Drive Local & Regional Economic Development
To drive economic development in the The Gateway to Milwaukee Region, we have organized a number of efforts that leverage our strengths to create value for the region.
Aerotropolis Milwaukee, a vision initiated by The Gateway to Milwaukee, focuses on economic development in and around the airport region. Aerotropolis Milwaukee was initiated in 2009 when the Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation (MGAC) was formed. The public and private partners that make up MGAC have worked to strengthen and grow Aerotropolis Milwaukee. Aerotropolis Milwaukee formed a multi-jurisdictional partnership that demonstrates continued support and desire to engage in cooperative planning and economic development activities to benefit the region as a whole. The latest step in the partnership’s efforts was the creation of the MKE Aerotropolis Development Plan.
The plan recognizes the challenges related to achieving Aerotropolis Milwaukee. Each community also faces challenges as they continually work to improve life within their boundaries. The plan identifies where future airport growth and economic development should occur and suggests modest changes to each community’s comprehensive plan.
The Gateway District Hotel Cluster
The area around General Mitchell International Airport is home to more than 25 hotels and over 2,700 hotel rooms. This cluster represents the highest density of hotels in Southeastern Wisconsin outside of Downtown Milwaukee. With a dense cluster of hotels linked by proximity to transportation, restaurants, shopping, and supporting businesses, symbiotic relationships will develop and encourage long-term growth in The Gateway. Hospitality is a major source of employment for the regional workforce, and it creates demand for other businesses such as retailers and restaurants. Hotels also serve people from outside of the Milwaukee region, so the ability to improve their travel experience reflects positively on their visit to Milwaukee.