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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

March 28, 2014


1. The exploration of dedicated funding possibilities for Milwaukee's cultural and entertainment assets

The Public Policy Forum issued the December 2013 report, Pulling Back the Curtain, regarding Milwaukee County's major arts, cultural, recreational, and entertainment assets. The report was based off a comprehensive effort to re-examine the issue of public funding for the region's arts, cultural, and entertainment assets and the challenges facing the current facilities. This discussion includes the long-term capital needs of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The NBA has indicated a new arena would be needed to meet its standards for the Milwaukee Bucks.

This March the Public Policy Forum issued an additional report, The Show Must Go On, and shared it with Milwaukee's Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force. The report's Executive Summary concluded that if the city leaders wish to continue to build Milwaukee's growing national reputation as a city that combines both big city amenities and small town charm, then additional public investment into the existing assets is required. The report identified several dedicated funding models that differ based on the community's overall policy goals.

The Show Must Go On report suggested that to determine which funding model fits Milwaukee's needs, the discussion must be framed around key questions and approaches that allow policymakers, civic leaders, and interested citizens to clarify the objectives and identify the path to achieve them. The report takes no position on which funding model would best serve the needs of the Milwaukee community.

As the Milwaukee Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force continues its discussions, watch for upcoming public meetings or submit your feedback online.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

Redeemer Lutheran Church, a local church located on Wisconsin Avenue, is an important stakeholder for Marquette University on neighborhood challenges and issues. Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland and her staff are active participants of the Avenues West Neighborhood, reaching out to all members of the community.

Redeemer's nonprofit ministry, the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, is dedicated to building more collaborative and united communities through conversation. Redeemer holds public dialogues to discuss public issues through conversations lead by trained facilitators.

Beginning on March 29, the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion is hosting a dialogue series about guns in our city, our state, and our nation. The discussion, Guns: Changing the Conversation, will also be held on April 1 and April 10 in various locations throughout Milwaukee. This public discussion will
feature storytellers and film clips from Janet Fitch's award-winning documentary project, Guns, Grief and Grace in America. Visit the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion website for more information and to register.

3. News Updates about our Neighborhood

Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.

The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:

Harmony Initiative hoping to preserve Laacke & Joys buildings in new project - The Business Journal, March 13, 2014

Apartment near Marquette sells for $20.5M to Texas investor - The Business Journal, March 14, 2014

Renters move in to vacant properties through 'Rent to Own Homes' project - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, March 14, 2014

Regional sales tax issue flares up at cultural task force meeting - The Business Journal, March 18, 20144

Pabst relative, locals rally support for bringing Pabst Brewing Co. back to Milwaukee - The Business Journal, March 18, 2014

'Considerable interest' from prospective Bucks Buyer: Source - The Business Journal, March 19, 2014

Milwaukee alderman wants bigger commitment from Bon-Ton in return for incentives - The Business Journal, March 19, 2014

Potawatomi Bingo Casino to change name to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in summer - The Business Journal, March 19, 2014

Gov. Walker approves $43 million more for highway rehab work - The Business Journal, March 19, 2014

Milwaukee Housing Authority gets $6.47M in federal grants - The Business Journal, March 19, 2014

Riding in Uber to Uber's lux Milwaukee debut - The Business Journal, March 20, 2014

Rockwell, ManpowerGroup, Johnson Controls receive ethics awards - The Business Journal, March 20, 2014


Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. accepting applications for real estate certification program - The Business Journal, March 21, 2014

New Dogg Haus to open on Water Street in downtown Milwaukee - The Business Journal, March 21, 2014

Pro beach volleyball tour to visit Milwaukee this summer - The Business Journal, March 24, 2014

Downtown art gallery on Milwaukee River could open this summer - The Business Journal, March 25, 2014

Where will the MU Golden Eagles, Admirals play? - The Journal Sentinel, March 26, 2014

4. News Updates on Government Relations

The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

Data breaches put a dent in colleges' finances as well as reputations - The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 17, 2014

Report documents success of small private colleges in STEM - Inside Higher Ed, March 17, 2014

Graduate-School debt is raising questions about degree's worth - The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 17, 2014

Proposal sets stage for gainful fight - Inside Higher Ed, March 17, 2014

Colleges are tested by push to prove graduates' career success - The Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2014

30 Years In: The evolving federal role in higher education - Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 18, 2014

The Hidden College Problem: when universities, not just students, take on debt - Forbes, March 19, 2014

Our Powers Combined - Inside Higher Ed, March 19, 2014

Ratings or Rankings? - Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2014

Educational department proposes new rules on online programs and debit cards - The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 21, 2014

Student loan debt deal comes with a tax catch - Politico, March 25, 2014

Fight on State Authorization - Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2014

New data shed light on the use of PLUS Loans and controversial loan denials - The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 27, 2014


Community EVENTS

Menomonee Valley Walking Tours - 1st and 3rd Wednesday per month

Milwaukee County Winter's Farmer Market

Most Saturday's through April 9

Martial Arts with Above the Cloud at the Urban Ecology Center
January 15 - May 28

$3 TOURS- Captain Pabst's Birthday
March 28

Pabst Trivia Night
March 28

Fifth Annual Health Care Forum - Infant Mortality in the Milwaukee Community
April 7

Grand Tour Day at the Pabst
April 12

9th Annual Red Shawl Gala
April 12

NEWaukee's YPWeek 2014
April 12-19

Urban Ecology Center Earth Day of Service
April 26

Roots Salon Fashion Affair to benefit Penfield's Children's Center
May 2

WGirls Milwaukee Benefit for Penfield's Children's Center
May 15

More Milwaukee events


Avenues West Association

Les Aspin Center for Government

Submit your idea about Menomonee Valley Planning 2.0

Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Contact Guide

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Office of Public Affairs

Public Policy Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying


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