By Ashley Smart - Mar 7, 2022
As Associated Bank nears completion of the redevelopment of the RiverCenter building in downtown Milwaukee, it has officially opened the Associated Bank Center for Professional Development on the third floor.
The goal of the Center for Professional Development is to foster advancement toward a more diverse and inclusive city. The center is partnering with ALIVE Milwaukee, an organization that helps young people in business, the arts, professional development and educational attainment learn the skills they need to be successful. Through this partnership, the center will house and support several local nonprofits and community initiatives.
“Associated Bank is resolutely committed to fostering advancement toward a diverse and involved Milwaukee,” said John Utz, Milwaukee area president at Associated Bank. “We are proud to contribute to the growth of the MKE Fellows and further the vision of equity and financial empowerment for our community we see in these emerging young leaders. We join the many committed partners of this remarkable initiative who share the same vision of a diverse, prosperous, financially-educated Milwaukee, empowered through this phenomenal game-changing program.”
Four programs are currently housed in the center. First are the MKE Fellows, a program offering support to young African American men who have shown success in their academic work. The program aims to make sure these young men graduate from college and are prepared for careers.