As a Milwaukee native who’s been living large in the tech wilds of San Francisco the last seven years, I’d see the Cream City named to lists with titles like “The Top 10 Most Unexpected Cities for High-Technology Innovation” and I’d think, “well, that shouldn’t be unexpected at all.” From my college summer job working on Innovation Drive at the Milwaukee County Research Park – which still includes a business incubator housing all kinds of promising tech startups – I’ve known that Milwaukee is a tech town. We have no shortage of bright entrepreneurial types with the technology expertise to compete anywhere, and plenty of folks starting new businesses and fulfilling their visions for changing the world. Really, I’ve known this since I was a kid here, when, at school science fairs, about 70% of kids invented heated driveways that would make it so you didn’t have to shovel snow all winter. I’ve heard the theory that folks from Wisconsin are bright simply because it’s too cold in winter to do much except read books, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this truly was a factor. It may be confirmation bias on my part, but tons of transplanted Wisconsinites work in the tech industry out in San Francisco – you just meet them everywhere. I’d see the Bay Area Badgers fill venues and represent the state on a level you just don’t see from… I’ll go ahead and pick on Wyoming.
I’ve now just moved to back to my home state to head up Clement | Peterson’s Milwaukee office, and I’ve been glad to have timed my homecoming here in the heart of festival season. I’m also glad to have been eased back in with a mild summer (and to have air conditioning).
I’ll be splitting time between Milwaukee and San Francisco, giving local clients the best of both worlds – Clement | Peterson is an SF agency that now has a friendly local presence in Milwaukee. If you’re a Milwaukee-area company looking for an attentive, boutique PR agency with connections to all that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer, and would also prefer a local connection with account managers who can talk brats, bubblers, cheese curds and the Packers just as well as the routes to PR success, we’re here for you.