Event Details

Thursday, April 20, 2023

7:00 – 10:30 AM
Italian Community Center


This signature event focuses on the unique challenges facing Milwaukee County and how the residents will live, work and play in 2050. We’ll explore workforce development and leadership issues, focusing on training, transportation, economic development, access — and the future of business.

Prepare for the Future Today

On April 20th, attendees joined us for a look at the issues shaping the future of Milwaukee County. A growing megaregion, demographic shifts, artificial intelligence, and continued advancement in automation, took center stage as topics that will either advance or limit the growth of Milwaukee County over the next 30 years. Attendees took advantage of this opportunity to step back from day-to-day challenges to get an understanding what it will take to propel business forward in the coming decades.

Keynote Speaker: Geoffrey Kasselman

The program started with a keynote presentation focused on future-proofing Milwaukee County. Business futurist Geoffrey Kasselman, CEO of Op2mize Energy, will cover underlying drivers of change, challenges and opportunities for Milwaukee County and the region, and potential strategies in areas like infrastructure, housing, employment, education, mobility and regional competition.

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Keynote Presentation

Panel Discussion

A panel with business and community leaders discussed a range of issues and the breakout session followed. Attendees left the morning with new perspectives and ideas to incorporate into their long-range planning and strategic thinking.

• David Crowley, County Executive, Milwaukee County (1)
• Nancy Hernandez, President, Hispanic Collaborative (2)
• Abby Kursel, Partner, gener8tor (3)
• James Phelps, President, JCP Construction (4)

Moderator: Andrew Weiland, Editor, BizTimes Media

Panel Video

Breakout Session

Techquity: How We Bridge the Digital Divide

Presented by: David Berka, Project Manager, Techquity & Resource Equity, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

The digital divide is the gap between those who have access to technology, the internet, and digital literacy training, and those who do not.

United Way’s Techquity’s Vision is to ensure the digital equity and inclusion of every resident in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties.

COVID-19 taught us all the importance of technology in our lives. But the digital divide is more than just having a good computer. It’s about access, affordability, and advocating for technology solutions. Join David Berka, Project Manager, Techquity & Resource Equity at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, as he discusses what you and your organization can today to help bridge the digital divide.

Learn more at https://unitedwaygmwc.org/Techquity

Breakout Video

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