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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).


Waukesha County Business Alliance - 2014 Policy Brief 

Economic Development

  • Foster business development through greater collaboration.
  • Advocate for tax and regulatory measures that promote business retention.
  • Advance efforts to streamline and simplify inconsistencies in taxes and regulations.
  • Support state and national efforts to ensure businesses are treated fairly.
  • Support the Alliance’s Infrastructure and Education agendas where Economic Development is impacted.

 
 Education

  • Support the education recommendations from the Sullivan Report.
  • Support the Be Bold 2 Report recommendations on aligning education with the current and future job forecasts.
  • In collaboration with the Alliance’s Manufacturing Executive Council, continue to make presentations to Waukesha County school boards, parent/teacher organizations and service groups to inform them about the employment needs of Waukesha County manufacturers.

 
 Infrastructure

  • Continue to support reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange.
  • Begin gathering data to develop a position on widening/reconstruction of the I-94 corridor between 16thand 70th streets. 
  • Support the West Waukesha Bypass via the Pebble Creek West Alternative.
  • Support Waukesha’s water application to obtain Lake Michigan water via the city of Oak Creek, returning the water through the Root River.
  • Improve current processes within the County Combined Dispatch system.
  • Support the inclusion of Waukesha County communities in the Combined Dispatch Center.
  • Ensure efficiency and effectiveness of Waukesha County services.
  • Encourage cooperative mergers of municipalities.


Policy Board

Executive Committee

 

Bart Adams - Chair
Sikich

Margaret Farrow - Past Chair
Community Leader & Former Lt. Governor

Tom Fotsch - Secretary
EmbedTek

Brian Nemoir - Vice Chair
Full Impact Communications, LLC


Committee Members

 

Brian Carroll
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

Marikris Coryell
DUECO, Inc.

Mike Farrell
Sentry Equipment Corporation

Susan Fronk
MRA, The Management Association, Inc. 

Michael Gryczka
InvestorsBank

Patrick Henderson
Quad/Graphics

Jeff Hoffman
Cushman & Wakefield | The Boerke Company

Rick Kalscheuer
R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Bill King
King Innovative

Tom Kissinger
The Marcus Corporation

William Mielke
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Michael Mooney
MLG Development MLG Companies

Mike Payne
R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Mike Pjevach
Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA

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.


Policy Committees

Economic Development
Key Issues: Improving the business climate of Waukesha County and the state of Wisconsin
Chair: Mike Payne, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.
Meeting Time: Second Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m.
Location: Alliance Office, Waukesha
Staff Contact: Suzanne Kelley


Education
Key Issues: Supporting policies that address future workforce needs in Waukesha County.
Chair: Rick Kalscheuer, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.
Meeting Time: Third Tuesday bi-monthly at 7:30a.m.
Location: Alliance Office, Waukesha
Staff Contact: Mary Baer


Infrastructure
Key Issues: Zoo Interchange reconstruction, construction of a Waukesha West By-Pass, approval of the City of Waukesha’s application for Lake Michigan water to comply with an EPA order to meet federal radium standards by 2018. Municipal cooperation/consolidation to drive improved public services & cost savings. Initial focus is to encourage more communities to join the Waukesha County Dispatch Center as appropriate.
Chair: Jeff Hoffman, Cushman & Wakefield | The Boerke Company

Vice Chair: Tim Stewart, DeWitt Ross & Stevens
Meeting Time: First Tuesday bi-monthly at 7:45a.m.
Location: Alliance Office, Waukesha
Staff Contact: Amanda Payne

 


For more information, please contact Suzanne Kelley.