Milwaukee Flyers to Perform at Bastille Days – Kids Day, Sat. July 12th

More than ever, many of Milwaukee’s youth face challenging odds: poverty, hunger, crime, violence, gang life, homelessness, unemployment, drugs and alcohol, absentee parents and negative role models. Experts agree that after school programs that expand learning and special training opportunities are part of the equation for educational success in Milwaukee (source: WI Department of Public Instruction).

The Milwaukee Flyers provide a positive alternative for Milwaukee’s youth. Affirmative relationships with mentors and coaches help youth better navigate life choices. Tumbling encourages physical activity. Programs like the Milwaukee Flyers help weigh the odds in their favor.

The Flyers will be performing at Milwaukee’s Bastille Days on Saturday, July 12th.  ]



Milwaukee launches workforce development plan

June 9, 2014

Mayor Tom Barrett, other city leaders and workforce development officials have high hopes the new $450 million Northwestern Mutual office tower in downtown Milwaukee will provide meaningful jobs to city residents.

On Monday, Barrett officially launched a new workforce development plan aimed at connecting city residents with construction jobs at Northwestern Mutual’s work site.

Construction on the 32-story, 550-foot tower, to be built adjacent to its historic 1914 headquarters in downtown Milwaukee, is scheduled to begin this fall. The project is expected to be completed near the end of 2017.

The city plans to use $500,000 in funds from the Nothwestern Mutual tax incremental financing district to pay for training and placement of workers. The city has contracted with the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, or WRTP/BIG STEP, and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board to lead the training.

The plan would identify specific jobs that will be in demand on the worksite. WRTP/BIG STEP will find and train city residents who will be ready to fill 150 jobs at the worksite and another 200 workers at other construction projects.

In addition, Northwestern Mutual is aiming to exceed the requirement that 40% of the construction workforce live in the city.

Earl Buford, CEO of WRTP/BIG STEP, said the plan will provide a pathway for city residents to find meaningful work at a livable salary.

Linda Stewart, MAWIB’s COO, said not all of the new jobs will start at the same time.

“We want to get as many people in the pipeline as soon as possible,” Stewart said. “Construction is a growth sector.”

City residents interested in participating in the Workforce Development Program can call (414) 342-9787.



Climate Control



I live in Wisconsin where we blame everything on the weather.  We talk incessantly about the weather.

Today, last of May – is absolutely beautiful.  This is not the norm and when a few days stretch together of “non-normal” weather….we are collectively let down when it’s cruddy yet again.  We are almost surprised every time.

Why do I live here? 

I ask myself this question basically every day from November through April, and scattered days in between.

A highlight of the polar vortex that gripped our region was throwing boiling water into the subzero freakish air to see it turn into nothing more than a puff of smoke.  Later the local news reported several incidences of people being treated for burn wounds following botched experiments.

Blame it on stupidity?  No, blame it on the weather.

My personal life plan includes getting out of Wisconsin to a place much closer if not on top of the equator.  It’s just better that way.