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Women Behind Bucks Arena Development Talk Innovation

10/02/2017 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Mark Kass, Milwaukee Business Journal, Published October 2, 2017

Four high-powered women came together Sept. 28 to talk about their prominent roles in putting together the deal and building the new $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee. Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to see photos from the popular event.

The event was put on by Milwaukee Women inc, Tempo Milwaukee and Professional Dimensions. The panel consisted of Danielle Bergner, managing partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Alicia Dupies, vice president of corporate social responsibility at the Milwaukee Bucks; Angie Helfert, project manager at Mortenson Construction; and Catherine Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health.

Melinda Davenport, morning anchor at WISN-TV (Channel 12), was the moderator for the panel.

The event featured a discussion about how each of the women developed innovative partnerships to earn support for the new arena and what the new Bucks campus being developed in downtown Milwaukee means for women professionals in southeastern Wisconsin.

Bergner said she is hopeful the success of the project will lead to future major developments in Milwaukee.

"I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish on this project," said Bergner, who worked on the many leases and other legal documents necessary for the project to move forward. "I hope people appreciate what it took to get this done. It showed that if government and others work together, we can do a lot in this community."

Jacobson said she was very proud of the innovation that was included in the team's $30 million, state-of-the-art practice facility, which recently opened near the new arena site. Froedtert agreed to sponsor the new facility, along with building an adjoining medical clinic.

The locker room door even includes a retina scan for players to enter.

"There is nothing like this in the NBA," she said. "The whole point is to ensure maximum athletic performance of the players."

Bergner said the hope is that the new arena will prompt development projects in city of Milwaukee neighborhoods near downtown.

"The real test is what we see in the Bronzeville in five years," she said.

Milwaukee-area executives in attendance included Phyllis King of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tami Garrison of MillerCoors, Sandy Wysocki of United Performing Arts Fund, Angela Adams from Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Kelly Skindzelewski of GE Healthcare and Laura Gough of Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

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