Ald. Khalif Rainey
Press Release

Major Milwaukee employers join forces to boost diversity in hiring, buying decisions

Statement from Alderman Khalif J. Rainey and Alderman Cavalier Johnson August 10, 2021

By - Aug 10th, 2021 04:14 pm

Exciting news for opportunities in Milwaukee’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods comes as the Milwaukee Anchor Collaborative (MAC), which includes major healthcare and educational institutions, has pledged to hire more people of color and spend more with minority-owned businesses in the most challenged neighborhoods of Milwaukee.

The collaborative will focus on hiring residents, and purchasing from businesses, in eight Milwaukee ZIP codes: 53204, 53205, 53206, 53208, 53210, 53212, 53216, and 53233.

The collaborative launches with seven institutions: Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin, Froedtert Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Anchor collaborations have proven to be successful in many cities across the nation, and we applaud the member institutions in the MAC who are committing to using their collective economic power to employ residents, and purchase from businesses, in disinvested neighborhoods.

We have recently discussed this type of initiative in Common Council committee meetings and understand that anchor collaborative initiatives across the country are making significant positive impacts in many communities.

Additionally, we are in support of legislation (proposed by Alderman Rainey and being drafted now) to create a “Co-Op” grant program to revitalize, create jobs for, and build community wealth in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.  Using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, it will provide funding for the Department of City Development to research, develop and create an entity to serve as a place-based incubator for worker-owned cooperatives.

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