Thank you for joining us for a week of unique experiences in Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley!
Valley Week featured 13 events in just one week. From a beer run, happy hour river cruise, job fair, and so much more, Valley Week highlights the many reason the Valley is a great place to visit and a great place to work.
More than 700 people attended events, more than 1,050 participated in a Valley Week special promotion, and tens of thousands were reached through promotions and news stories.
Ultimate Beer Run
Eighty people joined us for a leisurely run between both Valley breweries, City Lights Brewing Company and Third Space Brewing. We had several returning runners and even one couple from Michigan who plan their Milwaukee visit around this event. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and to our Valley breweries for a great day that avoided the rain!
Sunset Kayak Tours
Forty people joined us for two Kayak Tours on Monday and Thursday. We had a beautiful paddle from Milwaukee Kayak Company into the Valley and talked about the history and development of the Valley.
Business Bags Tournament
Twenty-one teams from 16 Valley companies and Valley Week sponsors competed in a double-elimination tournament on the picturesque South Lawn at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. Valley companies faced off and had a great time networking. With great weather and views of the river, it was a hard-fought battle for first place with the returning champions from Komatsu falling to newcomers from City Wide. Thanks to everyone who joined us!
Career Discovery Day
We welcomed students from three high schools to Career Discovery Day, where they listened to seasoned professionals on how to connect their interests to a future career and met representatives from Valley companies to hear about jobs in their backyard. We heard from students and teachers about how helpful and insightful it was to hear from Valley employees. Thank you to everyone who partnered with us to mentor students in our community. Thanks to Standard Electric Supply Company and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful for hosting!
We had a good number of quality candidates from all over the Milwaukee area at this year’s job fair. Candidates were able to meet with representatives from Valley companies, fill out applications, and learn more about what it means to work in the Valley. Thanks to Standard Electric Supply Company for hosting!
Food Truck (and Spin!) Wednesday
More than 80 Valley employees joined us for three great food trucks and SPIN Scooter demos.
About 50 people joined us for a campfire and stories in the Menomonee Valley Community Park. After enjoying s’mores, Velobahn coffee, Palermo’s Pizza samples, and Rishi Tea, we heard three inspiring stories of transformation.
Cindy Angelos told the story of being the first woman to work at the Milwaukee Railroad Shops and the challenges she faced.
Giacomo Fallucca described his family’s journey of transformation from a small pizzeria to a family of brands.
Finally, Rebecca Heaton-Juarez told the story of leaving the Silver City neighborhood only to return to it, inspired by the transformation it has experienced and the change in the Valley that coincided with the renewed area.
It was a great night remembering just how far the Valley has come and dreaming of where it might yet go.
Valley Blood Drive
We had a total of 22 units of blood donated, enough to potentially save up to 66 lives! Thank you to the Valley community for your generosity, and to Zimmerman Architectural Studios for hosting.
Happy Hour Cruises
Three happy hour cruises with Riverwalk Boat Tours brought about 100 friends of the Valley on a river tour to see the Valley from a different perspective. Thanks to the Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack for hosting!
20 Years of Transformation Luncheon
240 guests joined us to celebrate 20 years of transformation in the Menomonee River Valley. We heard about what made the drastic change in the Valley possible from Attorney General Jeff Crawford of Forest County Potawatomi, Secretary Preston Cole of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Rob Henken of the Wisconsin Policy Forum. Thank you to everyone who came out to mark the anniversary and to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for hosting this milestone event.
Valley Week in the News
Thank you to everyone who joined us throughout Valley Week to celebrate all the Valley has to offer. And thank you to all of our sponsors!