Tiara Renee Ellis (second third from left) was recently recognized as the top seller among Milwaukee area Girl Scouts, selling 2,025 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies. Her tremendous achievement was recognized during the Regional Cookie Conference held last weekend at Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave., in West Allis. Pictured with Ellis are (left to right): Jerry Ellis, Tiara’s father; Christy L. Brown, CEO-Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southwest; Kathy Hernandez, Tiara’s troop leader; and Tiara’s mother Gina Ellis. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Chicago, IL—The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced recently that Paul W. Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation in Milwaukee, has been named Wisconsin Chair of the new Tri State Alliance for Regional Development. Jones is the third and final Chairman to be confirmed, joining Illinois Chair Michael M. Mullen, Co-founder of Centerpoint Properties, and Indiana Chair Jim L. Stanley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Northern Indiana Public Service Company.
The Tri State Alliance for Regional Development was created to implement recommendations provided by The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD consists of 40 countries that represent 80 percent of world trade and investment, playing a pivotal role in addressing challenges facing the global economy.
“I am pleased and honored to represent Wisconsin as part of the Alliance for Regional Development,” Jones said. “The focus of the OECD’s review, which includes workforce development, innovation, logistics, and ‘green’ initiatives, fits well with the priorities of our state as well as those of A. O. Smith. I am enthusiastic about working with Mike Mullen and Jim Stanley to implement the OECD recommendations, execute the strategy, and enhance the competitive position of the Tri State area.”
“Paul Jones’ selection will help us explore the regional relationship and opportunities on economic development,” said Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Vice President of Business & Industry Development Lee Swindall.
“Paul Jones is a thoughtful and effective executive,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. “Paul is a respected CEO of a global company, and he is a prominent leader in our region’s philanthropic and business development efforts. He is ideally suited to take on a leadership role in the Tri State Alliance.”
“The three Chairmen and strategic funding partners will begin meeting this month to discuss goals and initiatives for the region. Insights gained from the OECD Review will be instrumental in developing our agenda, maximizing assets and overcoming obstacles as a region.” Stated Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Kelly O’Brien.
The Alliance is a neutral platform to bring together the leaders from government, academia and the private sector and is proud to have the support of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, Central Area Committee, Chicago Community Trust, City of Kenosha, County of Kenosha, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Milwaukee 7, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), Northwest Indiana Forum, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, Purdue University, Racine County Economic Development Corporation, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and many others.
About Paul W. Jones
Paul W. Jones is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Smith Corporation, a leading global supplier of water heaters and boilers for residential, commercial, and industrial applications and water treatment products. The company, with 2011 sales of $1.7 billion, employs approximately 10,500 people and has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, the Netherlands, India, and China. Jones joined A. O. Smith in January 2004 as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all operations worldwide. He was elected to the Board of Directors in December 2004.
Prior to joining A. O. Smith, Jones served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Can Company, Inc., of Lombard, Ill., a leading provider of containers for personal care, household, paint, and industrial products, from 1998 until 2002. From 1989 until 1998, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenfield Industries, Inc., of Augusta, Ga., a manufacturer of cutting tools and other material-removal products. Paul began his career in 1971 with General Electric Company, holding positions in engineering, manufacturing, materials, and general management.
In addition to the A. O. Smith board, Jones is a member of the Federal-Signal Corporation and the Integrys Energy Corporation Boards of Directors. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of MAPI. He
was a founder of the Milwaukee Water Council and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the organization.
About the Tri State Alliance for Regional Development
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce commissioned The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to conduct a groundbreaking economic analysis of the Tri State Chicago Metropolitan Region of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Subsequently, the Tri State Alliance for Regional Development was launched to create and execute an implementation plan for the OECD’s recommendations. For more information and to download the full report, visit
For More Information, Contact:
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Kelly O’Brien, Senior Vice President for Economic Development
Phone: 708.772.5199 Email: [email protected]
About the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The primary role of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America by enhancing our members’ success through aggressive programs in advocacy, member benefits and services, and actionable information. Serving as “The Voice of Business” since 1904, the Chamber leads aggressive public policy and business growth initiatives and we create meaningful events and programs to inform, engage, and connect our members to each other and the community. Visit ChicagolandChamber.org
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AU and Somali troops recently took control of the port city of Kismayo
African Union and Somali troops say they have secured Wanla Weyn, a town formerly held by Islamists about 90km (55 mi) from Mogadishu.
The advance represents the latest gain by Somali and regional forces at the expense of the Islamists of al-Shabab.
The nearby Balli Doogle former air force training base was also secured.
AU and Somali troops are advancing along the route between the capital, Mogadishu, and Baidoa, which was taken by Ethiopian forces in February.
The AU peacekeeping mission, Amisom, said it had begun the 211km (131 mile) advance from Afgooye, just west of Mogadishu, to Baidoa, on Saturday.
“Securing Wanla Weyn will allow for free movement of the population who have been restricted until now, unable to go about their daily trade and business due to the restrictions of Al-Shabaab,” said Amisom force commander Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.
“It will also facilitate the provision of much needed humanitarian assistance to the local population.”
The AU said their advance would also deprive al-Shabab of illegal taxes raised in the area.
AU troops pushed al-Shabab from the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2011.
Along with other pro-government forces, they have since secured most of the other towns previously in militant hands.
Earlier this week, Somali and AU forces took control of the port city of Kismayo, al-Shabab’s last major stronghold.
However, al-Shabab fighters are still highly active in much of the countryside in southern and central Somalia and have carried out suicide bombings and other attacks in cities they no longer control.