Aerotropolis Milwaukee


Milwaukee is ideally positioned to be the country’s next aerotropolis.

Here’s what sets us apart:

Exceptional intermodal transportation. Location decisions based only on tax incentives and cheap land costs might seem like a good idea in the short run, but those advantages are quickly forgotten if you can’t easily get goods and people where they need to go. Milwaukee is a transportation-friendly location that has it all—and has it in a very small footprint.


We’re home to General Mitchell International Airport, which meets the travel needs of nearly 10 million passengers and over 200 million pounds of cargo and mail each year. Plus, we’re just 73 miles from O’Hare—the country’s second busiest airport.


Freight rail is delivered through three Class 1 railroads, and we’re just 73 miles from Chicago—the country’s most important interchange point for freight traffic.


The Port of Milwaukee handles over three million metric tons of cargo each year. Our protected harbor offers year-round navigation and our berth layout and heavy-lift crane system accommodate oversized vessels and oversized loads.


I-94, I-43, US 45, US 41, and the Lake Parkway (794) converge in the area making it easy to connect with businesses and consumers throughout the Midwest. Plus, over 500 multiservice motor freight carriers operate out of the Milwaukee area.

Outstanding talent. In addition to a skilled workforce that includes more than 160,000 manufacturing workers—the second highest in the country—the Aerotropolis region is also home to more than 4,100 high-tech and design firms that employ more than 35,000 people.

Established manufacturing infrastructure. Our area has long been known as the “Toolbox of America.”  We have an enduring reputation for manufacturing excellence and are increasingly known for our skills in IT, industrial controls, medical imaging equipment and biotechnology. In fact, Milwaukee companies export $9.3 billion in products each year.

Population access. Aerotropolis Milwaukee lies in the heart of the country’s population center and more than 20% of the US population is within 600 miles. A Milwaukee location saves money, improves time-to-market and increases your responsiveness and agility in a dynamic marketplace.

A business-friendly attitude. We have lower than national averages on land and leasing costs, sales taxes and worker’s compensation premiums. Plus, we’re ranked 4th lowest for total taxes paid by corporations, and maintain great services while still being close to average for state and local business taxes.

Add to that a wide range of state and local business incentives, abundant and affordable utilities—including renewable—and a variety of well-located buildings and sites, and it’s easy to see why Aerotropolis Milwaukee deserves a closer look.

All the benefits of Chicago—without the price tag or hassle. An Aerotropolis Milwaukee location gives you access to the transportation, business, lifestyle and education resources of Chicago, at a much lower cost of living and doing business.