The Bradley Center will now be known as the “BMO Harris Bradley Center.” Yesterday officials from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Bradley Center, the Milwaukee Bucks and BMO Harris Bank made the big announcement. New signage will appear inside and outside the building within the next few weeks. The BMO Harris contribution coupled with sponsorship commitments from Harley-Davidson, Kohl’s Northwestern Mutual and Rockwell Automation. Financial details of the six-year naming rights deal were not disclosed. The Bradley Center opened back in 1988, and it’s one of the oldest and smallest facilities in the NBA. The new deal gives financial support that will extend the life of the building.
Milwaukee Succeeds recently hired its first director, Mike Soika. Milwaukee Succeeds is a “Cradle-to-Career” educational partnership that is working towards improving educational outcomes for Milwaukee’s students. Soika used to serve as vice president of social responsibility and mission impact at the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. Jackie Herd-Barber is a chair of Milwaukee Succeeds and said, “His expertise, community connections and commitment to improving education for all children will be important in moving Milwaukee Succeeds forward.”
Today Marquette University Law School and the Marquette University College of Education is hosting “The Challenge and The Opportunity: How Wisconsin can meet more ambitious goals for students.” It’s an education conference that will address the new standards for reading and math proficiency in Wisconsin. The keynote speaker will be David Driscoll, Chair of the National Assessment Governing Board. The event is free and open to the public. The conference starts at 8:30 this morning and is being held at Eckstein Hall on West Michigan Street.
Local law enforcement is teaming up with the Wisconsin State Patrol for the “Click it or Ticket” Campaign. It’s an effort to step up their seatbelt monitoring. Over 400 law enforcement agencies will be putting in longer hours patrolling for seatbelt violations. Wisconsin State Patrol officials say there’s been a rise in traffic deaths this year, and wearing a seatbelt can save lives. Last year, 85,000 tickets were handed out during the “Click it or Ticket” Campaign. The campaign launched yesterday and it will run through June 3rd, so “Click it or Ticket.”
Milwaukee is celebrating “National Small Business Week”, now through the 24th. Small businesses are the engine that drives the American economy and the economy of the city of Milwaukee. So this week is all about engaging, empowering and excelling these businesses and the people who run them. Kicking off the week was the “Small Business Sustainability Conference” which was held at the Manpower Headquarters yesterday. Other events include the National Small Business Networking reception, which will take place this Thursday at Franklin Square Apartments on West Center Street.
Last Friday was the launch of the “LEAP Summer Youth Work Program.” LEAP stands for learn, earn and achieve with police. The new program will enable Milwaukee teens to gain critical job skills and work experience while communicating with Milwaukee police. LEAP is a partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department, LISC Milwaukee and the City of Milwaukee’s Earn and Learn Program. The goal is to strengthen communication between teens and police, prepare teens for future success and introduce local companies to a diverse group of Milwaukee’s future workforce.