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Economic Development 

Employ Milwaukee is part of the public workforce system supporting economic expansion and developing talent for Milwaukee County’s workforce. By partnering with leaders from business, economic development, workforce, education and training partners and community stakeholders, Employ Milwaukee develops workforce solutions that meet and anticipate regional economic growth in Southeastern Wisconsin. Employ Milwaukee’s goal is to provide job seekers education and training options in high-growth, high-demand sectors - and to provide a skilled and sustainable workforce to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent to be competitive in an innovative economy. 


Employ Milwaukee can assist community economic development partners with the following workforce activities:

Availability of Skilled Labor is a Critical Site Selection Factor for Businesses

  • What does your workforce look like? What are the demographics, age, education, and skills of your workforce?
  • How competitive are you in the eyes of the businesses you are targeting?
  • Do you have enough talent to recruit – now and in the future? If not, how can you plan for success?

Business Outreach

  • Who are the largest employers in your community or region?
  • What occupations and industries are they hiring for?

Talent Recruitment and Business Incentives

  • Identify current available workforce
  • Work with employers to identify skills needs
  • Human Resources assistance (pre-screening and interviewing)
  • Customized recruitment
  • Orientation sessions
  • Incumbent worker upskilling and on-the-job training
  • Employment and training activities can be included in incentive packages for employers and provide an additional benefit to community residents that obtain jobs.

Rapid Response to Layoffs or Business Closings

  • Work with business to transition workforce to other companies
  • Targeted job fairs for affected workers
  • Transition sites and on site assistance for affected workers
  • Public workforce system resources for workers

For information on how Employ Milwaukee can assist regional, cooperative economic development partners to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent, click here or contact Jose Galvan, Director of Business Services, at (414) 270-1743.


Employ Milwaukee is a proud partner of the following state, regional, and local economic development agencies:

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Whether you’re looking to start a career, make a move or expand your operations in Wisconsin, or you’re just interested in learning more about the best state in which to pursue your passions, WEDC offers resources and support to help.


Wisconsin Economic Development Association

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), founded in 1975, is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to expanding Wisconsin’s economy. Driven by the needs of our 450-plus members, we represent the economic development interests of both the private and public sectors through leadership on statewide initiatives to advance economic development in Wisconsin.


Milwaukee 7

Milwaukee 7 markets the region to companies looking to expand operations or relocate -- from across the state line to around the globe. M7 provides the tools and the project management to guide companies from their first visit through the opening of their new plant or office.


Milwaukee County Economic Development Corporation

The Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation's mission is to aid businesses in the creation and retention of jobs. The Corporation uses its loan capital to provide business loans and assist in the financing of projects that achieve that objective.


City of Milwaukee Department of City Development

The Department of City Development promotes an atmosphere where jobs can be created, neighborhoods can flourish, tourism can be maximized, and families can realize their dreams.

Employ Milwaukee

2342 North 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53210

Phone: (414) 270-1700Fax: (414) 225-2375

Deaf, hearing or speech impaired callers may reach us by the Wisconsin Relay number 711.

Employ Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Service Provider.

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