CARW: Launches billboard campaign to support the arena

For More Information, Contact: Tracy Johnson – 414.698.7474 or [email protected]

Milwaukee, WI – CARW (Commercial Association of REALTORS ® Wisconsin), the voice for commercial real estate in Wisconsin, will launch an advocacy campaign asking the public to show support of the Milwaukee arena by calling local officials. “With the joint finance deadline approaching we are pleased that local and state officials continue to work towards a funding proposal that everyone will agree on, but time is not on our side to get this done, and we need to see more action,” said Paul Galbraith, CARW chairman. While CARW’s position on funding has been not to support one plan over another, they have advocated that the project will spur growth for jobs, economic development, tourism, and pride for Wisconsin.
The campaign will begin May 20th and run through the end of the month. The timing coincides with the final days of budget considerations and includes a series of billboards in Milwaukee County that highlight key arena economic development facts. There is a call to action included on the boards to visit the CARW website and encourage local officials to urgently consider additional creative options to fill the $50 – $100 million funding gap.

In fall 2014, CARW surveyed its membership of 600 to collect their thoughts regarding the arena and ultimately identified the completion of the arena as its top priority. “If this opportunity passes us by and we had not exhausted every effort to make it happen, we would have only ourselves to blame,” said Tracy Johnson, CARW CEO. CARW has hosted symposiums related to the arena and lobbied on behalf of the project that will bring a projected $1 billion in commercial real estate activity to the area. CARW is also a member of the pro-arena coalition, Play It Forward Wisconsin.

About CARW:
CARW is the voice for commercial real estate brokerage and related professionals in Wisconsin. Founded in 1993, CARW is dedicated to the success of our members by providing public policy advocacy, invaluable educational opportunities, networking experiences and data exchange.

CARW is a trade association representing more than 600 members from 200 Wisconsin businesses including REALTORS®, accountants, appraisers, architects, attorneys, bankers, builders, contractors, developers, environmental specialists, title insurance companies and other industry related businesses. CARW REALTOR® members are part of the REALTOR® network, the world’s largest professional association with over 1.1 million members worldwide and over 12,000 just in the State of Wisconsin.