Project Milwaukee

Springing from conversations with concerned community members, WUWM journalists developed Project Milwaukee -- in-depth reporting on vital issues in the region. Each Project Milwaukee consists of WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers teaming up to create a series of interviews and reports on a specific topic culminating in a public forum or live broadcast.

WUWM tackles subjects of importance to southeastern Wisconsin by focusing on issues that warrant extensive coverage. The topics chosen are based on concerns we've heard from residents and community leaders.

WUWM hopes that our coverage helps to further the understanding of broad, significant subjects, and encourages additional debate in the community.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee. Our region. Our future.

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PROJECT MILWAUKEE SERIES ARCHIVE

To Protect And Serve - March 2018
Police, Community & A Time of Transition

Segregation Matters - March 2017

Innovation - How Do We Compete? - February 2016

Black Men in Prison - November 2013
Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars? And, what are the costs?

Power Switch - June 2013
The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Help Wanted - October 2012
Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin's Skills Gap

State of Upheaval - December 2011

Southern Connections - June 2011
Cultivating a Regional Corridor

What's On Our Plate? - November 2010
The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy

Barriers to Achievement in MPS - June 2010

The Currency of Water - December 2009

Black & White - June 2009
Race Relations in Milwaukee

Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? - November 2008

Youth Violence - June 2008

Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy - November 2007

Regional Cooperation

Nov 13, 2007

When people talk about economic development, the issue of “regionalism” usually comes up – the idea that communities should work together so the entire region benefits. As part of our “Project Milwaukee” series, WUWM's Erin Toner talked about regional cooperation with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Walnut Way covers a 30-block area tucked along North Avenue. WUWM’s Susan Bence recently met Sharon Adams at their community center. Adams has been instrumental in the neighborhood’s rebirth.

Community Development

Nov 12, 2007

Howard Snyder is executive director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation. He’s held the job for 25 years. He talks with Jane Hampden as part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series on economic development.

In a recent study by MarketWatch.com, Milwaukee was ranked as the 18th best city in which to do business. The Minneapolis- Saint Paul region was ranked number one. We sent WUWM’s LaToya Dennis to the Twin Cities to find out why.

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.

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