Riverworks Business Improvement District #25

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Riverworks Business Improvement District #25

The Riverworks Business Improvement District #25 is a public-private partnership between the City of Milwaukee and the owners of 130 properties that allows businesses and property owners to collectively develop, manage and promote the Riverworks Center business district. To view the BID #25 boundaries, click on this Map.

The Riverworks BID operates three programs that focus on improving the appearance and perception of Riverworks Center.

  • The Public Safety & Appearance program: Performs graffiti removal and sidewalk sweeping for the area.
  • The Marketing & Promotions program: Promote the area as a first class destination for shoppers, business owners and real estate developers.
  • Business and Property Assistance program: Provides façade improvement grants (for things like windows, doors, signage, etc.), fencing improvement grants, and safety and security grants to BID businesses.


The Riverworks BID is administered by the Riverworks Development Corporation and staffed by Darryl Johnson, Executive Director. You can email him at darrylj@riverworksmke.org.


Riverworks News

Riverworks Design Guidelines

The Riverworks Center, which is comprised of Business Improvement Districts 25 and 36, is one of the largest centers for business development in Milwaukee. The area is in a constant state of change with new businesses moving in as well as current businesses updating their existing facilities. The Riverworks Design Guidelines were produced to provide property owners with a tool to steer their design process and create a consistent look for the entire Riverworks Center. The BID worked closely with Community Design Solutions (CDS), a student planning and design center of the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning, to create these guidelines. To review final document click on Riverworks Design Guidelines Booklet.

Blue Hole Becomes Photovoltaic Educational Laboratory

On May 10, 2010 more than 100 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Photovoltaic Educational Laboratory, a 32-acre, 510 kW facility, located at 810 E. Capitol Dr. MATC and Johnson Controls, a global leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, are collaborating on the project. Energy produced at the site will be used to operate the Milwaukee Public Television transmitter that is located
at the site. This will be the first public television transmitter in the country that will transition to being neutral to the energy grid. The estimated energy savings in the first year of operation is $70,300. For more information on the State of Wisconsin's largest solar power project, click here.

Riverworks Resources

Capitol Drive and Humboldt Visioning Project: Explores design alternatives for the area

Riverworks Center Interactive Map: Interactive map with business, housing, crime, and project data.

Riverworks Indicator Map: Interactive map with 2000 Census information.

Community-At-A-Glance:Data sets on the Riverworks business and residential areas.

About the Businesses: Provide links to various indicators and business information.

About the Residents: Provide links to neighborhood indicators and census data.