The mayor? A chief innovation officer? A new department? Where should new ideas in Milwaukee government come from?

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As part of our 25th anniversary issue, we asked business and community leaders to suggest big ideas and goals for Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin over the next 25 years.

To help highlight these ideas, we’re opening up access to one idea per day to all our readers. On Tuesday, we highlighted NEWaukee co-founder Jeremy Fojut’s suggestion that the city of Milwaukee create a Department of Transformation. The article is still available for BizTimes Insiders here.

All readers can see a full list of the contributors and their big ideas here.

The department Fojut is suggesting would focus on areas like talent, the future economy, cost savings and inefficiencies and culture. Fojut said it is needed “to solve problems and uncover inefficiencies while also working to improve systems, inspire innovation across sectors, and evaluate outdated projects and procedures.”

Discussion about the idea on social media largely centered on the best approach to achieve these goals, not whether the city needs to be pursuing them.

Beyond whether innovation and transformation should be the responsibility of the mayor or a new department, readers also chimed in on what the focus of a transformation position should be:

Readers also pointed out that other cities have departments working on similar issues:

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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