ABOUT MILWAUKEE COUNTY
Milwaukee County is the economic driver of the State of Wisconsin. With its highly skilled workforce, multi-modal transportation infrastructure, a wealth of cultural and educational institutions, access to the world’s largest source of freshwater, and advantageous position within the Great Lakes mega-region spanning from Chicago to Minneapolis, Milwaukee County is positioned for success in the global economy. Home to 948,000 residents and over 19,000 businesses, the 19 municipalities within Milwaukee County exports about $4.8 billion in merchandise every year1 . The Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA is the 36th largest economy in the United States, generating $94,374,000,000 in GDP in 2013 2.
Milwaukee County Economic Development is a division of the Department of Administrative Services serving under County Executive Chris Abele. We are responsible for the acquisition and sale of surplus property which includes Park East land in Downtown Milwaukee, tax deeded foreclosed properties that are outside of the City of Milwaukee, surplus County facilities that have reached their end of useful life, and many other properties throughout the County. We are also charged with managing air space and cell tower leases and developing strategies for the efficient management of leasing in County government. Milwaukee County's Geographic Information System (GIS) office is housed within the Economic Development Division which provides service to other County departments, municipalities, and the public-private MCAMLIS initiative. We also support workforce development and economic development initiatives throughout the region.
1 Source: US Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration
2 Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis