For Immediate Release: January 7, 2015
Gardner Denver, Inc. (GDI), a manufacturer of industrial compressors, blowers, pumps, loading arms and fuel systems, is moving its global headquarters to Milwaukee. The company’s offices will be housed at 222 E. Erie St. in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. The headquarters could ultimately employ as many as 200 senior executives, managers and professionals.
By Hermann Viets, Ph.D. - President, MSOE
Since its founding in 1903, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has continued to evolve. Business leaders were the core of the institution’s founding and development, and a close relationship was established that continues today. We value the involvement of our Regents, corporation members and industrial advisory committees that steer our response to the changing needs of business and industry.
Students leave MSOE at an amazing employment rate of 96 percent working within their field of study within six months of graduation. Why? MSOE offers degrees that are in demand because our applications-oriented curriculum and career practice prepare students to be immediately productive.
By DR. MARK MONE - Chancellor, UW-Milwaukee
By Dr. Michael Lovell - President, Marquette University
The mission of Marquette University is to search for truth, discover and share knowledge, foster personal and professional excellence, promote a life of faith, and the develop leadership expressed in service to others. I am very proud of how our university applies the ideals of our mission across our campus and community.
Even before construction of Eckstein Hall, home to Marquette University Law School, Dean Joseph Kearney had a vision for the school to be the “other Marquette Interchange” – a public square where people address major issues, urgent needs and provocative ideas. Now, four years after Eckstein Hall was opened, Marquette Law School is respected throughout the Milwaukee region as a leader in shaping the ideas and policies that guide our society... >>MORE
By Dr. Vicki Martin - President, MATC
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) plays a critical role in delivering education and training that will successfully prepare students for important careers. We’ve taken a leadership role in educating stakeholders about the importance of middle-skills jobs (requiring more than a high school diploma and less than a four-year degree) to address the skills mismatch that is evident in our workforce, mainly due to retirements. MATC works with area high schools to increase the number of students who earn college credits while still in high school and are prepared for essential “gateway” courses such as English and math... >>MORE
By Bret Mayborne - MMAC Economic Research Director
More so than at any time in recent history, Milwaukee is in an economic quandary. How does the Milwaukee region grow more prosperous with limited future demographic growth?
Overall, the population in the seven-county southeast Wisconsin region is forecast (by EMSI) to grow 3% from 2013 to 2023, but the primary workforce population (age 15 to 69) is projected to actually register a small decline. Over the same time period, regional employment is expected to grow 10%. A workforce squeeze is coming, mostly due to retiring Baby Boomers. How the region responds to this squeeze will play a pivotal role in determining future growth... >>
By Tim Sheehy, MMAC President
Each year metropolitan Milwaukee “produces” 19,000 high school graduates, 9,000 college degree holders, and 5,000 post-graduate degree holders.
• Is this talent pipeline sufficient to feed the needs of our economy?
• Do we have the right match for the needs of our employers?
• Are we preparing these graduates to be adaptable lifelong learners?
As the region’s economy continues to reshape itself due to global competition, disruptive technologies, innovation and customer preferences, our future workforce also must evolve. Trying to figure out where the jobs will be — and making sure our students have the right preparation — is an exercise that requires a strong collaboration between business and education, particularly higher education...>>
By STEVE BAAS - Vice President of Governmental Affairs, MMAC
Sometimes the political process can be unnecessarily confrontational and divisive and it is worth remembering that MMAC’s end goal is looking for solutions, not fights.
We do that as often as we can at the MMAC, but sometimes in areas where consensus solutions are evasive, we are placed in a position where we have to take sides. Education is one of those areas. In the face of the sobering statistics in this issue of Milwaukee Commerce regarding both academic performance and workforce needs, we do not have the luxury of standing idly by. Children’s lives and futures are at stake. Our economic vitality is also stake.
So we take sides. And we side with the children in need of high-performing schools. Sometimes that puts us at odds with other players in the educational landscape.
Over the years, many ideas have been proposed and many initiatives have been tried to improve the educational outcomes for children in our community. Milwaukee Succeeds represents the first time in this community’s history that partners representing public, choice and charter schools have agreed to work together to develop child-focused goals and identify and implement key strategies that help every child succeed, in every school. This is not just another short-term initiative. Milwaukee Succeeds is a long-term partnership aimed at achieving transformational progress on a very large scale. Every partner is committed bringing lasting change to the way education works for Milwaukee’s children and to reporting on our progress to the public.
With significant input from community stakeholders and based on local and national research and data, the partnership focuses on meeting four goals:
I’d like to thank the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce for the opportunity to update you on what we’re doing to improve achievement and close the achievement gap in Milwaukee Public Schools. Among the highest priorities at Milwaukee Public Schools are ensuring more of our students are meeting state reading standards and closing the achievement gap with their peers whom they are competing against nationally for college placement as well as jobs.
By ABBY ANDRIETSCH
Schools That Can Milwaukee
Milwaukee’s future depends on creating a world-class system of schools that provides all children, regardless of circumstances, access to an excellent education. High-quality schools already exist in all three of Milwaukee’ education sectors – traditional district, public charter, and private voucher. Schools That Can Milwaukee (STCM), a local nonprofit dedicated to city-wide school improvement, knows many more are possible. Just a few examples:
By Dan McKinley
PAVE was created in 1992 to make excellent education opportunities possible for low-income families in Milwaukee. Over the past 22 years our mission has not changed, but PAVE has evolved as we address the changing needs of families and schools.
As a groundbreaking scholarship program in the 90s, PAVE helped 17,000 families take advantage of more than $24 million in scholarship assistance and served as a forerunner to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Once vouchers superseded scholarships and fulfilled that need for low-income families, our focus shifted because high-performing schools faced a major problem – not enough space to educate the students who wanted to attend.
By GARRETT BUCKS
Executive Director, Teach for America
Read all about latest accomplishments and happenings of our small business members.
By MMAC President Tim Sheehy
The lead article of the September international issue of Fortune magazine was entitled, “The Talent Crunch.” The most recent issue of the American Chamber of Commerce Executive’s magazine was dedicated to Millennials in the workforce, and the last edition of this publication was focused on recruiting and retaining talent.
In case you haven’t heard, there is growing drum beat of concern about finding talent. Changing demographics and economies are placing a premium on the need for educated talent. In the very near future, 60% of metro Milwaukee’s jobs will require a post high school degree. In short, those communities that educate (and retain and attract) a talented workforce will have deep pools of jobs. Those that don’t, won’t.
ActionCOACH of Elm Grove has helped hundreds of business owners grow their businesses and be successful in the Milwaukee region since 2004. They are the number one ActionCOACH office in North America, and have received numerous national and international awards for their individual and collective coaching excellence. They were selected as one of the 2012 Top 10 Business of the Year by the Waukesha County Business Alliance and BizTimes Media. ActionCOACH is the world’s number one business coaching and executive consulting firm, with more than 1,000 offices in 32 countries.
Waking up after a night of elections, someone makes the inevitable comment that “elections have consequences.” Our job at MMAC is to identify what the consequences are for our “Blueprint for Prosperity,” or simply put our agenda for the Milwaukee region. Top priorities include:
These are the attributes that help this region grow and attract jobs along with the capital investment necessary to fuel our prosperity.