Welcome To the Greater Milwaukee Committee
The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s mission is to make Greater
Milwaukee the best place to live, learn, work and play.
Our membership – comprised of our region’s business, labor, academic, philanthropic, nonprofit and civic leadership – believes that intelligent, active interest in public affairs is the true measure of citizenship, and the foundation for community.
Published February 10, 2015
From WUWM’s “Lake Effect”
From – literally – the second he was elected mayor of Minneapolis to the time he left office twelve years later, R.T. Rybak was constantly in the middle of debates about new sports facilities.
Under his watch, a new baseball stadium went up for the Twins, a new football stadium was constructed for the University of Minnesota, an aging basketball arena was renovated and plans put in place for a new NFL stadium. And while each was marked by controversy, Rybak maintained a strong measure of popularity throughout.
So as he watches a similar debate unfold about a Milwaukee basketball arena, it’s not surprising Rybak has some thoughts about the process. Lake Effect‘s Mitch Teich caught up with him as he was preparing to talk to the annual meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
Listen to the full “Lake Effect” piece here.
Published February 9, 2015
From WITI Fox 6 News
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was in Milwaukee on Monday, February 9th to offer advice on how to build a new arena in downtown Milwaukee. Rybak has been through four stadium controversies in his time, and he says if Milwaukee wants to make a great city even better, the key is to think of the new arena as an urban planning tool and not just a place to play basketball.
Rybak spoke at the Greater Milwaukee [Committee] Annual Membership Meeting Monday — speaking to business and civic leaders. His message focused on the need to think of the new arena as just one piece to the larger puzzle of a vibrant downtown.
See the whole segment here.
The Greater Milwaukee Committee is pleased to announce the John W. Daniels, Jr. Book Fund for Milwaukee Morehouse Scholars, established to honor outgoing GMC chair and Quarles & Brady chairman emeritus John Daniels.
Over the past three years, area philanthropic organizations and businesses have partnered with Morehouse College in Atlanta to fund scholarships to send high-potential African-American men graduating from Milwaukee Public Schools to Morehouse, with the hope that these men will return to Milwaukee with their leadership skills.
This is a cause near and dear to Mr. Daniels’ heart. He has worked tirelessly to connect Morehouse with Milwaukee’s philanthropic and business communities, and has personally encouraged local businesses and organizations to hire Milwaukee Morehouse scholars as interns during their summers back home.
The John W. Daniels, Jr. Book Fund for Milwaukee Morehouse Scholars will complement the full scholarships many students receive with funds to buy books – often one of the highest expenses for college students.
Published February 9, 2015
From the Milwaukee Business Journal
Leaders in Milwaukee-area business and the public sector need to be deeply involved in planning a new downtown arena and negotiating with the Milwaukee Bucks to ensure a project that can be leveraged for new development in the city, the former mayor of Minneapolis said to members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
R.T. Rybak was the mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 through 2013, which was a period when new venues were planned and built for Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA and the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He said he negotiated hard on behalf of the public and taxpayers, which led to the best result for the public.
Read the full article here.
The Greater Milwaukee Committee released its 2014 Annual Report. Check it out here.