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— The search for top millennial talent has some companies revamping their workplaces and opening up offices in the downtowns of cities, panelists at a WEDA conference said.

That includes companies such as Johnson Controls, whose Adient automotive spinoff will be headquartered in a downtown Milwaukee building that’s still in the works. Northwestern Mutual is building an office tower downtown.

“If you have a cool workplace … you can now hire the cream of the crop,” said Lyle Landowski, a partner at the real estate consulting firm Colliers International.

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— Epic Systems plans on moving all of the employees at its only remaining Madison location to Verona by the end of this year.

Epic spokeswoman Dana Apfel said that’s always been the goal, but that the company has been unable to do so. That’s because even as Epic adds new buildings to its Verona location, it’s also been hiring more and more employees. The company currently employs around about 9,400 people, Apfel said.

It’s unclear what Epic plans to do with the location, which is located on Tokay Boulevard on Madison’s west side. Epic moved from Madison to Verona in the mid-2000s, as officials there promised financial incentives and more room to grow.

Adam Sayre, the city’s director of planning and development, said Epic currently has three campuses. A fourth campus will be completed in the coming months, he added, and the city has also approved construction on a fifth campus.

— UW-Milwaukee has now joined UW-Madison as the only two R1 research universities in Wisconsin.

The designation, from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, was awarded to 115 universities with the “highest research activity.” UW-Milwaukee had previously been an R2 doctoral university.

“The national elevation of UWM among doctoral research universities with the highest research activity confirms what we have long known about the importance and impact of UWM’s research mission,” Chancellor Mark Mone said. “This is thrilling and gratifying and validation of the remarkable impact of UWM’s faculty, staff and students.”

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http://uwm.edu/news/uwm-receives-top-research-rating-from-carnegie/

— A study co-authored by two Medical College of Wisconsin researchers could help others understand how cells work and developed.

The research suggest that hundreds of millions of years ago, a mutation allowed ancient single cells to multiply into multi-cellular organisms. But the finding could have modern implications, providing a “better understanding how cells communicate.”

The paper was published in the latest eLIFE Journal.

See more:

http://www.mcw.edu/MCW-News-Center/News-Releases/MCW-researchers-discover-ancient-cellular-mutation-leading-to-multi-celled-organisms.htm

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EDUCATION ^top^

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MANAGEMENT ^top^

– Roth Malleck named CFO of Aspirus River View

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– Wisconsin teamster retirees keep up pension fight

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– Packer City Schultz equipment

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POLITICS ^top^

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– Business execs rub elbows with public sector at Milwaukee’s ‘State of the City’

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– Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc planning expansion

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– Walkers Point apartment renovation in Milwaukee adds parking structure

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RETAIL ^top^

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– Steven Point’s Toruga express to close

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SPORTS ^top^

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