A key part of Milwaukee Downtown’s mission is collaboration with other organizations. Be it locally, nationally or globally, these ties are critically important in understanding trends and available resources.
The Department of City Development is the division responsible for business development, real estate development, planning, permitting and public housing. They assist Milwaukee Downtown and its constituents with grants and incentives, as well as design guidelines and zoning changes.
WEDC helps businesses navigate through state and federal investment programs to fuel economic growth and relocation in Wisconsin. Among their resources are employment data, loans and tax credits, and workforce training grants.
M7 is the regional development conglomerate of Kenosha County, Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Racine County, Walworth County, Washington County and Waukesha County. The partnership provides business incentives and resources to companies looking to open or expand their business in the seven-county region.
The MMAC is a member-based organization that services the economic needs of the metro Milwaukee business community. The MMAC offers a comprehensive business network, a voice for business owners at the local, state and federal levels, and assistance with economic development.
The MEDC makes loans in partnership with banks to help finance the purchase, renovation or construction of a Milwaukee business. These loans tend to offer companies a lower interest rate and help to increase the feasibility of a project.
Supported by MMAC and M7, the FaB Milwaukee network strives to make the Milwaukee region a more attractive place for food and beverage manufacturers to conduct business. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent through incentives, start-up assistance and workforce development.
The UW-Extension of Community & Economic Development provides research and reports on the health and vitality of Wisconsin communities. Milwaukee Downtown has partnered with the Extension on several analyses of the downtown Milwaukee marketplace.
The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association provides leadership through citizen and professional planners in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools necessary to effect positive change.
WDAC is a statewide organization established to facilitate the revitalization of Wisconsin downtowns as vibrant social and economic centers.
IDA connects downtown visionaries from around the globe to raise awareness of trends and share best practices to make urban centers healthy and vibrant places.