A Place of Interaction and Expertise
In the past decade alone, we’ve established our mark with the Milwaukee Art Museum’s world-renowned Calatrava addition, boosted our residential population by more than 27%, grown our workforce to 83,000 talented employees, erected new high-rises and continued to host the largest music festival on the planet. The progress here surpasses many cities of our size.
The Economic Development effort at Milwaukee Downtown is dedicated to helping you become part of our flourishing central business district. This section of the website is filled with compelling stats and resources to help get your business jump-started in Downtown Milwaukee.
If you are ever in need of any assistance, please contact Matt Dorner, Economic Development Director of Milwaukee Downtown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Milwaukee is the vibrant economic hub of southeastern Wisconsin. With over 83,000 employees, 26,000 residents and 67,000 higher-education students, downtown both attracts and retains global talent. Since 2005, over $3.6 billion in private and public projects have been completed and over $3.6 billion in additional investment is currently under construction, with more on the drawing board, spurring a dramatic transformation that has re-established downtown as the vibrant center of commerce, culture and urban living.
Central Location and Easy Access
- Construction is underway for The Milwaukee Streetcar Phase 1 and Lakefront Extension routes, encompassing the East Town, Historic Third Ward and East Side neighborhoods.
- A regional center for Government Services, Professional and Technical Services; Finance and Insurance; Hospitality; and Information /Media Services.
- Best location for attracting employees from the entire metropolitan area including the growing, educated workforce living in Southeastern Wisconsin.
- Confluence of interstate highways (I-43, I-94, I-794, I-894). Center of public transportation with the Intermodal transportation facility and bus stops including access to the convention center and major attractions.
- Wonderful freshwater amenities; Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.
- Amtrak connection to Chicago.
- Easy access to Mitchell International Airport.
High Quality Space and Infrastructure
- Diverse work spaces from modern, high rise office towers with Lake Michigan and Milwaukee River views, to innovative loft spaces in renovated, historic structures.
- State-of-the-art telecommunications services, multiple fiber-optic networks, redundant power and affordable utilities.
- Convenient, nearby services for businesses and employees.
- Numerous restaurants, major sports/cultural attractions and after-work nightlife provide energy and excitement and ample opportunities for business and social networking.
- Remarkable architecture and new infrastructure includes award winning streetscapes, landscaping, parks and plazas.
A Clean and Safe Environment
- Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District (BID#21) supports supplemental patrols, daily cleaning of streets and sidewalks, fulltime hospitality and safety guides, as well as graffiti removal, sidewalk power washing and other special services, as needed.