Abele, Barrett, Walker come together for business opening in Milwaukee

CREATED May 23, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele came together to help break ground on a new business center in the city.

They made sure to put politics aside at the opening of Data Holdings, on North 31st Street and West Highland Avenue.

"Jobs aren't Republican or Democratic jobs, they're just jobs," said Gov. Walker to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

The company is a wholesale data center, set up like a condominium complex where you have multiple owners in a building who place their own equipment in a private suite.

"Every business that operates has to have a data center," explained New Age Data Center Solutions CEO Dan McGrath.

Buying space at the new location saves business owners time, money and technical concerns.

"This facility is designed to never shut off, regardless of what happens in the area," said McGrath.

"If there's going to be power problems, we've got multiple power grids.  If there's problems with the power grids, we have generators."

Many of the political leaders there say the move is great for business.

"This is something we need to have to be economically competitive," explained Barrett.

"One of the businesses already coming in is from just south of the border in Illinois," said Walker.

That's one positive reason to bring two political opponents about a year after a contentious gubernatorial recall election.

"One of the nicest things about being a year removed, Democrats and Republicans aren't always going to see eye to eye on everything, but it's kind of eased the tension that was out there," said Walker.