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a.MKE: Odyssey Project, Milwaukee's sustainability plan, Entrepreneurship Center and Victor DeLorenzo 7.17.13

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As reported by the Milwaukee Business Journal, the University of WI-Madison's Odyssey Project has received two major grants that will support a new program called Odyssey Bridges, which provides expanded services to help more low-income adults complete college degrees. For the past decade, the Odyssey Project has offered a free two-course sequence in the humanities for adults at the poverty level.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett rolled out a new sustainability plan yesterday that seeks to spur the local economy through promoting energy efficiency companies, promoting building upgrades and redeveloping the city's inner harbor. Other focal points in the 10-year plan include promoting locally grown food, recycling and job-training opportunities for city youth.

Milwaukee Area Technical College will expand its Entrepreneurship Center through a $50K grant from the Helen Bader Foundation. The funds are coming from the Foundation's work force development program which supports training programs, policy research and jobs initiatives in Milwaukee's struggling community. MATC's Entrepreneurship Center opened in April of 2012.

In music news, Victor DeLorezo has once again been kicked out of the band he co-founded, the Violent Femmes. After three reunion shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first album, the Femmes have replaced DeLorenzo with Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione.