Over the last couple of months, we have seen many great projects come into the pipeline here in the Milwaukee area. Some of these proposals (discussed further below) are tremendous, and will translate into hundreds of millions of dollars in work for the union construction industry. However, the higher the project profile, the more controversy that seems to come along with it, and these current projects are no exception. From the Couture, to the street car, to the new Bucks arena, it is hard to even mention these projects without getting caught up in the media storm and debate that follows.
The coming weeks will bring many decisions: the arena location, the Couture/Preserve the Parks Supreme Court ruling, the Common Council vote on the street car. With all of the commotion surrounding these projects, we need to remember that they represent the end of the recession, providing more work for our industry, and a chance to grow our membership.