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
“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
“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.