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.

2021 Policy Priorities:

  1. Support liability protections for employers against frivolous lawsuits related to COVID-19, as well as other policies that facilitate a positive economic recovery and response to the pandemic.
  2. Advocate for pro-business tax policies that allow Wisconsin to be competitive.
  3. Advocate for a pro-business regulatory climate that allows Wisconsin companies to compete more successfully on national and international playing fields.
  4. Promote the use and expansion of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an economic development tool for local municipalities.
  5. Promote Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) programs to drive economic growth, such as business tax credits, training grants, opportunity zones, etc.
  6. Promote policies and programs that increase exports and improve trade for Wisconsin businesses.
  7. Support policies that help companies automate, adopt new technology and operate effectively in a digital economy.
  8. Support entrepreneurship by connecting start-ups and early stage companies to resources such as Small Business Development Center (SBDC) services.
  9. Serve as an advisor and advocate for the Waukesha County Center for Growth and promote the organization’s GROW Fund.

Waukesha County Business Survey Shows Increased Optimism for Growth

For the last several years, the Waukesha County Business Survey has been conducted in cooperation with the Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Center for Growth, Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW) Workforce Development Board and Waukesha County. The data from this year’s survey was obtained by surveying Waukesha County employers from July 2021 through August 2021. Respondents included […]

Alliance hosts workforce roundtable

The Alliance hosted more than 25 CEOs for a roundtable discussion with state leaders yesterday on the critical topic of workforce and hiring. Waukesha County business leaders were joined by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary Missy Hughes, Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Secretary Joel Brennan and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Amy […]

Alliance Joins 50 Chambers in Calling For End of $300 Federal Unemployment Benefit

The Alliance joined 50 chambers of commerce from across the state – including Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state chamber – in sending a letter to Gov. Tony Evers and lawmakers urging them to end federal pandemic related unemployment benefit programs that are contributing to Wisconsin’s workforce shortage, and instead use American Rescue Plan funds […]

Alliance Continues Advocacy Efforts on 94 East-West

Last week, the Alliance joined a coalition of 25+ organizations urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the timely reevaluation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the reinstatement of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the I-94 East-West reconstruction and expansion project. In addition, the Alliance provided public comments in support of the […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Employer On-Site Clinics & Current Vaccine Eligibility

Employer On-Site Vaccine Clinic Requests Due This WednesdayBeginning this week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is opening a process for vaccinators to request a dedicated vaccine supply for employer-based closed clinics. The vaccinator will need to submit information, such as the location, timeframe, and number of doses, to seek approval from DHS. Requests […]

DWD Announces Technical Education Equipment Grants

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) has released a new Technical Education Equipment Grant Program Announcement (GPA). Under the Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program, up to $559,400 in grant funds is available to Wisconsin school districts to train students for careers in advanced manufacturing. The purpose of the […]

Economic Development Committee

Patti Kneiser

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

Ann Barry Hanneman

Vice Chair
von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

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

Joanne Blaesing

CIBM Bank – Brookfield

Greg Block

First Business Bank

Bob Dennik

VJS Construction Services

Tom DiSalvo

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.

Tony Laszewski

Waukesha State Bank

Josh Nissen

Engauge Workforce Solutions

Chad O'Brien

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

Erik Owen

Oak Hill Business Partners

Mike Payne

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Griffin Prochnow

Town Bank, a Wintrust Community Bank

Jonathan Schatz

Ehlers & Associates Inc.

Fred Stier

Stier Construction, Inc.

Timm Walker

Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.

Brad Wells

U.S. Bank

Ben Woodward

First Internet Bank

Uriah Wolfe