Alliance In The Media

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

'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.

SDNB Releases 2017-2020 Strategic Priorities, Expands Metrics

October 5, 2017

Waukesha Patch – Information provided to the School District of New Berlin’s Board of Education on Sept. 11 will help guide the work of the district in the years to come.

Proposed Waukesha County budget would decrease tax rate by 2%

September 28, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has introduced his 2018 executive budget to the Waukesha County Board.

Making STUFF happen for the workforce of the future

September 19, 2017

BizTimes Media – Wisconsin’s manufacturing, building and construction sectors are thriving. The remarkable growth of these industries is outpacing the available workforce. Local businesses in our region tell us that they need more skilled workers with the desire to learn in an ever-changing, high-tech environment.

Ramirez learned many lessons in Washington

September 15, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Milwaukee-area business executive Austin Ramirez had quite a view of the transition from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump earlier this year.

Zoo Interchange's last phase delayed under budget amendment

September 6, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – A late-night amendment to Wisconsin’s upcoming transportation budget would delay completion of the Zoo Interchange reconstruction, and doesn’t include money to advance the Interstate 94 east-west rebuild.

A push to pay for the project

September 1, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Waukesha County officials are rallying behind the planned reconstruction project for the Interstate 94 east/west corridor that was cut from the state’s proposed biennial budget by Gov. Scott Walker.

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.

Foxconn impact would be felt in Waukesha County

August 11, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Jim Zaiser, president and CEO of Hydro-Thermal Corp. in Waukesha, welcomes the idea that Foxconn could intensify competition between local companies that are seeking skilled workers.

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?

The BIG One Golf Outing 2017

August 3, 2017

BizTimes Media – The BIG One golf outing is the largest golf outing in Waukesha County and is one of the signature fundraisers for the Waukesha County Business Alliance. The BIG One brings together 300+ people of all golfing abilities for 18 holes and networking with the business community of Waukesha County.

State legislators: Bring Wisconn Valley to Wisconsin and secure our future

August 1, 2017

Lake Country Now – This week, Wisconsin lawmakers will convene for a special session to consider legislation that will solidify Foxconn coming to Wisconsin. [Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow] has urged bipartisan support for the bill in order to bring thousands of jobs and a new era of economic development to the state.

Foxconn may entice students into technical careers

July 29, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – It may be a few years until Foxconn opens its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin, but it’s never too soon to start gaining the skills to land a job at the tech giant company — or another company in need of skilled trade workers.

Metal-Era begins expansion work in Waukesha

July 25, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – The ability to expand its corporate headquarters is a reflection on the hard work of Metal-Era’s employees said President Tony Mallinger during a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday morning.

Johnson hopeful about GOP reaching health care agreement

July 23, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, largely focused on health care reform during a luncheon speech with the Waukesha County Business Alliance at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday.

Vetta to receive Don Richards Leadership Award

July 21, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – First Business Financial Services, Inc. announced Thursday that Dave Vetta, former president and CEO of First Business Bank, will receive the Don Richards Leadership Award. The award will be presented by the Waukesha County Business Alliance at its 99th annual meeting on Sept. 8.

Ron Johnson optimistic that Senate Republicans can pass health care reform before August recess

July 21, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday he remains optimistic that Republicans will be able to pass health care reform legislation, arguing that leadership from President Donald Trump has kick-started the effort.

Waukesha County Center for Growth exceeding goals

July 21, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – For a year the staff at the Waukesha County Center for Growth has been meeting with companies in the hopes of convincing them to build, expand or move to Waukesha County. And so far, the response has been strong, said Economic Development Director Tim Casey.

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.

Business Alliance welcomes new members

July 7, 2017

Waukesha Freeman

Survey shows growing confidence in economy

June 20, 2017

Lake Country Now – A recent survey by the state chamber, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), finds that state business leaders rate both the U.S. and Wisconsin economies as stronger today than six months ago.

Waukesha County manufacturers navigate tightening job market

June 12, 2017

BizTimes Media – If you looked only at the job figures, it would seem Waukesha County manufacturing was in a slump for much of 2016. The county’s manufacturing industry averaged a year-over-year decline in employment of more than 2.6 percent, even as private sector employment was up more than 1.5 percent on average.

Changing viewpoint leads Farrow to sign on as M7 co-chair

June 12, 2017

BizTimes Media – It took a couple tries to convince Paul Farrow to become a co-chair of the Milwaukee 7. The Waukesha County Economic Development Corp. had shut down not long before he was elected and creating a new entity was a top priority for him.

Mooney: Keep the I-94 east-west project on track

June 6, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – I have been deeply involved in economic development in Wisconsin for the past 50 years. My company helps other companies relocate or expand their operations in our state. Site selection and job creation are part of what we do.

Center for Growth study helps locate best areas of development

June 2, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – The Waukesha County Center for Growth on Thursday announced that a study has found opportunities for long-term growth within the county.

Dr. Dave interviews Suzanne Kelley of Waukesha Business Alliance on the latest All Business radio show

May 27, 2017

Learn how the Waukesha County Business Alliance is helping make Waukesha the best place for business on 620 WTMJ.

Unemployment rates in region at all-time lows

May 25, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Unemployment rates in the metropolitan Milwaukee area decreased to historic lows in April, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Waukesha County Business Alliance announces winners of Mary Baer Schools2Skills scholarship

May 25, 2017

Lake Country NOW – The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the seven recipients of the Mary Baer Schools2Skills scholarship to attend Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) this semester.

Business Alliance launches new website

May 17, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – The Waukesha County Business Alliance has launched a new website.

Chamber Chat: Reaching young professionals

May 13, 2017

Lake Country NOW – Attracting and developing a robust talent pipeline is a major focus of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. YPWeek Wisconsin recently provided the Alliance with an opportunity to partner with several other organizations to demonstrate why Waukesha County should be a destination of choice for young professionals to live, work and play.

OwnersEdge in Brookfield named among Top 10 Businesses of the Year

May 10, 2017

Brookfield-Elm Grove NOW – Brookfield-based OwnersEdge, Inc. has been named a 2017 Top 10 Business of the Year by the Waukesha County Business Alliance and media partner BizTimes Media LLC.

People on the Move

May 5, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Mervyn Byrd has been promoted to vice president of sales and leadership development at Waukesha County Business Alliance.

Business Alliance announces county's 'Emerging Leaders'

April 25, 2017

Lake Country NOW – The Waukesha County Business Alliance announced the eight winners of its Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program.

Waukesha County Business Alliance announces Top 10 Businesses of the Year

April 18, 2017

BizTimes Media – The Waukesha County Business Alliance announced the winners of its annual Top 10 Businesses of the Year Awards.

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.

On the Move: Waukesha

April 7, 2017

Waukesha NOW – The Waukesha County Business Alliance named Kathleen Schwind as the new inside sales associate.

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.

Assembly Speaker Vos responds to business push for I-94 east-west reconstruction funds

April 5, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos responded to calls for money to fund the Interstate 94 east-west reconstruction, saying the I-94 project in Racine County must not be delayed.

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.

Mayor talks state of Oconomowoc in meeting with business professionals

March 30, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Oconomowoc Mayor David Nold provided a presentation and informal discussion with local business professionals Friday during an event focused on the state of Oconomowoc and its future.

How proposed state budget affects business

March 24, 2017

Lake Country NOW – Last month Governor Scott Walker introduced his proposed 2017-19 state budget bill, which is the most significant piece of legislation considered by state policy makers every two years.

Manufacturers' message on industry not yet connecting

March 16, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – The top issue for Milwaukee-area manufacturing firms has been and continues to be workforce and the jobs gap, and the ability to find the right people for open positions, panelists said at a recent Milwaukee Business Journal Manufacturing CEO Roundtable.

Waukesha restaurants show off favorite dishes at 'Savor the Flavor'

March 8, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Fourteen Waukesha County restaurants got to show off their specialties March 4 as more than 350 area executives packed the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s “Savor the Flavor” event at The Legend of Brandybrook in Wales. Check out photos from the event in the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Julie Seegers.

Manufacturing leaders express concern over Trump’s trade, immigration policies

February 28, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Manufacturing industry leaders expressed concern over President Trump’s attitude toward two key issues — trade and immigration. That’s the take from the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Manufacturing CEO Roundtable at The Pfister Hotel.

Chamber Chat: Education and career planning should go hand-in-hand

February 9, 2017

Lake Country NOW – Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is a new statewide initiative that requires middle schools and high schools to provide students with access to counseling and activities that explore possible career paths.