The four-county region of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties is home to 1.57 Million people, of which 246,000—or nearly 16% of the population—live on incomes below poverty.
The vast majority of low income families—72% - live in the city of Milwaukee, even though the city makes up only 38% of the four-county population.
This economic segregation is mirrored by deeply rooted racial segregation, which is among the most pronounced in the United States.
Addressing the economic and racial segregation is a regional problem requiring a regional solution; one that promotes shared prosperity and shared responsibility. When we arrive at a regional sense that we are all One Community, then we will also have arrived at a solution for the racial and economic segregation of the region.
Instead of focusing on a limited area, we want to show that the economic, social and moral health of our region is interdependent -- all of the people in all of the cities, villages and towns in the greater metro area need to thrive for all of us to be prosperous.
The suburbs are aging and having a difficult time finding workers, while the population of the city of Milwaukee is getting younger. One study shows that when the wage gap between white and minority populations is narrowed, the entire region could see a 24% growth in the overall economy.
When asked, most people will say that they support tolerance and oppose segregation. Yet, segregation not only exists in our region, it has intensified over the years. The reasons are many-fold and they are structural in nature. And, until the metro area begins to see itself as One Community, our future will not look all that different from our past.
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Southeastern WI Regional Segregation
The Brookings Institution - Remaking Economic Development: 5 Principles
The Brookings Institution - Inclusive Economies
The Brookings Institution - Opportunities for Growth (Sept 2017)
Eliminate Barriers to Inclusive Economies - an Info Graphic
Richard Florida: Confronting the New Urban Crisis
With guest speaker, James L. Santelle, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Attend this insightful, free webinar at 7pm, Thursday, August 27th at:
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Facebook page
“Constitutional Rights to Religious Liberty: The Supreme Court’s Recent Cases on the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment”
“This academic and interactive program will focus on two, recent decisions of our High Court, addressing the meaning and impact of the Constitution’s protections against governmental establishment of religion and preservations of the right to its free exercise. In addition to describing the factual and legal bases for those landmark rulings, James L. Santelle, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (and long-time supporter of the missions and activities of the Interfaith Conference), will comment on the practical significance of the Supreme Court’s decisions for religious and non-faith-affiliated entities. This 90-minute gathering will also include abundant opportunities for participants to ask questions, offer perspectives, and otherwise comment on these important and topical issues.”
This event is sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee