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National Urban League president visits Milwaukee to talk about improving urban landscapes: Slideshow

National Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial visited Milwaukee Saturday to meet with community and business leaders to talk about strategies to improve outcomes in our urban settings. Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Jake Hill to see photos from the meeting that draw a group of prominent business executives. The event was held at the Wisconsin Center District in downtown Milwaukee and drew more than 200 southeastern Wisconsin business and community leaders. It was hosted by the Milwaukee Urban League, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Employ Mil

JPMorgan Chase awards $3.5 million to spur economic growth in Milwaukee

JPMorgan Chase is donating $3.5 million to a partnership of Milwaukee economic development organizations to support commercial building and entrepreneurship in low-income areas and neighborhoods serving people of color. A group of Milwaukee organizations that include the Milwaukee Local Initiatives Support Corp., Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Savings and Loan Association, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp. and the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. secured the funding through a JPMorgan Chase competition called PRO Neighborhoods (Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods). Together, the group of organizations, called Brew City Match, will use the money

Johnson Controls CEO: Milwaukee will benefit from $100M venture fund

George Oliver believes the four-company Wisconn Valley Venture Fund will lead to "big business" for the Milwaukee area. Oliver, chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls International plc since 2017, discussed the $100 million partnership at Monday's Greater Milwaukee Committee monthly meeting. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) formed the venture fund in late August along with Foxconn Technology Group, Northwestern Mutual and Advocate Aurora Health Care. "We realized that we're all leaders in what we do, and a lot of what we do today is going to be dependent on technology," Oliver said. "We saw a lot of convergence in technologies. Even though you have financial services, health care, Foxconn in the e

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