Milwaukee 7

The Milwaukee 7, launched in September 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.

Together, these seven counties have a wealth of corporate headquarters, a pool of highly skilled workers and world-class amenities. Competing as a region broadens our range of choices and opportunities and gives us the competitive edge that we need, today, and into the future. Milwaukee 7 priorities include:


The Milwaukee 7 has engaged community stakeholders from around the region to create a business plan to advance economic opportunities in the seven counties of southeast Wisconsin.

Business Starts, Expansions & Attractions
Business Climate Improvement


  • Milwaukee 7 Overview Brochure
  • Milwaukee 7 IMCP Initiatives Flyer
  • Leading Industries Brochure
  • Food Industry Brochure
  • Manufacturing Industry Brochure
  • Regional Identity & Branding
  • Dream it. Do it. Manufacturing Career Pathways Campaign
  • Next Generation Manufacturing Council Presentation Oct. 15, 2015


    The Milwaukee 7 continues to build the region's capacity and accelerate economic growth. Second campaign results (from 2010 to 2014) include more than 7,000 pledged jobs created or retained in the region – with an average wage of $49,088 (9% above the regional average) – and $653 million in capital investment. The M7 has also leveraged millions of dollars in federal earmarks, state assistance and other municipal investments for business projects that make the Milwaukee Region stronger and a more attractive place to do business.

    View the Milwaukee 7 2010-2015 Campaign Report here

    View the Milwaukee 7 Performance Scorecard here


    Konecranes, an international manufacturer of heavy lift equipment, has expanded its Electric Components Manufacturing Center to a new location in Pleasant Prairie, relocating from Gurnee, IL. The company considered multiple locations before choosing southeast Wisconsin for its new operation. Milwaukee's assets - workforce, location, educational system and infrastructure - combined with the region's strong manufacturing base played an important part in the company's decision to locate here. 

    Kenall, a lighting manufacturer, is relocating its entire company operations to Kenosha from Gurnee, Ill. The company is moving to a new 354,000-square-foot headquarters and will investment approximately $30 million in capital improvements. The company currently has approximately 400 employees and plans to grow to more than 600 by 2018.

    Attracting Kendall to Kenosha was a team effort, with Gov. Walker, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., City of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Gateway Technical College and Milwaukee 7 working closely and collaboratively for 10 months to land the deal for Wisconsin.

    German manufacturer PTF Pfuller is opening an office in Sturtevant for the company's first U.S. operation. PTF produces high-precision metal components used in the semiconductor, medical device, aerospace and food industries. The company plans to add distribution and production capabilities in the next few years as its customer base grows. PTF chose the Milwaukee Region because of its central location, proximity to existing customers and quality technical colleges.

    See more M7 wins >>here.

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Milwaukee 7 Mission

Seven counties united around an agenda to grow, expand and attract world-class businesses and talent


To be globally competitive in an innovation economy


Grow, expand and attract existing export driver industries and emerging business clusters

Strengthen our capacity to innovate

Enhance the competitiveness of the Region




Capital Investment