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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 [...]

Alliance welcomes new board members

June 22nd, 2020|

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has added six new members to its board of directors: Holly Hawkins, president – Wisconsin, Kelly Construction & Design; Todd Hoytink, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Husco International; Lori Lorenz, executive vice president & chief administrative officer, American Transmission Co; Victor Schultz, president and chief fiduciary officer, Prairie [...]

Return-flow infrastructure contracts come in $20M under budget

June 14th, 2020|

Source: Waukesha Freeman | June 9, 2020 Bids for the return-flow portion of the city’s Lake Michigan water supply project have come in $20 million under projections, according to Waukesha Water Utility officials. The Common Council awarded contracts related to the project last week. The contract for the return flow pipeline, which will run from [...]

2019-2020 Business & Education Partnerships

May 27th, 2020|

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, we could not be more proud of the strength and resilience our business & education partnerships have shown. While we understand the end of the school year brought a multitude challenges, this past academic year was also filled with numerous opportunities to develop our future workforce [...]

Alliance endorses WMC’s Back to Business Plan

April 30th, 2020|

The Alliance has officially endorsed the Wisconsin Manufacturer's & Commerce Back to Business Plan. The Back to Business plan is a credible, responsive, adaptable, and tactical means to safely reopen Wisconsin’s economy in a way that responsibly manages risk, and reflects the fact that communities in different parts of the state are having very different [...]

Alliance endorses WMC’s COVID-19 relief agenda focused on economy stability, employee protections

March 30th, 2020|

The Alliance has officially endorsed Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce's new COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Agenda, focused on providing economic assistance to statewide businesses to ease some of the burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alliance will be actively advocating on behalf of these policy solutions with state legislators. If you have suggestions for additional [...]

Coronavirus Update (COVID-19) from Suzanne Kelley, President & CEO

March 17th, 2020|

Watching events unfold over the last week, you’ve probably had a million thoughts swirl through your head.  I know I have.  How serious is this Coronavirus really?  How do I keep my family, friends and colleagues safe?  What does this mean for my business?  What steps can I take now to survive and thrive in [...]

Mini Business World teaches students about economic and financial literacy

March 13th, 2020|

More than 70 students from Waukesha County school districts participated in the Alliance's annual Mini Business World at Carroll University. The one-day Mini Business World event teaches students about economic and financial literacy, while stressing the importance of free-market enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students are put into groups with others from different schools and tasked with creating their [...]

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 [...]

Advocating to expand Youth Apprenticeship in Wisconsin

March 12th, 2020|

Governor Evers signed AB 72 / SB 72 into law as Act 171 on March 3, 2020. The Alliance's Education Policy Committee advocated for the bill, which expands Youth Apprenticeship (YA) programs in Wisconsin to include all 16 career clusters.  YA gives high school juniors and seniors opportunities to work in targeted fields while obtaining [...]