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Global MKE Trade & Investment Plan

Today’s global economic landscape is changing rapidly. Regions around the world are becoming more globally interconnected and global economic growth is shifting from the Western world to the fast-rising Asia Pacific Region. The Milwaukee Region’s economic future depends on a focused and aggressive global trade and investment agenda that better positions the region’s firms to compete in world markets.

Realizing this economic imperative, the region’s economic development community has engaged cross-sector leadership from government, business and industry associations to champion new directions in international business development through the Global MKE Trade and Investment Plan. The plan combines export and foreign direct investment strategies into a single, highly coordinated plan with a common goal and objectives to strengthen the region’s global connections and support sustainable economic growth.

The overall objective of the plan is to increase the Milwaukee Region’s global engagement by creating a strong local export culture, improving outreach to foreign-owned companies and engaging the region’s leading industry cluster networks. Strategies include:

  • Embracing the region's globally relevant specializations
  • Uncovering international business opportunities
  • Helping companies start or increase their exporting
  • Targeting Canada and Western Europe for FDI growth
  • Creating a strong global mindset locally



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