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 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 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, play and stay.

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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badger Meter’s Rich Meeusen Named Among Chief Executives by Institutional Investor Magazine

Pubilshed November 28, 2017
Urban Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, November 28, 2017….. Badger Meter (NYSE: BMI), a leading global innovator and manufacturer of flow measurement, control and communications solutions, announced today that Richard A. Meeusen was included in Institutional Investor’s 2018 All-America Executive Team, and was tied for first in the “Best CEO” category among SmallCap Capital Goods and Industrial Companies. More than 4,000 buy-side analysts, asset managers and sell-side researchers at over 1,200 firms that invest in U.S. equities independently voted to determine the rankings.

In 2016, Badger Meter achieved record sales, earnings and earnings per share, and marked its 24th consecutive year of increased dividend payments. Over the past five years, Badger Meter delivered an annualized total return to shareholders of 21.8 percent.

Meeusen has been chief executive officer of Badger Meter since 2002 and chairman since 2004. He joined the company in 1995 as vice president-finance and chief financial officer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Menasha Corporation, a consumer packaging company, and Serigraph, Inc., a specialty printing company.

Actively involved in the greater Milwaukee community, Meeusen serves on the boards of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.; the Greater Milwaukee Committee; the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce; Milwaukee 7, a regional economic development partnership between the seven counties in southeastern Wisconsin; the Public Policy Forum; the Great Lakes Protection Fund; and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. He co-founded and serves as co-chair of The Water Council, a Milwaukee-based non-profit organization that supports the global water industry. In addition, Meeusen serves on the advisory board for the business school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Read the full article here.

Regional communication stressed again at GMC panel on Foxconn

Published November 16, 2017
Milwaukee Business Journal

Foxconn Technology Group’s reach is extending all throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and that included the November meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Committee Monday, where several of the development’s key local figures spoke to the membership about how they’re coping with the Taiwanese giant’s arrival.

Marquette University president Michael Lovell moderated a panel discussion on Foxconn at The University Club Monday and dictated conversation between four local employment figures: MATC president Vicki MartinEmploy Milwaukee president and CEO Earl Buford, Waukesha County Board chairman Paul Decker and Public Policy Forum president Rob Henken.

Like several other regional stakeholders have done before on various other Foxconn-related panel discussions, the panelists emphasized the role of collaboration and communication in successfully preparing for Foxconn. Lovell, for example, remarked at how he, Martin and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chancellor Mark Mone have met more in the last two or three months than they did in the entire year previous.

Decker, bringing the Waukesha County perspective to the panel, delivered a regional view in his analysis of the proceedings. noting how the region has all the resources as any other, but lacks cooperation.

Henken addressed the need for communication and cooperation through his government lens.

Read the full article here.

November Letter from the President

Published November 21, 2017

Technology has become a foundational element of our society. The way we communicate, do business, travel and manufacture our products is reliant on technology. As a growing region that is now attracting international companies like Haribo, Foxconn and potentially, Amazon, our ability to match the demands of a technology centered economy is more imperative than ever.
Milwaukee is home to some of the world’s largest innovative and technology focused companies -GE, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, ManpowerGroup, Northwestern Mutual, FIS and Fiserv…just to name a few. Our biggest issue is a regional shortage of tech talent. As we learned at the past GMC membership meeting, the need for more tech talent increased exponentially with the entry of Foxconn into the region. Foxconn plans to invest in an entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem in Milwaukee, which will create 13,000 high wage jobs. This is an opportunity for not only Foxconn to call on our region to develop innovative ways to support Foxconn’s products, but also for industries that already call Milwaukee home to be recognized on a national level.
The good news is that a collaborative group of academic leaders, innovative corporations, and regional-minded civic leaders are coming together to grow a talent pipeline in support of new companies to the area as well as those that helped build Milwaukee into what it is today.
We’re seeing examples of this work already:
  • On November 1, Northwestern Mutual hosted a large summit to support the creation and growth of a sustainable tech hub.
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Aurora Health Care each are committing $5 million to venture funds that will invest in startup companies in the Milwaukee area.
  • M7 formed a regional team focused on growing and attracting tech talent working with a number of partners including higher educational institutions, workforce investment boards, K-12 systems, and corporations.
  • Last weekend, Northwestern Mutual partnered with The Commons to host a 32-hour innovation “Hack-It Bracket” that brought together nearly 100 college students from 16 colleges and universities in the region to build innovative technology solutions for NM.
  • Existing initiatives like Milwaukee Succeeds aligns in meeting the talent needs.
These are just a few examples that illustrate how our region has the necessary assets and mindset to meet our growing talent demands. With urgency, transparency, and collaboration, we have come together to take advantage of the opportunity to grow the talent pipeline of the future. As the Governor noted at the bill signing for Foxconn, while there were worries whether Foxconn would keep their promise to the region to create 13,000 jobs, he worried whether we could keep our promise to Foxconn to fill the jobs. This opportunity for prosperity for so many in our region compels us to keep this promise.
Finally, I invite you to come see the future of innovative talent in action at The Commons’ upcoming Demo Day on November 28. The Commons’ Fall cohort comes to a close with 11 student teams presenting innovative solutions to challenges put forward by companies like Kohl’s, We Energies, and Sartori Cheese. For more details and to RSVP, visit TheCommonsWI.com.
Sincerely,
Julia Taylor
President
Greater Milwaukee Committee

September Letter from the President

Published October 3, 2017

At our most recent membership meeting, Jonas Prising and the panel (list panel members) clearly defined the importance and role of corporate culture. Locally and internationally, Manpower’s  purpose is defined as “meaningful and sustainable employment has the power to change the world.”
Corporate culture is defined as the set of attitudes, values, goals, and practices that that characterize an institution or organization. It is the values we publicly share with the outside world, shaped by the actions inside the four walls. It is our responsibility as leaders to manifest our corporate culture into one of community culture. We work tirelessly on being innovative, attracting and retaining talent, growing our economy and businesses, and making Milwaukee a safer community. This is an incredible opportunity for us to take best practices for defining a corporate culture into defining a culture for our community.
Recently, the Public Policy Forum released its newest report “Cultivating Innovation: Is metro Milwaukee prepared for the new knowledge-based economy?” With the participation of GMC’s Elmer Moore on the PPF Viewpoint Panel, we learned how Milwaukee is trending with peer cities in regards to talent and an educated population, factors that have shaped the goals and culture of our region for the past decade.
The key findings of the research were:
  • The Milwaukee area’s talent pool is strengthening and appears to be competitive with our peers. Educational attainment is rising and the region’s workforce is competitive with our comparison metro areas in its concentration of individuals employed in occupations associated with knowledge and innovation.
  • Our region is underperforming in its rates of business development and business survival. While entrepreneurship activity appears to have slowed nationally over the long term, the problem appears to be particularly acute in our region. In addition, metro Milwaukee’s rate of business survival does not appear to make up for its sluggish pace of business creation.
  • Capital formation remains an area of concern for the region. Federal grants and federally-guaranteed loans for business startups, expansions, and R&D activities have declined at a faster rate in metro Milwaukee than nationally, and Milwaukee underperforms almost all of the peer metro areas in attracting venture capital funding.
It was also noted by all that Milwaukee is having an incredible moment right now, a moment that can and will define our future. What becomes of that moment will define our culture, and a strong engagement from community leaders will ensure a culture of success and innovation for all our businesses-start-ups and mature companies. At the Foxxconn bill signing, Governor Walker ended the event with a challenge to all of us, “Everyone is concerned about Foxconn living up to their promises; Wisconsin must also live up to our promises to Foxconn. Key to keeping our promises is aligning all our talent and innovation systems.”
We are in a time of new buildings, job creation, and international recognition for attracting Haribo and Foxconn. It is an opportune time to leverage this growth and create a culture that Milwaukee wants and needs, becoming a driving point for talent attraction and retention, economic prosperity, business growth and innovation.

Sincerely,

Julia Taylor
President
Greater Milwaukee Committee

August Letter from the President

Published August 17, 2017

“Human potential is a catalyst for business and economic success. For young people to be part of that success, we must help them tap into opportunities. It is vital they can access options to reskill, to adapt to new technology, to relocate to take on jobs in other regions and countries, and to learn on-the-job, online and in the classroom. If business, government and citizens want to ensure sustainable growth, they must partner to make these options available to youth.”
Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup
Huffington Post 2015
Meet Katrina, a UWM graduate, who after thinking her education and career were over, leveraged her experience with The Commons to a software engineering position at Kohl’s. The Commons is connecting innovative students to local businesses, and creating “real world” project experiences. “It’s nice to just see that with hard work, with dedication, with drive, if you still have that fire to be successful, you can be successful.” It’s the drive and dedication Katrina was empowered with through The Commons that we are dedicated to spreading throughout the region. The Commons has provided the region’s most innovative students with the challenges our regional businesses are facing, all while preparing a new generation of city leaders and influencers who will stay in Milwaukee. It’s a prime example of how our initiatives impact our members and Milwaukee.
“The Commons is cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurial talent and connecting them to top employers.” Jonas Prising
With the pending arrival of Foxconn and tens of thousands of jobs, the world sees Milwaukee as a competitive marketplace. The strides we’ve made building a social infrastructure for our economy, education systems, and talent retention are positioning us to be able to sustain this growing region for generations to come.
“It is important for businesses and educators to collaborate to ensure the right things are taught in the right way to develop the talent that is the lifeblood that allows our community to grow. This notion extends to K12 educators as the development of talent needs to start very early.”
Todd Teske, President & CEO, Briggs & Stratton
MKE Fellows is ensuring access for African American males, in order to strengthen equity and integration within our region, promising a future of integration and educated leaders. MKE United is allowing you to share your input on a strategic plan for the greater downtown and stronger and more prosperous neighborhoods, ones that will create jobs and increase quality of life. Scale Up is telling our region’s growth story, impacting the ambition of all businesses in our region, increasing exports within our region, ensuring a stable source of economic development. What does this do for you? It creates the future we all want for Milwaukee and the city we call home.

Sincerely,

Julia Taylor
President
Greater Milwaukee Committee

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