Release Date: Wednesday, October 24th 2012


Ask local employers about the biggest challenge they face, and quite a few will cite the “skills gap.” Businesses say not enough local workers are prepared to fill skilled positions, a problem that only will worsen as Baby Boomers retire. From workers’ perspective, some jobs are not attractive, because they present no career track.

WUWM will explore the disconnect between employers and workers in the series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted. WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers will address the skills gap, including its impact on the community and what leaders are doing to tackle the problem.

Expert panelists and audience members will weigh in at a WUWM Community Forum on Tuesday, October 30. The event will focus on what role government, educators and other groups have in connecting workers and jobs.

LISTEN: The reports will air Monday, October 29 - Friday, November 2, 2012 during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Lake Effect.

ATTEND THE FORUM: Tuesday, October 30 from 4 to 6 pm at the downtown campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College. RSVP to attend.

CONTRIBUTE YOUR IDEAS: What do you think is the reason for the skills gap? Why are eager workers unable to find jobs? What questions should WUWM journalists ask?

The community forum is free and open to the public. RESERVE YOUR SEATS TODAY! RSVP at or call 414-270-1224.


The East Town Association was officially incorporated in 1983, although it began in the early 1960’s.

The first Bastille Days took place July 17 & 18 in 1982 and we celebrate the 30th anniversary in 2011. 

East Town Market celebrates 15 years in 2011 and over 80 vendors participate annually.

Jazz in the Park started in 1991, 21 years later we have over 8,000 weekly attendees.

The Storm the Bastille started in 1985.  Today, over 5000 runners and walkers participate.

November through May, check out the East Town Market at Discovery World on the 2nd Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 

The first Bastille Days was located on Jefferson Street directly in front of George Watts & Son, today Bastille Days has four stages and occupies eight city blocks.

Beginning in 2009, we no longer allow guests to carry in their own alcoholic beverages to any of our events, including Jazz in the Park. Support these free events and buy a glass of wine!

Over 200 businesses and 100 individuals are members of the East Town Association, see why!

Did you know you can get your knives sharpened at the East Town Market?

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