Milwaukee 7: Study finds economic output of Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District totals more than $218 million annually

Contact Julie Granger at 414-287-4131
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Bret Mayborne, 414-287-4122; [email protected]

(Milwaukee, WI)…The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is a special purpose municipal corporation that provides sewage treatment, water course improvements and flood management services to 28 municipalities within the metro Milwaukee area. According to a just-released study by the Milwaukee 7, the utility is providing a number of important tangible and intangible economic impacts to the area.

“The economic impacts of MMSD are significant, based on operational and capital expenditures, employment and wages and salaries,” said Milwaukee 7 Economic Research Director Bret Mayborne. MMSD directly supports 456 jobs with estimated wages and salaries of $28.8 million. Applying a standard multiplier effect to these factors, the total direct and indirect impact to the metro Milwaukee economy is $218.3 million with 1,368 jobs supported, generating $57.2 million in annual wages and salaries. The multipliers, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, account for dollars that are re-spent and re-circulated through the local economy.

“As this study indicates, MMSD not only provides a vital service in our area, they are also a major employer, providing high-quality jobs in the water and energy industries,” said Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.” The report also notes that among the $77.9 million in total contracts let by MMSD, 19% went to small, women or minority-owned businesses.

Less tangible, but noteworthy, impacts of MMSD include the organization’s efforts to protect and restore natural habitats as a means to avoid flooding, including green roofs and porous pavement. Sheehy added, “The sustainable water strategies promoted by MMSD are key to Milwaukee’s growing role as a world water hub.”

A copy of the full report is attached to this email, or call Bret Mayborne for additional information at (414) 287-4122.

The Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Partnership is dedicated to growing, expanding and attracting business and jobs to the Milwaukee Region, which includes Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties.