Milwaukee holds true to its manufacturing roots with modern worldwide giants like Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee Tool, Rexnord, Briggs & Stratton, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, A.O. Smith, and soon Foxconn. We are a region that builds things for people and industries that continue to influence our every day lives.

What has changed is how Milwaukee builds things. Workers' hands now guide robots and machines, and shops are now lined with LED lights and computers instead of  tables and tools. Milwaukee has embraced innovative changes in manufacturing as companies look to disrupt the status quo to reinvent the industry. Milwaukee’s schools and universities are training the next generation of manufacturers in 21st century technologies to garner family-sustaining jobs. Business and chambers of commerce are coming together to support startups and innovators with new ideas. Milwaukee is sticking with what it knows in new and innovative ways.


Greater Milwaukee Region is home to...

  • 6 Fortune 500 companies
  • 12 colleges and universities
  • 8 global headquarters
  • $10.2 billion dollar water market
  • 200+ water-related companies
  • 900 energy & power companies

2 Million People

live in the Greater Milwaukee Region. The Region comprises seven counties in southeastern Wisconsin. It has a diverse economy with significant employment and global market leaders in: advanced manufacturing, distribution, professional and financial services, green technologies, and printing.

1 Million Jobs

are in the Greater Milwaukee Region and while the region has a global perspective, its sensibility is local. The region’s manageable size makes it easy to meet the people you want to meet and close the deals you need to close.

52,000 Businesses

operate in the Greater Milwaukee Region, which is a magnet for business. Affordable land and leasing, an educated workforce, low business costs and easy access to financing, technical assistance and efficient transportation help businesses locate, succeed, and grow here. 

Milwaukee region is ranked 2nd highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Milwaukee region is ranked 2nd highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Wisconsin is one of the top 10 states for business

Milwaukee region is ranked 5th Up-and-Coming city for tech

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Milwaukee 7

Accelerating economic development in the Greater Milwaukee Region

The Milwaukee 7, launched in 2005, was formed to create a regional, cooperative economic development platform for the seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent.

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