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address handling growing data sets; create a procedure and schedule for the total life cycle 
management of software and hardware; and evaluate and develop a plan for end user equipment and 
hardware 

In 2014, MMSD contracted with Brown and Caldwell to develop a climate change vulnerability analysis 
for the District. The objectives of the analysis were: 1) provide information for the District to make 
decisions on capital improvements and operational strategies in the face of changing hydrologic and 
climate conditions; 2) assess how soon climate change impacts may materialize at a level to present a 
meaningful threat to existing or planned facilities and operations; and 3) quantify risk that will aid in 
developing adaption strategies. 

MMSD has a strong commitment to the Small, Veteran, Women, and Minority (SWMBE) businesses.  In 
order to encourage SWMBE participation, the District established procurement goals of 13% for MBE's, 
5% for SBE/VBE's, and 2% for WBE's.  

MMSD’s Regional Internship for Science and Engineering (RISE) program, established in 2011, matches 
talented college students from the region who are studying engineering and construction with District 
engineering, contractors and consulting firms for summer internship opportunities. The goal of the 
program is to attract and retain young talent in science and engineering from area colleges and District 
residents for employment in area businesses. 

MMSD supports the M7 initiative -- a regional, cooperative economic development platform for the 
seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, 
Washington and Waukesha. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent. 
MMSD works with the M7 to recruit water-focused businesses and industries to the region through 
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. 

MMSD started the Apprentice Readiness Program (ARP) program in 2005 in collaboration with the City 
of Milwaukee and Wisconsin Regional Training Program/BIG STEP to assist economically disadvantaged 
minorities, women, and youth develop the skills needed to participate meaningfully in the workforce 
and participate in the area economy while ensuring that member companies have the skilled workers 
needed to prosper and grow in a competitive global economy.  

MMSD’s Business Capacity Development program seeks to build the capacity and capabilities of small, 
veteran, women, minority, emerging and disadvantaged enterprises so that they may better compete 
for and successfully complete MMSD and City of Milwaukee contracts and projects. Over 20 courses are 
offered. In collaboration with more than 30 established businesses, organizations and mentors, program 
participants take part in customized training, assessments, coaching and mentoring. 

Lunch in the Lab is a monthly event that provides an open forum for staff to discuss questions and dialog 
with the executive director and HR manager about policies and current projects as well as for the 
executive director to introduce new initiatives or to address other items of note. 

In response to the shift to more transparent government, MMSD will review the potential for the 
District to provide more data resources to the public. The goal of the review of open data policies and 
trends is to identify useful information and determine cost effective methods in providing the data to 
the public.