This shift represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the Milwaukee Region.

The challenge is most acute in the manufacturing sector, which represents a significant and growing number of jobs. The region has the second highest percentage of its population employed in manufacturing in the country. More than 100,000 people work in production positions and in the next decade, one-third of those positions are expected to turn over. Through innovation and commitment, we can become a region of choice for talent and business. But it requires everyone – employers, students, educators and workforce agencies – to work as partners toward a common goal.