Downtown development and redevelopment is a continuous process involving a large number of potential stakeholders. Successful revitalization efforts require meeting the economic restructuring needs and interests of business operators, property owners, residents, elected officials and economic development organizations.
To meet the needs of these various stakeholders, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 has invested in resources to better understand the economic climate of downtown Milwaukee. The attached documents are intended to:
- Create a clearinghouse of market data on downtown Milwaukee.
- Develop the capacity of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 to update and enhance market research on an ongoing basis.
- Complement existing downtown marketing and redevelopment activities.
- Explore specific business opportunities for downtown Milwaukee.
- Examine downtown Milwaukee's position in the regional economy.
- Assess the physical layout of downtown Milwaukee and its corresponding impact on future development opportunities.
2016 Market Profile: Downtown Milwaukee
View the latest market research conducted by P.U.M.A. (Progressive Urban Management Associates), which benchmarks local growth and changes in demographics; housing; employment; office and retail vacancies; mobility and connectivity; hospitality and tourism; arts, culture and entertainment; education; and the nighttime economy.
Top 10 Global Trends Presentation: How to Respond at Home
Download P.U.M.A. President and Founder Brad Segal's 2016 presentation on the top 10 global trends affecting downtowns and how downtown Milwaukee should respond.
FitBid 2016: Downtown Milwaukee Progress Report
Get a snapshot of downtown's growth over the last decade and view recommendations for continuing the momentum.
Defining Downtown Report 2013
A report documenting the live-work dynamic in 21st century U.S. cities. Prepared for the International Downtown Association by the Philadelphia Center City District.
2012 Market Profile: Downtown Milwaukee
Get a snapshot of Milwaukee Downtown’s key economic indicators, including residential population, employee demographics, commercial space, housing, hospitality and tourism, and current development.
Downtown Milwaukee: Trends & Market Conditions 2012
Learn about the global trends impacting downtowns worldwide and the implications for Downtown Milwaukee.
Top Ten Global Trends Affecting Downtowns And How to Respond At Home 2011
In 2011, Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) revisited its Global Trends report and offer need insight in response to the impact of economic recession and ongoing changes in demographics, lifestyles and global competition.
Top Ten Global Trends Affecting Downtowns And How to Respond At Home 2014
In 2014, Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) again revisits its Global Trends report to account for demographic and lifestyle changes, as well as global competition. Download the summary or read the blog post here.
2010 Downtown Master Plan
The Downtown Area Plan was adopted by the Common Council on October 12, 2010 as an update to the original 1999 Milwaukee Downtown Plan to build upon its momentum.
Click here to view information on the Downtown Master Plan, as well as support studies and related initiatives.
2009-2010 Downtown Economic Status Report
Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 hosted its first State of Downtown Economic Forum on April 15, 2010. Perspectives on the current and future state of Downtown Milwaukee were given. A summary of the findings is also available in the 2009-2010 Downtown Economic Status Report.
2007 Downtown Milwaukee Market Analysis
Milwaukee Downtown’s first comprehensive market analysis was conducted in 2007 by the UW-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development and UW-Extension Milwaukee County.
Status of the Downtown Milwaukee Brand in Southeastern Wisconsin: 2005 White Paper Research
View the findings of a telephone survey to residents throughout Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties to gauge perceptions on the downtown Milwaukee brand.