Assembling the Parts

An examination of Milwaukee’s economic development landscape

November 2011


In a 2006 analysis of City of Milwaukee economic development efforts, the Public Policy Forum lamented the absence of a comprehensive economic plan, suggesting such a plan was needed to mobilize the city’s business, community, and public sector leaders behind a unified agenda. Five years later, those leaders now appear fully mobilized. City government recently completed a comprehensive plan to guide policy, land use, and development decisions – the first such plan to cover every square mile of Milwaukee. In this report, the Forum re-examines Milwaukee’s economic development landscape.