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Mayor Tom Barrett says Talgo plans to refurbish rail cars for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority at Milwaukee's Century City.

READ: WUWM's Coverage on Century City

About six years ago, Talgo began manufacturing high-speed trains at its Century City facility, for the high-speed rail line that was set to travel through Wisconsin. But that work ended after the state broke its contract with the company in the wake of Scott Walker's first election as governor.

Kerry Lannert, flickr

It was not long ago that the national narrative surrounding Detroit was overwhelmingly - almost universally - negative.  The city was bankrupt, the school system had failed, the downtown core was practically emptied.

But things have begun to improve, led by creative entrepreneurs and others who see Detroit as something of a blank slate.  One of the key people involved in that effort is James Feagin, through his work as a consultant with the nonprofit Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

City of Milwaukee (Department of City Development)

Could jobs be headed to Milwaukee's north side? A local businessman is hopeful, and he’s talking with others.

Tim Sullivan used to lead South Milwaukee giant Bucyrus, a mining manufacturer. Now he's CEO of REV Group, a firm headquartered in Milwaukee, which makes ambulances, buses, street sweepers and a range of other vehicles.

REV Group has bid on a contract with the United States Postal Service to build vans.

Sullivan says the city's north side would be the perfect place to do the work because of the area's huge labor pool.

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded $350,000 to M-WERC, the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium, to launch a 12-week, mentor-driven program.

WERCBench Labs is designed to support startups in the fields of energy, power and controls.

The Sigma Group

The Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum issued a report earlier this fall analyzing the success of the Menomonee Valley's rebirth. 

City of Milwaukee

The former home of A.O Smith, on the city’s north side, stood vacant for years. Now, new construction is helping revitalize the former manufacturing hub.

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The Milwaukee area could get an infusion of federal money -- or at least advice -- on how to grow its manufacturing sector.

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The high-speed train manufacturer has decided to pick up and leave town, and perhaps sell its two new train sets to Michigan.