Southern Connections

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.

This week WUWM is reporting on the potential of regional development within the corridor spanning from Milwaukee south to the greater Chicago area.

Today we poke into the health of the region's environment. We hear alerts when the air quality is poor because of exhaust and the particular air flow here – and air pollution can thwart the development of new factories. And we've been hearing plenty about the threat of Asian carp to Lake Michigan, coming via Chicago's link with the Mississippi River.

But WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned about two projects in the region having healing affects on their surroundings.

Project Milwaukee: How Land Use is Planned

Jun 9, 2011

As Project Milwaukee continues, we hear how communities in the southern corridor approach land-use planning. Each city, town and village has its own comprehensive land use plan, but some wish planning was conducted more regionally.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik insists the future economy of southeast Wisconsin needs roads, rail and bus to move workers to jobs.

A key ingredient to economic development is transportation. So as we continue our series, Project Milwaukee – Southern Connections, we explore transportation in southeast Wisconsin.

We spent time chatting with Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, a long time proponent of extending roadways and transit systems south to the state line. Here are a few opinions she shared.


We continue our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series with a look at how the aerotropolis model of development is being implemented in Milwaukee. Dr. John Kasarda is the Director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina. He also directs the Kenan Institute’s Center for Air Commerce.


For Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections, we take a look at how differences in rail transit has affected development in Milwaukee versus Chicago. Bob Johnston is a Chicago-based correspondent for Trains Magazine, published by Kalmbach in Waukesha. He spoke with Dan Harmon.

Project Milwaukee: Port of Milwaukee

Jun 8, 2011

We get some perspective on the importance of the Port of Milwaukee. Leah Dobkin is the author of the book Soul of a Port: The History and Evolution of the Port of Milwaukee, published by The History Press. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci in January.

We now continue our series, Project Milwaukee – Southern Connections. All week, we're exploring the corridor extending from Milwaukee to Chicago. Economic development experts say regions will fare best in the new global economy. A key ingredient to a successful region is efficient transportation, and more people than ever before are traveling in the corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago. WUWM's LaToya Dennis explores the options that exist today and what the future seems to demand.

Business Journal of Milwaukee

We hear about the pitch Kenosha makes to businesses on the fence between Wisconsin and Illinois. Todd Battle is the President of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, and was also named one of the Forty Under 40 by the Business Journal of Milwaukee.

Tomorrow on the show, we learn how transportation will play a role in the future growth of Milwaukee southward.

Where some see weeds, others see opportunity. A visit to the former Delphi plant as we continue Project Milwaukee.