Midwest Air chief says Milwaukee a city of contrasts


Midwest Airlines President and CEO Tim Hoeksema called Milwaukee a city of extremes that has some work to do in order to continue its growth as a business community, during an interview at Marquette Law School today.

“I see a lot of positive things going on, in terms of downtown renovation and people moving back more into the area. I’ve been here 19 years in this community, and I have seen a lot of positive changes,” Hoeksema told interviewer Mike Gousha.

Hoeksema addressed the problems that have plagued the city as well.

“When you look at education, the drop-out rates in the inner city, teen pregnancy rates, we have a lot of work to do in this community,” he said.

Hoeksema praised city efforts to become a more attractive business host but admitted plenty of work lies ahead, primarily in education.

“I think we have a ways to go in terms of the business climate and having people look at Milwaukee first as a place to locate a company,” Hoeksema said. “It takes a lot of cooperation in terms of infrastructure and transportation.”

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