In 1999, visionary partners came together to create Menomonee Valley Partners, a public/private partnership with a mission of revitalizing the Menomonee River Valley for the benefit of the greater Milwaukee community. Twenty years later, the Menomonee River Valley is a vibrant and thriving district with a national reputation as a model for economic development and environmental sustainability.     


This year marks 20 years since Menomonee Valley Partners was formed and celebrates 20 years of transformation in the Menomonee River Valley. We look forward to celebrating with partners, businesses, employees, and residents throughout the year!

I pride myself on my imagination when it comes to commercial real estate, but my imagination wasn’t big enough to see what has since happened in the valley.
— James Barry Jr., chairman of The Barry Co. (Journal Sentinel, Barry Co. sells through Milwaukee's changes, October 2016)


Throughout the year, we’ll be rolling out new ways for you to experience the Valley. Check out and sign up for our mailing list to get updates as we add more and more 20th anniversary events!

“The Menomonee Valley of today stands as a symbol of Milwaukee’s renaissance. Together with strong partners, the City of Milwaukee is providing new opportunities for businesses to grow and succeed. I’m proud of our work and look forward to continued successes in attracting new companies and additional jobs to the Valley.”
— Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 2006 Menomonee Valley Annual Report


The Valley’s transformation has been a community effort. Whether you’ve been involved directly or observed the changes over the years, we want to record your memories of the Valley. Some people remember watching the trains of the Milwaukee Road, others created memories with friends and family during planting days or other events. Tell us how the Valley has touched you! If you have an image to go with your story, please email us at

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The Menomonee River Valley’s history is fascinating. From wild rice marsh to manufacturing center to infamous eyesore, and now to a national model of economic and environmental sustainability.

Nature & Outdoors

With 60 acres of park space, 7 miles of trails, and 3 miles of Menomonee River, you can choose your own adventure down in the Valley.

Eat & Drink

Coffee, beer, bloodies, burgers, and more - it will take you a while to get through this list of places to munch and mingle.

Play & Tour

The Valley is Wisconsin's largest tourist destination with more than 10 million visitors per year. Whether you're a local or just visiting, you're sure to find plenty to see, do, and experience down in the Valley!