The Corridor

Milwaukee was once known as the “machine shop of the world.” One of the areas in Milwaukee with the most prodigious manufacturing output and history is known as the 30th Street Corridor. Manufacturing giants such as Harley Davidson, A.O. Smith & Master Lock, among others, were founded in the Corridor, which consists of 880 acres of industrial infrastructure located on the city’s northwest side. It extends along a 6.2 mile track of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, with access to the Milwaukee Port on Lake Michigan, and tracks to the eastern seaboard for national and international manufacturing and trade.

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Business Improvement District #37

BID #37 was established in 2005 for the purpose of supporting existing businesses and attracting new companies to our area.

We support our 150 businesses with graffiti removal, litter abatement, facade and landscaping grants, as well as advocacy with the City of Milwaukee for a myriad of issues. Our goal is to revitalize this historic area with innovative businesses, entrepreneurship and quality jobs for central city residents.

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The Corridor boasts a number of available properties that are zoned for commercial or industrial purposes.

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Neighborhood Revitalization

The 30th Street Industrial Corridor is uniquely surrounded by a residential area. Because of the availability of high paying manufacturing jobs, during the "great migration" tens of thousands of Blacks moved to Milwaukee to work in the Corridor. Housing was built around these factories, and prosperous, blue-collar middle class Black neighborhoods were born. However, with the closing of these factories, the area currently faces challenges which include the redevelopment of large swaths of industrial land and buildings, along with poverty, unemployment and crime. It will take a comprehensive approach to revitalize this area, "Industry and Community Together."

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Equitable Development

The 30th Street Industrial Corridor has scores of vacant and underutilized industrial buildings, including over 75 contiguous acres of land that once held the massive A.O. Smith campus. There are also hundreds of homes in need of repair. We are determined that the redevelopment of the area benefits the most valuable and abundant resource in the Corridor, the people that live there.

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Your contribution will assist us in our mission to rebuild the 30th Street Corridor through economic development, workforce development, education, housing, health and safety.

We actively encourage investment and new development in the area. It also allows us to provide valuable skills to individuals so that they are equipped to participate in the workforce and succeed in the modern economy. Donations can be made online, or by resuming the form below with your tax-deductible check Please support the work of the 30th St Industrial Corridor, and invest in Milwaukee's future!