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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. The organization was formed in the late 1940s and is comprised of leaders in business, the professions, labor, education and philanthropy, nonprofit community development.
Much of the GMC’s work until 1980 focused on helping create “bricks and mortar” projects.
For example, in 1948, the GMC pushed for the development of a downtown arena – now the U.S. Cellular Arena. In the years to come the GMC initiated a string of major projects, including expressways, the public museum, the Milwaukee County Zoo, County Stadium, Miller Park, the Performing Arts Center and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
By the mid-1980s, the GMC began taking on more complex social issues such as education and inner city development. These projects are less visible, but their impact in the community is equally dramatic.
Currently lead by president Julia Taylor and chair Ted Kellner, the GMC has committed to building on its past success and to making Milwaukee the best community to live, learn, work, and play.
The GMC is a major sponsor of the Milwaukee 7 and has three key initiatives: education, economic development and effective government. Within these initiatives, task forces and committees that have helped, among other things, build the new Bradley Tech, transform Bradford Beach, develop Well City Milwaukee, promote stable funding for buses and other forms of transit, link and leverage K-12 education with employer needs through the Regional Workforce Alliance and more.
The GMC was a primary catalyst in the creation of the Milwaukee Water Council, which is actively working with businesses, academia and government to develop the water-related cluster we have to make the Milwaukee region the “Silicon Valley” of fresh water. More recently, the GMC began working with the Cultural Alliance to develop Creativity Works!, an effort to stimulate the region’s creative economy and leverage innovation, as well as the Talent Dividend, an initiative to increase the region’s income base through higher educational attainment levels.