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Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

February 17th, 2020|

On Thursday, February 6, more than 1,000 fifth through eighth graders came to Milwaukee Tool for the second annual Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo. Students gained exposure to career opportunities in the construction industry through interactive activities run by forty different construction and skilled trades companies. Activities included: working in a mock demolition room, [...]

Building Software, Serving Communities and Guiding Careers

February 4th, 2020|

As featured in the January 2020 Accelerate Magazine: Brad ZepeckiPresident & CEO, Octavian Technology Group It’s no secret that Wisconsin has a brain drain problem, especially in the tech industry. College graduates are fleeing the state for lucrative and prestigious jobs elsewhere, instead of staying put to advance their careers. So, how do we curb [...]

Alliance continues to advocate for 94 East-West

January 31st, 2020|

Waukesha County’s economic vitality depends on modern, safe and efficient infrastructure networks. In support of this, the Alliance continues to be an advocate for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 16th Street and 70th Street. The Alliance is partnering with a broad coalition of stakeholders, requesting Governor Evers’ leadership in advancing the 94 E/W project and preparing [...]

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald addresses Alliance members

January 31st, 2020|

Alliance members met with Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) Thursday as part of the Alliance’s One-on-One With Public Officials program. Fitzgerald, who is majority leader of the Wisconsin Senate, spoke confidently about the positive financial position the state is in right now, given that it has the highest budget reserves in the last 40 years. “It’s [...]

Advocating for economic development

January 30th, 2020|

Last month, the Alliance and several of our member organizations and municipal partners participated in the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) 2020 Legislative Day. The day brings together economic development professionals from around the state to advocate on important issues such as TIF, opportunity zones and workforce housing.  The day included discussion and advocacy on [...]

TIF legislation would stymie economic development momentum

January 17th, 2020|

Authored by: Jeff HoffmanJeff is past chair of the Waukesha County Business Alliance Policy Board and a Principal with Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke The state of Wisconsin continues to capture significant investment from global business leaders. Economic wins in the past 12 months alone include companies such as Milwaukee Electric Tool, Oshkosh Corporation and [...]

Suzanne Kelley Named Chairman of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Advisors

January 17th, 2020|

Suzanne Kelley, President/CEO, Waukesha County Business Alliance The Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE) – the state’s professional association of full and part-time executives and staff members of local chambers of commerce – announced Suzanne Kelley from the Waukesha County Business Alliance as the new Chairman of the Board of Advisors. “Chambers of Wisconsin from [...]

Aligning local, state and federal priorities to help targeted populations re-enter the workforce

January 15th, 2020|

One of the Alliance’s top workforce development policy priorities in 2020 is supporting programs that assist targeted populations to enter or re-enter the workforce. Earlier this week, the Alliance was proud to attend a special program of the Joseph Project, which included a roundtable discussion led by Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, U.S. Senator Ron [...]

Alliance Finalizes 2020 Policy Agenda

January 7th, 2020|

The Alliance provides a clear and persuasive voice for the business community and advocates for business-friendly legislation at local, state, and federal levels. Here are our 2020 areas of focus: Workforce development is the number one issue facing Waukesha County, the Milwaukee 7 region and our state. An Alliance survey found that 84 percent of Waukesha County [...]

2019 Business & Education Partnerships Recap

January 6th, 2020|

As we reflect on 2019, we are proud to report that our business and education partnerships are stronger than ever. This past year was filled with numerous opportunities to develop our future workforce by connecting businesses and educational institutions. The following is just a portion of the work completed in 2019. Thank you to all [...]