About the NWSCDC

NWSCDC Focus Area

NWSCDC Focus Area

The NWSCDC generally works with community members and employers within the City limits to the north, I-43 to the east, I-94 to the south, and the City limits on the west.


The NWSCDC will lead the transformation of the Northwest Side of Milwaukee into a preferred destination for businesses and residents.


We exist on the Northwest Side to create jobs, build partnerships and strengthen communities.

Core Values:

Consistency of Purpose
Bringing together financial, business and residential communities
Leveraging Partnership
Agent for Economic and Community Change

Our History

The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC) has served the economic development needs of Milwaukee’s low-income communities since being founded in 1983. The NWSCDC has assisted with neighborhood strategic planning to improve safety, land use planning and development on the Northwest Side to spur retail growth, and numerous business and workforce development programs.

Throughout our history, the NWSCDC has innovated and adapted to changes in the community and economic development landscape. The innovation, along with the continuity of management and a strong board of directors, has allowed the NWSCDC to thrive in the face of adversity. In the late 1990s, the NWSCDC board and management developed and began to implement a new business model for community economic development. The new model emphasizes leveraging partnerships and collaborating in business creation and real estate transactions. With this new model, the NWSCDC has pioneered efforts to partner with large businesses such as DRS Power and Controls Technologies and Jonco Industries.

As a result of the new collaborative strategy, the NWSCDC has lent over $11 million to several major catalytic projects on the Northwest Side since 2000.  These projects, which have created over 1,000 jobs, include the following:

  • Helping to finance the second phase development at Midtown Center
  • Assisting with financing of two Lena’s and one Kohl’s grocery store
  • Creating the Milwaukee Technology Incubator Center within DRS Power Controls and Technologies
  • Creating a third, smaller retail development plan with Lena’s at Midtown Center
  • Financing the start-up of Nature Tech, a green technology employer focused on sustainable products
  • Helping to finance the expansion of Diamond Precision into Milwaukee
  • Assisting with financing the purchase of Century City Tower, the former Eaton Corporation headquarters

2017-2019 NWSCDC Strategic Plan

In 2017, the NWSCDC Board of Directors and management undertook strategic planning for subsequent three-year cycle.

In 2020 we are working in continuation of the existing plan, and we will engage in a new strategic planning process this year.

The NWSCDC’s most recent real estate project is Villard Square, an $11 Million, mixed-use development that combines a Milwaukee Public Library branch with 47 units of mixed-income housing for “grand families” – family units where grandparents are serving as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.  Villard Square is a multi-faceted success story that encapsulates the mission of the NWSCDC.

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NWSCDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No Person in the service of NWSCDC or person seeking admission to the service shall be appointed, promoted, demoted, removed or in any way favored or discriminated against because of race, sex, national origin, disability, or sexual preference, age , or because of his/her religious opinions or affiliations.

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