MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Seven Milwaukee area counties promise to make good use of a federal economic designation they received Wednesday.
The "Milwaukee 7" group will be among the first to benefit from a new program that uses federal resources to boost local efforts for creating factory jobs. It's called the "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership."
The Obama White House chose 12 areas as the first participants -- and the Milwaukee 7 was among them. It will make the region eligible for up to $1.3 billion in federal grant money.
Some of it could fund a proposed advanced manufacturing training center in a key Milwaukee industrial corridor. It could also expand an energy innovation center in the former Eaton Corporation tech facility.
That center seeks to attract startup companies in the energy and power sectors -- and it already has a client.
Pat O'Brien, the executive director of the Milwaukee 7 group, calls the federal designation a "big deal" -- and it shows that the region's manufacturing economy can compete and make gains at the national level.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)