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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stimulating Wisconsin's green economy, May 14, Turner Hall, Milwaukee

4th STREET FORUM
at MILWAUKEE TURNER HALL

Stimulus money is flowing. It could nurture green jobs, energy, and transit.

But will bureaucratic inertia and a powerful status quo stifle Wisconsin’s green future?

FORUM DATE AND TIME: MAY 14, NOON
WHERE: Milwaukee Turner Hall, 2nd Floor, 1034 N. 4th Street (Main entrance across from the Bradley Center on 4th; elevator access off the parking lot on 4th and Highland.)

MODERATOR: ENRIQUE FIGUEROA, PhD, Director, Roberto Hernández Center, UW-Milwaukee, www.uwm.edu

WITH GUESTS
ANN BEIER is the director of Milwaukee’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. She coordinates the City’s efforts to improve water quality, reduce energy consumption, and to create more green technology jobs throughout Milwaukee. Prior to accepting her position here, Ms. Beier worked on environmental issues in government both in Oregon and in Washington DC. www.ci.mil.wi.us/greenteam

CURT HARRIS is the executive director of the African American Chamber of Commerce, which works to increase minority business involvement in Milwaukee and the region. A more recent focus is to encourage minority entrepreneurship in the green sector. Mr. Harris is also a business consultant. www.aaccmke.org

MELISSA SCANLAN is the founder and senior legal counsel for Midwest Environmental Advocates, which provides legal services to implement innovative solutions for environmental problems. Ms. Scanlan is the author of, “Blueprint to Wisconsin’s Green Economy.” www.midwestadvocates.org

NEAL VERFUERTH is president and CEO of Orion Energy Systems that employs over 250 people in Manitowoc and Plymouth. Recently, President Obama recognized Orion in a White House speech, applauding the company for creating green collar jobs in the clean energy sector. www.oriones.com

CAN'T ATTEND?
Milwaukee Public Television will broadcast this forum on Friday, May 15, Channel 10.1and 10, 10PM and Sunday, May 17, Channel 36.1 and 36, 3PM.

Programs also run on Time Warner's, "Wisconsin on Demand," (WIOD), Channel 1111. Check listing.

All programs will be available for checkout from your local public library.

Podcasts of the programs will be posted after broadcast at www.4thStreetForum.org.

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