U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
MILWAUKEE – April 10, 2015 – Milwaukee Succeeds, the broad-based community partnership of educators, business leaders, government entities, nonprofits, parents and other civic and community leaders, today announced the selection of Danae Davis as its new executive director.
Davis, who has evolved from the executive director to the CEO at PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc. since January 2006, will assume her new role at Milwaukee Succeeds on May 11, 2015 .
“I’m thrilled to work even closer with these dedicated community leaders committed to making sure every Milwaukee child who starts preschool is college and career ready by the time he or she graduates from high school,” said Davis. “This wonderful opportunity expands my passion for helping at-risk girls succeed in school to a much bigger platform throughout Milwaukee.”
Milwaukee Succeeds is a collaborative effort launched in summer 2011 by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Milwaukee Urban League, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the Helen Bader Foundation as a way to unite the community around a common goal: making education work better for children in Milwaukee.
Davis has been involved with Milwaukee Succeeds since its beginning, most recently as the co-chair of its Operations Committee and active member of the Leadership Council.
“We’ve made progress in so many areas – third grade reading outcomes, improved ACT scores, tutoring resources and parent engagement,” said Davis. “We have engaged hundreds of individuals and organizations in our community to work toward a set of common goals that will improve the lives of our kids – no matter what school they attend.”
Milwaukee Succeeds Support
Milwaukee Succeeds’ leadership has enormous respect for Danae Davis’ dedication to the children of Milwaukee and believe she will take this education partnership to the next level.
“Milwaukee Succeeds works because of the sustained and enthusiastic commitment of its partners and stakeholders,” said Ellen M. Gilligan, President and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “Danae’s leadership will amplify this momentum and inspire further opportunity for our community to invest in the education and the future of our youth.”
“I am confident that Danae will help us achieve our shared vision of success for every child, in every school, cradle to career. We will rally around her strong leadership to ensure that students succeed in school and then to go on to a full life,” said Jacqueline Herd-Barber, Milwaukee Succeeds Co-Chair and Greater Milwaukee Foundation Board Member.
Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, Mike Lovell, Milwaukee Succeeds Co-Chair and President of Marquette University and John Schlifske, Milwaukee Succeeds Co-Chair and Northwestern Mutual Chairman and Chief Executive Officer served on the selection committee that recommended Davis lead Milwaukee Succeeds.
“Danae is a transformational leader who has done exceptional work in our community,” said Dr. Driver. “She is a true change agent, and I look forward to continue partnering with her to improve student achievement.”
“Danae is a force of nature who is impactful, influential, and delivers results,” said Lovell. “I know she will help us be successful in making sure all Milwaukee students are prepared to succeed in whatever career they choose.”
“I’m so pleased that Danae will be leading the next stage of our efforts to improve education in Milwaukee,” said Schlifske. “She has proven to be a results-oriented team builder with a strong commitment to Milwaukee children.”
Davis, a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin’s law school, is a former legal counsel for the Governor of Wisconsin, a former executive at Miller Brewing and Kraft Foods, and the former director of the Department of Employee Relations for the City of Milwaukee.
Davis will succeed outgoing director Mike Soika, who now leads his own national consulting firm for collective impact, organizational development and creating community change.
About Milwaukee Succeeds
Milwaukee Succeeds is a broad-based, community wide partnership created in 2011 that aims to improve educational outcomes for every child in Milwaukee, in every school, cradle to career. Using a data-driven process that focuses resources on high-impact strategies, Milwaukee Succeeds, together with our community, will begin to move the needle on what works for kids, and better position our children and community for a successful future. More information at www.milwaukeesucceeds.org .
Two new Meijer retail stores are opening soon in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa and informational sessions for job openings will be held next week. The sessions will be held at the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, 2342 N. 27th St., on Tuesday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Meijer is seeking sales floor associates, utility workers, cashiers and clerks. Requirements for the positions include availability to work holidays/weekends/overtime when needed, punctual with good attendance, honesty, good communication skills, and physically capable of performing the duties of the positions.
Additionally, a construction trades job fair (for positions such as finish carpentry, tiling, flooring, landscaping, asphalt paving, painting and acoustical ceiling) will also take place at MAWIB on Wednesday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II encourages those seeking employment opportunities to attend one of the informational sessions. “Meijer is bringing more jobs to our community and residents should take advantage of these information sessions to learn about these employment opportunities,” Alderman Stamper said.
(Madison) April is Community Banking Month, and WBA encourages its members to urge their customers – from consumers to entrepreneurs and farmers – to learn more about community banks and the relationship banking experience. The campaign’s slogan, “Go Local: Bank. Shop. Dine.” encourages collaboration between banks, businesses and consumers to promote and celebrate their own unique Main Street.
“Taking care of customers and looking out for the best interests of local communities is the quintessential community bank business model,” said Rose Oswald Poels, president/CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association. “Over 95 percent of WBA members are community banks, so we’re actively encouraging our members to support this awareness campaign.”
When consumers choose to bank where they live and work, they can be confident that the funds they deposit are being put to use in their community through loans that support local businesses, restaurants and other important projects.
April 1, 2015
The vacant Lowes Home Improvement store in Midtown Center is expected to be transformed into a new, state-of-the-art multi-entertainment complex, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said today.
There are plans to redevelop the 116,000-square-foot building that has been empty for several years to house a variety of fun, entertaining attractions for all ages, including cinemas, a bowling center, a bounce house, an arcade, restaurants, a laser tag arena, and spaces for private and public events, including concerts and comedy shows.
The project is a proposed public-private partnership between the City of Milwaukee and private investors. A major step in the development process will be the acquisition of the building still owned today by Lowes – an eyesore to residents in the Midtown community that is adjacent to the neighboring vibrant and growing Midtown shopping center. Alderman Davis noted that public funds will be used to support the acquisition and construction of the new entertainment center, and he verified that negotiations to acquire the property have been ongoing.
“A formal purchase proposal was issued recently to Lowes,” said Alderman Davis. “It’s the first step in an ongoing process that may take another 18 months to complete. We are not finished by any stretch of the imagination, as there are other major discussions to take place with several other parties to bring this type of project to the area.”
The development would be funded in part by the Midtown Center Tax Incremental District (TID #42), which was created in 2001 and extended a few years ago. The development is expected to generate at least 250 temporary and permanent jobs, ranging from architects, construction workers, plumbers, electricians, security, to wait staff, ushers, cashiers, cooks, janitors, and greeters. The goal is to hire as many Midtown residents as possible to fill the positions that will become available and to offer these residents an opportunity to develop their skills in a professional environment, Alderman Davis said.
“This is an exciting project for Midtown and the City of Milwaukee,” said Alderman Davis. “It generates needed jobs and provides resources so our community does not have to travel so far for quality entertainment and dining.”
The Board of Directors of the Center for Self-Sufficiency recently held a reception in honor of Carl Wesley, recently named the president/CEO of the organization. Nearly a hundred business and community leaders joined the celebration held at Lucid Lounge in downtown Milwaukee. Wesley began his work with the Center in January.
Brendan Conway, MCTS
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will begin handing out the free transit pass, known as the GO Pass, to eligible riders on March 31st. The pass, which was mandated by the County Board of Supervisors, allows all Milwaukee County residents 65 and older unlimited free rides on MCTS buses. The free pass will also be available for residents with disabilities who meet certain requirements*. Both groups are currently allowed to ride on the bus for half fare.
MCTS will process applications and hand out the free passes at the MCTS Administration Building (1942 N. 17th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205) between the hours of 9am and 2pm, Monday thru Friday (the pass will NOT be handed out on Friday, April 3rd). The free pass can be used immediately. Users must have the pass to receive the free rides.
Anyone coming to get the pass is encouraged to fill out a GO Pass application in advance. Applications can be printed out and downloaded at RideMCTS.com.
–Applicants should be prepared for possible long lines and wait times–
There are four ways MCTS will confirm eligibility in the program, only one of the four is required:
Beginning in May, MCTS will also offer alternative community locations to complete the application process and to receive the pass. That information will be listed on RideMCTS.com once it’s finalized.
For other questions please visit RideMCTS.com or call (414) 343-1700.
A full listing of eligibility requirements for persons with disabilities is available on the application.
Public Information Manager/City of Milwaukee
Volunteers are needed for the Center Street Marketplace (BID 39) spring business district clean-up on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. beginning at the intersection of N. 51st and W. Center Streets.
The business district clean-up will focus on improving Center Street’s appearance. Supplies will be provided to volunteers, but bringing supplies is also encouraged. Participants will be provided snacks afterward at the C-4 Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC), 2741 W. Fond du Lac Ave. Attendance must be confirmed by Friday, March 27 by phone at (414)306-3586 or email at [email protected].
Center Street Marketplace: Business Improvement District 39’s purpose is to improve the negative perceptions of crime and safety on W. Center St. between N. 34th and N. 58th Streets. Center Street Marketplace (BID 39) aims to increase the number of businesses in our area as well as the coordination of public improvements.
Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II encourages citizens to take part in the cleanup effort. “Center Street Marketplace is great partner in efforts to improve Center Street, and with the help of the community Center Street can become a central hub in our city for prosperity and business development,” Alderman Stamper said.
Public Information Manager/City of Milwaukee
The Bay View site of the former Sweet Water Organics is being looked at for a possible $40 million, 307-unit apartment complex, according to ALDERMAN TONY ZIELINSKI.
A COMMUNITY MEETING on the proposed project hosted by Alderman Zielinski will be held on MONDAY, MARCH 16 AT 6 P.M. AT THE SOUTH SHORE PARK PAVILION, 2900 S. SHORE DR.
“This is a significant development proposal for Bay View, where excellent projects of all sizes are regularly coming forward and at a pace that is moving Bay View forward at breakneck speed,” Alderman Zielinski said.
The project would require a zoning change, and the development would encompass two parcels of land, 2151 S. Robinson Ave. and 2181 S. Robinson Ave.
Steve Lindner, the owner of the property, said Alderman Zielinski has been a helpful resource with the proposal. “I really appreciate Alderman Zielinski’s commitment to helping me find a good, productive use of the property,” Mr. Lindner said.
“Alderman Zielinski’s been in my corner from the start and it has really made a positive difference,” he said.
Public Information Manager/City of Milwaukee
Common Council President Michael J. Murphy said individuals should make a point of attending the City of Milwaukee Career Fair at City Hall tomorrow ( Thursday, March 12). The informational fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall Rotunda located at 200 E. Wells St.
“City service encompasses a vast array of jobs and careers, and this event provides a prime chance to discuss opportunities with representatives from several city departments,” President Murphy said. “Although this an informational session only (no interviews will take place, and no resumes will be accepted), it is a great way to discuss with city staff members what it’s like to work for the city and how one can start a career path in public service.”
An on-site computer lab will be available to help residents apply for current city job openings, or to create an online account with the City’s JobAps application system. Once an online account is in place, a draft application can be set up to allow for easy application to all future jobs.
City departments attending the career fair to meet with interested applicants include: Department of Public Works, Department of Neighborhood Services, Common Council — City Clerk, Office of the Mayor, Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee Public Libraries, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Fire Department, Police Department, City Treasurer’s Office, and Parking Operations.
Those interested in attending the career fair can visit www.city.milwaukee.gov/jobs to view current openings with the City of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or [email protected].