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AMKE: The List 9-28-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

U.S. Bank along with the Non-profit Center of Milwaukee is hosting a seminar led by national non-profit leader, David La Piana. Milwaukee is just one of three stops that La Piana is making. He’s going to talk about strategic issues faced by non-profit orgs and their supporters. There will be a hands-on workshop afterward for non-profits, for-profit businesses and foundations. La Piana speaks at 8 tonight at Cardinal Stritch University.

Governor Walker met with 20 business executives in Milwaukee yesterday to talk about job growth. Walker said jobs are a top priority of his administration but at this meeting he was there to listen and talk about the challenges of job creation. Leaders gave advice for more construction job growth, but several businesses say the biggest challenge is the disconnect between the skills their company needs and level of education and training among workers. Walker plans to hold more forums like the one yesterday.

Facebook is always changing, that we know, but for the first time the company started an old school political action committee and it will use it to distribute cash to candidates in the upcoming elections. FB Pac gives employees a way to make their voice heard during the political process by supporting candidates who share Facebook’s goals of promoting innovation to our nation’s economy. It’s not certain which races Facebook will be making contributions to but this is one example of how social media companies are integrating politics.

Mayor Barrett gave his 2012 budget proposal yesterday. He said that next year's budget is going to be rough because the city lost $19 million in state aid under Walker's budget. Barrett said most Milwaukee workers would have to take home smaller paychecks because of the new health care benefits. The good news from the plan is the expansion of libraries which we mentioned yesterday and that the plan is trying to preserve police and fire service while devoting resources for preventing foreclosures and reducing infant mortality.

The unemployment rate rose in most states last month, and the once booming South originally entered the recession with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, but now it’s seeing the highest rates. It’s now higher than it is in the Northwest and the Midwest. Although the recovery is slow, the concentration of jobs is now focused on the South and West, trying to bring employment back after the hard downturn.

YP Impact, the Milwaukee based young professionals org, is hosting a growing quality connections event tonight. The event is welcoming young professionals to come together and network with one another. The organization constantly comes up with ways on connecting young professionals that are making a difference throughout Milwaukee. The event starts at 6 p.m. at downtown’s Rock Bottom Restaurant.