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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The GMC Talent Dividend

The Talent Dividend is a GMC-sponsored initiative built upon regional collaborations between businesses, institutions of higher education, K-12 school systems, service providers, community organizations, economic and workforce development agencies and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool to match the human capital needs of existing and emerging businesses.

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MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee)

The Greater Milwaukee Committee aligns our region’s assets in advanced manufacturing and our global innovation companies through MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee), a design, technology and innovation cluster that serves as a catalytic source for rapid innovation and talent to compete on the world stage.

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GMC launches teachtown initiative

After being approached by MPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Thornton, the GMC and its education committee launched the "teachtown" initiative to help MPS address the impending loss of human capital. Teachtown will help MPS widen their talent pool, and create some important supports for them so that new teachers are able to access our community and make meaningful connections to their students and to Milwaukee.

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‘Creational Trails

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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.

City Leaders Plot New Urban Placemaking Effort

From Urban Milwaukee
Published September 9, 2014

Back in March, I wrote that the Greater Milwaukee Committee had been awarded an Art Place America grant for “Urban Placemaking” with support of the Kresge Foundation.Following the grant, an evening urban market was held on W. Wisconsin Ave., and the Artery, a “Creational Trail” along old railroad tracks bridging in Harambee, is being developed.

The Kresge folks liked what they saw, and invited the GMC to apply for further funding to continue to develop the Artery, GMC president Julia Taylor said. The GMC will also form a Placemaking Committee to guide its efforts.

The city will add a 2.1 mile extension of the trail in 2015, and big plans are in store for Walker’s Point, Taylor said during a panel at the group’s monthly membership luncheon at the University Club Monday. Her remarks are further evidence that the relatively new concept of urban placemaking is here to stay, and is bringing change to “disinvested neighborhoods” nationwide.

In fact, the “Milwaukee Method” is being adopted in other cities as a model for placemaking, Taylor said.

 

Read the full article here.

Announcing The Commons

The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee, or MiKE, initiative, announces The Commons in partnership with Startup Milwaukee and several local academic institutions.

The Commons aims to attract, develop and retain the brightest minds in Southeast Wisconsin through:

  1. Creating a cross-university program that promotes the applied use of entrepreneurial teachings
  2. Providing an opportunity for students to explore innovation in a supportive and low-risk environment
  3. Serving as a source of talent for area businesses looking to work with and hire the city’s emerging thinkers
  4. Playing a pivotal role in economic development and job creation in Southeast Wisconsin

Vocal supporters of The Commons include Dr. John Raymond, president of the Medical College of Wisconsin; Dr. Mary Meehan, president of Alverno College; Barry Mandel, president of The Mandel Group; Michael Lovell, president of Marquette University; and Neil Hoffman, president of MIAD.

Twenty institutions were represented at the initial meeting of The Commons, signaling a strong interest in future collaboration:

  • Alverno College
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Carroll University
  • Carthage College
  • Concordia University
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Lakeland College
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • Mount Mary College
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • UW-Parkside
  • UW-Sheboygan
  • UW-Washington County
  • UW-Waukesha
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

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Milwaukee region’s academic institutions explore creating nonprofit center

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published August 21, 2014

Leaders from 20 of the region’s academic institutions met at Marquette University Thursday to explore the idea of a nonprofit center near downtown Milwaukee that could help their students build start-ups and partnerships with industry.

The Commons, as the effort is being called, would be located in Walker’s Point, where organizers say they have been scouting properties.

The project will begin with a pilot program in November, with a goal of launching the entire program next summer, said Matt Cordio, co-founder of Startup Milwaukee, which is running the initiative with Innovation in Milwaukee, or MiKE, a project of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

The pilot will bring together students from participating institutions for a weekend event that would be run like a Startup Weekend event where teams form to work on ideas. The students would be involved in follow-up workshops after the event.

“There’s a strong desire in all the institutions to collaborate and share best practices around innovation and entrepreneurship in ways we haven’t done in the past,” said Mike Lovell, president of Marquette University and MiKE co-chair.

Ultimately, the Commons will provide connections to mentors, access to start-up funding and experiences that might lead to job opportunities with local corporations, said Michael Hostad, MiKE’s executive director.

 

Read the full article here.

Scale Up Milwaukee accepting applications for 2nd class of entrepreneurial training program

From BizTimes
Published August 18, 2014

Scale Up Milwaukee, a multi-stakeholder effort helping support entrepreneurs at all stages to grow their ventures by stimulating a strong regional entrepreneurship ecosystem, today announced it is accepting applications for the second class of its Scalerator program – training designed to teach ambitious, local companies how to maximize their growth potential.

Following the success of the pilot program that saw 12 diverse Milwaukee ventures accelerate growth by close to 25 percent, the second Scalerator will comprise a larger group of ventures and will take place over a six-month period during which participants will take a deep dive into topics like sales and marketing, entrepreneurial finance, organizational structure and human resources. The Scalerator will systematically work with regional investors, banks, universities, and public sector stakeholders, to support the growth in various ways.

“Over the last year, we’ve confirmed that this region is filled with growth-minded businesses that have enormous potential to scale and ultimately boost the Milwaukee community,” said Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive Education and architect and facilitator of Scale Up Milwaukee efforts. “We’re looking forward to working with a new group of ambitious entrepreneurs and equipping them with practical skills that they can use to rapidly accelerate their growth.”

Interested businesses should have a strong ambition to grow and a scalable business model with annual revenues between $500,000 and $5 million. Businesses should also have an established leadership team that holds significant ownership of the company. Applications are available online.

See the full article here.

Innovation: Beyond the buzzwords

From The Milwaukee Business Journal
Published August 1, 2014

Over the past few years, the nebulous term “innovation” has emerged as the corporate buzzword du jour.

In a global, technology-driven economy, the thinking goes, everything moves faster. The massive, Fortune 500 corporations of the past must become more nimble, responsive and creative or risk extinction.

The Milwaukee area boasts many examples of innovation in action: GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wauwatosa’s Briggs & Stratton Corp., Harley-Davidson Inc. and ManpowerGroup in Milwaukee. Yet many other companies talk the talk, but find themselves stumbling when it comes to walking the walk.

It’s in part because true innovation can make companies feel vulnerable. It necessitates breaking down walls, looking beyond the present and — most frighteningly — introducing a certain amount of risk.

Nonetheless, the buzzword is so pervasive because of the urgency surrounding it.

“Competition is so different today than it was 10, 15, even five years ago. The world is moving so much faster today,” said Briggs & Stratton chairman, president and CEO Todd Teske [also co-chair of the GMC's Innovation in Milwaukee initiative]. “There’s a risk in doing nothing, and that’s the risk I think is really bad — if you do nothing and expect everything to stay the same.”

Ask six different people, and in all likelihood you’ll get six different definitions of “innovation.”

The crux of it is an idea that has legs. An invention or new approach that isn’t just good in its own right, but can be scaled and/or commercialized. Generating those good ideas and knowing what to do with them is the challenge dogging big companies pivoting to face a global, digitally driven market.

For the full article, including more quotes from Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) co-chairs Todd Teske, Jonas Prising and Michael Lovell, please click here.

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