Partnerships are critical to the WMEP’s success, providing a broad range of services to fill the technical assistance and applied research needs of the region’s manufacturers. With them, the WMEP extends its reach and offer a comprehensive and broad array of programs and services that meet the range of services desired and needed by manufacturers in Wisconsin. The WMEP continues to adapt to changing conditions by identifying and evaluating our optimal mix of partners and the roles they play: strategic, operational or financial. Successful partnerships align with the WMEP along desired outcomes and key success metrics.  Key WMEP partners include (but are not limited to):

State of Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

University of Wisconsin System:

  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Discovery Center
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Manufacturing Outreach Center
  • University of Wisconsin E-Business Institute
  • Wisconsin Innovation Service Center at UW-Whitewater
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Industrial Assessment Center

Wisconsin Technical College System

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Major Economic Development Organizations, including:

  • Milwaukee 7
  • Momentum West
  • Centergy
  • Madison Region Economic Partnership
  • New North
  • 7 Rivers Alliance


  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
  • The Manufacturing Institute
  • American Foundry Society
  • Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
  • National Council For Advanced Manufacturing

Angel and Venture Capital Organizations:

  • Wisconsin Technology Council
  • Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin
  • FaBCAP
  • Scale Up Milwaukee

Major Initiatives

  • M-WERC
  • Water Council