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a.MKE THE List: President Obama Visits Milwaukee & GE Teams up with MPS for "Girls in Engineering": Today’s Top Stories

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President Obama left Milwaukee yesterday after pushing the message of “insourcing” to a crowd of hundreds at the manufacturer, Master Lock.  Obama said, This company has been making the most of a huge opportunity that exists right now to bring jobs and manufacturing back to the United States of America” and “Today, for the first time in 15 years, this plant is running at full capacity.”

Alderman Bob Bauman is suggesting that the city finds a new home for the Milwaukee Police Department Headquarters. The current admin building sits on 7th and State Street downtown, which needs roughly $58 million in renovations. Bauman thinks by moving to a new location near 27th and Wisconsin, that the police presence and redevelopment would revitalize the West Side area. However, Police Chief Ed Flynn would rather see the city invest $5 million a year over the next 10 years to make gradual improvements to the admin building. Alderman Bauman is now asking for the city to draft proposals on the cost of the project. A decision will come down the road.

GE Volunteers are teaming up with MPS to create a “Girls in Engineering Program”. In the first workshop, GE volunteers will work with sixth graders to spark their interest in math, science and engineering so that they might pursue a career in one of those fields in the future.  Those involved are hoping by having these GE women in technology as role models, that these young girls will see the possibilities and really connect with technology in the real world. 

The U.S. and European Union announced that they will soon treat each other’s organic standards as equivalent. So if something is organic here in the states, it means that it’s organic in Europe too. Before, that wasn’t the case. So organic farmers and food companies are excited because now more farmers will be able to export to Europe and their potential markets just doubled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting that U.S. organic exports to Europe will triple within 3 years.

Kohl’s recently told City of Milwaukee Officials that it will not relocate its corporate offices to downtown’s Park East area. Kohl’s Media Relations Dept. declined to comment on its search for a new headquarters until it makes a final decision. We don’t know any factors behind their decision, but we do know this…a downtown headquarters and parking structure would cost more to build than at a suburb site, there would be higher property taxes and the move would be quite disruptive for many Kohl’s employees.

The PNC Foundation is donating $75,000 in grants to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. The grant will help give early financial education to their youngest members. That includes offering the PNC “Grow Up Great Program” to kids ages 5-8-years-old. The program will be held once a week for the next two years and it teaches kids about spending, saving and sharing money. The goal is to encourage success in school and life to underserved children.