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

May 18th, 2021|

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 Supports Senate Bill 78 ‘Pathways to Employment’ Through Expungement

May 18th, 2021|

Just as before the pandemic, our employers need employees. Reforming our expungement system is one tool to help get unemployed and underemployed talent off the sidelines and into the workforce. We simply cannot adequately fuel Wisconsin’s booming economy for the long term if we do not address the state’s labor shortage. Expungement provides non-violent offenders [...]

WCTC Hosts Alliance Manufacturing Members

April 16th, 2021|

This week, Waukesha County Technical College hosted tours of its Integrated Manufacturing Center for Alliance manufacturing members. The tours provided an opportunity to strengthen the partnership between manufacturers and WCTC, further supporting the pipeline of talent in Waukesha County. To learn more about WCTC's manufacturing programs and training, click here.

Alliance Continues Advocacy Efforts on 94 East-West

April 5th, 2021|

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 [...]

Alliance Members Among Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards Honorees

April 5th, 2021|

The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) awards program is continuing the tradition of celebrating manufacturers’ accomplishments, even if it looks a little different this year. In a traditional year, the MOTY Awards would be announced at an evening reception to recognize the impact manufacturing has on Wisconsin and a chance to showcase excellence in [...]

Alliance Hosts Superintendent / President Roundtables

March 17th, 2021|

School District of Waukesha Superintendent Jim Sebert WCTC President Rich Barnhouse Over the last month, the Alliance has hosted superintendent / president roundtables for business leaders to hear from Waukesha County Technical College President Rich Barnhouse and School District of Waukesha Superintendent Jim Sebert. The Alliance welcomes future opportunities to connect the business community with [...]

Suzanne Kelley Featured by Ixonia Bank

March 15th, 2021|

Suzanne Kelley, President & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, spoke to Wendy Sowinski, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Ixonia Bank, about the current state of Waukesha County's business community. Additionally, Suzanne shared insights into what shaped her career to help prepare her to lead such a vital organization and play a [...]

I-94 East-West: WisDOT Public Involvement Meeting

March 15th, 2021|

WisDOT is holding a virtual public involvement meeting for the I-94 East-West Corridor project tonight, March 16 from 6-8 p.m. Completion of the I-94 East-West project has been a longtime policy priority of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. The Alliance will submit comments in support of this project and we encourage you to do the [...]

DWD Announces Technical Education Equipment Grants

March 1st, 2021|

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 [...]

Alliance Applauds Legislators, Governor for Passing COVID-19 Liability Protection

February 25th, 2021|

Governor Tony Evers has signed Special Session Senate Bill 1 into law, which protects businesses, schools, nonprofits and others from COVID-19 litigation. The bill also begins the process of upgrading the state's unemployment computer infrastructure. Since last summer, the Alliance has advocated for COVID-19 liability protection for organizations, and it is one of the top priorities [...]