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Department of City Development 

The mission of the Department of City Development (DCD) is to improve the quality of life in Milwaukee by guiding and promoting development that creates jobs, builds wealth and strengthens the urban environment, and at the same time respects equity, economy and ecology.
To fulfill this mission we:

  • Work with partners throughout the region to ensure an economic climate that stimulates investment and job creation
  • Build on the city's competitive advantages, including its built environment, natural setting, diversity and status as a center of commerce and culture
  • Encourage high-quality, sustainable development that respects and enhances its context
  • Make sound planning and investment decisions which serve the needs of local residents, workers and businesses
  • Foster and support business development
  • Promote neighborhood economic development
  • Ensure processes, reviews and approvals are efficient, consistent and user-friendly




Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Rocky Marcoux to serve as Commissioner for the Department of City Development in 2004.  Under his direction, the department has focused its land and economic development tools to leverage more than 11,000 jobs and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee. Marcoux has overseen the successful redevelopment of the Menomonee Valley, the growth of companies like Bucyrus International and Manpower, the addition of a Milwaukee Job Corps Center to the region, rehabilitation of the downtown Amtrak Station ... read more...


Where to find us

We are located at 809 N. Broadway, east of City Hall.



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