The Harbor District Business Improvement District (BID 51) Property Improvement Grant program provides reimbursable grants up to a maximum amount of $5,000. Grant funds are intended for property or business owners intending to improve the physical appearance of their property and/or make water-centric improvements to their property. For further details and to apply, please refer to the program guidelines and application below.
In 2018, BID 51 worked with Chemistry in Place and American Design, Inc. to conduct a branding and identity planning process for the Harbor District. The goal of the process was to describe the existing identity of the District in a document that could be used to inform future developments such as public art, streetscapes, public spaces, private development, and more. The resulting brand – GRITTY. GREEN. REAL. – is described further in the two documents below.
BID 51 Board Chair
CLO and SVP of M&A & Real Estate
Michels has a Milwaukee presence at 218 Becher Street. Michels is a diversified utility and specialty construction company that conducts business throughout the United States and internationally. David is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal representation. In his capacity as Vice President of Business Administration, David’s additional responsibilities include: strategic acquisitions and partnerships; risk management; labor relations; real estate; DOT compliance; and safety and environmental stewardship.
David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University Law School. He has a M aster ‘ s Degree in International Trade in Business Law from the American University-Washington College of Law. As a child, David learned to sail on Milwaukee’s inner harbor. As a result, he appreciates the importance of this unique resource to the quality of life in our community. David and his wife, Diane, reside in Mequon and have three children.
BID 51 Board Treasurer
V. Marchese, Inc. and Cut Fresh, LLC
Josh Weber serves as accounting manager for V. Marchese and Cut Fresh, Harbor District employers of about 350 people. In addition to accounting responsibilities, Josh oversees financial interactions with customers and also serves as the legal liaison between V. Marchese and its attorneys.
In addition to ensuring that the BID board addresses issues identified in its operating plan, and taking a hands-on approach to the BID financial management and use of funds, Josh would like to see an emphasis on “Safer, Greener, Cleaner and Better Environment,” a concept that his companies are emphasizing.
Josh has a BA in History, Political Science and Legal Studies from Concordia University, and is in the process of completing a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting at Concordia.
BID 51 Board Secretary
Director of Government Affairs
The WalBec Group is a family of companies that provide professional construction and engineering services and produce quality construction materials. Previously, Summer served as the Administrator of the Division of Facilities Development/Secretary of the State of Wisconsin Building Commission for the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) from 2011 through 2016. In that role, she oversaw and administered the State Building Program. Prior to joining the DOA, she worked for the Wisconsin State Senate.
Summer is a licensed attorney and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her law degree from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Principal, DeMichele Company
Principal, Willow Tree Development
Michael DeMichele has over 28 years of real estate development experience. Through the two development firms he founded, he manages over 800,000 sf of commercial space, and has developed or consulted on projects ranging from Mortara Instruments’ new manufacturing facility in Milwaukee to Radio Milwaukee’ s headquarters in Walker’s Point.
Michael is a registered architect in the State of Wisconsin, NCARB Certified Nationally, and a licensed real estate broker. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Radio Milwaukee, the Third Ward Architectural Review Board, is President of Business Improvement District No. 41 (Downer Ave) and on the Board of Business Improvement District No. 2 (Historic Third Ward). He has a wife and four children and resides on Milwaukee’s upper east side.
Business Development Manager
A business development leader with over 15 years of experience, a proven ability to close complex technology sales with Fortune 500 companies both domestically and internationally. A sales professional with achievement in sales cycle management, marketing outreach, and relationship development.
Assistant Dean for Advancement
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.
Eric is responsible for partnerships, external relations, outreach, and resource acquisition in support of the research and academic missions of the School of Freshwater Sciences. As assistant dean, he supports students and faculty-led initiatives while working to build a strong foundation for growth in the largest water-focused academic research institution on the Great Lakes. He serves on the dean’s cabinet, was a co-author of the School’s strategic plan, and was lead officer securing two of the largest grants since the School was formed from the Great Lakes WATER Institute in 2009.
Eric has enjoyed a 16-year career working in higher education development. He began his work at Marquette University in 2000 and, as part of the Magis Campaign helped raise funds contributing to the construction of the John P. Raynor, S.J. Library, the Al McGuire Center, and the Marquette Dental School. Later he joined UW-Whitewater’s College of Business & Economics, working with alumni, business leaders, and other partners with a primary focus of securing private resources supplementing state support to construct the business school’s Timothy J. Hyland Hall. At both institutions, and at UW-Milwaukee, Eric works to secure scholarship support, endowment, and other resources to grow academic programs and research initiatives. Previous to working in development Eric was a production coordinator and public relations writer at the American Society for Quality.
Eric earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has performed master’s work in theology at Marquette University. He lives near BID 51 and the Harbor District in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.
Co-owner of Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, 101 W Mitchell Street, since 2008. Longtime resident of Milwaukee, homeowner in Bay View and is a residential property owner in 53204 zip code. Prior to business ownership, professional experience included Marketing Manager/Sr. Marketing Administrator (6 years) at American Society for Quality (ASQ) in downtown Milwaukee. Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Operations Management from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Past appointed member of Business Improvement District Board No. 41 (Downer Avenue) from 2011 to 2014.