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, 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.

Vouchers and Choice in Milwaukee Public Schools

Nov 8, 2007

Howard Fuller is founder of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University and a supporter of school choice. He’s a former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. He talks with Jane Hampden about vouchers, choice, and ideas for reform of Milwaukee Public Schools as part of WUWM’s series, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

This month, WUWM is exploring the subject of economic development in metro Milwaukee. As part of the Project Milwaukee series, Marti Mikkelson is profiling one aldermanic district that has seen success in one section, and challenges in another.

Minority Brain Drain

Nov 7, 2007

Tannette Johnson-Elie is a business columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She writes about minority-owned businesses and issues in Milwaukee. She speaks with Jane Hampden about minority “brain drain” as part of Lake Effect’s series of interviews for Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.