WBEZ | Tom Barrett http://www.wbez.org/tags/tom-barrett Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Milwaukee Mayor and former WI gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett explains hopes for regional collaboration http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/milwaukee-mayor-and-former-wi-gubernatorial-candidate-tom-barrett-explains-hopes <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6125_AP060417021171%281%29_0.jpg" title="(AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>Last week, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson came to Chicago to <a href="http://metroplanning.org/multimedia/audio/585">discuss</a> &ldquo;mega-regional priorities&rdquo; at the Metropolitan Planning Council&rsquo;s annual luncheon. (Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to attend, but couldn&rsquo;t get out of a City Council meeting in time.)</p><p>There&rsquo;s a push underway for the region to work more collaboratively and revamp its image.&nbsp; Many say the &ldquo;Rust Belt&rdquo; should trade in its nickname for something catchier like the &ldquo;Fresh Coast,&rdquo; which reflects the area&rsquo;s strengths and uniqueness.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s time that we as a region promote America&rsquo;s &#39;Fresh Coast&#39; because that is who we are,&rdquo; Barrett explained at the luncheon.</p><p>Milwaukee has been trying to capitalize on its proximity to Lake Michigan for a number of years, and the efforts go beyond just branding--it wants to become the next Silicon Valley of water technology.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.thewatercouncil.com/">Milwaukee Water Council</a>, the area is already home to over 130 &ldquo;water technology companies.&rdquo; Chicago&rsquo;s own <a href="http://bluetechalliance.org/">Blue Tech Alliance</a> exists to promote similar businesses in the Chicago area.</p><p>Wednesday on <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, Milwaukee Mayor and former gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett joins us for a primer on the water technology industry. He&#39;ll also explain the ways in which he thinks the region should be working more collaboratively.&nbsp; Do Gary and Milwaukee need Chicago more than we need them? What could we stand to gain by working together, and what exactly do those efforts look like? Tune in to hear Barrett&rsquo;s thoughts just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.</p></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/milwaukee-mayor-and-former-wi-gubernatorial-candidate-tom-barrett-explains-hopes Wisconsinites: Has talking recall gotten you into a sticky situation? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/wisconsinites-has-talking-recall-gotten-you-sticky-situation-99763 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/facebook_1264450478.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 448px; " title="(Facebook/Boycott Scott Walker)" /></div></div><p>Wisconsin is divided heading into Tuesday&#39;s recall election, and that&#39;s leading to some uncomfortable situations in day-to-day life. More than a third of respondents in a recent Marquette University Law School <a href="https://law.marquette.edu/poll/">poll</a> reported that they&#39;d stopped talking about politics with someone because of recall-related disagreements.</p><p>Are you one of those people? Has talking about the recall election gotten you into a sticky situation with family, friends or maybe even someone you didn&#39;t even know?</p><p>If so, we want to hear your story. Share it in the comments and listen for more stories from fellow Wisconsinites.</p></p> Sun, 03 Jun 2012 19:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/wisconsinites-has-talking-recall-gotten-you-sticky-situation-99763