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Support for Business Program


Each year the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) oversees about $50 million in infrastructure improvements, much of which occurs along major arterials and in commercial districts.  Recognizing that paving and bridge projects can have an adverse impact on City businesses, DPW developed the “Support for Business Program” (SFB) to help assist local merchants and minimize any problems before and during a construction project.

The Support for Business Liaison position was created to provide assistance to commercial property owners before and during a construction project. The liaison’s primary role is to:

  • Provide information about the construction project, share timelines and procedures with the businesses and other key organizations within the area prior to and during the project via meetings,  email messaging and mailings
  • Educate neighborhood businesses and property owners on potential impact mitigation resources that are available
  • Serve as the point of contact for businesses and City neighborhoods regarding parking issues, and pedestrian and vehicular access
  • Coordinate with the construction supervisor and the contractor to identify and resolve any concerns that have a negative impact on businesses and residents

The Support for Business Program incorporates best practices from around the country. The City of Milwaukee uses this program to ensure the viability and success of businesses during the construction season so they can ultimately benefit from infrastructure improvements for years to come.  


Mayor Tom Barrett
City of Milwaukee

Commissioner Jeffrey Polenske
Department of Public Works



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