is the largest metropolitan area in Wisconsin with a population of about
595,000 within the city limits and 1.5 million people in the metropolitan area.
It is an economically and racially diverse urban area, with demographics of 40%
White, 38% African American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Asian, and 3% other
groups (US Census, 2010).
Over the past 50 years, the city has lost population,
seen the erosion of its manufacturing economy, and experienced a rise in
poverty. Persistent segregation, health disparities, educational
under-performance, and economic inequalities present challenges to prosperity
and growth. In recent years, however, Milwaukee has seen a revitalization of
downtown areas and select neighborhoods. Though it remains a center for
precision manufacturing, the health care, design, and service sectors have also
become a significant part of the local economic base. Milwaukee is also poised
to become a world water hub for freshwater research, economic development, and
essential to prepare leaders with the moral fiber necessary to manage complex
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