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: In collaboration with the County Executive and other stakeholders, work to develop and implement a new Economic Development Organization (EDO) to serve as a central point of contact for business inquiries in Waukesha County; Prepare an Economic Development Strategy for Waukesha County that clearly communicates multi-year objectives and serves as an implementation guide for municipal economic development staff, business organizations and the county; Advocate for tax and regulatory measures that promote business retention; etc.
Waukesha County’s future economic vitality depends on its employers having access to a skilled talent pool of employees. Many future members of that talent pool are currently students in Waukesha County schools. Waukesha County businesses, educational institutions and parents must work together to see that the county’s high school graduates are both college and career ready, and that students can take advantage of the job opportunities that exist in the marketplace. The Alliance will continue to collaborate with all of these groups to ensure that Waukesha County schools present multiple school-to-work options to today’s students so that they are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
Chair: Rick Kalscheuer, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.
Key Issues: Support Academic Career Plans (ACPS) for all students and a Universal Credit Transfer Agreement between Wisconsin technical colleges and UW system campuses; Present to Waukesha County school boards, parent/teacher organizations and service groups about the employment needs of Waukesha County Businesses; Connect with middle school students, parents and educators to introduce them to a wider range of careers options; etc.
Waukesha County’s economic vitality depends on a modern and robust infrastructure network coupled with efficient and collaborative governments throughout the 37 municipalities that encompass Waukesha County. A vibrant business climate demands that the day-to-day activities in which we all participate – 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 to markets via modern transportation networks, and continuing to advance fiscally sound and efficient communities – are provided in a seamless and cost-effective manner.
Chair: Tim Stewart, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens
Key Issues: Supporting Waukesha's application to borrow Lake Michigan water via the City of Oak Creek; Discuss potential funding options for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to ensure that the solutions; Advocate for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 70th Street and 16th Street; etc.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Kelley.