Accelerate Magazine April 2023

ALLIANCE ADVOCATES FOR BUSINESS PRIORITIES DURING BUDGET PROCESS The Alliance strives to keep members informed of key policy issues affecting business and provide a clear and persuasive voice on the issues that matter most. With two registered lobbyists on our team, the Alliance advocates for pro-business, pro-growth policies. We engage our region’s public and private sectors toward a common goal of creating prosperity for our communities and residents through a vibrant business climate. Supporting our advocacy efforts gives businesses a forum to affect positive change in our community. Our policy board and three policy committees conduct in-depth research to identify issues and policy areas for which to advocate. During the state’s biennial budget process, the Alliance takes that work a step further by working to advance priorities and projects as part of the budget process. The Alliance is focused on core business priorities, such as driving workforce development solutions and advocating for pro-business tax policies and a regulatory climate to keep Wisconsin competitive. Here are three specific issues that are a priority for the Alliance this year: UW-Milwaukee’s (UWM) Health Science building renovation. The project is a strategic consolidation and build-out of lab, classroom, and simulation space. It utilizes existing resources to create a state-of-the-art education space within the former Columbia St. Mary’s complex acquired by UWM in 2010. This investment is critical to help produce the healthcare professionals needed to begin addressing Wisconsin’s workforce shortage. UWM offers the most healthcare degrees in Wisconsin, and in 2021-22, UWM granted degrees to 2,093 students in the health and human services fields. Renovation of the building will allow UWM’s College of Health Sciences to consolidate its five current program locations into one modern facility, which in turn will have at least two important payoffs: 1) increase enrollment capacity by 15 percent, which would yield 3,000 more graduates in a 10-year period, and 2) offer a faster and more efficient path to graduation. AMANDA PAYNE Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Waukesha County Business Alliance WAUKESHA COUNTY BUSINESS ALLIANCE, INC. 18