Susan Bence

With Milwaukee's Health Department Under Scrutiny, Common Council Seeks Solutions

Milwaukee’s health department is being scrutinized by federal, state and local agencies. They’re looking into multiple problems at the department, including figuring out how the agency allowed so many children to slip through the cracks – kids who needed follow up for possible lead contamination.

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Crisis of Joblessness

Nov 14, 2007

The latest Census figures show that in 2006, nearly one of every two working-age black men in metro Milwaukee was unemployed or out of the labor force. We have more from WUWM’s Erin Toner.

Some Milwaukee employers who are concerned about the quality of the workforce are taking matters into their own hands. Super Steel on the city's northwest side chose to work with technical schools, to fashion customized training for welders. Ann-Elise Henzl visited Super Steel as part of our Project Milwaukee coverage on economic development. President and CEO Keith Trafton told her why he got into the training business.

The Third Ward's Evolution

Nov 13, 2007

Milwaukee native Ron San Felippo is president of the Historic Third Ward Association. He talks with Jane Hampden about the evolution of the neighborhood as part of WUWM’s series, Project Milwaukee: Creating A Vibrant Regional Economy.

There’s been a lot of debate locally about creating a regional transit system. Supporters say it would boost the economy and help low income people get to where jobs are being created. To get a feel for the impact rapid transit can have on a community, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis traveled to Minneapolis where a rapid transit system has been in place since 2004.

Regional Cooperation

Nov 13, 2007

When people talk about economic development, the issue of “regionalism” usually comes up – the idea that communities should work together so the entire region benefits. As part of our “Project Milwaukee” series, WUWM's Erin Toner talked about regional cooperation with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Walnut Way covers a 30-block area tucked along North Avenue. WUWM’s Susan Bence recently met Sharon Adams at their community center. Adams has been instrumental in the neighborhood’s rebirth.

Community Development

Nov 12, 2007

Howard Snyder is executive director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation. He’s held the job for 25 years. He talks with Jane Hampden as part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series on economic development.

In a recent study by MarketWatch.com, Milwaukee was ranked as the 18th best city in which to do business. The Minneapolis- Saint Paul region was ranked number one. We sent WUWM’s LaToya Dennis to the Twin Cities to find out why.

City Planning

Nov 9, 2007

Peter Park is manager of Community Planning and Development for the city of Denver. He spoke with Jane Hampden. Park was Milwaukee city planner under former Mayor John Norquist. Next Thursday, November 15th, WUWM will host a forum on economic development, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

Yesterday, we visited part of a Milwaukee aldermanic district that's thriving. Today, we tour another section that's struggling to develop - Riverwest. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson reports on Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. She spoke with Alderman Mike D'Amato and members of the community.

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