First Business

May 31, 2013

Abele selects Dargle as new Milwaukee County parks director

John Dargle, former head of the Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia, was selected to become the new Milwaukee County parks director.County Executive Chris Abele's selection of Dargle requires confirmation by the Milwaukee County Board. Dargle …
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May 31, 2013

Badger Meter sponsors new Summerfest water offering

Badger Meter will be the sponsor of Summerfest's newest family activity: paddle boats for the 2013 summer festival. The boats hold up to to four people and cost $8 per person per 30 minute rental. Summerfest paddlers can travel around the northern …
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May 31, 2013

Ball Corp. laying off 72 in Milwaukee

Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. will lay off 72 people at its Milwaukee location, resulting in closure of its beverage operations there, according to a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.The 8500 W. Tower Ave. facility …
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May 31, 2013

Finance committee to vote soon on Walker Medicaid plan

The Wisconsin Legislature;;;s budget committee is expected to vote June 4 or June 5 on Gov. Scott Walker;;;s plan to reject the federal Medicaid expansion and establish his plan for providing health care to the poor in Wisconsin.The Wisconsin …
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May 31, 2013

Gener8tor summer startup accelerator program in Milwaukee has national flavor

Gener8tor;;;s latest class of startups participating in its accelerator program has a distinct national flavor.Besides two companies based in Milwaukee and Madison, Gener8tor also accepted startups from Chicago, Minneapolis and Austin, Texas.Of …
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May 31, 2013

MATC leases former Everest College building near Park East corridor

The Milwaukee Area Technical College is to lease the former Everest College building near the Park East corridor to expand its School of Health Sciences.The building is at West McKinley Avenue and North Sixth Street in Milwaukee. The college plans …
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May 31, 2013

Milwaukee may offer to settle City Hall lawsuit for $12.35M

Milwaukee may drop its lawsuit against three designers involved with City Hall;;;s crumbling facade in exchange for a combined payment of $12.35 million, under a request filed by city attorneys.The city also is discussing a separate settlement with …
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May 31, 2013

ProHealth cancer plan draws strong reactions

ProHealth Care;;;s announcement that it will build a $70 million cancer-care center in Pewaukee makes business sense in the long term and in the short term, observers said.Whether metro Milwaukee needs another cancer-speciality facility is another …
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May 31, 2013

Smithfield may add U.S. jobs after acquisition, observer says

China consumes a lot of pork, which means the acquisition of Patrick Cudahy LLC parent company Smithfield Foods Inc. by a Chinese company will likely go down as a big win, according to one industry observer.Smithfield, Va.-based Smithfield Foods …
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May 31, 2013

Wisconsin extension program offers franchising seminar

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is co-sponsoring an educational event presented by the International Franchise Association."Franchising: A Model for Business Ownership That Works" will cover …
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May 30, 2013

Arbitron sues WKLH owner

Lakefront Communications LLC, which owns two of Milwaukee;;;s most successful radio stations, is being sued by Arbitron Inc. for using Arbitron audience-ratings data without subscribing to the service.An executive with Lakefront Communications …
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May 30, 2013

Burke Foundation to offer grants up to $1 million

The Burke Foundation will be accepting project proposals from May 29 through July 18 for grants that could run up to $1 million per year from organizations that focus on urban education and youth development in metro Milwaukee.The foundation will …
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