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Highway Funding Impasse Hits Home in Milwaukee

October 11, 2017

Governing the States and Localities – For years, the Republicans who control Wisconsin’s state government have been hopelessly split on how to pay for road improvements. Things got so bad earlier this year that the whole state budget was held up for three months over the dispute. But last week, Wisconsin residents got their clearest […]

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I-94 east-west safety problems and congestion remain after Milwaukee expansion abandoned

October 6, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Freeway safety and congestion problems that prompted state transportation officials to plan the reconstruction of I-94 between 16th and 70th streets in Milwaukee will not be dealt with now that the east-west project has been abandoned. Just a year ago, the state Department of Transportation said its planned expansion to eight lanes […]

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Abandoned I-94 project kicks costs down the road

October 6, 2017

Wisconsin Radio Network – What’s next, now that the state has pulled the plug on the I-94 project in Milwaukee County? The state Department of Transportation this week asked the Federal Highway Administration to withdraw authorization for the project. That action comes after Governor Scott Walker signed a state budget that did not include funding for […]

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Statement: Coalition of Milwaukee-Waukesha Business and Community Leaders Urge WisDOT to Reconsider Position on I-94 East-West

October 4, 2017

The I-94 East-West Econ Connect Coalition released the following statement on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s recent letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) about the I-94 East-West project in Milwaukee: “I-94 East-West Econ Connect, a coalition of associations, businesses and community leaders, is extremely disappointed in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s request to have the Federal Highway […]

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Wisconsin abandons I-94 east-west project in Milwaukee County for lack of funds

October 4, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is giving up on reconstructing I-94 in Milwaukee between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges in the near term. The about-face from Walker’s team came two weeks after federal authorities warned the state it would pull its authorization for the project if the state didn’t come up with a […]

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GOP budget deal would delay major Milwaukee-area freeway work

September 5, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – A Republican budget deal on transportation would delay two massive construction projects in Milwaukee, impose a $75 surcharge on hybrid vehicles and for the first time apply to the federal government to establish tolling in Wisconsin. Among the projects that would be delayed are the north leg of the Zoo Interchange the […]

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A push to pay for the project: Farrow, other officials call for funding I-94 east/west corridor reconstruction

September 1, 2017

Waukesha Freeman — Waukesha County officials are rallying behind the planned reconstruction project for the Interstate 94 east/west corridor that was cut from the state’s proposed biennial budget by Gov. Scott Walker. Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and other Milwaukee and Waukesha county officials added their voices to the growing number calling for the I-94 […]

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Waukesha County Executive Farrow joins regional business leaders in call to keep I-94 East-West project moving forward

August 31, 2017

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow today joined members of I-94 East-West Econ Connect, a coalition of Waukesha and Milwaukee County businesses, organizations and institutions working to keep Wisconsin’s economy strong, in calling on lawmakers to restore funding in the 2017-19 State Budget to keep the planned reconstruction of the I-94 East-West corridor on track. In […]

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As Madison considers delaying critical fix yet again, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow joins regional business leaders in call to keep I-94 East-West reconstruction – and Wisconsin’s healthy economy – moving forward

August 31, 2017

MILWAUKEE – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow today joined members of I-94 East-West Econ Connect, a coalition of Waukesha and Milwaukee County businesses, organizations and institutions working to keep Wisconsin’s economy strong, in calling on lawmakers to restore funding in the 2017-19 State Budget to keep the planned reconstruction of the I-94 East-West corridor on […]

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New radio ad urges legislators to finish the job, spend wisely and keep I-94 East-West reconstruction on track

August 29, 2017

I-94 East-West Econ Connect – a coalition of Waukesha and Milwaukee County business, organizations and institutions working to keep Wisconsin’s economy strong – today launched a radio campaign urging lawmakers to include funding in the 2017-19 State Budget to keep the planned reconstruction of the I-94 East-West corridor on track. Reconstruction of the badly outdated […]

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Coalition thanks Senate for including I-94 East-West in budget proposal

July 26, 2017

The I-94 East-West Econ Connect coalition wrote to thank Senate Republicans for including enumeration of the I-94 East-West corridor project in their proposed budget package and to urge them to stand strong on the East-West corridor as budget discussions continue. Download the letter.

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Senator warns I-94 east-west project could be in danger if Wisconsin doesn’t end budget stalemate

July 24, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – The state could lose federal approval for rebuilding the east-west section of I-94 in Milwaukee if lawmakers don’t invest in the project, a top state senator warned Monday. State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), the co-chairwoman of the Legislature’s budget committee, said in an interview she is “very worried” about the Federal […]

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Factsheet #10: Benefits of moving forward with the I-94 East-West project are enormous

July 13, 2017

The tenth factsheet answers the question: What are the benefits of moving forward with the I-94 East-West corridor project? The coalition factsheets are intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. Click here to download the document.

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Road features are a contributing factor in 1 out of 3 traffic fatalities

July 13, 2017

A recent release from the Transportation Development Association highlights the safety implications of project delays. When a project like the I-94 East-West corridor is delayed so are the safety improvements. The East-West currently carries between 140,000 and 160,000 vehicles per day – 30,000 more than its 1950s-era design intended. Left-side ramps, narrow shoulders, short weaving […]

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Factsheet #9: With economy and traffic on the rise, 50-year I-94 East-West corridor needs to move forward

July 11, 2017

The ninth factsheet answers the question: With the I-94 East-West corridor over 50-years old and at the point where it is reaching the end of its useful life, why focus on the I-94 East-West corridor at all? Some say people aren’t driving as much as they used to – wouldn’t it make more sense to […]

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Highway accessibility tops list of corporate site selection factors

July 11, 2017

In the most recent Area Development survey of corporate executives, highway accessibility once again ranks #1 as a site selection factor.  This is up from the second spot overall in the 2015 survey. “Adding miles of new and expanded highways can improve access to available skilled labor (ranked #2 as a site selection factor this year) […]

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Senate Republicans want to begin work on I-94 East-West

July 6, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Seeking to break an impasse on the state budget, Gov. Scott Walker has proposed reducing borrowing for transportation projects while sticking to his pledge not to raise gas taxes or vehicle fees. The plan gained no immediate traction and his fellow Republicans who control the Legislature signaled they remain far apart on […]

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I-94 East-West Factsheet #8: The I-94 East-West corridor connects Milwaukee and Waukesha counties to points beyond and is a main artery for Wisconsin commerce

July 6, 2017

The eighth factsheet answers the question: how was the preferred alternative for the I-94 East-West corridor project determined? The coalition factsheets are intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. Click here to download the document.

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I-94 East-West Factsheet #7: The East-West corridor is a primary route to critically important medical centers

June 29, 2017

The seventh factsheet answers the question: How does the project benefit the city of Milwaukee and its residents? The coalition factsheets are intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. Click here to download the document.

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I-94 East-West factsheet #6: Every year the project is delayed, costs increase

June 27, 2017

The sixth factsheet answers the question: What will the reconstruction of I-94 East-West cost? The coalition factsheets are intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. Click here to download the document.

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I-94 project key to continued growth

June 23, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Another outlet runs a column by J. Michael Mooney, chairman and co-founder of Brookfield-based MLG Capital.

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I-94 East-West factsheet #5: Business leaders say corridor is vital to economy of the region and state

June 22, 2017

The fifth factsheet answers the question: What do business and community leaders have to say about the project? The coalition factsheets are intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. In order to view the video, download the document or click here.

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I-94 East-West Factsheet #4: Benefits of Zoo and Marquette interchanges diminished without connection

June 20, 2017

The fourth factsheet answers the question: How will this project complement recent work on the Zoo and Marquette interchanges? The coalition factsheets are intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. Click here to download the document.

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I-94 East-West factsheet #3: The costs of delay are high

June 15, 2017

This third factsheet answers the question: What will happen if Wisconsin doesn’t keep this project moving forward by enumerating the project and reinstating funding in the 2017-19 budget? The coalition factsheets are intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. Click here to download the document.

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I-94 East-West factsheet #2: 50-year old segment in need of more than a Band-Aid

June 13, 2017

The coalition has released the second in a series of factsheets intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. This second factsheet answers the question: Why can’t Wisconsin just resurface the road? Click here to download the document.

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I-94 East-West coalition releases first in a series of factsheets

June 8, 2017

Today, the coalition released the first in a series of factsheets intended to educate elected officials and the media about the importance of the vital I-94 East-West corridor. This first factsheet answers the question: Why is this project necessary? Click here to download the document.  

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: Legislature and governor need to find common ground on the state budget

June 7, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Scott Walker needs to take off his blinders and recognize the severity of the problem. And he needs to sit down and come to terms with Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald on a solution that can meet long-term needs. Despite controlling both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s office, Republicans […]

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Mooney: Keep the I-94 east-west project on track

June 6, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – I have been deeply involved in economic development in Wisconsin for the past 50 years. My company helps other companies relocate or expand their operations in our state. Site selection and job creation are part of what we do. A 2017 national survey of executives in the manufacturing, construction, distribution and […]

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Farrow and Kelley send letter to Wisconsin Legislature

June 1, 2017

In a letter dated June 1, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Suzanne Kelly, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, expressed strong support for enumeration of the Interstate 94 East-West Freeway project in the 2017-2019 state budget. The letter went on to state, “In order to ensure this critical road remains eligible for […]

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Statement regarding the Assembly Republican transportation funding proposal

May 4, 2017

Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance and spokesperson for the I-94 East-West Econ Connect coalition, today issued the following statement regarding the transportation funding proposal released by State Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and the Assembly Republicans: “The plan is a solid starting point for moving the conversation forward on the […]

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Coalition meets with local legislators

April 28, 2017

Members of the coalition heard directly from State Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), member of the Joint Finance Committee and architect of the Assembly’s Transportation Plan, and State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) at an April 28th meeting.

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Investing in I-94 East-West Corridor is investing in state’s economic development

April 26, 2017

Milwaukee Biz Times – It’s the three-word mantra of the real estate industry – “location, location, location.” But in these days of a global economy, “location” has taken on a whole new meaning. Today’s businesses are no longer limited by where Mother Nature chose to drop them on the globe. There are opportunities to grow and create […]

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Suzanne Kelley on UPFRONT on Mike Gousha

April 9, 2017

WISN – In another segment, the president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance urged Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers to reconsider funding for work on the Interstate 94 East – West corridor in Milwaukee. Suzanne Kelley said the corridor “is a major thoroughfare for commerce in our region.” Walker eliminated money for corridor […]

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Coalition wants state to maintain I-94 corridor funding

April 6, 2017

Waukesha Freeman – Surrounded by products made by southeastern Wisconsin companies that rely on Interstate 94 to transport their goods, members of a newly formed coalition called on Wisconsin’s administration to prioritize maintenance and improvements of the Interstate 94 East-West corridor. Jeff Hoffman, who sits on the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s policy board, shared his thoughts as […]

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: I-94 East-West rebuild should be state’s top priority

April 5, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – You get what you pay for — a concept Republicans in the state Legislature seem not to understand. Case in point: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Wednesday that despite pressure from southeastern Wisconsin business leaders, he’s not interested in rebuilding a section of I-94 that runs through Milwaukee. The reason: […]

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Business leaders: Bring back Milwaukee’s I-94 east-west project

April 5, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Merging into a crowded, multi-lane debate, some of Wisconsin’s top businesses Tuesday called for restoring the I-94 east-west project, saying it was critical to the region’s economy. The coalition that includes MillerCoors, Palermo’s Pizza and Marquette University wrote Tuesday to the GOP co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee and asked them […]

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Amid transportation deficit, lawmakers sharply divided over which projects to finish

April 5, 2017

Fox 6 – Milwaukee business leaders on Wednesday, April 5th called on state lawmakers to approve a massive rebuilding of Interstate 94 near Miller Park, but Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told them to wait in line. “It’s dangerous. It’s the front door of our economy and it makes it difficult and dangerous for people to […]

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Fight on for improvements to I-94 between Marquette, Zoo interchanges

April 5, 2017

WISN – The governor is pulling millions of dollars to improve the stretch of Interstate 94 between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges from his new budget, but local business leaders are teaming up to say they want it back. Billions of dollars were poured into the Marquette Interchange, and billions of dollars continue to fund […]

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Letter to Joint Finance Committee

April 4, 2017

Signers of the coalition’s letter to the JFC include the following, and additional members are expected to join the I-94 East-West Econ Connect coalition in the coming days and weeks: Building Advantage Commercial Area REALTORS® Wisconsin Fiduciary Management, Inc. Forest County Potawatomi Marquette University Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce MillerCoors NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development […]

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Leaders to protest outside state meeting in West Allis

April 4, 2017

Greenfield West Allis Now – Business leaders from Milwaukee and Waukesha plan to protest a proposal to stop work on the Interstate 94 east-west corridor across the street from where a state committee will hold a hearing on the plan. Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget would divert funding from finishing work on I-94 into […]

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Reconstruction of I-94 East-West freeway is top priority for CARW

April 3, 2017

Milwaukee Business Journal – Stopping work on the planned I-94 East-West freeway reconstruction project will make it more difficult to attract additional economic development to Milwaukee and Waukesha counties and hurt the region’s efforts to grow, the leader of the area’s largest commercial real estate group said Monday. “Having an old, deteriorating freeway section that is […]

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Walker’s budget pulls funding from I-94 East-West project

February 11, 2017

WISN – A new battle might be brewing over a road construction project in Milwaukee. Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget pulls the funding to rebuild Interstate 94 between the Zoo Interchange and downtown. Plans to widen the east-west freeway and ease congestion have run against road blocks for years. Area residents fought against a variety […]

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Leaders of Southeastern Wisconsin Cities and Village pen letter to Joint Finance Committee

January 11, 2017

Twenty-eight leaders of southeastern Wisconsin cities and villages sent a letter to the Joint Finance Committee urging them to come up with a “systematic and sustainable solution to our transportation needs.” While appreciative of statements in support of increased general transportation aid to local governments, these leaders wrote that the delay of needed improvements to the […]

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Kelley: Keeping freeway projects on schedule is vital

September 14, 2016

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – The Waukesha County Business Alliance is a private, member-driven organization that has been the voice of business in Waukesha County since its founding in 1918 as the Waukesha Association of Commerce. We’ve grown and joined forces with others since then, and now, with more than 1,000 members, the alliance is a […]

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