What is the Gateway?
The Airport Gateway Business Improvement District (AGBID) and the Airport Gateway Business Association (AGBA) position themselves together as The Gateway to Milwaukee – a business led effort focused on bringing together a wide variety of area stakeholders, all with a mission of promoting airport area industry, local businesses, real estate development, improved infrastructure & community amenities, and the tremendous opportunity for economic development this region represents.
Vision / Goals
Mission: We will take a leadership role in planning, promoting and developing the vitality of The Gateway to Milwaukee.
The Gateway to Milwaukee works tirelessly to raise the value of the Mitchell Airport business district. To guide our vision, the organization has established the following goals:
In 2005, ten local airport area business and commercial property owners came together with support of the 13th Aldermanic District to form the nonprofit known as the Airport Gateway Business Association, or “AGBA”, with a goals of business support & advocacy, as well as revitalization of the commercial corridors surrounding Mitchel International Airport right here on Milwaukee’s far southside.
Spurred by the leadership, creativity and commitment of key business and commercial property owners in the airport area, the City of Milwaukee approved the creation of the nonprofit Airport Gateway Business Improvement District #40, or “AGBID”, in 2006.
The Gateway to Milwaukee
A Look Through the Years
AGBA votes to move forward with the BID process.
The Airport Gateway Business Improvement District (AGBID) receives official BID approval from the City of Milwaukee Common Council.
AGBA begins a security patrol to support safety and security in the BID, especially near the hotel clusters.
The Gateway to Milwaukee brand is launched.
The Gateway begins beautification efforts on W. Layton Ave.
gatewaytomilwaukee.com is launched as a resource for local business leaders.
The Gateway hosts our First Annual Golf Outing.
The First Annual Gateway Days is held in Holler Park.
The Board of Directors approves a $15,000 donation to the Airport Area Economic Development Task Force to help develop an Aerotropolis in the Gateway.
Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation (MGAC) is formed.
The Gateway develops a Discount Card to encourage consumers to shop at businesses in the BID.
The first-ever MGAC board meeting is held.
The City of Milwaukee designates S. 6th St. as the Green Corridor. It will serve as a “living laboratory” to demonstrate innovations in sustainability and green technology.
The blue arches – which represent water and forward movement – are installed on Layton Ave.
The first bioswales in the BID are installed along S. 6th St.
The Green Corridor effort receives a donation for 6 internally-lit crosswalk signs and 11 LED-lit street signs from TAPCO to be installed along S. 6th St.
MGAC changes its name to Aerotropolis Milwaukee.
The Gateway moves to our current location at 4121 S. 6th St., in the Green Corridor.
The Gateway, VISIT Milwaukee, and the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce receive a Wisconsin Department of Tourism JEM (Joint Effort Marketing) Grant to conduct travel research.
The Gateway security grant program begins; five $1,000 grants are distributed to business owners.
The Gateway earns a Year 2 JEM grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to fund a travel campaign.
The Urban Orchard on S. 6th St. is completed. It’s home to 80 fruit trees, as well as other plants and vegetation.
The Green Corridor is recognized with a Mayor’s Design Award.
WinWin Milwaukee is launched; it intends to encourage consumers to stay at February 2010 Gateway-area hotels.
The Gateway, WisDOT, and Gen. Mitchell Int’l Airport form a partnership to create and maintain landscaping and planting beds along the Airport Spur.
BID contracted crime analysis reports a 25% drop in overall crime in the Gateway BID since 2005, with a 40% drop since the implementation of the Gateway mobile patrol unit in 2008.
Inaugural Taste of the Gateway outdoor event welcomed nearly 1,000 guests to sample from 12+ locally owned area restaurants.
First phase of Gateway branded trash receptacles installed throughout the district resulting in 23,000 gallons of trash kept off the streets.
Aerotropolis Development Plan completed in partnership with Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission and the 8 communities surrounding Mitchell Int’l Airport.
Gateway Beautification Committee completes its S. Howell Ave. Landscape Master Plan for incorporation into future road reconstruction.
PBS show “Around The Corner” attracts over 300 people to Gateway sponsored premier party. Episode showcased the Garden District neighborhood & popular Gateway to Milwaukee businesses.
Distributed over 100 wireless security cameras to area businesses and residents through the RING Camera Partnership program, in collaboration with MPD Dist. 6 and S. 27th Street BID.
Total road reconstruction of S. Howell Ave. (Layton to Grange) completed. Gateway partners with City and State to leverage over $350k in additional streetscape improvements, landscaping upgrades, new LED street lighting and more.
Aerotropolis enlists UWM Urban Planning Graduate Student Group to produce a feasibility study for the commercial redevelopment of the former 440th Airlift Wing.
Large scale holiday LED snowflake decor installed along median of S. Howell Ave.
High impact paving of W. Layton Ave. (S. Howell to S. 27th St.) adds new asphalt and center medians.
Upgraded LED street lighting installed on newly refinished W. Layton Ave. (S. Howell to S. 27th St.)
Final streetscape improvements and upgraded landscaping completed along W. Layton Ave. (S. Howell to S. 27th St.)
Gateway and surrounding businesses prepare to welcome thousands of national and international visitors to the City for the DNC.