Regional News

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.

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.

Minorities in Real Estate

Nov 14, 2007

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.

Customized Tech Training

Nov 14, 2007

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.

Crisis of Joblessness

Nov 14, 2007

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.

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.

The Third Ward's Evolution

Nov 13, 2007

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.

There’s been a lot of debate locally about creating a regional transit system. Supporters say it would boost the economy and help low income people get to where jobs are being created. To get a feel for the impact rapid transit can have on a community, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis traveled to Minneapolis where a rapid transit system has been in place since 2004.

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.

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