen of Kenosha and Somers, served in the state legislature as the representative from the 64th Assembly District from 1985 until 1993, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Following his time in Congress, Secretary Barca served for nearly five years as the Midwest Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration during the Clinton Administration. Secretary Barca later spent nearly a decade as vice president and then president of Aurora Associates International, an international project management company that conducted international development projects in more than 25 countries.

peter barca

Secretary Barca began his career as the Director of the Friendship Camp, a camp for children with disabilities, as a teacher, and later as a team leader for students with special needs. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, received his master’s in public administration and educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attended graduate school at Harvard University.


Secretary Barca and his wife have a son who is a graduate of Fordham University and a daughter who is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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