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July 2017

  • Project Spotlight: 411 East Wisconsin Center Fetches Record Sale Price and International Award
  • Downtown Tools: MKE Streetcar Development & Investment Guide
  • Event Spotlight: Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
  • By The Numbers: Downtown Milwaukee is Highly Educated
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Joaquin Altoro, Town Bank

June 2017

  • Project Spotlight: Hotel Project Continues to Advance
  • Downtown Tools: Downtown Area Investment Map
  • Event Spotlight: Deschutes Brewery Selects Milwaukee for its Street Pub
  • By The Numbers: Milwaukee Metro Area Net Employment Outlook Trend
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Carolynn Gellings, DAAR Corporation

May 2017

  • Project Spotlight: The Brewery's Next Wave of Development
  • Downtown Tools: Business Development Loans to Support Downtown Business Growth
  • Event Spotlight: Sculpture Milwaukee
  • By The Numbers: Positive Economic Benefit of the Historic Tax Credit Program (2014-2016)
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Lyle Landowski from Colliers International

March 2017

  • Project Spotlight: Hammes Company Starts Construction on New Downtown HQ
  • Downtown Tools: Historic Preservation Tax Credits
  • Event Spotlight: YPWeek Milwaukee
  • By The Numbers: Milwaukee Metro Area Net Employment Outlook Trend
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Jim Villa from NAIOP Wisconsin

February 2017

  • Project Spotlight: Milwaukee Streetcar Track Construction to Start in Spring
  • Downtown Tools: Better Buildings Challenge - Milwaukee
  • Event Spotlight: Taste & Toast
  • By The Numbers: Milwaukee: The List Maker
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Rose Buss from the City of Milwaukee

January 2017

  • Project Spotlight: West Wisconsin Momentum Mounting
  • Downtown Tools: Entrepreneurship Program Grants Awarded
  • Event Spotlight: Governor's Conference on Economic Development
  • By The Numbers: Property Owners Reap Benefits from Better Buildings Challenge
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Blair Williams of WIRED Properties

December 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra & The Warner Grand Theater Revitalization
  • Downtown Tools: MKE BluePrint Ripple Effect
  • Event Spotlight: Snowpocalypse 2017
  • By The Numbers: Midwest Metro Areas Net Employee Outlook
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Aaron Ebent of Kahler Slater

November 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Live Block and the Arena District
  • Downtown Tools: MKE United Public Input
  • Event Spotlight: Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
  • By The Numbers: Milwaukee and Wisconsin Entrepreneur and Startup Rankings
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Matt Cordio, Startup Milwaukee and Skills Pipeline

October 2016

  • Project Spotlight: MKE United Greater Downtown Action Agenda -- Become Engaged!
  • Downtown Tools: Business Development Loans to Support Property Owners and Small Businesses
  • Event Spotlight: Lakefront Gateway Plaza Public Engagement Meeting
  • By The Numbers: Local Jobs Multiplier Comparison
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Chris Socha, The Kubala Washatko Architects

September 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Westin Hotel Emerging Near Milwaukee's Lakefront
  • Downtown Tools: Entrepreneurship Support Pilot Program Grants
  • Event Spotlight: Milwaukee Film Festival
  • By The Numbers: Office Building Transactions on East Wisconsin Avenue
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Doug Nysse, Arrival Partners, LLC

August 2016

  • Project Spotlight: The Park East Corridor
  • Downtown Tools: West Wisconsin Avenue Opportunities Guide
  • Event Spotlight: Better Buildings Challenge -- Milwaukee Launch Event
  • By The Numbers: Downtown Milwaukee Area Investment Map Update
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Angela Damiani, NEWaukee

July 2016

  • Project Spotlight: West Wisconsin Avenue Revitalization Continues With Two Requests For Proposals
  • Downtown Tools: MKE Toolkit By Visit Milwaukee
  • Event Spotlight: Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
  • By The Numbers: Downtown Milwaukee Market Profile Update
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Stacie Callies, Westown Association

June 2016

  • Project Spotlight: The Germania Building Reinvention Is Underway
  • Downtown Tools: Unveiling
  • Featured Event: Milwaukee Trolley Loop
  • By The Numbers: Milwaukee Net Employment Outlook
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Kalan Haywood, Vangard Group, LLC

May 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Unveiled Grand Avenue Vision
  • Downtown Tools: Better Buildings Challenge-Milwaukee
  • Featured Event: Downtown Dining Week
  • By The Numbers: Downtown Residential Boom
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Kevin Hardman, Bublr Bikes

April 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Downtown's Attractiveness for Companies Grows
  • Downtown Tools: Low Interest Loans for Property Owners and Small Businesses
  • Featured Event: Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 Annual Meeting
  • By The Numbers: Q1 2016 vs 2015 Select Milwaukee Area Office Vacancy Rates
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Eric Nordeen, Ascendant Holdings, LLC

March 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Jefferson Street & East Town's Growing Retail Scene
  • Downtown Tools: Grants Available To Help Milwaukee-Area Companies Grow Their Exports
  • Featured Event: 2016 ICSC/CARW Retail Conference
  • By The Numbers: Top 10 Best Places to Work for Young Professionals
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Joseph Taylor, Penrod Software

February 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Former Quill Owner Puts His Stamp on Two-Fifty
  • Downtown Tools: MKE Streetcar Development & Investment Guide
  • Featured Event: Taste & Toast
  • By The Numbers: Downtown Milwaukee Hotel Rooms Continue Growth
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Ashley Booth, HNTB Corporation

January 2016

  • Project Spotlight: Restoring the Grand in The Shops of Grand Avenue
  • Downtown Tools: MKE Streetcar Development & Investment Guide
  • Featured Event: Better Buildings Challenge Networking Breakfast
  • By The Numbers: Modern Streetcar Starter Route Lengths
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Tony Janowiec, Interstate Parking Company

December 2015

  • Project Spotlight: Button Block Building Transformation
  • Downtown Tools: Support National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Featured Event: IREM Milwaukee Forecast Breakfast
  • By The Numbers: Public Policy Forum
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Steve Palec, Colliers International | Wisconsin

November 2015

  • Project Spotlight: Milwaukee Streetcar Project Continues to Advance
  • Downtown Tools: Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation Programs
  • Featured Event: Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza
  • By The Numbers: Downtown Milwaukee Area Investment
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Julio Maldonado

October 2015

  • Project Spotlight: Northwestern Mutual Apartments
  • Downtown Tools: Revolving Loan Fund from AACCW
  • Featured Event: PACE Financing Panel Discussion
  • By The Numbers: Millennial Population Comparisons, 
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Dr. Eve Hall, 
    African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

September 2015

  • Project Spotlight: The North End - Phase 3
  • Downtown Tools: Kiva Zip Loan Program
  • Featured Event: Doors Open Milwaukee
  • By The Numbers: Downtown Populations - Daytime vs. Nighttime
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Ian Abston, NEWaukee

August 2015

  • Project Spotlight: Klein Apartment Project
  • Downtown Tools: Commercial Rehabilitation Incentives
  • Featured Event: NEWaukee Night Market
  • By The Numbers: Lowest Apartment Vacancy Rates in Urban Centers
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Tracy Johnson,  Commercial Association of REALTORS ® Wisconsin

July 2015

  • Project Spotlight: SpringHill Suites
  • Downtown Tools: PACE Financing Pool
  • Featured Event: Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
  • By The Numbers: Percentage of Downtown Workers Living Downtown
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Patti Keating Kahn, PK2group

June 2015

  • Project Spotlight: Mackie Building
  • Downtown Tools: BDLP Loan Pool
  • Featured Event: MetroGO!
  • By The Numbers: Business Relocations to Downtown 
  • Stakeholders Spotlight: Bruce Westling, NAI MLG Commercial


This semi-annual magazine covers the changing landscape in Downtown. From new high-rises and residential conversions to new hotels and infrastructure investments, learn about the developments and visionaries behind these game-changing projects.

Download the MKE Blueprint below or request a hard copy by contacting Economic Development Director Matt Dorner.

Winter 2016

  • The Room Boom - Growing Number of Hotels Stake Claim in Downtown Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee Expands Its Better Buildings Challenge
  • Improving Downtown's Connectivity
  • Growing the Milwaukee Startup Community

Spring 2016

  • New Life for Old Buildings
  • Milwaukee Streetcar Builds Momentum
  • Milwaukee's Lakefront - A Neighborhood on the Rise
  • Former Quill Owner Puts His Stamp on Two-Fifty East Wisconsin

Summer 2015

  • Westown Becomes Downtown's Next Hottest Neighborhood
  • Urban Centers Re-emerge as Workplace Destinations
  • 833 East Takes Shape
  • Milwaukee Streetcar on Fast Track
  • Downtown Milwaukee Tools & Incentives
  • Businesses New to the Neighborhood


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