The Milwaukee area benefits from a rich and diverse private-sector economy and ranks fifth among cities nationwide in the number of corporate headquarters per capita.
Home to seven Fortune 500 Companies, as well as nationally-renowned hospitals, medical research facilities and universities, Milwaukee knows how to make your corporate event a success.
A value destination with comparatively low average daily costs, Milwaukee is easy on the budget, while at the same time offering one-of-a-kind attractions and venues that rival first-tier cities. Accommodations ranging from major convention hotels connected by skywalk to the Wisconsin Center, to historic and boutique hotels, offer your group affordable options. And a variety of complimentary services, including information-packed microsites and more than 125 enthusiastic volunteers, ensures that your meeting will exceed your expectations.
"The downtown area is a great mix of restaurants, night life and history. There are plenty of things to do and interesting places to go."
"I believe many of our attendees left Milwaukee with a whole new perspective. I wouldn't be surprised to see many return both professionally and personally."
"Intimate feel of a small town with big city perks."
Major Attractions as Unique Off-site Venues:
- Milwaukee Art Museum, a dazzling architectural wonder on the Lake Michigan, with its soaring white wings that open and close over an awe-inspiring vaulted atrium.
- Discovery World’s Pilot House provides a spectacular 360-degree view of the lake and downtown skyline.
- Harley-Davidson Museum, guarantees the thrill of the Harley experience.
- Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Wisconsin’s largest entertainment center significantly raised the stakes in 2014 with its new $150 million, 381-room hotel; combined casino and hotel meeting space now totals 60,000 square feet.
- Henry Maier Festival Park, 75-acre lakefront festival park home to Summerfest and a summer line-up of ethnic festivals, serving up more fun and value-added to summer conventions.
- Airport only 10 minutes/8 miles from downtown hotels. 39 non-stop destinations, easy 1-stop connections to 160 cities.
- More than 200 restaurants in downtown area, many with private dining rooms.
- World-class golf courses.
- Historic Third Ward, featuring lively Milwaukee Public Market, al fresco dining, galleries and shopping.
- 3-mile RiverWalk connecting walkable neighborhoods.
- Lively arts and professional sports scene.
- James Beard-recognized restaurants, entertaining brewery tours.
Special Offer: $5,000-$10,000 cash incentive to groups booking meetings in the Wisconsin Center through December 31, 2016 (certain restrictions apply).
Milwaukee – The Facts
7 Fortune 500 Companies in the City
- Johnson Controls
- Northwestern Mutual
- Manpower Group
- Rockwell Automation
- Joy Global
- Food & Beverage Manufacturing
- Biotechnology & Medical
- Freshwater Technology
Major Medical Research & Education facilities/ Hospitals/ Manufacturing
- Aurora Health Care, 24,500 employees
- Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, 11,171 employees
- Froedtert & Community Health, 8,900 employees
- GE Healthcare, 5,800 employees
- Medical College of Wisconsin, 5,417 students/employees
12 Universities and Colleges within the city of Milwaukee
One of the highest college students-per-capita ratios in the United States; approx. 100,000 students total, including:
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – 28,000 students
- Milwaukee Area Technical College – 27,000
- Marquette University – 12,000
- Milwaukee School of Engineering – 2,500
Jeff Baryenbruch, CHSP, Executive Director Sales