2021 KABA Annual Meeting: Kenosha and the 2020 Legacy

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 KABA Annual Meeting on April 13 – either virtually or at one of our three in-person watch parties!


Thank you to Jon Roberts and Tracye McDaniel from TIP Strategies for providing their insight on national trends emerging after a tumultuous 2020 and what that means for our community.  KABA President Todd Battle highlighted the strong year Kenosha County had with new businesses and investments while acknowledging that much work needs to be done to ensure those investments provide opportunity for the entire community.


KABA also honored Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser with its Impact Award for his commitment to and outstanding support of KABA and economic development in Kenosha County. KABA President Todd Battle thanked him for his partnership and for all he’s done to make Kenosha County a better place in the last 14 years. The KABA membership elected four new members to our board of directors: Tamarra Coleman, Joshua Ferguson, Donna Jamieson, and Christie Lawson. Lisa Just completed her term and will not be seeking re-election.  The KABA and board would like to express its appreciation for all of her time and efforts the last three years.


We appreciate the continued support from Johnson Financial Group and Zilber Property Group and all of our generous sponsors who truly make it all possible. Thank you Carthage College, Gateway Technical College, and Herzing University for hosting us and to Backyard Dream Studios for the great job making it all happen technically.


Check out Kenosha.com‘s great coverage of the event at https://www.kenosha.com/…/kabas-annual-meeting…/.


See photos from the event at KABA’s facebook page: KABAConnectHere.  Below are links to the presentations given at the event:


Jon Roberts’ keynote presentation – Kenosha and the 2020 Leagacy
(Note: Please attribute TIP Strategies when sharing these slides.)

Todd Battle’s presentation – A Year Like No Other

Thank you to all of our partners and participants for supporting our vision to make Kenosha County the premier destination for new investment and talent in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. We appreciate you!


KABA is celebrating 25 years in 2021


In 1996, the Kenosha Area Economic Development Corporation and the Kenosha Area Manufacturers Association merged to become a public-private partnership: the Kenosha Area Business Alliance.
A Year Like No Other.
The 2020/21 KABA Annual Report is now available online at the KABA Data Center. Read about the success Kenosha County continues to see, despite the many challenges faced in 2020. While many Main Street business unfortunately struggled greatly, many of the pillars of our business community powered through this period and kept building, growing, and hiring.
“2021 is a new year and an opportunity to create a better and (hopefully) stronger community. So let’s get to it.”
– KABA President Todd Battle