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Project Milwaukee Forum Excerpts

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:

Renee Booker is president and CEO of the North Avenue Community Development Corporation.

Dr. Darnell Cole became president of Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2001.

Ricardo Diaz is Executive Director of the United Community Center, a comprehensive social service agency serving Milwaukee's Latino population.

Mike Eitel has founded several popular establishments in Milwaukee, including Nomad World Pub, The Hi Hat Lounge and Trocadero; he also co-founded the Diablos Rojos Restaurant Group.

John Goldstein is National Program Director for The Partnership for Working Families.

Shelley Jurewicz is Vice President of Regional Talent for FUEL Milwaukee, a talent network.

Sheldon B. Lubar is founder and chairman of Lubar & Company., a Milwaukee-based investment firm.

Rocky Marcoux was appointed commissioner of Milwaukee's Department of City Development by Mayor Tom Barrett in September, 2004.

Julia Taylor is president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a private-sector civic organization.

Susan is WUWM's environmental reporter.