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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.








January Letter from the President

We had an exciting membership meeting in January, with Mayor Barrett and Reggie Moore highlighting Milwaukee’s plan for reducing and preventing violence within our communities through the Blueprint for Peace. They walked through the six goals and key strategies. I had the honor of serving on the Steering Committee for the Blueprint for Peace along with other GMC members, businesses, non-profits, and foundations. Now more than ever, we need to address the issue of violence in Milwaukee. Violence is a public health issue, and when it affects one of us, it affects us all -the economy, education, and the vibrancy of our communities, all issues we are extremely passionate about. This community-wide plan identifies actions to reduce violence and build stronger communities.

Goal #1 of the Blueprint is “Stop the Shooting. Stop the Violence.” The best way we know how to do that is to interrupt the cycle of violence our communities are experiencing.  Based on the violence reduction strategies we have seen in large metro areas such as Chicago and New York City, The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) deemed a violence interrupters program to be a first step in reduction in Milwaukee, called Ceasefire, one integral piece of the Blueprint. Utilizing violence interrupters, those who have experienced violence and trauma and are now willing to prevent it, work to interrupt a violent situation before it escalates.

This New York Times article quotes an interrupter as saying “You don’t go preaching – you build relationships and bond with them,” he said, “It takes time.” And, over time violence interrupters have proven to be successful in areas like Chicago, whoseCure Violence model has seen a 41-73% drop in shootings and killings in Cure Violence zones. Milwaukee’s Ceasefire program, modeled after the Cure Violence model, aims to do the same.

Ceasefire is currently planned to launch in two of Milwaukee’s most violent neighborhoods. Many of you have asked how you can support the Blueprint and its efforts. The City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention is currently fundraising for the second site of Ceasefire. This program uses violence interrupters to deescalate heated situations before they become violent. For a better understanding on violence interrupters, please watch this PBS Documentary, called “The Interrupters”, highlighting their work. It truly is a remarkable and successful concept, having aided in the 16% reduction in violence in Chicago, overall.

The OVP needs $280,000 to facilitate a second site of interrupters. If you are inclined to give, gifts can be made to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Violence Prevention Fund by contacting Mark Maurice at or 414-336-7067.

Special recognition should be given to those who participated in and funded the planning process, including a grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, with partial funding from the Tides Foundation and ReCAST Milwaukee. We’d also like to recognize Bader Philanthropies for a gift of $100k, announced immediately following the release of the Blueprint, GoogleGreater Milwaukee FoundationBairdPriebe Family FoundationAnon Charitable Trust and the Croens Foundationfor their generous gifts to aid in the creation of the Blueprint. Additional thanks to the Common Council, the Office of Violence PreventionMayor Barrett and the City of MilwaukeePresident HamiltonMilwaukee Public SchoolsMilwaukee County, and the community. I’d also like to thank the steering committee, including GMC members Ellen Gilligan, Peggy Troy, and Mary Lou Young, as well as Amy and Fred Croenand Les Weil for their diligent and committed efforts towards this Blueprint. 


Julia Taylor
Greater Milwaukee Committee

December Letter from the President

We look forward to an exciting 2018 full of promise. Our success in 2018 will be built from our progress in 2017, working with the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention on a new plan for a safe Milwaukee , building together greater economic prosperity, vibrancy of place, and an innovative and talent filled Milwaukee. There is still much work that needs to be done.

In 2017 we helped drive region-wide business growth, workforce talent development and retention, improvements in school quality and curriculum, and improved teacher recruitment and retention rates. Our initiatives and strategies are deployed by our staff, our partners, and our members, like you. We summarized our achievements below, demonstrating the impact our work –your work- is having in Milwaukee.

As we look forward, here are our team and GMC members’ wishes for Milwaukee in 2018

 “That Milwaukee continues to prosper, and that the prosperity is spread more throughout the community. Also, that Milwaukee becomes less of a hidden gem.” – Greg Marcus, Marcus Corporation

“Health and wellness for all.” –Cristy Garcia-Thomas, Aurora Health Care

“That Milwaukee would embrace positive change.” – Elizabeth Cizinsky, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“That we can continue progressing on the positive trajectory that we achieved in 2017.” – Elmer Moore, Jr., Greater Milwaukee Committee

“A stable environment with ample education and health and wellness resources for all youth.” – Heather Pechacek, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“Unity.” – Shawn Allen, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“That we start saying more nice things about Milwaukee, while building capacity to support those who are actively engaged in solving our challenges.” – Michael Hostad, Greater Milwaukee Committee

 “Decrease in the amount of young deaths in Milwaukee.” – Samantha Giles, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“For more people to be doing more things and taking leadership positions.” – Joe Poeschl, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“To increase cross-cultural conversations city-wide, regionally, and state-wide.” – Tony Panciera, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“Authenticity. Have difficult conversations about our own perceptions of each other. Intentionality. Be more purposeful in making connections and sharing your network with those around you. Growth mentality. When looking at the dynamics of power and resources, it’s not about redistributing the limited pie, rather, about baking a much bigger and ridiculously tastier pie, together.” – Leana Nakielski, Greater Milwaukee Committee

 “Increased compassion for each other and understanding of what it’s like to be in others’ shoes. Understand each other’s struggles.” – Rich Greene, Greater Milwaukee Committee

“For people to be honest about the issue of race and the power around it.” – Julia Taylor, Greater Milwaukee Committee


Our wishes can come true if we work together towards that north star of a better, great and equitable Milwaukee. Milwaukee is thriving, it is growing, and it can be greater for all of us.

Happy holidays, and cheers to a prosperous New Year!


Grooming talent: ‘Early college model’ at Bradley Tech lifts workforce

Published January 26, 2018
Milwaukee Business Journal

When Foxconn Technology Group’s arrival in southeastern Wisconsin became a near certainty at a White House announcement last July, a renewed emphasis was placed on technical education in the state.

A majority of that focus centered on the ever-deepening relationship between technical colleges and workforce development organizations, and how the two could combine forces to prepare Wisconsin’s workforce for the massive employment opportunity Foxconn presents with its creation of up to 13,000 jobs at its factory planned for Racine County.

Far less attention was paid to similar efforts being made at the high school level. But for the long-term health of Wisconsin’s economy and workforce, pathways set up by places like Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology & Trade School in Milwaukee, better known simply as Bradley Tech, could be just as important.

Read the full article here.

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.

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