Southern Connections

OECD elaboration with data from Census 2000 County and County Equivalent Areas Cartographic Boundary Files, US Census Bureau

Marquette Law School convenes a conference on Tuesday on ways that Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana can think regionally regarding economic cooperation. 

The conference, Public Attitudes in the Chicago Megacity: Who are we, and what are the possibilities?, will bring government and business leaders to examine public attitudes regarding regional economic cooperation.

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.

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