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.

Dr. Pinderhughes Outlines Path to Heal City at Safe MKE Symposium

Published on January 16, 2017
From Milwaukee Independent

A half-day symposium was held on January 12 as the next step in a collaborative effort by a broad-based collection of leaders from community, business, faith, government, and health sectors to formulate an action plan for the reduction of viоlеncе and its traumatic affect on individuals, community, and the economic health of Milwaukee.

Safe MKE was organized by several groups including the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Viоlеncе Prevention, and the Prevention Institute. The gathering was a continuation from the November 2016 meeting, when Milwaukee launched an ambitious six-month process to develop a blueprint for viоlеncе prevention with 150 community partners.

“This really started for us last spring, when we had a Greater Milwaukee Committee meeting that was looking at the issue of viоlеncе within our city,” said Julia Taylor, President, Greater Milwaukee Committee. “We talked about what was creating the viоlеncе within our city and other urban areas, and what we could do about it. As a result of that discussion, people wanted to dive deeper into our community. So that is what this symposium is about.”

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Symposium Focuses On Reducing Violence And Crime In Milwaukee

Published on January 12, 2017
From CBS58, WDJT Milwaukee

In an effort to reduce violence and crime in the city of Milwaukee, several organizations attended a half day symposium Thursday morning.

It was called “Safe MKE,” and organized by several groups including the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the Prevention Institute.

More than 100 people attended and discussed ways on how to begin reducing the number of crimes and violent rates in the city.

Read the article and watch the video here.

Grant program in works to help startup businesses on Milwaukee main streets

Published January 10, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

Empty storefronts on Milwaukee’s neighborhood main streets could be refilled with local, startup businesses under a grant program local organizations are crafting.

Dubbed “Brew City Match,” the program would offer public and private financing for businesses to open up shop on streets including North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, West Burleigh Street in Sherman Park and the Clarke Square area. It is one component of a broader push to bring more opportunity to neighborhoods around booming downtown Milwaukee.

“We want it in 2017,” said Donsia Strong Hill, executive director of LISC Milwaukee.

Greater Milwaukee Committee and LISC Milwaukee are crafting plans to start Brew City Match as a pilot program. It is based off the Motor City Match program in Detroit, which has distributed nearly $3 million in two years to more than 60 businesses and 570 entrepreneurs. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 10 visited Detroit to participate in the latest awards through that grant program.


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GMC president Julia Taylor to be inducted into 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame

Published on January 11, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

Greater Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor is among the group of four Milwaukee-area business executives who will be inducted this year into the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame.

Taylor has been president of the GMC since 2002, leading the group of 200 top business leaders working on regional issues and opportunities through its initiatives in education, economic development and effective government. The group is currently working on an effort to push forward the redevelopment of downtown Milwaukee.

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Milwaukee Mayor Barrett ‘offensive’ will seek to change minds in Madison, state about city

Published on January 10, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he is planning a “charm offensive” with residents of Wisconsin and political leaders in Madison who hold what he calls outdated negative opinions of Milwaukee’s impact on the state’s budget and economy.

“We’re going to be going on a factual offensive to begin the conversation that dispels this old stereotype that somehow the city is a drain on the state,” Barrett said in an interview Monday.

During a Greater Milwaukee Committee luncheon Monday, Barrett presented figures showing the opposite: That the city of Milwaukee contributes more income to the state than the city receives in return.

Read the full article here.

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