The potential of Lake Michigan to attract companies has prompted Milwaukee to allocate $83.5 million in public and private funds next year for industries related to water, according to this article. Milwaukee and other cities around the Great Lakes see opportunities to attract businesses as dry weather increases in the Sun Belt region. "It's pretty certain that water-related risk for business will increase over the long haul in more places," said Jason Morrison, author of a report on the economic impact of a drier climate.

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