The Harbor District has been at the center of our region’s prosperity for hundreds of years – first as a rice marsh with plentiful fish and game, then as an economic hub that served industries throughout the state. Now, much of its land sits abandoned or in disrepair, its waterways are polluted – but its potential is immense.
The Harbor District Initiative brings together local, state, and federal government efforts, private sector interests, and community enthusiasm to transform this area into a vibrant and productive waterfront that strengthens our community and regional economy… a place where you might find a job, start a business, rent an apartment, go out to dinner, or go kayaking.
In partnership with the City of Milwaukee, two organizations are leading the way: the non-profit Harbor District, Inc., and Business Improvement District #51.
The Harbor District surrounds Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor – the place where our three rivers come together. Roughly, its boundaries are Pittsburgh Avenue, South First Street, Bay Street, and Lake Michigan.