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Building a Stronger Milwaukee

Welcome to the Department of City Development. We promote an atmosphere where jobs can be created, neighborhoods can flourish, tourism can be maximized, and families can realize their dreams.

All non-essential City offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday


Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition

culminates with selection of Graef

After a nationwide call for proposals a jury of lakefront stakeholders selected the design team led by Graef to move forward with planning for the project.  The vision is to create a world class public plaza in the area immediately west of the Discovery World Museum.

"We have an opportunity to add a beautiful, defining space to the downtown portion of Milwaukee's lakefront.  It is a site that will add energy and connections," Mayor Tom Barrett said.  "Most importantly, the Lakefront Gateway Plaza can become a site that draws people and activity year-round -- maximizing the significance of one of the greatest locations in our City."

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Aerial view of Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley industrial area

Growing Prosperity: An Action Agenda for Economic Development

The Milwaukee Common Council approved a Department of City Development report recommending nearly four dozen actions to help Milwaukee build on its assets and respond to its challenges in order to fully reap the benefits of regional economic growth. “Growing Prosperity: An Action Agenda for Economic Development in the City of Milwaukee” was developed with input from more than 100 individuals and organizations over a year-long period.


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Harbor District gaining momentum

The City-led Harbor District initiative is gaining momentum with the recent announcement of a $200,000 planning grant to the Redevelopment Authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).


Mayor Barrett with the major partners, speaking at the public announcement of the PARC Initiative

Over $1 million committed to efforts to improve Near West Side

On April 14th, Mayor Tom Barrett joined representatives from Aurora Health Care, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, Miller-Coors and the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation to announce the new Promoting Assets and Reducing Crime (PARC) Initiative on Milwaukee’s Near West Side.


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Two TINs launched with the new year

Two new neighborhoods have been designated as Targeted Investment Neighborhoods (TINs) at the onset of 2015. The Beerline and Old North Milwaukee neighborhoods were selected from a pool of applicants to be designated as TIN areas, where housing rehabilitation resources are available under the HOME Rehabilitation and Rental Rehabilitation programs over a three-year period to support ongoing community improvement and quality of life initiatives that are led by residents and community-based organizations.


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