“The regions that get out in front and identify how to get more people not only into the workforce but prepared for the jobs of the future, will be the leaders in both workforce AND economic development. That’s where we want to be."
GOV. SCOTT WALKER
More than 200 business people and representatives from the economic development, education, and workforce development communities attended the second annual Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Forum on June 6. The event was designed to inform and inspire new solutions to the talent shortage.
Governor Scott Walker kicked off the day by sharing a stunning and sobering statistic: Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has reached an all-time low of 2.8 percent. While more people in Wisconsin are employed than ever before, there are currently more jobs than people to fill them. And there remains a disparity in employment in Milwaukee’s central city with too many people left on the sidelines of our growing economy.
Record number of construction-related firms make the list
In 2017, all 50 firms had: Combined revenue figures $724 million Total employment 2,741
By year-end, the firms are predicting 28% in growth
Milwaukee, WI . . . Today the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and its Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) announced winners of the 2018 Future 50 – recognizing 50 of the fastest-growing companies in the seven-county Milwaukee Region. Fourteen of the 50 are construction or construction-related companies, indicative of the region’s overall growth and building boom. This trend has been gaining momentum over the past few years. In 2017, there were 12 construction firms on the list and in 2016, there were 9.
This year MMAC will be introducing an exciting new event to our schedule. "MMAC Policy Hash," sponsored by Michael Best Strategies, will be a monthly breakfast event featuring state and local public officials giving attendees a first-hand perspective on what's happening and how it will impact your business and Metro Milwaukee. This new offering from our advocacy team will give MMAC members a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the issues and people driving public policy in the Milwaukee Region and State of Wisconsin.
We are very pleased to announce that our inaugural "Policy Hash" will feature Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn. This week, Chief Flynn announced that he will be retiring in February after 10 years as Milwaukee's top cop. Chief Flynn's tenure oversaw a period of enormous challenge and change in both policing and the Milwaukee economy. February's Policy Hash will be a do-not-miss opportunity to hear the Chief's unique insights on Milwaukee's past, present and future as he completes his distinguished term of service to our community. >>VIEW ENTIRE NEWSLETTER