From Eyesore to Model of Sustainable Development
Since its inception in 1999, Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. has served as the lead agency in the redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. Once Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. More than one million square feet of green buildings have been constructed and more than 60 acres of new trails and park space with 45 acres of native plants installed have led to improved wildlife habitat and water quality. 300 acres of brownfield have been developed, 39 companies have moved to the Valley, and more than 5,000 family-supporting jobs have been created.
Rana Altenburg, Arts ’88, is vice president for public affairs at Marquette University. She is responsible for the university’s governmental initiatives at the federal, state, county, and city levels; community relations; university special events; and special projects of strategic importance to Marquette. Altenburg joined Marquette in 1996 as director of governmental relations and was appointed vice president for governmental and community relations in 1998 before being named to her current position in 2001. She previously served as a partner at Broydrick & Associates in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Marquette and an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. She is president of Near West Side Partners and president of the board of directors of the Avenues West Association. She is also a member of the boards of directors of Menomonee Valley Partners, Westown Association, Westown Business Improvement District No. 5, and Avenues West Business Improvement District No. 10.
Michael “Mick” W. Hatch is a real estate lawyer and partner in the firm’s national Real Estate Practice, which he chaired from 1989 to 2006, and is also a member of the Senior Living and Health Care Industry Teams. He has been with the real estate group in the Milwaukee office since joining the firm in 1974, and he has practiced extensively in the areas of real estate development, finance, restructuring and workouts, brownfields and other urban redevelopment, public/private partnerships, syndication, historic rehabilitation, real estate investment trusts, and investment analysis. He has been lead counsel for several billion dollars of real estate transactions, including Milwaukee Center, East Point Commons, The North End, University Club Tower, Cathedral Place, The Kenilworth Project, Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc., a nonprofit, public private partnership working to redevelop the largest Brownfield in Wisconsin, and the purchase (and later the sale) of the Firstar Center (n/k/a U.S. Bank Center), the tallest building in Wisconsin.