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, 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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Letter from the President

Today’s shooting of a City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services employee, is an unthinkable and inexcusable act of violence. The Greater Milwaukee Committee sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends, the City of Milwaukee family, and others who have been effected by violence.

After 33 years of service, at the age of 64, his life was met with an incredibly tragic ending. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Violence is, and should be, seen as a public health issue. As we continue to strive for a safer Milwaukee through Safe MKE, and project created in partnership with the Office of Violence Prevention, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Northwestern Mutual, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, 371 Production and the Prevention Institute, we ask that all people take time to reflect on the situation and how we can work together to build a safer, violence free Milwaukee.

As a member of the Steering Committee for the Mayor’s Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), we are looking at a large systems approach to violence prevention in a year that will more than likely see record breaking numbers of homicides and other violent crimes.

We hope you are on board and will be involved in our efforts to make Milwaukee a safer community.

Sincerely,

Julia Taylor
President
Greater Milwaukee Committee

Sales tax discussion morphs to broader issue

Published March 3, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

What started in late January as a call by downtown Milwaukee business executives for a new local sales tax in Milwaukee to support arts and cultural institutions may be morphing into a push to address the broader but less glitzy issue of how the state provides financial aid to municipalities.

Read the full article here.

Capacity crowd, special beer part of 40 Under 40 awards event: Slideshow

Published February 22, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

It was quite a night at The Pfister Hotel Tuesday as more than 700 people packed the grand ballroom to celebrate the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 award winners. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the fun event that honored the Milwaukee area’s up-and-coming young professionals.

It was one of the largest crowds in the history of the program, which is celebrating its 25th years of recognizing Milwaukee’s young professionals. Each guest got a vuvuzela-type horn to help honor the winners and they put them to good use as the rowdy crowd made lots of noise as each winner came to the stage to receive their award.

For the second straight year, we inducted four of our past winners into the 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. They were Greater Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor, Milwaukee real estate attorney Bruce Block, Quad/Graphics Inc. chairman Joel Quadracci and acclaimed broadcast journalist Eric Von, who passed away in September 2016.

Read the full article here.

Business, community leaders debate how to fund convention center expansion: Slideshow

Published February 27, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

If there was one thing that was clear from the Milwaukee Business Journal’s recent Flash Forum on the possibility of enacting a sales tax to fund a convention center expansion in Milwaukee, it was that it will not be easy. Check out the attached slideshow to see who attended the important discussion.

“There is no doubt that this will be a tough task, but it is important to the future of our community,” said Omar Shaikh, chair of Visit Milwaukee and co-owner of SURG Restaurant Group.

Shaikh was joined on the panel by Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corp., Greater Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor and State Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee). The panel was following up on a spirited discussion at a Business Journal Downtown CEO Roundtable Jan. 26 where prominent real estate, restaurant and hotel executives joined the call for such a local sales tax of between 0.5 percent and 2 percent.

Read the full article here.

A Letter From the President: March 2017

Did you know that the lifetime risk of imprisonment by age 35 for African American men who do not complete high school is 70%? This is an astounding statistic. Educational attainment is one of the top societal investments to prevent violence, increase earnings and live a free life.

As a member of the Steering Committee for the Mayor’ Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), we are looking at a large systems approach to violence prevention in a year that will more than likely see record breaking numbers of homicides and other violent crimes.

Arnold Chandler of Forward Change presented a riveting presentation culled from numerous field studies of what strategies work, and what don’t, in a broader prevention system. Some strategies that work are not for the reasons we think. Youth employment programs decrease youth violence by 50% when combined with cognitive behavioral based programming, and have impact for two years following the initial employment. We think youth employment is important because it creates career exploration and work skills, but studies show its biggest impact is long term deterrents to violence.

What can each of us do to create a safer, more equitable community? This level of change looks incredibly hard at the individual level. But there are actions we can take that cumulatively make a big difference. The GMC has supported the Mayor’s Earn and Learn program for years. There is always more young people who want to be in the program than there are funds to support. We are looking at new approaches to internships, learning experiences and summer youth employment that work in today’s world of increased regulations, privacy issues and leaner teams to still provide a transformative experience for the young person and the employer.

The Safe Zone approach is another proven strategy that prevents violence from happening on the ground level. There is the opportunity to expand and further test this model over this coming summer.

There will be more to come from the Steering Committee under Reggie Moore and the Prevention Institute’s guidance, but for now if we want a safer Milwaukee, let’s invest in summer jobs and safe zones in Milwaukee.

Sincerely,

Julia Taylor
President
Greater Milwaukee Committee

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