Alliance In The Media

Check out how the Alliance is involved in local efforts that are covered in the media.


Business Alliance expands Schools2Skills program

November 15, 2018

This school year, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is piloting two new Schools2Skills Healthcare tours with ProHealth Care in an attempt to expand the program and help educate future health care workers.

Waukesha County Business Alliance Schools2Skills program adds health care industry

November 14, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance Schools2Skills program, which has introduced thousands of high school students to manufacturing careers over the past seven years, is expanding its focus to include another industry facing a worker shortage: health care.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrates expansion

November 12, 2018

Ron Johnson’s office, Waukesha County Business Alliance and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow celebrate the expansion of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Waukesha.

Employer benefits focus on education, training

November 10, 2018

Industry experts believe investing in employee development is a short-term expense for businesses that understand the value of well-trained and educated personnel. “Many of our member companies, including the vast majority of our member manufacturers, offer tuition reimbursement for their employees. When we bring students and educators to companies in the manufacturing, health care, construction/skilled trades and IT industries through our Schools2Skills and Careers Uncovered programs, countless companies we have visited talk about tuition reimbursement as a benefit,” says Amanda Payne, vice president of public policy for Waukesha County Business Alliance.

See our first group of 2019 Milwaukee-area power brokers

November 5, 2018

Waukesha County Business Alliance President & CEO Suzanne Kelley and U.S. Bank executive Jayne Hladio are among the executives who are new to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2019 power brokers list. Check out the attached slideshow to see the first group of 50 power brokers, who are many of the key movers and shakers in the area’s business community.

Technical career demand posing challenge for Waukesha educators

November 1, 2018

Five Waukesha County superintendents met with EmbedTek chief operating officer Tom Fotsch to talk about technical careers as part of the Waukesha County Business Alliance quarterly roundtable program.

Governor Walker Announces $5.1 Million in Commute to Careers Grants

October 26, 2018

Governor Scott Walker announced that 29 grants, totaling more than $5.1 million, have been awarded under the Commute to Careers program, a multi-agency initiative to eliminate transportation barriers for workers seeking to advance their careers or enter the workforce. The program is funded by the Wisconsin Departments of Workforce Development (DWD) and Transportation (WisDOT).

Production workers logging most hours since at least 2013

October 22, 2018

With metro Milwaukee unemployment at its lowest levels in at least two decades and as the region’s manufacturing industry continues to expand businesses are increasing the number of hours production workers are putting in to levels not seen in at least five years.

Wisconsin’s health care squeeze

October 15, 2018

A 2016 study from the Health Care Cost Institute found the price of medical services in Wisconsin were the second highest in the nation, according to claims data for the nation’s largest insurance companies. According to the study, costs for 235 common treatments and examinations for commercially insured patients under the age of 65 were 81 percent higher in Wisconsin than the national average.

Tech Wise Training joins Alliance

October 7, 2018

Carlos Muhammad of Tech Wise Training holds a Waukesha County Business Alliance membership plaque.

Business Alliance welcomes accounting firm

October 7, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Alliance Tax & Accounting Services as a new member.

New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies

October 4, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance promoted Annie Hagy to manager of business and education partnerships.

Re/Max Service First celebrates new location

October 1, 2018

On Aug. 9, Re/Max Service First celebrated its new location in the Town of Brookfield at 21075 Swenson Drive, No. 200, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

100th Annual Meeting

September 26, 2018

Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrated its centennial with its 100th Annual Meeting.

More than 800 area CEOs, public officials, educators and businesspeople attended the event, which was held at the Waukesha County Expo Center. Attendees celebrated the accomplishments of the Waukesha County business community over the past 100 years and discussed the trends facing business in the future.

Jagler: Employers need to ‘widen the talent funnel’ in tight labor market

September 21, 2018

The U.S. Labor Department said this month that the number of job openings in the country rose 1.7 percent in July to 6.9 million, the most on record dating back to late 2000.

Wisconsin Metal Parts joins Alliance

September 21, 2018

Wisconsin Metal Parts recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.

Firestone Building Products celebrates

September 21, 2018

Firestone Building Products celebrated its purchase of Gaco Western in Waukesha with the Waukesha County Business Alliance in August.

Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrates 100 years

September 18, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance held its 100th annual meeting at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Thursday.

Lack of employees dominates discussion at Waukesha County Business Alliance event: Slideshow

September 14, 2018

The difficult task of finding enough employees to fill open positions dominated the discussion Thursday evening at the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s 100th annual meeting. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the popular event, which attracted a huge crowd to the Waukesha County Expo Center.

The Big One Golf Outing

September 11, 2018

Waukesha County Business Alliance recently held its annual golf outing, The BIG One.

It is one of the largest business golf outings in Waukesha County, bringing together more than 350 people of all golfing abilities for 18 holes and networking. It supports the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s mission to drive economic growth in Waukesha County.

AMP: Thinking differently about workforce

September 7, 2018

Waukesha County Business Alliance recently hosted an AMP (alliance morning program) event, called “Thinking differently about workforce,” at Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield.

Red Fox Crossing neighborhood opens in New Berlin

September 4, 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the grand opening of Tim O’Brien Homes’ new neighborhood Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. The neighborhood is Wisconsin’s First Net Zero Ready community, meaning the community has electrical generation from solar photovoltaic systems that will offset the projected electrical consumption of each individual home.

How Waukesha County leaders are working to create, retain talent

August 9, 2018

Executives, academics and governments officials in Wisconsin’s third-largest county have been actively working on ways to attract and retain talent as labor shortages loom.

Want to be an engineer?

August 8, 2018

The Alliance wrote this article for BizTimes Media’s annual Guide to STUFF publication to encourage students to consider careers in engineering.

Guide to STUFF

August 8, 2018

The Alliance helped BizTimes gather information for their annual Guide to STUFF publication. Guide to STUFF is a workforce development publication for students in southeast Wisconsin.

Waukesha seeks $110 million federal loan for water project

August 3, 2018

Waukesha is competing for the chance to borrow about $110 million from the federal government to pay for its new Lake Michigan water system, a funding option that could save its ratepayers about $40 million.

OwnersEdge CEO goal: $200M tech holding company

August 2, 2018

In just three years, Lisa Reardon has grown OwnersEdge Inc. into an $80 million employee-owned holdings corporation with more than 320 employees across Wisconsin.

New conference center will make Brookfield a hub for collaboration

August 1, 2018

The soon-to-be constructed Brookfield Conference Center will pull more business people into Waukesha County from the surrounding region while retaining existing professionals who now have a brand new place to conduct meetings.

Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrates award winners

June 25, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and the Waukesha County Center for Growth held an awards gala Thursday night to honor the Waukesha County Advocate of the Year, the Small and Large Nonprofits of the Year and the Small, Medium and Large Businesses of the Year.

Largest Milwaukee-area chambers of commerce

June 15, 2018

The List is ranked by total paid membership at chambers of commerce based in the seven-county Milwaukee area. That total includes business and individual paid memberships.

Want to do business in Taiwan?

June 11, 2018

Foxconn Technology Group’s decision to locate in Wisconsin created a new link between the state and the company’s home country of Taiwan. It’s a connection many businesses are eager to take advantage of, whether as a Foxconn supplier or in another industry.

Jagler: Employers need to be proactive to recruit and retain top talent in full labor market

June 8, 2018

For the first time on record, the number of job openings in the U.S. exceeds the number of unemployed Americans — a trend that experts say may soon give workers more leverage for pay raises.

ATC buys land for Foxconn substation from Mount Pleasant

June 4, 2018

Pewaukee-based American Transmission Co. bought 33 acres of land from the village of Mount Pleasant for a substation to provide power to Foxconn Technology Group’s planned $10 billion LCD manufacturing campus.

New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies

May 31, 2018

The Waukesha County Center for Growth, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center hired Lucy Waldhuetter as a business consultant.

‘Tremendous opportunities’ Business leaders talk Foxconn at WCBA panel discussion

May 23, 2018

As site preparation begins on the $10 billion Foxconn manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant, companies across southeastern Wisconsin are wondering how the sprawling display-screen factory might impact their industries. On Tuesday the Waukesha County Business Alliance strove to answer that question with a panel discussion featuring business leaders already working on the project.

A-list attendees join Katherine Gehl call to overturn politics from the 'rational middle'

May 15, 2018

The Wisconsin launch of former food industry executive Katherine Gehl’s political revolution — she seeks candidates in “the rational middle” — was a genteel affair that included an unlikely call to action from the duo of tech executive and Donald Trump supporter Andy Nunemaker and progressive philanthropist Lynde Bradley Uihlein.

Foxconn impact could be felt in Waukesha County

April 30, 2018

Foxconn’s projections call for $1.4 billion in supply chain spending within the state once its plant is fully operational, and Waukesha County leaders believe they’re well-positioned to benefit.

Making strides

April 28, 2018

Center for Growth rounds out second-year string of successes

When the Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation dissolved in late 2014, a task force set out to create a replacement.

New workforce development strategies encompass educators, career readiness

April 26, 2018

It’s an issue we hear about over and over again. Employers in skilled trades industries such as manufacturing and construction, as well as in areas such as information technology, can’t find workers to fill their open positions.

Finalists and winners for 2018 Waukesha County Awards announced

April 5, 2018

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth have announced finalists and some winners for the 2018 Waukesha County Awards. According to a press release, the awards recognize top-performing businesses and nonprofit organizations which have a significant presence in Waukesha County and are making our community a great place to work, play and live.

2018 Waukesha County Awards finalists, winners announced

April 3, 2018

Several local businesses have been honored as finalists in the 2018 Waukesha County Awards. The winners will be announced June 21 at the inaugural Waukesha County Awards Gala at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel.

Rethwisch named an emerging leader

March 17, 2018

EmbedTek, LLC recently announced that Ryan Rethwisch, an engineering manager, has been identified as one of six 2018 Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County by the Waukesha County Business Alliance.

'Savor the Flavor' allows Waukesha County restaurants to highlight food offerings: Slideshow

March 7, 2018

Fourteen Waukesha County restaurants got to show off their specialties March 3 as more than 350 area executives packed the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s “Savor the Flavor” event at The Legend of Brandybrook in Wales.

Jim Beam signs sponsorship of Milwaukee Brewers

March 1, 2018

Schlesinger revealed during a talk at the Waukesha County Business Alliance Thursday that Jim Beam is one of three new sponsors for the coming season. He disclosed details of the deal — but not the dollars involved — in a follow-up email to the Business Journal.

With expectations high, Brewers ticket sales increase 20%

March 1, 2018

“We’re up 20 percent in ticket sales to date, which is a great marker,” Schlesinger said during a Waukesha County Business Alliance breakfast at the Sheraton in Brookfield. “Any time you’re in business and you’re doing 20 percent better than the year before, that’s a good sign.”

Business Alliance sets policy agenda

February 24, 2018

Economic development, education and infrastructure are issues that will remain front and center as 2018 unfolds within the Waukesha County Business Alliance.

Business Alliance names Emerging Leaders

February 23, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has named six Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County award winners — young professionals who have excelled in their careers and community.

Bringing ‘a collective voice’ together for a century

February 17, 2018

Waukesha County Business Alliance reaches 100-year milestone

When it began operations in Waukesha, Woodrow Wilson was president, silent movies were all the rage and a postage stamp cost three cents. Needless to say, much has changed since the establishment of the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce — forerunner of what today is known as the Waukesha County Business Alliance — a century ago, in 1918.

MMAC, WMC file objections to EPA's proposed tighter pollution standards

February 9, 2018

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and other business groups filed objections to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan to implement stricter air emissions standards the groups say would halt manufacturing-related expansions and new factories in southeast Wisconsin.

Business alliance urging EPA to lift stricter emissions for county

February 6, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging the department to remove Racine, Waukesha and Washington counties from an ozone non-attainment area that it says would unfairly halt economic growth in the region.

Waukesha program employs high school students at manufacturing companies

February 5, 2018

A unique program in Waukesha is helping hundreds of high school students get real-world career experience before they even graduate. The Waukesha MADE program (Manufacturing, Automotive, Design and Engineering) sends students to work at local manufacturing companies.

GOP lawmakers working to revive I-94 east-west corridor project

February 1, 2018

Three Republican state lawmakers from southeastern Wisconsin unveiled a proposal today aimed at moving forward the stalled Interstate 94 east-west corridor reconstruction project.

Legislators propose new money to restart I-94 east-west rebuild

January 31, 2018

Republican legislators on Thursday will roll out a new effort to revive the Interstate 94 east-west reconstruction in Milwaukee County. That project would rebuild and widen 3.5 miles of I-94 between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges, including rebuilding the Stadium Interchange near Miller Park. State officials led by Gov. Scott Walker declined to include $31.2 million in planning money for the project in the most recent state budget, putting it on hold.

'It's not dumb, dirty and dangerous'

January 27, 2018

Amid the backdrop of a well-publicized skilled labor shortage, local business leaders gathered for a symposium Friday to discuss the state of the manufacturing industry in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Waukesha County Business Alliance hosted the panel discussion, “Manufacturing Voices,” at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield. Several hundred people attended the event at a time when all eyes are on the industry with Foxconn’s imminent arrival in Racine County.

Waukesha manufacturing execs say referrals, school connections key to attracting skilled talent

January 29, 2018

With nearly every business in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry struggling to find talent, company’s are scrambling for answers as to how to thrive in the shadow of Foxconn Technology Group’s arrival. Panelists at Waukesha County Business Alliance’s first event of 2018, Manufacturing Voices, offered solutions to that problem in front of hundreds of Waukesha’s manufacturing and business professionals at the Sheraton in Brookfield Jan. 26.

Mayors: Cooperation key to region’s growth, success

January 29, 2018

The need for a more regional approach to economic development in southeastern Wisconsin emerged as the central theme of a Waukesha County Business Alliance discussion Friday morning with Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

VIP crowd helps Waukesha County Business Alliance kick off 100th anniversary celebration: Slideshow

January 25, 2018

More than 100 Milwaukee and Waukesha business executives recently helped the Waukesha County Business Alliance kick off its 100 anniversary celebration. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the event held at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha.

Waukesha County Business Alliance 100th anniversary kickoff

January 23, 2018

Waukesha County Business Alliance recently hosted a VIP cocktail reception to kickoff 2018’s year-long celebration of 100 years of business.

Young professionals week expanding into Waukesha

January 10, 2018

The social architecture firm NEWaukee is expanding its program for young professionals in the Milwaukee area dubbed YPWeek into 28 new communities. Among those 28 communities are the city of and county of Waukesha.

NEWaukee announces YPWeek Wisconsin 2018 expansion, Bubbler awards application open

January 5, 2018

NEWaukee is proud to announce the expansion of YPWeek Wisconsin to include 28 communities in 2018, including Waukesha County. The grassroots statewide program will run April 20 to 28, 2018 with each community presenting a variety of programs that empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their hometowns.

Small business owners say 2018 looks bright

January 3, 2018

Weldall, which now has 215 employees, spent $1.75 million on equipment and facility improvements, said plant manager and co-owner David Bahl. For the new year, the company will hit the ground running with five new employees this week, a reflection of this year’s growth, said Bahl. If the 20 to 25 percent increase in sales holds true, he said, jobs would follow. Bahl said he’s confident that the local and national political landscape will help Weldall thrive in 2018 between state leadership’s pro-growth approach to job creation and the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s efforts to help small businesses become competitive.

“We’ve never taken this issue lightly:” Mayors sign contract, allow Milwaukee to sell water to Waukesha

December 20, 2017

It’s official! Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly put pen to paper on Wednesday morning, December 20th — and signed a 40-year contract that will allow the City of Milwaukee to sell water to the City of Waukesha.

Water deal between Waukesha and Milwaukee signed

December 20, 2017

The deal is signed and sealed and soon, Lake Michigan water will be delivered to Waukesha. The Mayors of Milwaukee and Waukesha signed a 40-year contract Wednesday to pump the water between the two cities.

Waukesha County business groups coordinate workforce strategy

December 18, 2017

Waukesha County’s business coalitions have launched a comprehensive workforce development strategy as the county heads into a pivotal 2018 year for the region’s businesses.

Making Wisconsin a workforce destination

December 18, 2017

With industries facing tough waters recruiting qualified employees, local business leaders gathered Friday morning at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center to talk about how best to attract millennials and other talent pools.

Key industries event highlights workforce concerns

December 18, 2017

Workforce issues remain among the greatest concerns for many of the state’s industries. Leaders in the manufacturing, cybersecurity, construction and the staffing industry discussed their challenges at “Key Industries for Wisconsin in 2018 and Beyond,” hosted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance on Dec. 15. Mike Flynn, Milwaukee market president of First Business Bank, moderated the discussion.

Waukesha County Business Alliance Key Industries 2018

December 15, 2017

Waukesha County Business Alliance held its annual Key Industries 2018 event on Dec. 15 at Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center in Pewaukee.

Bear Hoff cements family’s legacy at Alloy Products

December 7, 2017

From a young age, Betsy Bear Hoff knew she wanted to run Alloy Products Corp.

Foxconn to impact more than Racine County

October 27, 2017

The Waukesha County Center for Growth and the Waukesha County Business Alliance have been supportive of the Foxconn project since the beginning and we have been working hard to ensure Waukesha County is poised to take advantage of the many opportunities Foxconn has to offer.

Meet the Milwaukee area's power brokers

October 25, 2017

These are the people who others turn to when they need to get something done, whether it’s a business deal, community project or raising money for a great cause. Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, is one of them.

MADE Career Pathways Expo

October 18, 2017

BizTimes Media – Almost 1,000 high school students attended the MADE Career Pathways Expo hosted by Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha County Center for Growth, Aries Industries, and Dedicated Computing.

Waukesha business survey shows modest growth, skill and retention issues

October 16, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – A recent survey revealed that while businesses in Waukesha County are trending toward growth, employers still have serious hiring concerns surrounding skills and retention.

Waukesha Co. students get close look at careers in manufacturing & skilled trades

October 12, 2017

TMJ4 – Almost 1,000 high school students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in trade careers like manufacturing, engineering and construction on Thursday morning.

Survey: 76% of county businesses plan to expand

October 11, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Waukesha County businesses intend to grow during the next three years through increasing their staff, moving to a larger facility, via acquisitions or by growing their revenue, among other reasons, according to a survey.

WMC and 43 Local Chambers Announce Support for Foxconn Legislation

August 22, 2017

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) sent a letter to members of the Joint Committee on Finance urging them to support the Foxconn legislation – Special Session Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1. The letter was signed by WMC – the state’s chamber of commerce – and 42 local chambers from all across Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Biz Blog: Foxconn’s impact will benefit Waukesha County

August 7, 2017

BizTimes Media – The waiting was worth it—Foxconn has announced it will have a fully-functional manufacturing plant in Wisconsin as soon as 2020. So what does that mean for Waukesha County and the rest of the region?

Casey: Don't misunderstand us, Wisconsin wants Foxconn

July 16, 2017

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published a discouraging article titled “If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won’t be what many expect.” From the standpoint of someone working in that manufacturing plant, we would do well to remember that that’s not a bad thing.

Expanding again: New Berlin companies hiring through ‘Joseph Project’ in Milwaukee

April 16, 2017

FOX6 News – The Joseph Project, a faith-based jobs program that connects people in Milwaukee’s central city with jobs in other counties, is expanding again.

Joseph Project expanding to Waukesha County

April 11, 2017

BizTimes Media – The Joseph Project, an initiative that provides job training and transportation to work for Milwaukee residents, received a donated van from several Waukesha County businesses on Monday, helping the project expand to New Berlin.

Business leaders call for I-94 corridor funding

April 8, 2017

WISN12 – Suzanne Kelley of the Waukesha County Business Alliance says businesses depend on the I-94 East –
West corridor for commerce.

Coalition wants state to maintain I-94 corridor funding

April 6, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Surrounded by products made by southeastern Wisconsin companies that rely on Interstate 94 to transport their goods, members of a newly formed coalition called on Wisconsin’s administration to prioritize maintenance and improvements of the Interstate 94 East-West corridor.

Business leaders: Bring back Milwaukee's I-94 east-west project

April 5, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Merging into a crowded, multi-lane debate, some of Wisconsin’s top businesses Tuesday called for restoring the I-94 east-west project, saying it was critical to the region’s economy.