MillerCoors to announce support for Bucks arena
Farrow also endorses plans for public funding

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 14, 2015

MILWAUKEE - MillerCoors plans to announce this morning that it supports proposed legislation for the Milwaukee Bucks arena and entertainment district plan.

According to a media alert Monday morning, Milwaukee business and local organized labor leaders will attend the press conference that will detail MillerCoors’ support for the Milwaukee Sports and Entertainment Arena proposed legislation.

“This project will not only transform downtown Milwaukee but also stimulate Wisconsin’s economic development and create more jobs throughout the region for many years to come,” according to the release.

The Bucks ownership is seeking $250 million in public funding for the $500 million arena.

On Monday, Waukesha County Executive and state Sen. Paul Farrow also expressed his support for the new Bucks arena.

“I am working on behalf of state taxpayers to ensure a solid return on their investment, and as county executive, I believe that an investment of this magnitude in our region benefits all of us,” Farrow said in a statement.

Farrow said that in the coming days, the Wisconsin Legislature will have the opportunity to vote on whether the state should provide financial assistance for the new arena and entertainment in downtown Milwaukee.

“We have this opportunity before us because of the investment that the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, both past and present, have already made in our community. Their commitment to Milwaukee, southeastern Wisconsin and the entire state should be commended.

“Others, like Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, with whom I have already had discussions about regional economic development and job creation, also understand the importance of working across political aisles and ignoring municipal boundaries if it means we can grow our economy and improve our quality of life in Wisconsin,” Farrow said.

He encouraged all legislators, and especially those in Waukesha County and southeastern Wisconsin, to support the arena plan.

Some of the people anticipated to attend the MillerCoors announcement are: Kelly Grebe, MillerCoors chief legal officer/Milwaukee campus head; Dan Bukiewicz, president of Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO; Wally Kunicki, senior vice president of state public affairs for Wisconsin Energy Corporation; Tony Neira, business manager for Laborers Local 113; Ken Kraemer, executive director of Building Advantage; and Tom Millonzi, secretary and treasurer of Teamsters Local 200.