Milwaukee Downtown, BID (Business Improvement District) #21 is an organization established in 1998 to support the interests of the downtown Milwaukee business community. Through BID #21 assessments, Milwaukee Downtown funds specific initiatives aimed at creating a clean, safe and friendly downtown. The district currently manages 150 blocks representing approximately 500 commercial property owners.

Mission

We lead and inspire believers in Milwaukee to engage in efforts that build Downtown as the thriving, sustainable, innovative, and vibrant heart of the community.

Vision

Milwaukee Downtown is an economic catalyst. Downtown emerges as a premier destination of choice. Milwaukee becomes a renowned world-class region.

Top Priorities

  • Downtown Economic Development Leader - Reposition BID #21 as a driver of economic prosperity of Milwaukee's Downtown.
  • Take a Leadership Position on Catalytic Projects - Advocate for catalytic projects including the Milwaukee Streetcar, West Wisconsin Avenue initiatives, new arena/convention center, Park East corridor and technology/innovation incubator.
  • Energy and Vibrancy of Downtown - Harness the energy and vibrancy of diverse downtown residents, young professionals and other downtown believers to position them for leadership roles in the Downtown community.

Goals

  • Expand BID #21’s leadership position in growing the economy in Downtown Milwaukee.
  • Be a catalyst for an effective, feasible, affordable, accessible, and connected transportation and parking system.
  • Continue and expand efforts that make Downtown Milwaukee a safe destination.
  • Brand and consistently market Downtown Milwaukee to targeted constituencies.
  • Harness the energy and vibrancy of downtown residents, young professionals and other downtown believers to position them for leadership roles in the Downtown community.

What is a BID?

Learn more about the creation of BIDs in Wisconsin here.