We'll be your voice in Waukesha County and beyond. We'll keep you informed about important issues that impact your organization and the region's business climate. We'll advocate on your behalf to ensure a growing, vital business community.
Focused on key policy issues, we strive to:
Our advocacy efforts are guided by a policy board and three policy committees - economic development, education and infrastructure. The policy brief below gives an overview of the Alliance's more detailed policy agenda, which can be downloaded from the recent documents section (left).
Waukesha County and its 37 municipalities possess many of Wisconsin’s most vibrant businesses. Waukesha County’s most important resource, its people, contributes significant value to the state’s economic output and tax base. Additionally, the quality of life of each community is supported by the meaningful work of businesses large and small. We are committed to removing obstacles to business growth, expansion and development, and marshaling resources to accelerate economic growth and improvement to the quality of life.
Chair: Mike Payne, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.
Key Issues: Serve as an advocate for Waukesha County Center for Growth, Inc. and support implementation of Waukesha County’s Business Growth Strategy; Advocate for tax and regulatory measures that promote business expansion and retention; Advance efforts to streamline taxes and regulations and promote government efficiencies; Identify policy tools that allow Wisconsin to remain competitive within the region and/or that provide Wisconsin a competitive advantage with surrounding states; Identify and implement workforce development and talent recruitment strategies to meet the needs of Waukesha County employers; Support Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) as an important local economic development tool; etc.
Support Waukesha County students in being both college and career ready. Ensure that they are informed consumers of education through awareness and engagement of all available post-secondary options. Prepare students to be successful in the job opportunities that exist in the marketplace, which supports the economic vitality of our region by providing businesses with a pipeline of skilled talent.
Chair: Rick Kalscheuer, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.
Key Issues: Support schools in implementation of Academic Career Plans (ACPs) by providing the framework for business education partnerships throughout Waukesha County; Drive best practices among school districts by promoting and supporting the replication of programs of excellence; Connect with stakeholder groups, including students, parents, teachers, counselors and the broader community, to educate them about career opportunities and pathways available today; Highlight specific in-demand industries including manufacturing, construction/skilled trades, health care and information technology; Advocate for employability skills to become a part of the curriculum in every Waukesha County school district: communication, critical thinking and problem solving, personal responsibility, personal growth, lifelong learning and teamwork; etc.
Waukesha County’s economic vitality depends on a modern and robust infrastructure network coupled with efficient and collaborative governments. A vibrant business climate depends on services such as providing a safe and sustainable supply of drinking water to our communities, connecting people to jobs, facilitating the flow of goods and services via modern transportation networks and continuing to advance fiscally sound and efficient communities – all provided in a seamless and cost-effective manner.
Chair: Tim Stewart, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens
Key Issues: Drive discussion and advocate for statewide, sustainable, long-term transportation funding solutions; Advocate for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 70th Street and 16th Street; Support the continued advancement of municipal service consolidation; Continue to evaluate flexible transportation options that connect people looking for work with jobs that are available in Waukesha County; Support the completion of the West Waukesha Bypass; Support the City of Waukesha in the implementation of borrowing and returning water from Lake Michigan; etc.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Kelley.