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    2017 Policy Agenda

     

  • 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:

    • Encourage economic development by promoting greater collaboration between the many public and private stakeholders in the county and region
    • Improve and modernize our public infrastructure, including roads and water supply, to encourage people and businesses to locate in southeastern Wisconsin
    • Ensure employers have access to a skilled talent pool of workers, today and in the future
    • Create a competitive tax and regulatory climate that retains, attracts and creates businesses and jobs

     
    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).


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    Waukesha County Business Alliance - 2017 Policy Brief 

     

    Economic Development

    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.

     
    Education

    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.

     

    Infrastructure

    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.


     

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    Policy Board

    Executive Committee

     

    Jeff Hoffman - Chair
    Cushman & Wakefield | The Boerke Company

     

    Tom Fotsch - Secretary
    EmbedTek

    Brian Nemoir - Vice Chair
    Full Impact Communications, LLC


    Committee Members

     

    Greg Bauer
    BMO Harris Bank

    Mike Bergmann
    Aurora Health Care

    Brian Carroll
    Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

    Marikris Coryell
    Friend of the Alliance

    Craig Coursin
    Stier Construction, Inc.

    Mike Farrell
    Sentry Equipment Corporation

    Margaret Farrow
    Friend of the Alliance

    Susan Fronk
    MRA, The Management Association, Inc.

    Michael Gryczka
    InvestorsBank

    Patrick Henderson
    Quad/Graphics

    Rick Kalscheuer
    R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

    Bill King
    King Innovative

    Tom Kissinger
    The Marcus Corporation

    Patti Kneiser
    Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

    William Mielke
    Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

    Michael Mooney
    MLG Development MLG Companies

    Jim Mueller
    Mueller QAAS, LLC

    Mike Payne
    R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

    Joe Pieper
    Westbury Bank

    Mike Pjevach
    Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA

    Tom Schreibel
    Beechwood Sales and Service

    Stuart Schroeder
    The Schroeder Group, S.C., Attorneys at Law

    Tracy Shilobrit
    Meta4 Marketing & Communication

    Tim Stewart
    DeWitt Ross & Stevens

    Fred Stier
    Stier Construction, Inc.

    Jeff Van Domelen
    CC&N
    Dave Vetta
    First Business Bank - Milwaukee
    Sandy Wysocki
    United Performing Arts Fund

     

  • For more information, please contact Suzanne Kelley.