May 10 2012
Public Allies is teaming up with the Milwaukee Health Department to promote safe sex to youth, specifically 11 to 19-year-olds. This will be done through what’s called “PREP Talk”. The PREP Talk curriculum will focus on healthy perspectives and promote self-esteem by linking health, education and career potential. The goal of the project is to encourage a positive transition to adulthood and personal growth leading to decreased risk of teen pregnancy in our community. The PREP Talk Campaign kick-off event is happening this Saturday at Discovery World.
Today the State Department of Workforce Development is hosting the “2012 Milwaukee Manufacturing Career Expo”. The expo will focus on two problems…one, the area’s high unemployment and two, manufacturers’ continuing complaints that they can’t find enough qualified workers. The new twist to this job fair is that workers and companies will be “prequalified.” This means that only firms that have openings will be present. Also, workers will be screened to ensure they understand that to have a good shot, they need appropriate clothes and a resume. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Fair Park Exposition Center.
Mayor Tom Barrett is calling for four debates in four weeks with Governor Scott Walker. Barrett said, “Scott Walker loves to launch misleading attacks on jobs, so let’s meet face-to-face and compare our records and our visions on jobs for the people of Wisconsin.” During a recent Republican rally, Walker told supporters that if he is removed from office, Wisconsin will go back to the days of double-digit tax increases, billion-dollar budget deficits and record job losses. Barrett and Walker will face off during the recall primary on June 5th.
Twenty-five finalists have been selected for the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The plan includes ideas for 3-D printing, flight training simulation and cloud computing. These finalists will be competing to win a total of $200,000 in seed capital and in-kind services. Six of these finalists are from the Milwaukee area. The Chairman of Wisconsin’s Technology Council, Mark Bugher, said, “The business plans in the final round reflect some of Wisconsin’s core technology strengths.” Winners will be announced at the Tech’s Council’s Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee on June 5th and 6th.
The Executive Director of Milwaukee’s Metropolitan Sewerage District, Kevin Shafer, was recently given the Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation from the University of Madison. Shafer was recognized for establishing a flood control and floodplain conservation program known as “Greenseams” and for promoting the use of other green infrastructure programs, such as rain barrels and rooftop gardens. Between 2001 and 2011, the Greenseams program purchased over 2,300 acres of land next to waterways and wetlands to reduce flooding risks in the district’s service area.
The Guest House of Milwaukee is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. A few months back, Chief Oil Distributing Company awarded The Guest House with a $6,500 grant through the BP Fueling Community Program. The grant will help to provide shelter, housing, education and services to Milwaukee’s homeless population. BP’s Fueling Communities Program is all about giving grants to local organizations that focus on health, education, food and housing. The Guest House plans on honoring this milestone at Miller Park later this morning.