Changes in leadership
Looking to the Future
Sheehy moderated a panel discussion including Ramirez, John Schlifske, President, CEO and Chair of Northwestern Mutual; and Cory Nettles, Founder and Managing Director of Generation Wealth Growth Capital; to discuss recent changes to state funding for K-12 education. Those reforms helped close the gap in funding between students attending choice and charter schools and those attending public schools.
“Today, parents are using public funds to send more than 50,000 students in Milwaukee to private schools and independent charter schools that best meet the needs of their children,” said Sheehy. “The Association’s advocacy presents an enduring commitment to improve the prospects of Milwaukee and its citizens.”
Many in the business community, including MMAC, were strong advocates for this legislative action. Nettles said where children attend school doesn’t matter if they’re being positioned for success.
“I’m delivery system agnostic,” he said. “I don’t care where mom and dad decide to send their kids, as long as it’s a good (school).”
Region of Choice Companies Show Improvements in Equity
Johnson, Crowley honored as Champions of the Community
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley were awarded MMAC’s Champion of Commerce Awards on Tuesday for their work in securing new revenue streams to preserve vital local services and fund long-standing pension obligations.
“We’re grateful for the partnership we had across the board,” said Johnson. “We didn’t do this because of politics or partisanship. We did it because it was the right thing to do for the citizens of Milwaukee.”
These changes to municipal funding were truly bipartisan efforts thanks to the leadership of Gov. Tony Evers, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu.
MMAC serves some 2,700 businesses, primarily throughout greater Milwaukee. It supports a globally competitive region to sustain high-value jobs that foster a vibrant quality of life for all.