Southeast Wisconsin

Southeast Wisconsin is home to the state’s largest city, Milwaukee. Located on the western shores of Lake Michigan with access to 20% of the world’s fresh water, Milwaukee is home to the nation’s only global water hub. It also boasts a diverse population, a growing startup culture, eight Fortune 500 world headquarters, more than a dozen colleges and universities, and one of the highest college-students-per-capita ratios in the nation. The talent pool, access to fine arts and culture, strong support for business, and 23-minute average commute make Milwaukee an outstanding choice for a growing company. Within this region you’ll find a Foreign Trade Zone, a commercial port, and a commercial airport—all within an hour of Chicago.

Southeast Region

Key Industries:

Energy, power, and controls

Food and beverage

Advanced Manufacturing

Water Technology


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Region’s Largest Employers

Quad Graphics logo Northwestern Mutual logo Kohl's logo GE Healthcare logo kohler logo mercury logo oshkosh logo
fiserv logo Manpower Group logo Rockwell Automation logo SC Johnson logo

We have the best of both worlds. We have a sort of Silicon Valley or startup-style culture, but then we also have the work-life balance, low cost of living, and a great overall community here in Wisconsin.


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Quality of Life

Southeast Wisconsin offers all the advantages of big-city life, with the option of living away from the action. Here you’ll find vibrant communities, a diverse population, affordable housing, and the fifth-friendliest city in the U.S., Milwaukee. There are so many reasons why everyone here is cheerful and welcoming. Among those reasons are a 23-minute average commute, nationally recognized health care, and endless entertainment options including museums, national sports teams, the symphony and ballet, and even the World’s Largest Music Festival®, Summerfest. It’s all right along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. What’s not to love?

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Milwaukee, wi

Milwaukee’s really the core of everything. We want to reimagine how great the social activity can be in the city of Milwaukee and really be the centerpiece of it.


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