​Center for Growth in the Media

Check out how the Center for Growth is involved in local efforts that are covered in the media.


Local Officials celebrate Start of Work on Eaton’s New Addition

November 6, 2020

Local leaders, including Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, Suzanne Kelley, CEO and president of Waukesha County Business Alliance, and Judie Taylor, interim director of the Waukesha County Center for Growth, came out to mark the occasion with a shovel full of dirt, as did several Eaton executives.

Center for Growth Featured on News Talk WISN 1130 "Milwaukee’s Philanthropic Community"

August 23, 2020

Presented by Ellenbecker Investment Group, this unique show highlights non-profit organizations and helps listeners understand how they can have a personal impact in our community. The Alliance and the Center for Growth were proud to be featured on the show.

Barkin’ Up breaks ground in Delafield

August 6, 2020

The Waukesha County Center for Growth along with Barkin’ Up, a doggy daycare and boarding facility, broke ground on their new location in Delafield, 402 Kettle Drive. It is Barkin’ Up’s second location with its first location being in Pewaukee. Owner Ben Nader said he thinks the new location will be open around Thanksgiving.

Waukesha County Center for Growth aids businesses amid uncertainty

July 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic, shutdown and subsequent loss of revenue has been hard on many businesses, but there are organizations willing to help.

Macromatic Industrial breaks ground for Waukesha site

July 15, 2020

Jim Blise of Design2Construct, Tim Burns of Macromatic, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, Steve Sundlov of Macromatic, Tim Casey of Waukesha County Center for Growth, Jordan O’Connor of Design2Construct, Jay Cashmore of First Business Bank, and Ginger Kollmansberger of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s office break ground for the new Macromatic Industrial Controls site in Waukesha.

Business partners join county’s COVID-19 campaign

July 8, 2020

New business partners joined Waukesha County Tuesday in its fight against COVID-19 through the “stay safe to stay open” campaign. The campaign is a unified approach to promote the actions businesses and residents can take to mitigate the spread of the virus as the economy and community slowly reopen.

No 'Safer At Home' Order For Waukesha County

May 30, 2020

Hours after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer At Home order, a top Waukesha County official says he trusts local businesses to reopen in a responsible manner.

Waukesha Working With Businesses to Plan Recovery

April 30, 2020

While more needs to be done at the state level to provide businesses with clear guidance about when they will be operational again, I am already working with the local business community to learn which sectors have the greatest needs so we can help them back on their feet and prepare the local economy to open as safely as possible.

Counties’ coffers to take financial hit from COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Tim Casey, director of economic development for the Waukesha County Center for Growth, voiced optimism. ‘The COVID-19 crisis has had an economic impact on all industries and the public sector is no exclusion,” he said. “Waukesha County is one of only four counties in the state that doesn’t include sales tax as a revenue source. A long history of sound budgeting and financial practices will help Waukesha County weather this storm.”

Wisconsin unemployment claims still fewer than in most states

April 10, 2020

Regarding why Wisconsin is faring relatively better than some of its neighbors, one possible explanation is its strong manufacturing sector. “Wisconsin is very strong in manufacturing,” said Tim Casey at the Waukesha County Center for Growth, in a previous interview with The Freeman. Many manufacturers, especially those serving essential industries like defense and health care, are still running.

Unemployment spikes lower for Wisconsin than other states

April 4, 2020

States are seeing unemployment claims filed in record numbers due to COVID-19, but the size of the spike in claims varies, depending on the state.

Resource guide for Milwaukee-area small businesses impacted by COVID-19

March 27, 2020

The Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha Center for Growth have been working closely with partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration and Wisconsin Small Business Development Center to stay abreast of financial assistance programs being established to assist businesses.

Economic resources for employees, businesses during COVID-19 crisis

March 23, 2020

Resources are available for the business community in Waukesha County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth have a dedicated website with COVID-19 business- related information

'Unprecedented' Job Growth In Waukesha, Officials Say

March 6, 2020

Waukesha County Center for Growth officials say the numbers point to “unprecedented” economic growth and workforce development in Waukesha County. Officials said more than 25 companies moved to or expanded operations in Waukesha County after working with the Center for Growth, investing more than $128 million locally, and committing to create 1,038 new jobs.

Waukesha County's GROW fund to start lending soon

November 29, 2019

A $2-million, revolving-loan fund aimed at helping Waukesha County businesses should be ready to start processing applications by the end of the year. Dubbed the Generating Resources in Waukesha County or GROW Fund, the account was first established this spring by the Waukesha County Center for Growth and local lenders.

New loan programs could bring investment to Milwaukee and Waukesha

September 2, 2019

Both Waukesha County and the northwest side of Milwaukee will potentially see increased investment in the coming months from two new programs aimed at helping local businesses grow.

See photos from Highlands Business Park groundbreaking in Sussex

July 29, 2019

Wauwatosa-based Wangard Partners Inc. has officially commenced construction of the 149-acre Highlands Business Park in Sussex. The technology, industrial and commercial business park is located northwest of Highway 164 and County Highway K.

Construction starts on 149-acre Highlands Business Park in Sussex as county industrial vacancy rate drops

July 25, 2019

Construction is starting on a new business park in Sussex. Wangard Partners Inc. is developing the 149-acre Highlands Business Park at the northwest corner of Highway 164 and Highway K.

Waukesha County Center for Growth establishes $2 million revolving loan fund

May 24, 2019

The Waukesha County Center for Growth has established a new $2 million revolving loan fund aimed at spurring economic growth, the organization announced.

$2M development fund created in Waukesha County

May 24, 2019

To encourage economic development in Waukesha County, the Generating Resources and Opportunity in Waukesha County Fund has been created by the Waukesha County Center for Growth.

$2M Waukesha County fund to support company growth, affordable housing

May 23, 2019

A $2 million fund recently created by the Waukesha County Center for Growth will lend money for affordable housing developments and for expanding local businesses.

Waukesha County Center for Growth board adds members

March 13, 2019

The Waukesha County Center for Growth, Inc. has added three new members to its board of directors: Tom Fotsch, chief operating officer and owner of EmbedTek LLC; Patti Kneiser, vice president of employer services for Froedtert Health; and Jennifer Zierer, manager of local affairs for We Energies.

Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrates 100 years

September 18, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance held its 100th annual meeting at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Thursday. Tim Casey, director of economic growth for the Waukesha County Center for Growth, was one of the speakers.

The evolution of shopping centers

September 5, 2018

As shopping habits have changed, so have some brick and mortar retail centers. “Regional malls have become hybrids,” said Tim Casey, director of economic development for the Waukesha County Center for Growth.

Mukwonago to host economic development summit Thursday

August 10, 2018

Mukwonago is hosting an economic development summit that will offer a forum for regional leaders in economics, development, and business to discuss trends in Waukesha and Walworth counties.

Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrates award winners

June 25, 2018

The Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and the Waukesha County Center for Growth held an awards gala Thursday night to honor the Waukesha County Advocate of the Year, the Small and Large Nonprofits of the Year and the Small, Medium and Large Businesses of the Year.

New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies

May 31, 2018

The Waukesha County Center for Growth, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center hired Lucy Waldhuetter as a business consultant.

‘Tremendous opportunities’ Business leaders talk Foxconn at WCBA panel discussion

May 23, 2018

As site preparation begins on the $10 billion Foxconn manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant, companies across southeastern Wisconsin are wondering how the sprawling display-screen factory might impact their industries. On Tuesday the Waukesha County Business Alliance strove to answer that question with a panel discussion featuring business leaders already working on the project.

Construction set to begin on new industrial park

May 2, 2018

Construction of Mukwonago’s 115-acre industrial park is on the horizon — a development project that could bring global and national investment to the village while chipping away at the county’s industrial park space deficit, said John Weidl, village administrator and economic development director.

Foxconn impact could be felt in Waukesha County

April 30, 2018

Foxconn’s projections call for $1.4 billion in supply chain spending within the state once its plant is fully operational, and Waukesha County leaders believe they’re well-positioned to benefit.

Waukesha bypass could attract development southwest of city

April 30, 2018

The $50 million project has been in the Waukesha County and regional transportation plans for decades.

Making strides

April 28, 2018

Center for Growth rounds out second-year string of successes

When the Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation dissolved in late 2014, a task force set out to create a replacement.

Finalists and winners for 2018 Waukesha County Awards announced

April 5, 2018

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth have announced finalists and some winners for the 2018 Waukesha County Awards. According to a press release, the awards recognize top-performing businesses and nonprofit organizations which have a significant presence in Waukesha County and are making our community a great place to work, play and live.

350 new jobs: Milwaukee Tool announces proposed expansion of Brookfield product center

January 30, 2018

Milwaukee Tool announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30 a proposed expansion at its global product center in Brookfield.

Milwaukee Tool says expansion would create 350 jobs with average salary of $75,000

January 27, 2018

Milwaukee Tool Co., based in Brookfield, says it’s planning an expansion that will create 350 jobs with an average annual salary of $75,000.

Farrow on GE: ‘Our goal is keep them’

January 18, 2018

As investors speculate whether General Electric’s financial woes will lead to a wholesale breakup of the company, local leaders are working to ensure that whatever future awaits the corporate titan includes Waukesha County. County Executive Paul Farrow said Wednesday that his office is working with the Waukesha County Center for Growth on the issue, and has also reached out to company officials.

Waukesha County business groups coordinate workforce strategy

December 18, 2017

Waukesha County’s business coalitions have launched a comprehensive workforce development strategy as the county heads into a pivotal 2018 year for the region’s businesses.

UW-Extension: Waukesha

December 1, 2017

In more than a dozen locations, Small Business Development Centers work closely with local and regional economic development organizations to help businesses throughout Wisconsin start, manage and grow. (page 20)

Kentucky-based Span Tech opening sales and service center in Waukesha

November 7, 2017

Kentucky-based Span Tech LLC, a global manufacturer of custom-built plastic chain conveyor systems, has chosen Waukesha as the site of its first expansion outside of Kentucky.

Making a pitch: Possible locations for Amazon’s HQ2 site

November 7, 2017

With more than 230 communities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters, it is hard to stand out. But Southeast Wisconsin is working together to show its a perfect fit.

Span Tech Opening New Facility In Waukesha

November 7, 2017

Span Tech LLC, a Kentucky-based plastic conveyor belt manufacturer, is planning to open a new sales and service center in Waukesha.

Two Milwaukee sites among locations pitched for Amazon HQ2

November 6, 2017

Cities like Chicago have trumpeted the full list of locations they pitched to Amazon.com Inc. for its second headquarters, while Milwaukee-area officials stuck to a more conservative approach and said nothing publicly.

Kentucky manufacturer opening Waukesha facility

November 6, 2017

Kentucky-based plastic conveyor manufacturer Span Tech LLC is opening a new sales and service center at 1201 Dolphin Court in Waukesha.

Foxconn to impact more than Racine County

October 27, 2017

The Waukesha County Center for Growth and the Waukesha County Business Alliance have been supportive of the Foxconn project since the beginning and we have been working hard to ensure Waukesha County is poised to take advantage of the many opportunities Foxconn has to offer.

Attracting Amazon HQ2

October 20, 2017

After hitting the bullseye with the deal for Foxconn’s $10 billion manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin officials are again taking aim — this time at Amazon and its plans to construct a second headquarters.

MADE Career Pathways Expo

October 18, 2017

Almost 1,000 high school students attended the MADE Career Pathways Expo hosted by Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha County Center for Growth, Aries Industries, and Dedicated Computing.

Waukesha business survey shows modest growth, skill and retention issues

October 18, 2017

A recent survey revealed that while businesses in Waukesha County are trending toward growth, employers still have serious hiring concerns surrounding skills and retention.

Survey: 76% of county businesses plan to expand

October 11, 2017

Waukesha County businesses intend to grow during the next three years through increasing their staff, moving to a larger facility, via acquisitions or by growing their revenue, among other reasons, according to a survey.

Menomonee Falls plan commission favors ‘conservancy’ subdivision

October 9, 2017

More than 70 acres on Flint Drive, owned by the village for 15 years, has sat vacant. But it might not be for much longer.

SDNB Releases 2017-2020 Strategic Priorities, Expands Metrics

October 5, 2017

Information provided to the School District of New Berlin’s Board of Education on Sept. 11 will help guide the work of the district in the years to come.

New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies

September 28, 2017

The Waukesha County Center for Growth hired Scott Alderton as a business consultant.

Proposed Waukesha County budget would decrease tax rate by 2%

September 28, 2017

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has introduced his 2018 executive budget to the Waukesha County Board.

A silver anniversary celebration

September 8, 2017

Any way you slice it, this is a year of milestones for Exhibit Systems, an evolving company on Brookfield’s far east side that specializes in manufacturing trade show materials.

Milwaukee Biz Blog: Foxconn’s impact will benefit Waukesha County

August 7, 2017

The waiting was worth it—Foxconn has announced it will have a fully-functional manufacturing plant in Wisconsin as soon as 2020. So what does that mean for Waukesha County and the rest of the region?

Foxconn deal could change Waukesha County companies 'overnight'

August 7, 2017

As word of an upcoming 20 million-square foot Foxconn liquid crystal display factory sinks in for Wisconsinites, manufacturers and supply chain managers in Waukesha County are hoping to land lucrative partnerships with the Taiwan-based technology company in the future.

Survey: 76% of county businesses plan to expand

October 11, 2017

Waukesha County businesses intend to grow during the next three years through increasing their staff, moving to a larger facility, via acquisitions or by growing their revenue, among other reasons, according to a survey.

Waukesha business survey shows modest growth, skill and retention issues

October 16, 2017

A recent survey revealed that while businesses in Waukesha County are trending toward growth, employers still have serious hiring concerns surrounding skills and retention.

MADE Career Pathways Expo

October 18, 2017

Almost 1,000 high school students attended the MADE Career Pathways Expo hosted by Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha County Center for Growth, Aries Industries, and Dedicated Computing.