Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy

"Our Project Milwaukee coverage included more than twenty-five interviews and reports, from the newsroom and Lake Effect, in addition to our community forum. It was exciting to collaborate on an effort that brought so many voices to the table, and which set the stage for future discussions of issues of importance to southeastern Wisconsin." -- Ann-Elise Henzl, WUWM News Producer / Reporter

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Project Milwaukee
3:08 pm
Fri November 16, 2007

Project Milwaukee Forum Excerpts

Project Milwaukee Panelists
Cynthia Akey

WUWM's Project Milwaukee: Creating A Vibrant Regional Economy forum was held on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at the UWM School of Continuing Education.

The 90-minute community forum brought together community leaders and the public to discuss issues of economic development, growth, and jobs in the Milwaukee region.Bob Bach and Jane Hampden served as moderators.

Susan Bence collected some of the comments made during that discussion.

Panelists included:

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Project Milwaukee
2:49 pm
Fri November 16, 2007

Public Policy Forum

Jeffrey Brown is president of Milwaukee’s Public Policy Forum. He talks with Jane Hampden about government redundancy, education and Wisconsin taxes in the final interview of Lake Effect’s Project Milwaukee series.

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Project Milwaukee
2:46 pm
Thu November 15, 2007

Regional 'Cooperation' in southeastern Wisconsin

John Antaramian is mayor of Kenosha; he’s held the office for 13 years. He talks with Jane Hampden about regional cooperation… or lack of it… as part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series. WUWM’s community forum, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy, takes place Thursday at four o’clock on the 7th floor of the Plankinton Building in downtown Milwaukee. WUWM will record the discussion and air the forum on Lake Effect Monday, November 19th.

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Project Milwaukee
2:43 pm
Thu November 15, 2007

Mayor Tom Barrett Shares Top Priorities for Economic Growth

We asked Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for his perspective on local economic development. He told WUWM's Bob Bach that as mayor, one of his top priorities when it comes to helping the region prosper, is job creation.

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Project Milwaukee
2:39 pm
Thu November 15, 2007

County Executive Scott Walker Discusses Economic Challenges

As our series on economic development continues, we ask Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to share his views regarding the challenges the community faces and its successes. Walker tells WUWM's Bob Bach that economic development here is a two-sided tale.

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Project Milwaukee
2:35 pm
Wed November 14, 2007

Minorities in Real Estate

Mark Eppli is founder of the ACRE program at Marquette University, which stands for Associates in Commercial Real Estate. It’s a training program for minorities in commercial real estate. Eppli is Bell Chair of Real Estate at Marquette. Barry Mandel, president of Milwaukee’s Mandel Group, is funding the ACRE program for the next three years with a one-hundred-five thousand dollar grant.

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Project Milwaukee
2:33 pm
Wed November 14, 2007

Customized Tech Training

One of the key things manufacturers look for when deciding whether to locate or expand in a city is the quality of the workforce. In the Milwaukee region, employers and tech schools are increasingly working together to match people to specific jobs. Ann-Elise Henzl reports.

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Project Milwaukee
2:30 pm
Wed November 14, 2007

Crisis of Joblessness

The latest Census figures show that in 2006, nearly one of every two working-age black men in metro Milwaukee was unemployed or out of the labor force. We have more from WUWM’s Erin Toner.

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Project Milwaukee
2:26 pm
Wed November 14, 2007

Super Steel's Keith Trafton

Some Milwaukee employers who are concerned about the quality of the workforce are taking matters into their own hands. Super Steel on the city's northwest side chose to work with technical schools, to fashion customized training for welders. Ann-Elise Henzl visited Super Steel as part of our Project Milwaukee coverage on economic development. President and CEO Keith Trafton told her why he got into the training business.

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Project Milwaukee
2:23 pm
Tue November 13, 2007

The Third Ward's Evolution

Milwaukee native Ron San Felippo is president of the Historic Third Ward Association. He talks with Jane Hampden about the evolution of the neighborhood as part of WUWM’s series, Project Milwaukee: Creating A Vibrant Regional Economy.

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