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20 Years of Transformation Luncheon

  • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino 1721 West Canal Street Milwaukee, WI, 53233 United States (map)

Join us to celebrate Menomonee Valley Partners' 20th anniversary, the tremendous changes in the Valley, and what's yet to come!

Menomonee Valley Partners is celebrating 20 years of transformation in the Valley!

Enjoy a plated lunch in Potawatomi Hotel & Casino's newest addition, the east tower, and event space as we celebrate 20 years of transformation in the Menomonee River Valley. The Menomonee River Valley's transformation was unthinkable decades ago. This turnaround has only been successful due to the hands, heads, and hearts of so many within our community. Let's celebrate what we've achieved together and look forward to the potential yet to be realized!

All attendees will receive a special commemorative 20th anniversary gift.

Friday, September 27, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

11:30 AM - Noon Registration and Networking

Noon - 1:30 PM Luncheon and Program

An esteemed panel will share their thoughts and expertise on the transformation that stands before us today.


  • Attorney General Jeffrey Crawford, Forest County Potawatomi

  • Secretary Preston Cole, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

  • Rob Henken, Wisconsin Policy Forum

Moderator: Mark Kass, Milwaukee Business Journal

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since we started Menomonee Valley Partners (MVP). Starting and leading MVP has been one of the greatest challenges, and one of the most satisfying efforts, of my 45 year real estate career.

The physical transformation is overwhelming, and the new jobs and activities have given Milwaukee a needed boost. They are pretty much what we planned, but I don’t think that any of us expected so much to have happened so soon.

The Valley has become such an interesting combination of modern industry, tourist/entertainment destinations, recreational facilities, and environmental restoration that it’s easy to overlook the many people from all walks of life who worked together for so long to make this all happen. Government at all levels, businesses large and small, and interested community members forged an amazing coalition that continues to function well today.

MVP continues to inspire.
— Mick Hatch, Foley & Lardner - MVP Board Chair


This event is part of 2019 Valley Week, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Valley Week is an annual event celebrating Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley: what is made here, who works here, all there is to do here, and the great jobs and careers here.

You are invited to explore and experience the Valley at 13 events in just one week. From the Ultimate Beer Run 3.7K, happy hour river cruise, job fair, and so much more, Valley Week showcases some not-to-be-missed unique Valley experiences!

Proceeds from the events support Menomonee Valley Partners, a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to revitalize the Menomonee River Valley.

Thank you to Valley Week's sponsors for making Valley Week possible and for their support of the Menomonee River Valley! We rely on our neighborhood businesses and their involvement to continue the positive trajectory of our neighborhood.

Earlier Event: September 26
Sunset Kayak Tour