Southern Connections

Panelists represented interests ranging from politics to business to the environment.

Tom Hicken

We wrap up our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series on development in the region between Milwaukee and Chicago with one of its highlights: our community forum. It was held Wednesday, June 8, 2011 before a live studio audience at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine. WUWM invited a panel of civic leaders, planners and business leaders to discuss the pros and cons of cultivating the corridor from Milwaukee to the state line. In part one of the forum, we ask questions of each panelist, followed by a broader conversation.

Tom Hicken

We wrap up our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series on development in the region between Milwaukee and Chicago with one of its highlights: our community forum. It was held Wednesday, June 8, 2011 before a live studio audience at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine. During the second part of the forum, we ask transit related questions and open up the forum to audience questions.

DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux says Milwaukee benefits even when companies locate elsewhere in southeastern Wisconsin.

Our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series asks whether cities the size of Racine or Kenosha can support a distinct arts community, or if regional approaches to culture is the way to go. Bruce Pepich is the Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum. He was recently awarded the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award for his 37 years at the museum. He spoke with Bonnie North.

Regional development also involves the creation of community life; our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series looks at where the performing arts meet development. Chad Piechocki is the director of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. The center holds performances at an auditorium it shares with South Milwaukee High School on 15th Avenue.

We look at perspectives south of the Wisconsin-Illinois border as our series on regionalism continues.

Community leaders say a skilled and educated workforce along with transportation options for it, are keys to ensuring the economic success of southeastern Wisconsin.

For Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections, one analyst says Wisconsin has nothing to fear Chicago's growth northward. Julio Rivera is Provost at Carthage College in Kenosha. He's the chair of the Geography department and also teaches earth science. He also runs the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab. His research looks at the development of suburban communities and urban planning. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

We discuss of the role culture plays in regional growth as part of our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series. Paula Touhey is the Director of the Kenosha Public Museums, which include the Kenosha Public Museum, the Kenosha Civil War Museum, and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. We spoke with her at her office in Kenosha. We’ll continue our look at the place of culture in the regional economy on tomorrow's show.

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