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MILWAUKEE COMMERCE Winter 2017 - Volume 96, No. 4

From the President

Building a better metro: Enhancing Milwaukee’s best assets & reducing its biggest liabilities




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TALENTED WORKFORCE Develop skilled & adaptive life-long learners


Foster a climate that promotes business growth


Enhance & leverage assets that make our region unique

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Support greater success of diverse populations in the region


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MMAC's Public Policy agenda 05 | Member milestones 07 | Building a better metro: enhancing Milwaukee’s best assets & reducing its biggest liabilities Tim Sheehy - MMAC

08 | Milwaukee leaders discuss the region's next generation

The Blueprint For Economic Prosperity 12 14 16 17

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Talented Workforce K-12 Education Workforce Development Attraction & Retention

18 | Thriving Economy 20 | Economic Development 22 | Competitive Business Climate 24 | Distinctive Place 26 | Infrastructure & Physical Assets 27 | Catalytic real estate development

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In Every Issue 31 | MMAC program & event photos 44 | New MMAC members 47 | Staff directory

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Member Milestones 95 YEARS

Masterson Co. Roundy’s Supermarkets


Berghammer Construction Corp. Winding Roofing Co.


Butters-Fetting Co.

60 YEARS Velvac


Milwaukee Bucks YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee


Jonco Industries


Wisconsin Policy Research Institute AIRSAN Corp. Froedtert Health Kings Head Hair Salon


RBP Chemical Technology Mortenson Construction


Maxon Industries CJ & Associates Eppstein Uhen Architects First Choice Coffee and Water Services KEI - Kujawa Enterprises Milwaukee Police Association Quality Air Forwarding Versevo


DeRosa Corporation Chancery Pub and Restaurant City of Milwaukee Continuum Architects + Planners SC Covanta Environmental Solutions Cultivate Communications Dimoda Pizza Go Riteway Transportation Group International Delivery Solutions Schenck SC Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Spin Group Uihlein/Wilson Architects


McClone - Milwaukee Barry J. Goldman CPA Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-West Diamond Discs International Fi-Med Management Kettle Moraine Coatings OnCourse Information Services Sector Management Consulting Group TEMPO Milwaukee Zywave


Uzelac Industries ABM Parking Services Advantage Performance Group Best Version Media

Congratulations to companies celebrating MMAC membership anniversaries September, October, and November 2017 Engman-Taylor Co. Generation Growth Capital Hispanic Professionals of Greater MKE Home Depot Material Recovery Milwaukee Marriott Downtown Planet Fitness - Downtown Milwaukee Planet Fitness - Franklin Planet Fitness - Milwaukee Southgate Signature Flight Support SWICKtech TJ Hale Co. Weldall Mfg.


Capital Midwest Fund A Younger You Medical Spa Accepted Group Automation Arts Blackhawk Capital Partners Cafe Bavaria Cafe Hollander - Hilldale Cafe Hollander - Mequon CEC - Communications Engineering Co. Clear Channel Airports Dental Associates - Beerline Dental Associates - Waukesha Eurofins Microbiology Laboratories Friedle Insurance Agency Innovative Fiber Mayfair Rent-A-Car Midwest Insurance Group Mindful Staffing Solutions National Exchange Bank & Trust - Allenton National Exchange Bank & Trust - Paradise St. National Exchange Bank & Trust- Washington St. Norquist Tool & Die Office Depot - E. Capitol Drive Office Depot - Green Bay Road Office Max - 27th Street Office Max - Appleton Avenue Office Max - Beloit Road Office Max - Burleigh Office Max - Cleveland Avenue Office Max - Delafield Office Max - Howell Avenue Office Max - Port Washington Road Office Max - West Bend Patrice & Associates Personalized Awards Rare Steakhouse Remedy Analytics Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown REV Group Riverwater Partners Roofed Right America Sandler & Ship Serigraph Stockbridge-Munsee Community The Kimpton Journeyman Total Wine & More Tre Rivali Restaurant Valentine Coffee Roasters Walgreens Wheaton Fransciscan Healthcare - Franklin, part of Ascension


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Building a better metro:



hat follows in this edition of Milwaukee Commerce is an outline of the strategies and actions MMAC is engaging in to enhance our assets and reduce our liabilities. Our Blueprint for Economic Prosperity has four core objectives: to deliver a talented workforce; support a thriving economy; develop a distinctive place to live; and support the success of our diverse population. These Blueprint goals are updated on a biannual basis, and our program of work is under regular review by the board. To learn more, visit The end game is to move the needle on the measures we use to mark metro Milwaukee’s progress. Measures like the growth in our gross regional product, an increase in the educational attainment of our adult population, and positive net migration into the region. Ultimately, our vision is to help create a globally competitive region, home to high-value jobs, that support a vibrant quality of life for all. This past year, MMAC surveyed its board and members. Your vital feedback is reflected in this 2017-2019 agenda. The MMAC value proposition is to take action on this agenda and get results. We are starting a new year with plenty of momentum. A 30-year high in downtown development, the largest foreign direct investment in U.S. history, a bustling downtown landscape, a region rippling with jobs. We are also facing a period of significant urgency. A strained workforce, a big gap in educational outcomes for low-income students, and racial disparity are holding the region back. While 2017 marked the Association’s 156th anniversary, the most important work is in front of us. Thank you for your continued investment, and please encourage your peers to join us in the effort to keep the momentum going.

"The end game is to move the needle on the measures we use to mark metro Milwaukee’s progress." Tim Sheehy President Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

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Milwaukee leaders discuss the REGION'S next generation


Froedtert Health

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Generation Growth Capital

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President & CEO

Co-founder & CEO

HUSCO International

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At its 156th All Member Meeting in October, MMAC President Tim Sheehy led a panel discussion to explore the region’s best assets and biggest liabilities as identified by the MMAC’s board of directors and member businesses. Following are excerpts from that conversation.

MMAC Membership Survey results: BEST ASSETS • Quality of life determined by access, affordability, water, culture, arts and parks • People: their work ethic, values and skills

How is talent both an asset and a liability for our region? Cathy: From our perspective, higher education is a real asset. However, we cannot keep up with hiring folks. We are facing a wave of retirement that is absolutely frightening in our workforce right now and the numbers just don't add up. So, for us, talent is a huge issue and actually is slowing down our ability to grow. Austin: Milwaukee is the best place in the world to hire mechanically inclined engineers. But, when it comes to hiring folks that can work in my factories and can build and maintain this expensive equipment we need to produce our products, it's tough.

What does Milwaukee have to offer a startup? Richard: One of the big reasons we moved to Milwaukee [from Boston], beyond the funding we received, was that we made our next three hires here. We think that these are members of our team that would have otherwise moved to Chicago or Silicon Valley because these opportunities aren't usually available here. We need to figure out how to keep smart talent.

• Education: our universities and tech colleges • The economy defined by flagship employers and a broad industry mix • Our business climate under improved public policies, moderating taxes and fiscal stability

BIGGEST LIABILITIES • Racial disparity including segregation, lack of diversity and poverty • Educational attainment measured by low graduation and proficiency rates

More than 1,200 business and community leaders attended MMAC's 2017 All Member Meeting.

• The workforce: brain drain, skills gap and declining numbers • Government’s lack of collaboration and leadership • Low number of startups, venture funding and entrepreneurship |




Racial disparity came up as one of the community’s toughest challenges. Why is it important and what can we do about it? Joel: I have 200 positions open right now. The problem is that I have several million-plus square-foot plants. They can't all be located in Milwaukee so they're west and north and south. We can't get people who need jobs to where they need to go. We haven't had an integrated approach to really fixing this problem. To me, this problem should be as important as building a new arena or redoing a highway. Also, if I can't bring people in, I can't create diversity of thought within my organization. That’s very important when business is relying on innovation. You need many different perspectives of how you're going to solve a problem. Cory: It is not possible to be a healthy, thriving, growing region with these kinds of racial disparities. With a population that's flat to declining we can't afford to leave a large percentage of our talent on the sidelines. We absolutely must figure that out. Beyond the moral imperative, we have a real economic imperative associated with this. We’ve got to get beyond the polite conversation and figure out how to have a real conversation about these major racial disparities. If you look at the data, Milwaukee is on the worst list in the country for everything having to do with African-Americans, from unemployment to education to poverty. Those of us who were born and raised here and who live here don't think of this as the worst place to be in the world, in the country, on any list, so we've got to figure this out.

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Cathy: Millennials particularly want to live in an inclusive urban area and they don't want to live in a place that is labeled the worst segregated community in the country. I think if we treated this issue like a business imperative we would focus more on it than we are right now.


What can we do about lack of political cooperation? Austin: My first message would be salvation is not coming from Washington. We need to demand innovative, efficient, and effective government right here at home. I think we need to pay a lot more attention to how local and state government works and demand the same level of efficiency from our elected officials that we have to deliver as business people.

To move forward as a next generation region, Metro Milwaukee should. . . Richard: From the startup perspective I hear a lot of people say they’re waiting for that one example, that one company we can point to say this was our Facebook. But in order to make capital available for new businesses, for high-risk startups, we can't wait.


1. Attendees listened to the panel discussion from the stands in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. 2. (l to r) Cathy Jacobson, Froedtert Health; Cory Nettles, Generation Growth Capital; and Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics 3. Austin Ramirez, HUSCO International 4. Richard Yau, Bright Cellars

Austin: We need to be proud of the assets we've got. We take that Midwest pride too seriously, we should wave the flag. Joel: I'd say coordination. As we think about Foxconn, we have to look at how government officials coordinate together across county lines, how we coordinate efforts on the inner city much better and really look at the investments we have to make from a public service standpoint. Cory: We should become Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. We need to be a net gainer when it comes to talent. |


Talented Workforce Goal:

Develop skilled & adaptive life-long learners

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One of the leading talent indicators for any region is the percentage of adults with an associate’s degree or higher. At 44%, the region is currently at the median of 20 peer metros.


outheast Wisconsin is facing a crisis of numbers. While our economy continues to grow at a healthy pace, our talent pool is stagnating. The Milwaukee metro area is projected to see the gap between available jobs and available workforce increase to 100,000 by 2023. We face the dual challenge of attracting and retaining talented young people and ensuring all our students achieve to their highest potential. It is an issue that requires interventions all along the continuum – from K-12 education, to career exploration and community engagement. Talent must be nurtured from the youngest age; students should have access to the best educational options; businesses and educational institutions must work in concert to develop skills for success; and opportunities must be available to all people throughout our community. MMAC has a robust agenda when it comes to all aspects of talent development because nothing is more important to our economic growth than people.


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"COSBE business tours introduce students to companies and jobs they never knew existed. It’s a great opportunity to connect classroom skills to different careers and life experiences." Dr. Darienne Driver Superintendent Milwaukee Public SChools


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k-12 Education

Objective: Ensure a high-quality education system that closes the achievement gap for low-income students and students of color.

2015-2017 results R

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Created an interactive map of school quality for all schools in Milwaukee County with publicly funded students. This online report card allows parents and school leaders to evaluate effectiveness of individual schools. More info at


Increased per pupil funding for students in all sectors – MPS District, Choice, Charter – so highperforming schools have the resources they need to expand.


Secured state funding for Teach for America to place additional talent resources in schools ($500,000 per year).


Secured state funding for College Possible, helping more low-income students gain admission to and succeed in college.


Secured $1 million in state funding to expand the Wisconsin Reading Corps, which provides one-onone literacy tutoring to low income students.


Expanded the number of independent charter school authorizers to help ensure future expansion of quality schools.


Secured summer school funding for independent charter schools so students can benefit from additional classroom time.


Expanded pathways to teacher and administrator licensure for out of state individuals and professionals with specialized technical skills in high-demand subject areas.


Secured state funding for high-tech fabrication labs, which provide hands-on experience in areas such as design, engineering, and complex problem-solving.

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1. Carmen Schools of Science and Technology 2. St. Augustine Preparatory Academy 3. St. Marcus Lutheran School 4. Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)

Interactive Milwaukee County school website allows parents, educators and legislators to understand what’s working well in K-12 education and where improvements are desperately needed.


2017-2019 Agenda • Ensure equity in per pupil funding across school sectors — Public, Choice and Charter — to create greater financial parity across systems.

Per-pupil funding per year (2015-16) Charter $8,087 Choice K-8 $7,222 Choice 9-12 $7,868 MPS $12,134

• Continue phase out of the Milwaukee Choice “funding flaw,” so that the state funds 100% of the per pupil cost of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. • Expand the capacity at high-performing schools in Milwaukee so more students have access to high-quality educational opportunities. • Tie school funding to academic performance so resources can be directed to successful schools. • Ensure fair disbursement of independent charter funding by charter authorizers. Currently, per pupil amounts of funding vary by school. • Fully fund K4 education for low income students to expand access to early childhood education in the City of Milwaukee. 3 |


Workforce Development Objective: Grow the region’s talent base and connect with the needs of our leading industry clusters to ensure a continued increase in high-value jobs.

2015-2017 results R Responding to the challenge presented by Foxconn’s need for 13,000 employees by convening a working group of 120 stakeholders across SE Wisconsin.

R Secured EDA grant for expanding efforts in the attraction and retention of IT talent as well as supply chain.

R Expanded COSBE’s Be the Spark Business Education tour program to connect classroom learning to real-life jobs. Nearly 60 member businesses provided tours to 2,100 seventh graders in the 2016-17 school year.

Milwaukee 7 Talent Partnership

R Conceived and launched the GROW HERE Campaign, an effort to develop and retain young people in Southeast Wisconsin by dramatically expanding opportunities for career-based learning. - Expanded the number of school districts using Inspire Southeast Wisconsin from 4 to 28. This online portal connects students with businesses, mentors and coaches in the field - Thanks to M7 outreach efforts, students, teachers and counselors now can access more than 315 area employers (with 307 career coaches from those companies) and can choose from nearly 1,000 careerbased learning experiences that they offer

2017-2019 agenda • Expand COSBE’s Be the Spark business education tours to reach approximately 3,000 seventh grade students in 100 classrooms. • Support Milwaukee Public Schools in the expansion of their business/school partnership program, encouraging companies and their leaders to serve as role models, mentors and classroom contributors. • Implement consolidation and coordination across University of Wisconsin 2- and 4-year schools to make the system more seamless. MILWAUKEE 7 TALENT PARTNERSHIP • Support M7’s corporate expansion & attraction projects by providing talent data and expertise. • Provide direct assistance to companies by assessing their talent gaps and recommending solutions.

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• Vet and promote regional resources to assist employers in connecting to workready talent. • Convene regional stakeholders to identify and address critical talent needs, share best practices, and seed innovative partnerships. • Manage the M7 region’s GROW HERE Campaign – providing 200,000 careerbased learning experiences for students and their influencers by 2020. - Expand access to the Inspire platform to school districts in all seven counties of the Milwaukee Region - Support area schools to effectively implement Academic and Career Planning for all students in grades 6-12. - Engage area employers and professionals to provide online career coaching and a wide variety of careerbased learning experiences to students.

The Inspire Southeast Wisconsin website has helped 68,000+ M7 region students gain access to local employer profiles, career coaches, and career experiences such as job shadows or internships.

Talent Attraction & Retention (through the MMAC affiliate, FUEL Milwaukee)

Objective: Reverse the trend of negative net migration by attracting talent from outside the region and retaining talent within the region.

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Increased professional development activity among local talent under 40 years old. - Held annual week-long Professional Development Bootcamp for 1,000+ participants - 300+ professionals who manage or recruit talent attended bi-monthly talent attraction and retention workshops

MILLENNIALS According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2030 Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce.


Increased young professional (YP) engagement with Milwaukee’s cultural and entertainment amenities through events and focus groups. - Held bi-monthly events, patronizing local arts and culture amenities - Partnered with other local YP organizations to host “Milwaukee Blueprints: Creating a YP Agenda” — a civic engagement discussion that allowed 200+ attendees to voice concerns and share their ideas with elected officials


Formed college and university partnerships to target students who are nearing graduation and seeking employment. - Marketed FUEL events to Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee students - Offered free FUEL membership to full-time students over the age of 21 - Provided free access to FUEL’s online Career Center to full and part-time students - Worked with the Milwaukee Fellows program to secure internship placement for participants — young men from Morehouse College — nearing graduation

2017-2019 agenda • Boost employer-sponsored financial literacy for Millennials and Generation Y, populations seeking workplace support/education for personal money management. • Increase volunteer leadership, board membership and civic engagement for regional YPs, whose retention is deeply tied to service and community connection. • Create more deliberate professional and social interaction among young professionals from different backgrounds and cultures, helping to increase the sense of community and inclusion so important to YPs. |


Thriving Economy Goal:

Foster a climate that promotes business growth

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At $57,000 per capita, our gross regional product is slightly above the median for our peer group of metros. Continuing to grow and attract family-sustaining jobs is critical to our prosperity.





ur approach to a thriving economy is two-fold: Advocate for public policy that improves 2009 2017 the region’s business climate and aggressively market the region to those investing capital and creating jobs. We are competing every day with regions around the -Chief Executive magazine country, and the world, for ideas and talent. Together with the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership, MMAC builds capacity for growth. This past year, that work paid off – big. We added 31 corporate attraction and expansion projects to the region, most notably Haribo from Germany, and Foxconn, the massive producer of technology products, from Taiwan. These developments will have wide-ranging ripple effects. We are working closely with education and community partners, and legislators and government officials, to ensure we manage this rapid growth and leverage its immense opportunities. At the same time, we continue to organically grow our exporters and entrepreneurs.

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“We chose Wisconsin as the center of our U.S. investment plans for many reasons, but high on the list was the talented and committed Wisconsin workforce.” Terry Gou Chairman FOXCONN| | 1919

economic development Objective: Grow, expand and attract corporate businesses, investment and jobs, nationally and internationally, and focus on the region’s cluster industries.


R Led regional business outreach program to companies in key cluster industries and marketed the region for investment, both nationally and internationally. Surpassed goal of attracting and retaining 7,700 jobs for the third Milwaukee 7 campaign (2015-2020).


Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou and Governor Walker formally announced a massive freign direct investment project in July 2017.

Met funding goal of $10 million for the third Milwaukee 7 campaign. MMAC’s Regional Center for EB-5 Capital Investment attracted foreign direct capital into the M7 Region for catalytic projects. From 2015-2017, in cooperation with its project developers, the Regional Center sponsored seven projects, attracting more than $63 million in EB-5 capital and leveraging an additional $117 million.


2015-to date

(December 1, 2017)

Project Wins

Pledged Jobs*



Average Wage**

Payroll (est.)

Capital Investment Pledged

$60,403 $322M $595M

* Results based on company projections at time of M7 engagement ** Average regional wage $46,328


(Projected by 2020)

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Pledged Jobs*

Average Wage**

Payroll (est.)

13,000 $53,876 $700M

Capital Investment Pledged


2017-2019 Agenda




Launched the Milwaukee 7 “Marshalling our Resources” group to address mentorship, network coordination and access to funding for regional startups.


Together with Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) and the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., launched a $1 million Venture Capital Evergreen Fund. So far, five companies have been selected for financing.



Provided $1.7 million in financing for new and micro business loans to minority and women-owned companies through the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. and KIVA, an online lending platform connecting entrepreneurs to lenders across the globe.


Supported the region’s industry cluster networks, including FaB Wisconsin (food & beverage); the Water Council (water technology); and M-WERC (Energy, automation and controls) to grow these industries. Through FaB Wisconsin: - Developed an industry-specific talent attraction & retention plan - Launched the second FaBcap accelerator program for food & beverage growing entrepreneurs and startups - Selected location for the Future Food Center, a food and beverage center of excellence, in the City of Milwaukee.



Through JP Morgan Chase Export Development Grant Program, awarded $310,000 in funding to 71 regional companies, resulting in $15.1 million in new export sales.

R The Business Council is dedicated


Received an additional $100,000 from WEDC to support M7 export development initiatives.


Expanded World Trade Association programming by offering monthly webinars to better engage international business professionals.

to growing ethnically diverse businesses in metro Milwaukee. In 2015-2017, the organization focused on improving the climate for minority-owned businesses and strategic match-making with corporations.

CORPORATE EXPANSION AND ATTRACTION • Attract an additional 3,200 pledged, retained or new jobs. • Expand the MMAC’s Regional Center for EB-5 Capital investment to include four Chicago area counties and one Indiana county. ENTREPRENEURSHIP • Explore and encourage the creation of a venture capital fund for regional technology startups. • Create a pool of mentors that can work with entrepreneurs in programs such as Scale Up, BizStarts and Gener8tor. GLOBAL BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT • Continue to provide funding through the JP Morgan Chase Export Development Grant Program for companies new to export or expanding their export markets. • Make the Milwaukee region a viable shipping hub by restoring service of the intermodal rail ramp at the Port of Milwaukee. • Engage companies with exporting potential through the World Trade Association’s Export Assessment. • Continue participation in Brookings Global Cities Initiative to help the Milwaukee Region develop a global identity based on the region’s unique assets. ADVANCE LEADING INDUSTRY CLUSTERS • Continue to advance regional industry clusters. Through FaB Wisconsin: - Engage with high school students yearround on food career discovery events - Participate in career pathway development with Milwaukee 7 and the Wisconsin Regional Pathways project - Fund and pilot a Food Safety Training Certificate - Secure tenants for the Future Food Center ETHNICALLY- DIVERSE BUSINESSES • Launch another Business Connection Program Module, creating $40 million in local spending with minority suppliers in 2018, increasing by at least 10% in 2019. |


In November, COSBE led a delegation of metro Milwaukee small business leaders to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., lobbying Congress for tax reform. (l to r): Wayne Staats, Granville Business Solutions; Keith Smith, Vonco Products; James Phelps, JCP Construction; Mark Charlton, Tech Financial Services; Stephanie Hall, COSBE; Dan Meyer, BizTimes Media

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Competitive Business Climate Objective: Advocate for public policies that support regional business growth.

2015-2017 Results

2017-2019 agenda

R Passed Right to Work, which stipulates

• Continue to align the state tax code with economic growth priorities.

that workers cannot be forced to join labor unions, or pay union dues, to keep a job.

R Increased State funding for Early Stage Seed Tax Credits, from $22 million to $32 million annually.

R Eliminated the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), a $7 million annual tax cut.

R Exempted machinery, tools and patterns for the Personal Property Tax – a $74 million annual tax cut.

R Eliminated the state forestry property tax – a $181 million annual tax cut.

• Eliminate state personal property tax (about $200 million in businessrelated items). • Reduce the regulatory burden on Wisconsin companies. • Reform Wisconsin’s Workers Compensation to make compliance simple, fair and cost effective for employers and health providers. • Pass federal tax reform to create a U.S. tax system that is simpler, fairer, and rewards business and job growth.

R Passed REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act, requiring legislative approval for any state regulation with a fiscal impact on business of more than $10 million.

R Fully implemented the Manufacturing Activities Tax Credit (essentially eliminating state tax liability for manufacturers).

R Passed $3 billion incentive package to encourage job creation and capital investment by Foxconn.

R Supported restoration of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's (WEDC) authority to make economic development loans.

Governor Walker announced the decision by Haribo to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in the in Pleasant Prairie. |



Enhance & leverage assets that make our region unique

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From 2010-2016, 25,000 more people moved out of the Milwaukee area than moved in. This is dragging down our growth compared to our peers. Attracting and retaining talent is necessary to power the region’s economy.

One way to measure livability is net migration, or how many people are moving into a region vs. out of a region. +11,000 (2010-2016) Minneapolis

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-34,000 36%

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ompanies and talent locate to places that have the right mix of what they need and want. The Milwaukee Region boasts miles of pristine shoreline, a vibrant downtown, revived neighborhoods and more than $15 billion in recent investment. And those investments matter. Having a cost-effective infrastructure and efficient transport of goods and people is more than a convenience – it’s a critical advantage. Having a thriving arts scene, world-class cultural amenities and major league sports not only creates an exciting and rewarding lifestyle — it attracts and retains talent. And investing in disadvantaged neighborhoods ensures that the region remains strong into the future. All of these initiatives serve the common goal of protecting and enhancing the place we call home.

“Milwaukee is on the precipice of redefining itself and becoming a hotbed where people want to start their careers. The sense of community here overwhelms you." Peter Feigin President Milwaukee Bucks || 25 25

Infrastructure & physical assets Objective: Improve our infrastructure to support accessibility and stability.

2015-2017 Results R R

Finalized funding for the new downtown arena.


Secured funding for completion of the core Zoo Interchange reconstruction and the completion of the I-94 North-South reconstruction.


Repealed Prevailing Wage requirements on all state construction projects, reducing costs and enabling more projects to be funded and completed.


Maintained state funding for Milwaukee County Transit System.

Secured funding for two new locomotives for the Amtrak Hiawatha train to and from Chicago.

Gained approval for the diversion of Great Lakes water to Waukesha.

2017-2019 agenda • Find a sustainable local funding source to support regional cultural assets. • Expand and improve I-94 East-West between the Zoo and Marquette interchanges.

Average commute time of 22 minutes 3rd lowest for Large metros

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• Create a sufficient, sustainable, revenue source for state transportation projects. • Expand frequency and reduce travel times for Amtrak Hiawatha line to and from Chicago. • Receive federal INFRA Grant funds to move up I-94 NorthSouth completion date from 2032 to 2020. • Maintain reliability and increase cost competitiveness of our regional power infrastructure.

Catalytic real estate development (through the MMAC affiliate, Milwaukee Development Corp.)

Objective: Enhance the viability and livability of Milwaukee.

2015-2017 Results

2017-2019 agenda


• Continue work on re-purposing the Grand Avenue Mall.

Provided $1.1 million in match financing with the Near West Side Partners to purchase 17 parcels and secure the neighborhood surrounding 27th and Wisconsin Avenue for development.


Invested $2.3 million to help re-purpose the Grand Avenue Mall.


Purchased an apartment building on the City’s near west side as part of a larger effort to stabilize the neighborhood.


Supported refurbishing 75 homes in the Sherman Park neighborhood through a $300,000 revolving loan to community organizer, Common Ground.


Provided seed funding for two Bublr bike stations to spur diversification of transportation options. The program now includes 75 stations with 27 more planned for next year.


Provided $1.3 million for financing key properties as part of the Bucks Arena development.

• Develop the community-based real estate purchase along the West Wisconsin Avenue Corridor and near West Side. • Pursue additional catalytic real estate opportunities in areas of need together with partners. • Support business-building opportunities for disadvantaged and underserved communities. • Provide access to funding for specific M7 economic development opportunities.

The Milwaukee Development Corp. supports redeveloping the Grand Avenue Mall into mixed use office, residential, medical and retail space. |



Achieving Excellence Together. Chase and J.P. Morgan are proud to sponsor the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. Thank you for your commitment to strengthening local businesses and encouraging economic development in our community.

© 2017 JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. “Chase” is a marketing name for certain businesses of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “JPMC”). 392939

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Support greater success of diverse populations in the region


etro Milwaukee, like many major urban areas around the country, faces a formidable challenge when it comes to the diversity and inclusion of its workforce. African Americans make up 16.4% of the metro's population, but are severely under represented in our four-year college graduates, positions in management and business ownership. Milwaukee sits at the very bottom of several undesirable rankings, including most segregated city in the nation. The need for talent has never been greater and yet thousands of people of color are sidelined from full participation in this growing economy. Many of the objectives mentioned previously in this report — specifically in education and workforce development — are aimed at improving those numbers. But there is also a need to improve the reality of the experience for individuals in the workforce. As a business community, we need to navigate the transition from having a diversity program Percentage of metro to becoming a culture Milwaukee's minority of inclusion. Always a workforce employed moral imperative, this goal is also a business in management imperative and positions organizational priority for the MMAC.












The unemployment rate among African Americans in metro Milwaukee averaged 7.8% in 2016, while the unemployment rate for non-Hispanic whites averaged 2.2%

2017-2019 agenda • Convene a group of board members and thought leaders to explore actions that can be tied to metrics. • Sponsor conversations around inclusivity with diverse participants. • Host multi-cultural networking events in conjunction with metro minority chambers. • Continue support of Milwaukee Women inc – an organization dedicated the advancement of women in leadership and board positions.

EQUITY involves trying to give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives. EQUALITY, in contrast, aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. Like equity, equality aims to promote fairness and justice, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place. |




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MMAC 156th All Member Meeting, continued MMAC members gathered for the Association’s 156th All Member Meeting at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on October 11, 2017. Presenting sponsors of the event were: JP Morgan Chase, Haribo, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and Southwest Airlines. Following an update on the MMAC’s agenda to become a next generation region, attendees enjoyed a reception on the floor of the Bradley Center that included a technology showcase by Foxconn. The reception was sponsored by Old National Bank.


1. Robert Connolly, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, and Don Darius Butler, Common Ground 2. Chris Barbre, Southwest Airlines 3. Jeanne Zeske, Bank Mutual; Lisa Attonito, Woman’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee; Kellie Sigh and Gina Spang, Milwaukee Public Schools 4. Tim Sheehy, MMAC, and Scott Beightol, Michael Best & Friedrich 5. Wes Saber, Haribo 6. Kristine Hage and Mary Gielow, Concordia University; and Omar Shaikh, SURG Restaurant Group 7. Dirk Smith, Superior Support Resources, and Kevin Schalk, Baker Tilly



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Southwest Airlines® is dedicated to your community. Our mission is to make the connections that empower communities to thrive. Through our meaningful relationships, we proudly support your efforts in the many communities we call home. Whether in the air or the ground, we believe community is more than a place – it’s at the Heart of what brings us together.

©2016 Southwest Airlines Co. ©2017

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1. Brian Grossman, JP Morgan Chase 2. Genyne Edwards, Esq., P3 Development Group; William McIntosh, PNC Bank; and Glenn Roby, Kahler Slater 3. Jen Sturchio, MMAC, and Fiesha Bell, PAVE 4. Jim Popp, Johnson Financial Group 5. Dr. Darienne Driver, Milwaukee Public Schools 6. Nancy Sennett, Foley & Lardner, and Tony Mallinger, Metal-Era 7. Gale Klappa, WEC Energy, and Dr. Louis Woo, Foxconn



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SUPPORT The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) Improving metro Milwaukee as a place to invest capital, grow business and create jobs.


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1. Front: Patti Kneiser, Froedtert Health, and Suzanne Kelley, Waukesha County Business Alliance Back: William Mielke, Ruekert & Mielke, Robyn Ludtke, Waukesha County Business Alliance 2. Ugo Nwagbaraocha, Diamond Discs International; Peter Coffaro, Employ Milwaukee; and Herb Miller, Michels Corporation 3. Attendees were seated in the stands for the program 4. Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton 5. Richard Yau, Bright Cellars, and Hana Cho, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren



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its 30th year, honors fast growing local companies. Peter Feigin of the Milwaukee Bucks spoke to MMAC President Tim Sheehy about what’s happening in Milwaukee and why he’s glad he’s a part of it. 1

2 3 1. Dave Werner, Park Bank 2. Khary Penebaker and Sean Raasch, Roofed Right America 3. Michelle Bielinski, Brendan Moore, Bridgette Bonifield, Joe Gilsdorf, Robb Kashevarof, Paige Deppe and Molly Petri, Valentine Coffee Co.


FUTURE 50 AWARDS LUNCHEON 4. Peter Feigin, Milwaukee Bucks, and Tim Sheehy, MMAC 5. Each year, five Future 50 winners are recognized for experiencing the fastest growth in revenue and employment. Those companies for 2017 were: Best Version Media: Pete Erickson and Dave Durand; Tech Canary Corporation: Reid Holzworth; CTS- Connected Technology Solutions: Caleb Sandvold; Symboint Holding Co.: Edward Manning; Not pictured: Hilmot. 6. Lisa and Eli Bliffert, Bliffert Lumber & Fuel Co.

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We’ve been a regular in Wisconsin for more than 150 years. And, if only the wood-paneled walls in its bars could talk. Here’s to all those nights spent going to fish fries, duckpin bowling and losing at bar dice. We can’t wait to see what the next 150 years will bring.


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FUEL Leadership Luncheon 1. Milwaukee 7’s Jim Paetsch spoke to Milwaukee’s young professionals about the economic growth happening in the region

Purely Social at The Atrium 2. & 3. FUEL’s YP group tried their hand at speed networking at The Atrium in Shorewood


MMAC Member Orientation New and seasoned members gathered at the MMAC to learn how to get involved with the chamber and how it can help their business.


4. Dan Webb, Ontal Corporate Golf Wellness, and Jake Nawrocki, Operation Self Reset 5. Attendees network before the orientation program

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MASTER LOCK Master Lock is “locked in” at its new World Headquarters in Oak Creek! The global manufacturer of padlocks was searching for a home with access to the talent and technology needed to develop its legendary products. Master Lock chose to stay in Oak Creek due to its proximity to downtown Milwaukee, General Mitchell Int’l Airport, and Chicago. Oak Creek and Master Lock look forward to many years of working together and building our community!

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WTA India Diwali Celebration This event provided an opportunity to network with Indian business professionals, try an assortment of Indian delicacies and watch a traditional Indian dance. 1. Back row: Marjorie Yoshida, Kristina Plecas, Whitney Maus, MMAC; Neeta Bhushan, Consul General of India in Chicago; Shefali Vallecha, Arts Professional; Aleda Bourassa, ExportAble; Katie Henry, MMAC Front row: Sofina Ziu, MMAC; and Christine Davis 2. Two attendees learn a traditional Indian dance 3. Michael Palm, Serigraph, and Stephen Wasser, Wasser Consultants


We have a highquality workforce, access to multimodal transportation,

CEO Conversation:

Making Big Strides in Small Business Presented by the CEOs of Growing Businesses (CGB), members learned how Hydro-Thermal has evolved the 80-year-old Wisconsin business to a global leader in innovation.

and a pro-business



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4. Bee Yang, Baker Tilly, and Paul Griepentrog, Godfrey & Kahn 5. Jim Zaiser, Hydro-Thermal Corp. 6. Jessica Ollenburg, Human Resource Services

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By leveraging technology Rogahn Jones can provide a scalable virtual law department for your business and craft documents tailored to your company’s immediate specific needs while helping you to plan for future growth. At Rogahn Jones we provide uncommonly creative and effective solutions that have one goal and one goal only: advancing your business’s unique interests.


FaB All Member Meeting Members of Food and Beverage Wisconsin met for their annual meeting on November 8. Guests heard from a keynote speaker from Hormel, which employs more than 19,000 people operating in more than 30 manufacturing facilities (three in Wisconsin). The event raised nearly $2100 for Feeding America.

Rogahn Jones understands the impact its rates can have on our clients’ bottom line. As outside legal counsel, we have innovated our billing practices beyond the standard hourly rate. We set budgets and work with our clients to structure more predictable legal costs.


Rogahn Jones LLC’s services exceed our clients’ expectations providing prompt, insightful and impactful legal advice on a daily basis and in times of business crisis.

1. FaB members network before presentations at Feeding America 2. Amy Germershausen, Bank of America Merrill Lynch 3. Jim Snee, Hormel Foods

COSBE: Emerging Leaders MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) explored best practices in talent development and systematic leadership mentoring for attracting and retaining employees.

Colleen W. Jones Chief Operating Officer 262-347-4444


4. Aleta Norris, Living as a Leader, and Joe Skotarzak, River Run 5. Linda Crawford, BizTimes Media, and James Phelps, JCP Construction 6. Barb Ecklond, SVA, and Fred Varin, TopLine Results

“Focusing on innovation, quality and value, Rogahn Jones provides legal excellence with integrity.” – Colleen W. Jones

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New MMAC MEmbers

Support your fellow members by doing business together. September, October, and November 2017 |

AM Accounting and Tax Services Alice Zaganczyk, CPA 1123 N. Water St., Ste. 301 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 231-9138 Accountants/CPA

Clarity Management Lorry Rifkin, Partner 7821 N. Mohawk Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53217 (262) 271-2522 Business Consultants

Gardner Denver Vicente Reynal, CEO 222 E. Erie St., Ste. 500 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 212-4700 Manufacturers

Bader Rutter Greg Nickerson, Chairman/CEO 1433 N. Water St., Ste. 100 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (262) 784-7200 Advertising Agency/Counselors

Crueger Dickinson Krista Baisch, Partner 4532 N. Oakland Ave. Whitefish Bay, WI 53211 (414) 210-3868 Attorneys

HOPE Christian Schools Zach Verriden, Executive Dir. 2345 N. 25th St. Milwaukee, WI 53206 (414) 739-4005 Education

Banner Welder Robert Kerr, Vice President Sales N117 W18200 Fulton Dr. Germantown, WI 53022 (262) 253-2900 Automation Systems/Equipment

Deans and Homer Dan Coleman Underwriter Midwest Region 544 E. Ogden Ave., Ste. 700215 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (415) 317-1375 Insurance

HPR Treatment Centers Callie Check, Project Manager 312 E. Wisconsin Ave. , Ste. 200 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (800) 604-0208 Health Care Services

Barrientos Design & Consulting Norman Barrientos President/Principal Architect 205 W. Highland Ave., Ste. 303 Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 573-1812 Architects Bence Build Cameron Bence, Partner 1301 W. Canal St., Ste. 100 Milwaukee, WI 53233 (414) 630-7190 Design/Build Capital Heating and Cooling Jason Fox, Owner W134 N5368 Campbell Dr. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 (414) 384-4822 Heating/Air Conditioning Contractors Carma Laboratories Richard Simonson Chief Operating Officer 9750 S. Franklin Dr. Franklin, WI 53132 (414) 421-7707 Manufacturers Chemistry In Place Patricia Algiers President/Owner 1712 E. Capitol Dr. Shorewood, WI 53211 (414) 963-1613 Consultants

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Dot Ten/Thinklocal Ben Palmer, Owner N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr. Ste. 350 Waukesha, WI 53188 (414) 377-4252 Advertising Agency/Counselors Engineered Security Solutions Bryan Gnadt Business Development Manager 16805 W. Observatory Rd. New Berlin, WI 53151 (414) 248-2776 Security Control Equipment/ Systems Excel and Flourish Jennifer Buchholz, Founder P.O. Box 80247 Milwaukee, WI 53208 (262) 391-5441 Training Programs Fare Temps Tony Picon, President 550 W. Mitchell St. Milwaukee, WI 53204 (414) 210-3500 Employment Agencies Fresh Fast & Delicious Jermaine Peterson, Owner 3821 W. Center St. Milwaukee, WI 53210 (414) 885-2559 Caterers

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Hunzinger Construction Co. John Hunzinger, Executive President 21100 Enterprise Ave. Brookfield, WI 53045 (262) 797-0797 Construction Companies IAS Kyle Weise, Marketing Manager 5125 S. Towne Dr. New Berlin, WI 53151 (866) 243-2402 Engineers-Automation & Control Systems Innovative Dynamic Networks Andrea Ramirez, Executive Assistant 610 6th St. Racine, WI 53403 (262) 995-1190 Cabling, Infrastructure Design & Installation Interactive Health Jodi Fabbri Wisconsin Regional Director 9801 S. Fox Run Oak Creek, WI 53154 (414) 335-4544 Professional Services Katrina Cravy Katrina Cravy, Motivational Speaker & Media Trainer P.O. Box 105, Richfield, WI 53027 (262) 229-1555 Speakers/Seminar Bureaus

Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee Foundation Julie Gmeinder, Administrator 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Ste. 312 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 276-1331 Foundations Lerdahl Business Interiors Jeff Lerdahl, President 215 N. Water St., Ste. 200 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 238-2493 Interior Architectural Millwork LifeMoves Peggy Ann, Owner 923 E. Kilbourn Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202 (262) 501-2192 Concierge Move Managers Literacy Services of Wisconsin Ginger Duiven, Executive Director 555 N. Plankinton Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 344-5878 Education M.A.S. Industries Bob Uecke, Printer Consultant 1050 Pilgrim Rd. Plymouth, WI 53073 (800) 528-1931 Printers Midwest IT Solutions Pete Weigel, Partner N1264 Park Rd. Pell Lake, WI 53157 (877) 620-0026 Managed Service Provider Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse Barbara Ingraham Project Manager 4020 N. 128th St. Brookfield, WI 53005 (414) 369-2020

Attractions My Choice Family Care Daren Allen Director Strategy & Innovation 10201 W. Innovation Dr. Ste. 100 Milwaukee, WI 53226 (414) 287-7600 Health Care Services

Office Furniture Resources Kate Mikkelsen Sales Manager, Wisconsin 8787 W. Brown Deer Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53224 (414) 353-9725 Office Furniture/EquipmentDealers Onsite Maintenance Solutions/ Laser Works Tammy Laundre, Sales 1545 6th St., Ste. 106 Green Bay, WI 54304 (920) 569-1514

Computer Service - Printers & Supplies

Operation Self Reset Jacob Nawrocki, Owner 7843 W. Canterbury Ct. Franklin, WI 53132 (414) 550-4012 Educational Consultants/Services Ovention Steve Everett, GM 635 S. 28th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215 (414) 615-2287 Manufacturers Pepper Construction Co. Jeff Johnson, Sr. VP of Operations 220 E. Buffalo St., Ste. 300 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (920) 470-8246 Construction Management PRE/3 Chris Slater, President 3120 Gateway Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045 (262) 790-4560 Real Estate Management Qualia Suzanne Qualia, President 1109 Tamarack Way Verona, WI 53593 (608) 354-5392 Executive Coaching RSPR Marketing & Communications Patty Johnson, President/CEO 9406 N. 107th St. Milwaukee, WI 53224 (414) 354-0200 Public Relations Consultants


Sandler Training -Waukesha Tom Carroll, Owner/President 20855 Watertown Rd., Ste. 130 Waukesha, WI 53188 (262) 289-1200 Sales Force Development

The Concord Group John Duggan, SVP/Principal 1000 N. Water St., Ste. 1550 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 225-5305 Construction Management

Savory Catering & Events Guy Lamberg, Owner 2301 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233 (414) 342-9909 Caterers

The Dieringer Research Group Nicola Riggleman Dir. of Business Development 200 Bishops Way, Brookfield, WI 53005 (262) 432-5200 Marketing Research & Analysis

Scanalytics Kathy Hust, President 313 N. Plankinton Ave., Ste. 208 Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 377-4242 Technology Professional Services Sebert Landscape Aaron Kapellusch, Regional Manager - WI 333 Bishops Way, Ste. 154-D Brookfield, WI 53005 (414) 431-7577 Commercial Landscape Services Symbiont Science, Engineering and Construction Mary Strandt Communications Coordinator 6737 W. Washington St. Ste. 3440 West Allis, WI 53214 (800) 748-7423 Engineers-Consulting T&M Partners Ted Kellner, Chairman/CEO 100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 2200 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 909-9097 Investment Management Services Tax Deferral Trustee Services Adam Ausloos Managing Principal 7245 S. 76th St., Ste. 181 Franklin, WI 53132 (414) 269-2600 Tax Deferral/Trustee Services TechCanary Corporation Reid Holzworth, CEO 500 W. Silver Spring Dr. Ste. K320 Milwaukee, WI 53217 (414) 446-3999 Software Product Developers

The Osthoff Resort Laura Otten, Marketing Manager 101 Osthoff Ave. Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 (920) 876-5836 Convention & Meeting Services & Facilities T-Mobile USA - Oklahoma Ave. 145 W. Oklahoma Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207 (248) 865-0900 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service T-Mobile USA - Cesar Chavez Dr. Mercedes Arteaga Store Manager 905 S. Cesar Chavez Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53204 (414) 455-0797 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service T-Mobile USA - Good Hope Rd. D’Andre Dawsey, Store Manager 7335 W. Good Hope Rd., Ste. 500 Milwaukee, WI 53223 (414) 455-0798 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service T-Mobile USA - North Ave. Jerron Hart, Store Manager 5640 W. North Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53208 (414) 831-8009 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service T-Mobile USA - Packard Ave. Daniel Powell, Store Manager 5869 S. Packard Ave. Cudahy, WI 53110 (414) 930-1050 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service

T-Mobile USA - Silver Spring Dr. Ifeanyi Osakwe, Store Manager 10400 W. Silver Spring Dr. Ste. 600 Milwaukee, WI 53225 (414) 982-4295 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service

Clients really appreciate our social skills.

T-Mobile USA - Sunset Dr. Keith Gayne, Store Manager 180 E. Sunset Dr., Unit 110 Waukesha, WI 53189 (262) 510-2517 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service T-Mobile USA - Wisconsin Ave. Antonio Alcazar, Store Manager 2210 W. Wisconsin Ave., Unit B Milwaukee, WI 53233 (414) 982-4298 Cellular Mobile Telephone Service Tri-North Builders Chad Ferguson VP Business Development N29 W22865 Marjean Ln. Waukesha, WI 53186 (262) 549-1300 Contractors-General Vertical Greenwalls Ed Purcell, President 1000 N. Water St., Ste. 1550 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 305-8957 Manufacturers-Special Equipment Walcheske & Luzi James Walcheske Managing Partner 15850 W. Bluemound Rd. Ste. 304 Brookfield, WI 53005 (262) 780-1953 Attorneys - Legal/Human Resources Waterford Truck Service Dana Griffith, President 821 Ela Ave. Waterford, WI 53185 (262) 534-6327

We don’t mean that the recruiters at QPS are more friendly and polite than everyone else – though we hear this all the time – but rather that our team really knows how to use Social Media to attract and engage high-quality candidates for our clients. Want your job postings to benefit from a robust Social Media strategy? Put QPS to work for you.


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Contact our team for information and ways to engage in your chamber. ADVERTISING & INVESTING Jim Wall 414/287-4119 COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING Julie Granger 414/287-4131 ECONOMIC TRENDS & RESEARCH Bret Mayborne 414/287-4122 BUSINESS GROWTH AWARDS ( FUTURE 50) Alexis Deblitz 414/287-4131 ETHNICALLY DIVERSE BUSINESSES Marjorie Rucker 414/287-4172 EVENTS & SPONSORSHIPS Karen Powell 414/287-4166 EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLES Whitney Maus 414/287-4130 EXPORT DEVELOPMENT Chad Hoffman 414/287-4156 FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Steve Baas 414/287-4138 Andrew Davis 414/287-4141

FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY Shelley Jurewicz 414/287-4143


LEAD GENERATION GROUPS & MEMBER DISCOUNTS Jen Sturchio 414/287-4165 MEMBER NEWS Sarah Zens 414/287-4157 MEMBERSHIP SALES Barb Smith 414/287-4173

For over 70 years, Spancrete is proud and humbled to have built structures within the Milwaukee community where we live, work and play. Quality, service and innovation are at the core of every project. Our customers keep coming back to virtually design structures, which saves time and resources during the construction process. Precast structures by Spancrete offer lower building maintenance and a safer, more versatile structure for the long term. We’re bringing our customers’ visions to life, creating structures that will last for generations to come.

Jane Backes 414/287-4114 SMALL BUSINESS Stephanie Hall 414/287-4124

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TALENT INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS Susan Koehn 414/287-4136 WEBSITES Carrie Gossett 414/287-4157

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WORLD TRADE ASSOCIATION Katie Henry 414/287-4123 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Corry Joe Biddle 414/287-4137

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2017 Winter Milwaukee Commerce magazine  

Read about MMAC's 2017-2019 public policy agenda: The Blueprint for Economic Prosperity

2017 Winter Milwaukee Commerce magazine  

Read about MMAC's 2017-2019 public policy agenda: The Blueprint for Economic Prosperity