Today, Milwaukee 7 (M7), the region’s economic development partnership, announced that Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will join the organization as a co-chair for 2017-2019. Farrow joins Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, WEC Energy Group Chairman Gale Klappa and Fiduciary Management Executive Chair Ted Kellner, as a fellow co-chair.

“At its heart, this regional collaboration is focused on expanding and attracting corporate investment and jobs to the M7 region. We look forward to adding County Executive Farrow’s experience and voice as a co-chair,” noted Gale Klappa.

County Executive Farrow recently led a group of private and public sector partners in establishing the Waukesha County Center for Growth, an economic development organization that serves as a one-stop shop for new and expanding businesses in Waukesha County.

“I look forward to working with my fellow co-chairs and all of the counties to help ensure the region is both shovel-ready and talent-ready. We make a stronger case and provide a more effective response as seven counties united around a single goal,” said County Executive Farrow. “M7 connects each of the counties in this region to worldwide opportunities for growth. I appreciate the value of connecting our county’s efforts globally.” He continued: “I look forward to reinforcing M7’s regional foundation, which most recently helped to land the largest foreign direct investment in the state’s history with Haribo’s announcement that it will bring more than 400 jobs and a huge capital investment to the region. This is a powerful win for the entire region.”

Since its inception in 2005, M7, a partnership between private companies, the City of Milwaukee, and the counties of Milwaukee, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha, has engaged in the expansion of local companies and attraction of companies to the region. These efforts have resulted in nearly 16,000 new jobs with an annual payroll approaching $900M.