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Janesville, Milwaukee differ on pitches for Talgo plant (2:48 p.m. 7/27/09)

Paul Snyder
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Janesville leaders are debating whether they should amp up the city’s low-key approach to attracting a train manufacturing plant.

Alderman Tom McDonald said the city should discuss a more public campaign, as Milwaukee started, to persuade Spanish train manufacturer Talgo Inc. to open shop in Janesville.

The company earlier this month announced its partnership with Wisconsin to upgrade rail service between Chicago and Milwaukee and help establish the state’s high-speed service between Milwaukee and Madison. Talgo CEO and President Antonio Perez also promised assembly and maintenance facilities for new rail cars and said the company is scouting sites in Milwaukee and Janesville.

Although Milwaukee immediately began a campaign to attract the manufacturing facility, Janesville has taken a less public approach.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said there really is no competition because the jobs will come to Wisconsin.
But with Janesville nursing a 13.2 percent unemployment rate, McDonald said, any economic development is needed, and the city should do what it can to keep pace with Milwaukee’s Talgo campaign.

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