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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 southeastern 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
     
 2017    The Future Food Center gains traction
     
 2018    FaBcap_two, the second class of the FaBcap Accelerator, graduates

 

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