“Milwaukee is about to experience a renaissance like no other in our history.” – David Borst, Family Business Legacy Institute
“As I look around today, I see reasons for optimism as well as reasons to be deeply depressed about our trajectory. I choose to focus on the positive and build from there.” – Juli Kaufmann, Fix Development
“I think high-quality K-12 private schools and major high-tech manufacturers will be significantly more integrated into the downtown and surrounding city neighborhoods than are currently. We will have a comprehensive mass-transit system, and our most decayed neighborhoods will be in the early or middle stages of a positive revival. These have to happen or Milwaukee will fall further behind the great cities of the world, much less the great cities of our region.” – Jeffrey Tredo, Rinka Chung Architecture
“Milwaukee needs to embrace and own uncomfort, collaboration, creativity and change. We must face the unknown and get comfortable with constant uncomfort. Milwaukee can win, but it needs to win through collaboration and being on top of what’s next.” – Jeff Sherman, OnMilwaukee.com
“The momentum that the area has gained over the past couple of years has fundamentally changed the trajectory of the region. With significant investments by Northwestern Mutual, the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks, and numerous other local developers, a foundation is being built for the community to recruit and retain global talent.” – Jeff Hoffman, The Boerke Co.
“New gated communities will gradually grow in the blighted areas of today…car ownership will become obsolete and replaced with zip car rentals, bikes and public transportation.” – David Livingston, DJL Research
“I’m extremely bullish based on the assets that Milwaukee has. But I’m extremely paranoid that we (will not) get our act together to continue to improve and leverage those assets. If we don’t continue to step up our game, we won’t be a winner going forward.” – Tim Sheehy, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce