March 06, 2012

Leisure time pays big in Milwaukee

The business of leisure represents a powerful economic force, both in metropolitan Milwaukee and across the country.According to an On Numbers analysis of 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data, 18 metropolitan areas are home to more than 1,000 businesses in …
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March 05, 2012

Negotiations could clear way for Downtown Transit Center sale

Milwaukee County officials are working out a deal to move bus service from the Downtown Transit Center so it can be made available for sale and redeveloped.A county task force last year recommended the county sell the transit center for …
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March 05, 2012

Labor unions back mining bill

Five labor unions announced that they support proposed legislation in Wisconsin that would streamline the permitting process for iron ore mines.The labor unions pledging their support are the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 139; …
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March 05, 2012

PNC completes RBC Bank USA deal

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. said it has completed the $3.47 billion purchase of RBC Bank USA, Raleigh, N.C., from the Royal Bank of Canada, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The parent of PNC Bank (NYSE: …
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March 05, 2012

Wisconsin summer tourism ad campaign unveiled

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism unveiled two new 30-second spots for its summer advertising campaign, including one that features a cameo appearance by actor and Green Bay native Tony Shalhoub.About 900 travel industry professionals who are …
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March 05, 2012

Milwaukee 'dining tax' second-lowest in U.S.

Milwaukee has the second-lowest tax in the nation for dining out, according to a Tax Foundation survey of Americas top 50 cities.The only city that boasts a lower rate than Milwaukee is Portland, Ore., which has no tax, the Tax Foundation …
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March 05, 2012

GOP legislator still has reservations about compromise mining bill

The Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance is now considering a compromise bill to streamline the state's iron mining permitting process following hours of discussions with a state legislator who poses a serious roadblock to the legislation.The …
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March 05, 2012

Ronald McDonald House planning expansion in Wauwatosa

The Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee wants to break ground by September on a more than $5 million project to double its number of rooms in Wauwatosa.However, for the plan to build an addition to proceed, the nonprofits board would like to …
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March 05, 2012

Boost in state’s tourism budget driving growth in industry, officials say

A boost in the states tourism budget has been critical in allowing Wisconsin to compete with neighboring states in attracting visitors, according to industry and government officials.In 2010, Illinois had a $44 million budget for tourism, while …
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March 05, 2012

CNH Global to construct plant in Brazil

CNH Global NV said Monday that it is planning to spend about $348 million to build a new construction equipment plant in Brazil.Burr Ridge, Ill.-based CNH Global (NYSE: CNH) said the new plant in the state of Minas Gerais will have about 700 …
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March 05, 2012

Milwaukee Hispanics face wide income gap

The city of Milwaukee's Hispanic population is a growing economic force, but the disparity between Hispanic incomes and white incomes is the second-worst in the state of Wisconsin and one of the worst among the nation's major metros.Hispanic …
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March 04, 2012

Slideshow: Admirals, Styx draw big crowd to Bradley Center

I went to a Milwaukee Admirals hockey game on Saturday and a Styx concert broke out.The post-game concert by the prominent classic rock band drew more than 13,000 fans, more than double the average attendance for an Admirals game this season. The …
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