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

City Planning

Nov 9, 2007

Peter Park is manager of Community Planning and Development for the city of Denver. He spoke with Jane Hampden. Park was Milwaukee city planner under former Mayor John Norquist. Next Thursday, November 15th, WUWM will host a forum on economic development, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

Yesterday, we visited part of a Milwaukee aldermanic district that's thriving. Today, we tour another section that's struggling to develop - Riverwest. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson reports on Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. She spoke with Alderman Mike D'Amato and members of the community.

Vouchers and Choice in Milwaukee Public Schools

Nov 8, 2007

Howard Fuller is founder of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University and a supporter of school choice. He’s a former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. He talks with Jane Hampden about vouchers, choice, and ideas for reform of Milwaukee Public Schools as part of WUWM’s series, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

This month, WUWM is exploring the subject of economic development in metro Milwaukee. As part of the Project Milwaukee series, Marti Mikkelson is profiling one aldermanic district that has seen success in one section, and challenges in another.

Minority Brain Drain

Nov 7, 2007

Tannette Johnson-Elie is a business columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She writes about minority-owned businesses and issues in Milwaukee. She speaks with Jane Hampden about minority “brain drain” as part of Lake Effect’s series of interviews for Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

El Rey Flourishes

Nov 7, 2007

As part of our series on economic development in Metro Milwaukee, we profile a local success story. Visit with us, El Rey, a south side grocer catering primarily to Latino shoppers. As WUWM's Marge Pitrof reports, the small empire started 30 years ago as a corner store.

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.

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