Near West Side Partners, Inc. (NWSP) is a non-profit organization founded through the support of five anchor institutions: Advocate Aurora Health, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, Molson Coors, and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation. NWSP’s Board of Directors and Working Teams comprise institutional stakeholders, civic leaders, and residents.

Together, these groups work toward a collective goal to make the Near West Side a great place to live, work, play and stay by revitalizing and sustaining thriving business and residential corridors.

The Near West Side Vision

Near West Side Partners envisions a vibrant Near West Side with a well-balanced mix of residential neighborhoods and business corridors that is thriving because it offers:




Since its inception in 2014, Near West Side Partners has demonstrated its ability to make transformational change in the Near West Side. 

That year, Harley-Davidson convened a group of anchor institutions – legacy companies and organizations with deep roots in the neighborhood, including Advocate Aurora Health, Marquette University, Molson Coors and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation – to commit to supporting the revitalization of the neighborhood. Working with business owners, community leaders, and residents, this team developed a new, innovative approach to leveraging the neighborhoods’ many positive assets to address its challenges. Near West Side Partners became the vehicle for that work.

In 2015, NWSP launched its first major program, the Promoting Assets Reducing Crime (PARC) initiative; an innovative, data-driven, and place-based model of community collaboration to address neighborhood challenges. PARC is a cross-collaborative, private-public partnership that works to address the needs of the community in four areas: (1) safety, (2) housing, (3) commercial corridor development and (4) neighborhood identity and branding.

This initiative has set the tone for the work NWSP has undertaken ever since, guided always by its collaborative nature and mission to be a positive force for revitalization.

The Near West Side Team

The Near West Side Board of Directors



  • Lindsay Blumer, WRTP | BIG STEP
  • Captain Raymond Bratchett, Milwaukee Police Department – District 3
  • Donna Brown-Martin, Milwaukee County Department of Transportation
  • Heidi Chada, Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI)
  • Mick Hatch, Foley & Lardner
  • Jim Hill, The Common Good, LLC
  • Vanessa Koster, City of Milwaukee Department of City Development
  • James Madlom, Mueller Communications
  • Jay Mack, Town Bank
  • Polina Makievsky, Penfield Children’s Center
  • Leo Ries, Wisconsin Preservation Fund
  • Brian Scotty, Quorum Architects
  • Tori Termaat, Harley Davidson
  • James WashingtonCity of Milwaukee Department of Public Works
  • Rick Wiegand, Wiegand Enterprises

Anchor Institutions

Near West Side Partners, Inc. (NWSP) was founded through the support of five anchor institutions: Advocate Aurora Health, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, MolsonCoors, and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation. These organizations have a combined several hundred year history in the neighborhood of neighborhoods and collectively want to ensure the continued revitalization of the area.

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