Project Milwaukee

Barry Mandel is a Milwaukee native and president of The Mandel Group, a development and real estate company. As part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series, he shares the benefits and challenges of doing business in his hometown. Mandel was one of the first developers to recognize the potential of Milwaukee’s downtown.

High Wage Jobs Key to Growth

Nov 6, 2007

Tuesday, we continue with our Project Milwaukee series. For the next couple of weeks, we’re looking at issues surrounding economic development in southeast Wisconsin. Now, we get the perspective of a local labor leader. Sheila Cochran is chief operating officer of the Milwaukee County Labor Council. She spoke with WUWM’s Erin Toner.

Milwaukee has been trying to bounce back for years from a decline in manufacturing. For nearly a century, starting around 1880, the city’s economy was built on factory jobs. Thousands of people moved here from other states and countries to find work. But manufacturers fell on hard times in the 1970s. There were a number of reasons for the decline. Professor Sammis White of the UWM Department of Urban Planning spoke to Ann-Elise Henzl. 

For the next month, our newsroom and Lake Effect staff are exploring the subject of economic development in southeastern Wisconsin. Today, Ann-Elise Henzl examines the rise and fall of local manufacturing. Milwaukee was built on it, earning the reputation as the Machine Shop to the World.

Efforts to Develop a Regional Economy

Nov 5, 2007

Lake Effect kicks off WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series with Marc Levine, founder and director of the Center for Economic Development at UW-Milwaukee. He talks with Jane Hampden about unemployment and job creation in Southeast Wisconsin, and efforts to develop a regional economy.

Milwaukee Sucks?

Nov 5, 2007

Lake Effect contributor Kurt Chandler reads an essay we like to call Milwaukee Sucks. Chandler is a senior editor of Milwaukee Magazine and author of Shaving Lessons: A Memoir of Father and Son. After the essay we hear Milwaukee’s own Sigmund Snopek III and his classic, Thank God This Isn’t Cleveland.