Alliance In The Media

Check out how the Alliance is involved in local efforts that are covered in the media.

Foxconn to impact more than Racine County

October 27, 2017

The Waukesha County Center for Growth and the Waukesha County Business Alliance have been supportive of the Foxconn project since the beginning and we have been working hard to ensure Waukesha County is poised to take advantage of the many opportunities Foxconn has to offer.

Meet the Milwaukee area's power brokers

October 25, 2017

These are the people who others turn to when they need to get something done, whether it’s a business deal, community project or raising money for a great cause. Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, is one of them.

MADE Career Pathways Expo

October 18, 2017

BizTimes Media – Almost 1,000 high school students attended the MADE Career Pathways Expo hosted by Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha County Center for Growth, Aries Industries, and Dedicated Computing.

Waukesha business survey shows modest growth, skill and retention issues

October 16, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – A recent survey revealed that while businesses in Waukesha County are trending toward growth, employers still have serious hiring concerns surrounding skills and retention.

Waukesha Co. students get close look at careers in manufacturing & skilled trades

October 12, 2017

TMJ4 – Almost 1,000 high school students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in trade careers like manufacturing, engineering and construction on Thursday morning.

Survey: 76% of county businesses plan to expand

October 11, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Waukesha County businesses intend to grow during the next three years through increasing their staff, moving to a larger facility, via acquisitions or by growing their revenue, among other reasons, according to a survey.

SDNB Releases 2017-2020 Strategic Priorities, Expands Metrics

October 5, 2017

Waukesha Patch – Information provided to the School District of New Berlin’s Board of Education on Sept. 11 will help guide the work of the district in the years to come.

Proposed Waukesha County budget would decrease tax rate by 2%

September 28, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has introduced his 2018 executive budget to the Waukesha County Board.

Making STUFF happen for the workforce of the future

September 19, 2017

BizTimes Media – Wisconsin’s manufacturing, building and construction sectors are thriving. The remarkable growth of these industries is outpacing the available workforce. Local businesses in our region tell us that they need more skilled workers with the desire to learn in an ever-changing, high-tech environment.

Ramirez learned many lessons in Washington

September 15, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Milwaukee-area business executive Austin Ramirez had quite a view of the transition from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump earlier this year.

Zoo Interchange's last phase delayed under budget amendment

September 6, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – A late-night amendment to Wisconsin’s upcoming transportation budget would delay completion of the Zoo Interchange reconstruction, and doesn’t include money to advance the Interstate 94 east-west rebuild.

A push to pay for the project

September 1, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Waukesha County officials are rallying behind the planned reconstruction project for the Interstate 94 east/west corridor that was cut from the state’s proposed biennial budget by Gov. Scott Walker.

WMC and 43 Local Chambers Announce Support for Foxconn Legislation

August 22, 2017

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) sent a letter to members of the Joint Committee on Finance urging them to support the Foxconn legislation – Special Session Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1. The letter was signed by WMC – the state’s chamber of commerce – and 42 local chambers from all across Wisconsin.

Foxconn impact would be felt in Waukesha County

August 11, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Jim Zaiser, president and CEO of Hydro-Thermal Corp. in Waukesha, welcomes the idea that Foxconn could intensify competition between local companies that are seeking skilled workers.

Milwaukee Biz Blog: Foxconn’s impact will benefit Waukesha County

August 7, 2017

BizTimes Media – The waiting was worth it—Foxconn has announced it will have a fully-functional manufacturing plant in Wisconsin as soon as 2020. So what does that mean for Waukesha County and the rest of the region?

The BIG One Golf Outing 2017

August 3, 2017

BizTimes Media – The BIG One golf outing is the largest golf outing in Waukesha County and is one of the signature fundraisers for the Waukesha County Business Alliance. The BIG One brings together 300+ people of all golfing abilities for 18 holes and networking with the business community of Waukesha County.

State legislators: Bring Wisconn Valley to Wisconsin and secure our future

August 1, 2017

Lake Country Now – This week, Wisconsin lawmakers will convene for a special session to consider legislation that will solidify Foxconn coming to Wisconsin. [Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow] has urged bipartisan support for the bill in order to bring thousands of jobs and a new era of economic development to the state.

Foxconn may entice students into technical careers

July 29, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – It may be a few years until Foxconn opens its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin, but it’s never too soon to start gaining the skills to land a job at the tech giant company — or another company in need of skilled trade workers.

Metal-Era begins expansion work in Waukesha

July 25, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – The ability to expand its corporate headquarters is a reflection on the hard work of Metal-Era’s employees said President Tony Mallinger during a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday morning.

Johnson hopeful about GOP reaching health care agreement

July 23, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, largely focused on health care reform during a luncheon speech with the Waukesha County Business Alliance at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday.

Vetta to receive Don Richards Leadership Award

July 21, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – First Business Financial Services, Inc. announced Thursday that Dave Vetta, former president and CEO of First Business Bank, will receive the Don Richards Leadership Award. The award will be presented by the Waukesha County Business Alliance at its 99th annual meeting on Sept. 8.

Ron Johnson optimistic that Senate Republicans can pass health care reform before August recess

July 21, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday he remains optimistic that Republicans will be able to pass health care reform legislation, arguing that leadership from President Donald Trump has kick-started the effort.

Waukesha County Center for Growth exceeding goals

July 21, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – For a year the staff at the Waukesha County Center for Growth has been meeting with companies in the hopes of convincing them to build, expand or move to Waukesha County. And so far, the response has been strong, said Economic Development Director Tim Casey.

Casey: Don't misunderstand us, Wisconsin wants Foxconn

July 16, 2017

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published a discouraging article titled “If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won’t be what many expect.” From the standpoint of someone working in that manufacturing plant, we would do well to remember that that’s not a bad thing.

Business Alliance welcomes new members

July 7, 2017

Waukesha Freeman

Survey shows growing confidence in economy

June 20, 2017

Lake Country Now – A recent survey by the state chamber, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), finds that state business leaders rate both the U.S. and Wisconsin economies as stronger today than six months ago.

Waukesha County manufacturers navigate tightening job market

June 12, 2017

BizTimes Media – If you looked only at the job figures, it would seem Waukesha County manufacturing was in a slump for much of 2016. The county’s manufacturing industry averaged a year-over-year decline in employment of more than 2.6 percent, even as private sector employment was up more than 1.5 percent on average.

Changing viewpoint leads Farrow to sign on as M7 co-chair

June 12, 2017

BizTimes Media – It took a couple tries to convince Paul Farrow to become a co-chair of the Milwaukee 7. The Waukesha County Economic Development Corp. had shut down not long before he was elected and creating a new entity was a top priority for him.

Mooney: Keep the I-94 east-west project on track

June 6, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – I have been deeply involved in economic development in Wisconsin for the past 50 years. My company helps other companies relocate or expand their operations in our state. Site selection and job creation are part of what we do.

Center for Growth study helps locate best areas of development

June 2, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – The Waukesha County Center for Growth on Thursday announced that a study has found opportunities for long-term growth within the county.

Dr. Dave interviews Suzanne Kelley of Waukesha Business Alliance on the latest All Business radio show

May 27, 2017

Learn how the Waukesha County Business Alliance is helping make Waukesha the best place for business on 620 WTMJ.

Unemployment rates in region at all-time lows

May 25, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Unemployment rates in the metropolitan Milwaukee area decreased to historic lows in April, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Waukesha County Business Alliance announces winners of Mary Baer Schools2Skills scholarship

May 25, 2017

Lake Country NOW – The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the seven recipients of the Mary Baer Schools2Skills scholarship to attend Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) this semester.

Business Alliance launches new website

May 17, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – The Waukesha County Business Alliance has launched a new website.

Chamber Chat: Reaching young professionals

May 13, 2017

Lake Country NOW – Attracting and developing a robust talent pipeline is a major focus of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. YPWeek Wisconsin recently provided the Alliance with an opportunity to partner with several other organizations to demonstrate why Waukesha County should be a destination of choice for young professionals to live, work and play.

OwnersEdge in Brookfield named among Top 10 Businesses of the Year

May 10, 2017

Brookfield-Elm Grove NOW – Brookfield-based OwnersEdge, Inc. has been named a 2017 Top 10 Business of the Year by the Waukesha County Business Alliance and media partner BizTimes Media LLC.

People on the Move

May 5, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Mervyn Byrd has been promoted to vice president of sales and leadership development at Waukesha County Business Alliance.

Business Alliance announces county's 'Emerging Leaders'

April 25, 2017

Lake Country NOW – The Waukesha County Business Alliance announced the eight winners of its Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program.

Waukesha County Business Alliance announces Top 10 Businesses of the Year

April 18, 2017

BizTimes Media – The Waukesha County Business Alliance announced the winners of its annual Top 10 Businesses of the Year Awards.

Expanding again: New Berlin companies hiring through ‘Joseph Project’ in Milwaukee

April 16, 2017

FOX6 News – The Joseph Project, a faith-based jobs program that connects people in Milwaukee’s central city with jobs in other counties, is expanding again.

Joseph Project expanding to Waukesha County

April 11, 2017

BizTimes Media – The Joseph Project, an initiative that provides job training and transportation to work for Milwaukee residents, received a donated van from several Waukesha County businesses on Monday, helping the project expand to New Berlin.

Business leaders call for I-94 corridor funding

April 8, 2017

WISN12 – Suzanne Kelley of the Waukesha County Business Alliance says businesses depend on the I-94 East –
West corridor for commerce.

On the Move: Waukesha

April 7, 2017

Waukesha NOW – The Waukesha County Business Alliance named Kathleen Schwind as the new inside sales associate.

Coalition wants state to maintain I-94 corridor funding

April 6, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Surrounded by products made by southeastern Wisconsin companies that rely on Interstate 94 to transport their goods, members of a newly formed coalition called on Wisconsin’s administration to prioritize maintenance and improvements of the Interstate 94 East-West corridor.

Assembly Speaker Vos responds to business push for I-94 east-west reconstruction funds

April 5, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos responded to calls for money to fund the Interstate 94 east-west reconstruction, saying the I-94 project in Racine County must not be delayed.

Business leaders: Bring back Milwaukee's I-94 east-west project

April 5, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Merging into a crowded, multi-lane debate, some of Wisconsin’s top businesses Tuesday called for restoring the I-94 east-west project, saying it was critical to the region’s economy.

Mayor talks state of Oconomowoc in meeting with business professionals

March 30, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Oconomowoc Mayor David Nold provided a presentation and informal discussion with local business professionals Friday during an event focused on the state of Oconomowoc and its future.

How proposed state budget affects business

March 24, 2017

Lake Country NOW – Last month Governor Scott Walker introduced his proposed 2017-19 state budget bill, which is the most significant piece of legislation considered by state policy makers every two years.

Manufacturers' message on industry not yet connecting

March 16, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – The top issue for Milwaukee-area manufacturing firms has been and continues to be workforce and the jobs gap, and the ability to find the right people for open positions, panelists said at a recent Milwaukee Business Journal Manufacturing CEO Roundtable.

Waukesha restaurants show off favorite dishes at 'Savor the Flavor'

March 8, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Fourteen Waukesha County restaurants got to show off their specialties March 4 as more than 350 area executives packed the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s “Savor the Flavor” event at The Legend of Brandybrook in Wales. Check out photos from the event in the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Julie Seegers.

Manufacturing leaders express concern over Trump’s trade, immigration policies

February 28, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Manufacturing industry leaders expressed concern over President Trump’s attitude toward two key issues — trade and immigration. That’s the take from the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Manufacturing CEO Roundtable at The Pfister Hotel.

Chamber Chat: Education and career planning should go hand-in-hand

February 9, 2017

Lake Country NOW – Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is a new statewide initiative that requires middle schools and high schools to provide students with access to counseling and activities that explore possible career paths.