The Milwaukee 7, launched in September 2005, was formed to create a regional, cooperative economic development platform for the seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent.
Together, these seven counties have a wealth of corporate headquarters, a pool of highly skilled workers and world-class amenities. Competing as a region broadens our range of choices and opportunities and gives us the competitive edge that we need, today, and into the future. Milwaukee 7 priorities include:
MILWAUKEE 7 FRAMEWORK FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH
The Milwaukee 7 has engaged community stakeholders from around the region to create a business plan to advance economic opportunities in the seven counties of southeast Wisconsin.
Business Starts, Expansions & Attractions
Business Climate Improvement
MILWAUKEE 7: ACCELERATING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Milwaukee 7 continues to build the region's capacity and accelerate economic growth. Through its work, more than 5,700 jobs have been created or retained in the region, with an impact of more than $300 million in direct payroll and $730 million in capital investment. The Milwaukee 7 has also leveraged millions of dollars in federal earmarks, state assistance and other municipal investments for business projects that make the Milwaukee Region stronger and a more attractive place to do business.
View the Milwaukee 7 Report: Driving Economic Growth here
View the Milwaukee 7 Performance Scorecard here
RECENT WINS FOR THE REGION
Konecranes, an international manufacturer of heavy lift equipment, has expanded its Electric Components Manufacturing Center to a new location in Pleasant Prairie, relocating from Gurnee, IL. The company considered multiple locations before choosing southeast Wisconsin for its new operation. Milwaukee's assets - workforce, location, educational system and infrastructure - combined with the region's strong manufacturing base played an important part in the company's decision to locate here.
Kenall, a lighting manufacturer, is relocating its entire company operations to Kenosha from Gurnee, Ill. The company is moving to a new 354,000-square-foot headquarters and will investment approximately $30 million in capital improvements. The company currently has approximately 400 employees and plans to grow to more than 600 by 2018.
Attracting Kendall to Kenosha was a team effort, with Gov. Walker, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., City of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Gateway Technical College and Milwaukee 7 working closely and collaboratively for 10 months to land the deal for Wisconsin.
German manufacturer PTF Pfuller is opening an office in Sturtevant for the company's first U.S. operation. PTF produces high-precision metal components used in the semiconductor, medical device, aerospace and food industries. The company plans to add distribution and production capabilities in the next few years as its customer base grows. PTF chose the Milwaukee Region because of its central location, proximity to existing customers and quality technical colleges.
See more M7 wins >>here.