Economic Development

Waukesha County ranks as one of Wisconsin’s most economically vibrant counties, fueled by more than 232,000 employees who work at a diverse range of businesses, from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietorships. The county’s low unemployment rate, below 3% in 2017, points to its economic success as well as its major challenge. Workforce will be an area of focus for the Alliance, while continuing to advocate for tax and regulatory reforms to enhance our business climate.

  1. Work with the Waukesha County Center for Growth, Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW) Workforce Development, Milwaukee 7 and other partners to implement talent attraction, retention and development strategies to meet the needs of our employers. To learn more, see our 2018 Workforce Development Strategy.
  2. Support implementation of Waukesha County’s Business Growth Strategy, including the creation of a collaborative fund to enhance our county’s economic development toolbox.
  3. Advocate for tax and regulatory measures that promote business expansion and retention.
  4. Advance efforts to promote government efficiencies between various agencies at the state, county and municipal levels.
  5. Support policy tools, such as Tax Incremental Financing (TIF), that allow Wisconsin to remain competitive with other states in business attraction and expansion.
  6. Serve as an advisor and advocate for the Waukesha County Center for Growth.

We encourage our members to get involved and support our efforts to ensure a strong, pro-business climate in Waukesha County and its surroundings. If you are interested in joining a policy committee, please contact us.

Alliance builds partnerships with Governor-Elect Evers

We look forward to building partnerships with the new administration so we can ensure Waukesha County and southeast Wisconsin remains a great place to live, work and play.

Supporting Milwaukee’s bid for the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The Waukesha County Business Alliance supports Milwaukee’s bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC), which would provide an economic boost and national exposure for the entire region.

Governor Walker announces $5.1 million in Commute to Careers grants

Governor Scott Walker announced that 29 grants, totaling more than $5.1 million, have been awarded under the Commute to Careers program.

Schools are out for summer

Waukesha County schools wrapped up the school year last week. Below represents a portion of the Alliance’s work over the past year to develop our future workforce by connecting businesses and educational institutions: More than 400 students participated in 18 Schools2Skills tours More than 500 students toured the Health Care Career Expo More than 900 […]

Thinking differently about workforce

The benefits of hiring from outside your traditional candidate pool are numerous. Click to connect with resources to help you do that.

Waukesha County Center for Growth celebrates second anniversary

The Waukesha County Center for Growth celebrated its second anniversary last week. The Center for Growth is Waukesha County’s economic development organization, working to generate capital investment, create jobs and grow Waukesha County’s economic base.

Economic Development Committee

Greg Bauer

BMO Harris Bank

Patti Kneiser

Vice Chair
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

Ryan Amtmann

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Jeff Anderson

M3 Insurance

Ann Barry Hanneman

von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

Roxanne Baumann

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Bob Dennik

VJS Construction Services

Mike Eckl

U.S. Bank

Jeff Garretson

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Kyle Haug

Huntington National Bank

Pat Henderson


Gus Hernandez

Johnson Financial Group

Michael Johnson

We Energies

Mike Judson

Judson & Associates S.C.

David Kircher

Phoenix Financial Advisors LLC

Bradley Kussow

Schenck SC

Tony Laszewski

Waukesha State Bank

Mary Nicoson

First Citizens State Bank

Bush Nielsen

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Scott Nissen

Nissen Staffing Continuum Inc

Chad O'Brien

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

Jeff Packee

MSI General Corporation

Tom Palzewicz

ActionCOACH Business Coaching

Mike Payne

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Scott Ramlow

Uihlein/Wilson Architects

Clark Rasmussen

Associated Bank

Tim Richman


Chad Ritterbusch

TRG Marketing

Tracy Shilobrit

Meta4 Marketing & Communication

Michael Stover

Westbury Bank

Lynda Templen

Husch Blackwell LLP

Lori Waldron

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Ben Woodward

Byline Bank