David Reeves is a Milwaukee native. He got his first taste of entrepreneurship watching his parents operate their fast food restaurants at Grand Avenue Mall. As president of OpenGov, a cloud software provider for municipalities, he brought one of the company’s offices to the city, growing it to nearly 50 employees locally.

During a recent presentation at the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Reeves, now an executive in residence at Marquette University, discussed the decision to bring the company and his family to Milwaukee. He already had a second home in the Third Ward, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it gave him the chance to leave Silicon Valley for Milwaukee.

“It was so exciting to escape to Milwaukee,” he said, acknowledging he wouldn’t have left Milwaukee if the opportunities for careers in technology were available to him locally.

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