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Technology program aimed at training low income adults launches in Milwaukee

i.c.stars, a project based learning program aimed at developing the next generation of technology leaders recently began offering services in Milwaukee. With a $1.6 million commitment from The Dohmen Company, the sponsorship gives i.c.stars the funding, staff, and location needed to train and place hundreds of young adults into critical technology roles within Milwaukee companies. “i.c.stars unlocks the potential of the talented young people in our underserved communities who are looking for their opportunity,” said Sandee Kastrul, who founded the i.c.stars nonprofit organization in Chicago in 1999. “Our country has half a million unfilled tech jobs awaiting these future...

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PAVE and Schools That Can to combine support for 80 schools with merger

Partners Advancing Values in Education (PAVE) and Schools That Can Milwaukee (STCM) announced on March 15 that the two organizations have agreed to merge, and will relaunch this fall as a new nonprofit school support organization. The merger increases resources and capacity for programs that recruit, train, and support Milwaukee school leaders and governance boards for the city’s public, charter, and private schools. The combined organization will provide support to more than 80 schools. The new organization, like PAVE and STCM before it, will have a mission to empower school and community leaders to ensure more great schools for...

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Miller Lite sponsors free MCTS rides on St. Patrick’s Day for 25th year

The Original Lite Beer and Beer Capitol Distributing are once again teaming up with the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) to offer Miller Lite Free Rides on St. Patrick’s Day. Miller Lite Free rides are available on all MCTS bus routes on March 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m. for those early drinkers and lasting until the end of regular service. “When people make Miller Time a part of their St. Patrick’s Day celebration, we hope they plan ahead for a safe ride home with Miller Lite Free Rides,” said Diane Wagner, alcohol responsibility manager for Miller Brewing. Miller Lite...

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Milwaukee County files major opioid lawsuit against pharmaceutical drug manufacturers

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel Margaret Daun, and the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors announced on March 14 that Milwaukee County is taking a long-needed step to hold accountable the companies responsible for dumping millions of dollars’ worth of prescription opiates into our community, filing a public nuisance lawsuit against the pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and wholesale drug distributors that made the opioid epidemic possible. Milwaukee County has filed suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three...

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BRIC Building showcases innovative co-working space for central city entrepreneurs

Dozens gathered for the first Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) Building Showcase on February 22. Located in the heart of Milwaukee at 2741 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, local business and community members were invited to the open house of Milwaukee’s newest and innovative co-working space for entrepreneurs. The BRIC Building Showcase was an open house for aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners to learn more about the co-working space and building entrepreneurship opportunities collaboratively. Participants were provided a tour of the two-level space, networked with local entrepreneurs and business organizations. The event included facilitated discussion with local...

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Sherman Phoenix project still needs $1M to complete its $3.5M fundraising goal

The development plan aims to heal Milwaukee’s Sherman Park after 2016 tragedy resulted in neighborhood damage. Sherman Phoenix, a model for healing our city and building community, is nearing its $3.5 million campaign goal. With the help of over 100 investors and donors, $2.5 million has been raised to fund Sherman Phoenix. Currently, $1 million more is needed before the building can be completed. Once completed, Sherman Phoenix will house 17+ small businesses, which will contribute to 75+ new jobs in the neighborhood. To further encourage entrepreneurship in communities of color, Sherman Phoenix will also provide mentorship and coaching...

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