A program designed to create opportunities for youth, and a talent pipeline for local colleges and employers, is expected to open in Kenosha’s former Brown Bank building by next spring.

Known as the Kenosha Emerging Leaders Academy (KELA), the initiative is a partnership between the city and several local education institutions, companies and other organizations, according to an April 26 announcement by the city of Kenosha.

The city expects to begin renovating the building, located at 2222 63rd St. in Kenosha’s Uptown neighborhood, in the next few months. Clark Dietz Inc., which has offices in Kenosha and Milwaukee, is the engineering consultant on the project.

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