The Greater Milwaukee Committee intends to align its regional assets in advanced manufacturing and global innovation companies through MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee), a design, technology and innovation cluster that will serve as a catalytic source for rapid innovation and talent to compete on the world stage. Milwaukee ranks second in the nation among the top 50 metros for manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing today relies on technology to operate virtual factories, build electronics, create medical equipment and automation systems. The interface of design between technology and the customer often creates the competitive advantage for existing products and systems and the basis for new products whether that end user is business to business or in a retail environment. MiKE will be built around three core elements: developing hi-tech talent for design and technology start-ups aligned with service and product delivery for companies in the cluster and for interpreneurship within the cluster; OPEN MiKE, a physical and virtual space that promotes open source entrepreneurship and technology prototyping; and the MiKE Council, leadership group consisting of CEOs and top level leadership from our top manufacturing and global innovation companies, which will guide the growth of Milwaukee’s design, technology and innovation cluster. MiKE’s programs will be housed in a repurposed and revitalized infrastructure — the Grand Avenue Mall, an urban shopping center.