The Greater Milwaukee Committee – About Us

The Greater Milwaukee Committee is a private sector civic organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic base of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area.

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GMC Initiatives

The Greater Milwaukee Committee's work is implemented through its initiatives and committees. Learn more about our work throughout the community.

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The Commons

The Commons is a collaboration between the GMC’s MiKE initiative and Startup Milwaukee that works to attract, develop and retain the brightest entrepreneurial minds by creating a cross-university program that promotes the applied use of entrepreneurial teachings.

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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.

A Letter from the President: May 2016

Taylor, JuliaSummer is finally here, but the GMC isn’t slowing down! One of our initiatives in particular, Scale Up Milwaukee, is poised to scale up itself.

In the past month, Scale Up Milwaukee celebrated growth and Scalerator 3 participants at the Celebration of Growth, learned about the Bucks’ plans and challenges from president Peter Feigin and heard from Palermo Villa, Inc. president and CEO Giacomo Fallucca. Scale Up Milwaukee also underwent a staffing transition, and moving forward, the initiative will continue its successes in the capable and experienced hands of team members Elmer Moore and Elizabeth Spaits and globally-known consultant Dan Isenberg.

And that’s not all. Scale Up Milwaukee also launched its new membership program. Scale Up Milwaukee members will have access to myriad opportunities, including:

  • Invitations to quarterly members-only meetings
  • Access to a regional and national network of professionals across all sectors who are uniquely positioned to help you grow
  • Links to worldwide markets, projects and partnerships
  • Access to a pipeline of prospective employees and interns
  • Waived, discounted and/or early registration to Scale Up Milwaukee-sponsored events
  • Member profiles in and access to our Scale Up Milwaukee Community Directory, the only listing that includes stakeholders from across the growth ecosystem

We invite you to join the new Scale Up Milwaukee membership and be a part of the amazing things happening. Quite simply, if you want to grow – and you believe in growth – you belong in the room.

For more information on membership, visit or email Elmer Moore at


Julia Taylor
Greater Milwaukee Committee

Transforming a South Side Neighborhood

Published June 1, 2016
From Urban Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Clarke Square neighborhood was in the spotlight for one of the sessions at the National Main Street Center’s annual conference held in Milwaukee last week at the Wisconsin Center. The conference was billed as an event that “brings together a coast-to-coast network of city planners, community revitalization professionals, volunteers and elected officials working to sustain the future of America’s historic downtowns.” But the sessions ranged more widely, to include development beyond downtowns.

Sara Daleiden, a cultural production consultant with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, described several projects that have focused on reimagining West Wisconsin Avenue, including temporary installations, NEWaukee-hosted night markets and Creative Alliance Milwaukee’s The Spot4MKE project. Daleiden said these initiatives have shown the “public space is really wanted.” She hopes that development of a city-owned lot on Wisconsin between 4th and 5th streets will include a public space. She is also working with the GMC on projects relating to a citywide trail network that includes walkable city streets. GMC has also developed “The Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking,” which Daleiden described as focusing on investing in public spaces, repurposing industrial areas and valuing neighborhoods.

All of the above initiatives focus on remaking places. The Project for Public Spaces has been using the term placemaking since the mid-1990s relating to efforts to create or enhance “places that people love.” The nonprofit, which works throughout the world, began in 1975 based on the ideas of William “Holly” Whyte and Jane Jacobs.  Simply bringing people to a place, whether for special events or on a regular basis, affects how a neighborhood evolves socially and economically.

Read the full article here.

Six Wisconsin Men from the MKE Fellows Program Graduate from Morehouse College

Published May 28, 2016
From Milwaukee Courier

MKE Fellows Skyline LogoOn May 15, as a brisk wind blew with threats of rain, specks of sunlight peeked through the chill.

The weather, unusual for a spring Atlanta morning, didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of family, friends and faculty witnessing the compilation of struggle, hard work, late nights, disappointments and triumphs which culminated into the 132nd Commencement of Morehouse College Class of 2016.

Included in this prestigious event were five Milwaukee area students and one from Madison who in 2012 were the first group to receive scholarships as part of the MKE Fellows program.

Read the full article here.

Scale Up Milwaukee Participants Recognized as Future 50 Award Winners

Scale-Up Milwaukee LogoMILWAUKEE – May 19, 2015 – Eight participants of Scale Up Milwaukee’s Scalerator program were named MMAC/COSBE 2016 Future 50 Award winners. The Future 50 program recognizes the outstanding achievements of local, fast-growing entrepreneurs. The combined revenue of all Future 50 firms total $1.19 billion, with almost 4,000 employees.

The Scalerator alumni winners are:

  • Able Access Transportation LLC
  • Clear Path Connections
  • Diamond Discs International
  • Hurt Electric, Inc.
  • RSP, Inc.
  • Scathain LLC
  • Superior Equipment & Supply Co.
  • ZMac Transportation Solutions

Scale Up Milwaukee, an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, helps companies grow and accelerates the environment that makes growth a core, self-sustaining part of the fabric of Milwaukee, with all the social and economic benefits that accompany it. One of the many programs Scale Up Milwaukee offers to businesses in the Milwaukee area is Scalerator.

Scale Up Milwaukee’s Scalerator program is a unique, intense, six-month training program for owner-entrepreneurs with current revenues of $1-10 million who demonstrate a scalable business model and ambition to grow. Individual workshops, taught by world-renowned Babson faculty and supplemented by local expert instructors, tackle topics including marketing and sales strategy for growth, organizational building for growth, organizing and managing sales teams, building sales pipelines and assessing, choosing and enlisting sources for financing growth. The third Scalerator cohort completed the program in March.

The Scalerator programs have impacted growth in 45 companies, reflecting more than $195 million of economic engagement. These companies have created more than 200 new jobs at $2,000 public cost per job and have a 24% average annual revenue growth.

The application for the next Scalerator cohort opens this July, with the sessions starting in October. For more information on the Scalerator or other Scale Up Milwaukee activities, visit

A Big Week for Scale Up Milwaukee

Scale-Up Milwaukee LogoLast week was an eventful one for Scale Up Milwaukee! We celebrated growth and Scalerator 3 participants at the Celebration of Growth, learned about the Bucks’ plans and challenges from president Peter Feigin and heard from Palermo Villa, Inc. president and CEO Giacomo Fallucca.

At the Celebration of Growth, nearly 100 attendees heard success and growth stories from Scalerator participants. Each company shared their progress and learnings from the Scalerator, along with their strategies for continuing their growth. The latest graduating class is projecting an average 40% revenue growth by the end of 2016. Following the event, Mayor Barrett invited Scale Up Milwaukee to ring the city bell in commemorating the businesses’ growth. Congratulations to our Scalerators!

At Meet the Masters, Palermo Villa, Inc. president and CEO Giacomo Fallucca talked with Dan Isenberg about his company before giving candid answers to questions posed by the audience. He described the struggles of starting and growing a family business and the importance of personnel. Giacomo, who has led Palermo’s to be one of the world’s largest frozen pizza producers, is very involved in the local business community, sitting on Scale Up Milwaukee’s Steering Council, co-chairing Food and Beverage Wisconsin (FaB Wisconsin), and belonging to The Executive Committee.

At the CEO Forum, CEOs openly discussed challenges their companies are facing and how they’re addressing them. Bucks president Peter Feigin went in-depth on the Bucks’ new mission and strategic plan, soliciting ideas and perspectives from the other CEOs around the table. Following the Forum, the CEOs toured the Bucks’ practice facility and enjoyed refreshments in the courtside lounge.

Thank you to everyone who attended and for making our events successful.

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