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Alliance Hosts Foxconn Tour

February 1st, 2021|

The Alliance hosted a tour on Thursday for seven manufacturing member companies to visit Foxconn’s Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park Multipurpose Building. The 90-minute tour included an overview and update on current status of the campus buildout, meeting with Foxconn vice chairman Dr. Jay Lee and tour of manufacturing production in the multipurpose building. [...]

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

January 18th, 2021|

Last week, The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released its initial recommendations for Phase 1B vaccination, which included the definition of essential personnel who will be prioritized to access the vaccine. Many businesses were surprised to see that these recommendations defined “essential worker” in a much different way than we saw this spring during [...]

COVID Liability Protection – Update

January 4th, 2021|

As the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly begin the 2021-22 legislative session this week, one issue of continued importance to the business community is COVID-19 liability protection for businesses, nonprofits, schools and others from frivolous lawsuits. For several months, the Alliance has joined with a coalition of other stakeholders asking the Wisconsin legislature and Governor Evers [...]

Overview of Vaccine Distribution in Waukesha County

December 21st, 2020|

In collaboration with Waukesha County's Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign, the Alliance continues to provide important updates regarding COVID-19 on behalf of the County, including the vaccine distribution rollout. If you have immediate questions regarding the information below, please contact Amanda Payne, Senior Vice President of Public Policy. The Alliance will continue to provide updates [...]

Court Grants a Temporary Injunction on the Release of Business Names Allegedly Connected to COVID-19 Cases

December 4th, 2020|

The Waukesha County Circuit Court held a hearing on Monday in the case against Gov. Tony Evers' administration over the potential release of information about businesses that have had two or more employees test positive for COVID-19. Following a three-hour hearing, Judge Lloyd Carter dismissed both motions to dismiss and granted the request for a temporary [...]

Alliance Supports Co-Sponsorship of LRB-6434

September 15th, 2020|

The Waukesha County Business Alliance is encouraging state legislators to co-sponsor LRB-6434/2 circulated by Senator Kapenga, Representative Born, and Representative Knodl on September 1, 2020. The bill would create a safe harbor for all property owners/occupants who are good actors against frivolous lawsuits alleging a plaintiff was infected with COVID-19 at a specific premises. Below [...]

Protect Businesses from Frivolous Lawsuits

June 29th, 2020|

To continue keeping the Wisconsin economy moving in the right direction, it is imperative that the legislature pass reasonable protections from liability for businesses, schools and other organizations who reopen to serve the public, and are taking commonsense measures to protect their employees, customers, and clients during these irregular times. If we want our organizations [...]

Wisconsin Opportunity Zone legislation signed into law

March 12th, 2020|

On Tuesday, March 3, Governor Evers signed AB 532, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 136, to enhance the federal Opportunity Zone program in the state of Wisconsin. The Alliance joined the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) to advocate in support of the bill. Under the Opportunity Zone program, low-income community census tracts were used to determine [...]

Alliance supports Assembly Bill 532 to enhance Wisconsin Opportunity Zones

February 28th, 2020|

Legislation advances to Governor’s office for approval Assembly Bill 532, which the Alliance has supported, has passed the Assembly and Senate and advanced to Governor Evers for signature. This important legislation aims to connect Wisconsin’s most economically challenged communities with private capital that is necessary to drive economic growth and job creation. Assembly Bill 532, [...]

Alliance Hosts Transit Roundtable

February 27th, 2020|

In partnership with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), the Alliance recently hosted a Waukesha Area Transit Roundtable for employers.  At the request of Waukesha County and the City of Waukesha, SEWRPC is currently preparing a 5-year transit plan to evaluate the existing transit services, analyze changes that could be made, and make recommendations [...]