Economic Development

The Alliance is a key partner in promoting economic development in Waukesha County.  To enhance the work of the Waukesha County Center for Growth, the county’s economic development organization, we advocate for local, state and federal policies that support business growth and allow Wisconsin to remain competitive with other states. Waukesha County’s economy is inextricably linked to Milwaukee and the broader region – as such the Alliance is also an active participant in the efforts of the Milwaukee 7 to build a vibrant regional economy incorporating entrepreneurship, innovation and transformational technology.

2022 Policy Priorities:

  1. Advocate for pro-business tax policies that allow Wisconsin to be competitive.
  2. Advocate for a pro-business regulatory climate that allows Wisconsin to compete more successfully on national and international playing fields.
  3. Serve as an advisor and advocate for the Waukesha County Center for Growth and promote the organization’s GROW Fund.
  4. Support Wisconsin’s Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit.
  5. Promote the use and expansion of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an economic development tool for local municipalities.
  6. Promote Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) programs that drive economic growth and align incentives to emerging strategies to address workforce shortage, such as automation.
  7. Increase exports and improve trade for Wisconsin businesses.
  8. Support entrepreneurship by connecting start-ups and early-stage companies to resources such as Small Business Development Center (SBDC) services.
  9. Support liability protections for employers against frivolous lawsuits related to COVID-19.
  10. Support policies that facilitate a positive economic recovery to the pandemic and ongoing challenges.

High School Students Attend Mini Business World at Carroll University

Last week, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) Foundation hosted Mini Business World at Carroll University. The goal of the program is to provide students with a stronger understanding of what it takes to start a business, the power of the free enterprise system, and ultimately leave with a […]

Patti Kneiser Named 2022 Advocate of the Year

The Alliance is proud to recognize Patti Kneiser, MHA, FACHE, of Froedtert Health, as this year’s Advocate of the Year! The Waukesha County Advocate of the Year award celebrates an individual who has demonstrated incredible dedication to making Waukesha County a vibrant community. The award was created to honor and remember the late Bart Adams. […]

94 EW: WisDOT accepting comments through June 30; additional public meetings scheduled

The Alliance has long supported completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 16th Street and 70th Street through modernization and expansion of the corridor. Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced it was proceeding with a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) using recent data and additional public input. The department continues to analyze […]

Alliance Partners in FlexRide Launch

Government, business, nonprofit, and other leaders came together on March 9 to celebrate the launch of FlexRide Milwaukee. FlexRide Milwaukee is helping people who take city buses get to their jobs more easily. The Alliance’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy Amanda Payne was recently interviewed by CBS58 to discuss the program along with other partners. Amanda […]

Waukesha County Poised for Growth

As we kick off 2022, Waukesha County businesses are optimistic about growth. Despite the ongoing pandemic, a Waukesha County business survey from fall of 2021 reported that more than 79 percent of businesses plan to expand in the next three years. These results are on par with prior years, including 82 percent in 2019 and […]

Alliance Supports Micro-Transit Project

A national award-winning proposal from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is targeted at addressing two problems — one of them fairly recent and one chronic. The recent problem is the labor shortage that afflicts many businesses trying to come out of the pandemic. The chronic problem is getting unemployed workers in Milwaukee to jobs in the suburbs, particularly […]

Economic Development Committee

Ann Barry Hanneman

von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

Bob Dennik

Vice Chair
VJS Construction Services

Ryan Amtmann

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Jeff Anderson

M3 Insurance

Greg Bauer

BMO Harris Bank

Brad Baumann


Roxanne Baumann

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Joe Bitter

River Run

Greg Block

First Business Bank

Tom DiSalvo

Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Troy Giles

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Pat Henderson


Gus Hernandez

Associated Bank

Jeff Hoffman

Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke

Peter Holewinski

Tetra Defense Inc.

Michael Johnson

We Energies

Mike Judson

Judson & Associates S.C.

Patti Kneiser

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Tony Laszewski

Waukesha State Bank

Matt Matson

Strang Inc

Rick Nierzwicki

Tri-North Builders

Josh Nissen

Engauge Workforce Solutions

Chad O'Brien

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

Erik Owen

Oak Hill Business Partners

Griffin Prochnow

Town Bank

Jonathan Schatz

Ehlers & Associates Inc.

Fred Stier

Stier Construction, Inc.

Brad Wells

U.S. Bank

Uriah Wolfe


Ben Woodward

First Internet Bank