City Lights and Third Space collaborate on wild rice lager for Valley Week

City Lights and Third Space collaborate on wild rice lager for Valley Week

City Lights Brewing and Third Space Brewing have partnered on a collaboration brew that will be launched on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. to kick off Valley Week, which runs Sept. 21 through 28, an annual fall celebration that showcases the ever-changing and evolving Menomonee Valley.

Menomonee River Valley's growth includes expansions for Palermo, Potawatomi

Menomonee River Valley's growth includes expansions for Palermo, Potawatomi

The Menomonee River Valley’s redevelopment is far from over. Established employers like Palermo Villa Inc. and the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino are planning their next round of growth, and the city of Milwaukee is working on new infrastructure that would unlock large sites for future redevelopment.

Scenes from Business of Growing Milwaukee on transformation of Menomonee Valley: Slideshow

Scenes from Business of Growing Milwaukee on transformation of Menomonee Valley: Slideshow

The Menomonee Valley used to be the forgotten area near downtown Milwaukee, often driven by Milwaukee-area residents on Interstate 94 without even a glance. But that has changed in the past two decades as evident by the major redevelopment projects that have occurred in the area just west of downtown, anchored by Miller Park, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

That transformation was the topic of the Milwaukee Business Journal's Business of Growing Milwaukee event Aug. 16, which focused on the redevelopment of the area, along with significant discussion about the next major projects in the Menomonee Valley after the recent completion of the second hotel tower at Potawatomi Hotel.

Menomonee Valley execs like idea of dropping 16th Street viaduct down to Canal Street

Menomonee Valley execs like idea of dropping 16th Street viaduct down to Canal Street

Business executives who are focused on the next generation of development in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley say one of their long-term hopes is to eventually rebuild the 16th Street viaduct to connect to West Canal Street, rather than fly over.

Connecting Valley businesses with nearby talent

On June 18, Menomonee Valley Partners (MVP) and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) collaborated on a Neighborhood Job Recruitment event to connect Valley companies who are hiring with nearby residents who are seeking employment.

Hundreds of family-supporting jobs are within a 5-10 minute walk/drive from neighborhoods south of the Valley. MVP and LBWN partnered on a new model of a job fair, bringing the job fair and job opportunities directly to the residents in and near the Silver City neighborhood at 5Wise Workshop (3524 W National Ave).

Job seekers were invited to drop-in, apply on the spot, and in some cases interview then and there. Translation services were also available.

Thank you to Charter Wire LLC, Employ Milwaukee, Ingeteam, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Professional Placement Services, and Rishi Tea for joining us and speaking with great candidates from neighborhoods surrounding the Valley!

Urban Manufacturing Alliance hosted national conference in Milwaukee, co-hosted by Menomonee Valley Partners

Urban Manufacturing Alliance hosted national conference in Milwaukee, co-hosted by Menomonee Valley Partners

From June 5 – 7, Milwaukee hosted the Urban Manufacturing Alliance’s (UMA) national gathering. The event brought more than 100 civic leaders, manufacturers, and workforce and real estate practitioners to Milwaukee to discuss issues, including workforce development, youth engagement, innovative financing, and land use policy and redevelopment.

Boat Tour Showcases Milwaukee Industry—Both Past and Present

Boat Tour Showcases Milwaukee Industry—Both Past and Present

Among Chicago's must-see attractions for visitors are its riverboat tours that provide a different perspective on that city's most famous downtown architectural gems.

Around 70 Milwaukee visitors enjoyed a similar experience in our city recently — but the focus was more about diamonds in the rough. 

This boat tour through the Menomonee Valley and Harbor District highlighted the city's industrial heritage, as well as its revival — kicking off the Urban Manufacturing Alliance’s national conference in Milwaukee.

2018 Annual Report: A Destination for All

Over the last two decades, the Menomonee River Valley has experienced significant change and revitalization, once again becoming a place where people come to work, producing countless products that touch residents through Milwaukee and the world. As we look at this last year, the Valley has continued to emerge as a destination for all—with more and more family-supporting jobs, entertainment destinations, connections with students, and opportunities to explore nature in an urban context.

Learn more about all the ways that the Valley attracted people in the last year!

Zimmerman plans to purchase Milwaukee Gas Light Company property

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Zimmerman Architectural Studios plans to purchase their building and the rest of the former Milwaukee Gas Light Company property, also home to City Lights Brewing Company and Four Seasons Skate Park of Milwaukee. Zimmerman has long been a great partner in the Valley and we look forward to welcoming them as property owners!

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New Sculptures Honor Milwaukee Road Railway Workers

New Sculptures Honor Milwaukee Road Railway Workers

A series of metal sculptures taking shape in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley honors the men and women who worked at a now-lost transportation giant. The "People of the Road” monument is a tribute to the thousands who labored for a passenger and freight-rail service best known as the Milwaukee Road.

Rain Barrel Murals

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In 2018, local Artists Jenny Anderson and Audrey Moore lead community art programming with the Young Scientists Club at the Urban Ecology Center in the Menomonee River Valley. Together they would walk the trails in Three Bridges Park, identify native plants and animals, and create art inspired by nature. The Young Scientists, ages 5-12, had the opportunity to create sun prints using plants and photosensitive paper, make their own ink and chalk from natural pigments, and reimagine insects and animals. The students artwork was scanned and digitally collaged to create the designs on the rain barrels.

These 1,100 gallon rain barrels were the first in the city to capture rainwater from a bridge, diverting unfiltered stormwater from the city’s combined sewer system. The rain barrels collect water for the new plantings in the park. When the plants mature, they naturally filter stormwater and require little watering which ultimately avoids wasting potable water through traditional watering systems. This is a successful demonstration project for green infrastructure, but the rain barrels went unnoticed until their art makeover.

This art project provided an educational opportunity for youth to learn about the history of the rain barrels and their ecological impact, while also contributing to long-lasting, visible art in the Menomonee Valley Community Park. The art draws attention to the rain barrels and reminds the community of this local effort to protect our rivers and Lake Michigan. A sign will be installed on the Hank Aaron State Trail nearby so trail users can learn about the environmental impact.

“The arts are an incredible way to build community,” said John Kowalczyk, Artists Working in Education. “We hope that through this project, we inspire residents from all over the city to explore the Menomonee River Valley and celebrate the beauty of nature right here in our neighborhood. It was wonderful to see the young scientists’ curiosity peak when creating art using natural materials and scientific processes”

The art programming was a partnership between Artists Working in Education and Menomonee Valley Partners. It was funded by the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) and We Energies Foundation.

The rain barrel demonstration project were made possible by a partnership between: City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, Fund for Lake Michigan, Marek Landscaping, Menomonee Valley Partners, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), and The Sigma Group.

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Controlled burn in the Menomonee River Valley

Controlled burn in the Menomonee River Valley

The Urban Ecology Center conducted a prescribed burn in Three Bridges Park with Kettle Moraine Land Stewards, in coordination with the Milwaukee Fire Department, to burn an 8.2 acre controlled area of Three Bridges Park. Prescribed burns are a very beneficial land management practice that promotes native vegetation growth, kills unwanted woody vegetation in the prairie, and also burns off old plant growth to make way for new plant growth. 

A New Art Gallery Opens in the Valley

Owners of Guardian Fine Arts Services, Jan Serr and John Shannon, have opened a private museum to showcase their private selection in a unique space. The Warehouse is a 4,000 square foot gallery displaying curated exhibits of the thousands of artworks Shannon and his wife, Serr, have collected over the years.

“We see The Warehouse as a new arts hub for Milwaukee and Wisconsin,” Shannon said. “We look forward to hosting shows from our collection and of works of significant artists, as well as hold events that will benefit the arts community and arts lovers.”

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The Warehouse is free to view and open by appointment. The inaugural exihibit, “Concentrations,” features 70 artworks ranging from monotypes to photographs to contemporary craft from 53 artists, including Jim Dine, Mary Frank, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Tsukioka Kogyo, Henri Matisse, Keith Haring, Sally Mann, and Robert Henri. The exhibit runs through Feb. 8, 2019.

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