But there is another profile that has come to the fore over the last decade, that of Milwaukee as a technology hub. Some may scoff, but the evidence is very real that our region can more than hold its own on the technology front.
Every advance in that arena has been the product of energetic and innovative leadership, the first requirement for any societal progress. Here are some bullet points that make the case, with credit to the leaders who are creating a new game plan for prosperity:
- Academic R&D in the region passed the $300 million mark several years ago, led by the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and contributions from Marquette University, UW-Whitewater, MSOE and UW-Parkside.
- UWM has stepped forward as big player in marrying academic advancements with the region’s business muscle. Mike Lovell and the two chancellors before him have led the way in redefining UWM a technology player in fresh water science, energy storage and management and advanced manufacturing. Lovell and his team have pulled in research grants from Johnson Controls Inc., General Electric, Rockwell Automation Inc. and We Energies.
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