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The concentration of food and beverage manufacturing in the Milwaukee Region, and its presence across the state, is so strong that it has been recognized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the Milwaukee 7 as a key cluster for targeted economic growth.

The Milwaukee 7 (M7), the seven county regional economic development collaborative of SE Wisconsin, had identified food and beverage manufacturing as a targeted industry for regional economic growth in 2010. The M7 seized the opportunity to develop a cluster that had high potential for economic impact and with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, have seeded the formation of FaB originally under the banner of FaB Milwaukee. In spring of 2014, the name was changed to FaB Wisconsin.


 

TIMELINE

 2008 Milwaukee 7 and Deloitte study identifies food and beverage manufacturing as a target cluster


 
 2009 Milwaukee 7 and the MMAC dedicates dollars and staffing to form the FaB cluster


 
 2010 FaB Advisory Council formed to determine interest, needs and strategy



 2011 First FaB Forum hosted by MillerCoors



 2012 FaBMilwaukee.com officially launches



 2013 Career Center with job board and career videos launches on FaBMilwaukee.com



 2014 MATC offers three new food manufacturing programs in partnership with FaB
   First Farm-Factory-Fork High School Career Exploration event hosted at Vincent High  School
   First All Member Meeting hosted at new site designated for MATC Food Maker School



 2015 FaB launches "The Good Jobs" talent recruitment strategy
   FaB receives $115,000 grant from WEDC to launch the FaBcap Accelerator
   Second Farm-Factory-Fork High School Career Exploration event hosted at Vincent  High School
   FaB collaborates with WEDC on InWisconsin booth at the IFT Expo in Chicago



2016
FaBcap_one, the first class of the FaBcap Accelerator, graduates

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 FaB Wisconsin is seeded by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and Milwaukee 7.   

 

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