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Why Choose Franklin?

Welcome to Franklin! We are one of Wisconsin’s fastest-growing and economically prosperous communities, a growing hub of innovation, commerce and economic development. Our quality of life is second to none. And we have the workforce, services, infrastructure and incentives you are looking for – with plenty of room to grow, with you. 

Want to see our vibrant community in action? Explore our community video tour.

Whitnall Park, Franklin, Wisconsin     Franklin, Wisconsin Business Park
                  Whitnall Park                                       Franklin Business Park

Contact Information

For more information about the advantages of locating or expanding a business in Franklin, including site selection assistance for available sites and existing buildings,
please contact:

John Regetz, Economic Development Director
Phone: 414-427-7566
Mobile: 219-877-8075
Fax: 414-427-7691


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Business Development Guide
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Minutes from Milwaukee, central to opportunity.

Conveniently located within the Milwaukee-Chicago-Madison I-94 corridor, Franklin is easily accessible with proximity to major highways and interstates. It is situated minutes from Mitchell International Airport (5 miles) and O’Hare International (70 miles), the Port of Milwaukee (10 miles), and passenger rail and bus service at the Milwaukee Multimodal Station (11 miles), so you’ll have no trouble getting to your next destination with ease. Additionally, we have strong access to freight rail services.


City of Franklin, Wisconsin map                       I-94 Corridor Map, Franklin, Wisconsin


Lots of space waiting for your next development.

We have more than enough space for your business to grow. As of 2023, 61% of the City, covering 21 square miles, remains undeveloped, with ample opportunities in our business parks and other parts of the City.


Franklin, Wisconsin Industrial/Business Parks Map


Dedicated talent pool to fit dynamic needs.

We hear you – you need access to a high-quality, adaptable workforce, and the next generation of talent. We have it. With strong local schools and proximity to 14 universities and technical colleges within a 30-mile radius, our community benefits from a diverse and educated workforce. And we are connected to workers from across the county through public transit and FlexRide Milwaukee, a ridesharing platform that affordably connects City of Milwaukee workers to jobs in Franklin.

Colleges and universities within 30 minutes of Franklin

Alverno College
Bryant & Stratton College
Carroll University
Herzing University
Marquette University
Medical College of Wisconsin
Mount Mary University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 
Milwaukee School of Engineering
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Waukesha County Technical College
Wisconsin Lutheran College

Visit our Business Resources - Major College & Universities page for additional information.


We are ready for your next project.Franklin, Wisconsin Water Tower

We think regionally and invest locally when it comes to the critical needs of your business. High-quality infrastructure provides you access to public sewer, water and stormwater conveyance systems throughout the City, all at affordable rates. And our City services – from award-winning, full-time first responders and Public Works to urban planning and economic development teams – are unparalleled. We have the people in place for your next development, and we continue to invest in our services.


It costs less to do business in Franklin.

Simply put, your investment goes further in Franklin. With competitive real estate prices and streamlined operational expenses, businesses can thrive economically while maintaining quality and efficiency. Franklin’s cost-effective environment encourages strategic resource allocation, fostering sustainable growth.

Low Cost to do Business in Franklin, Wisconsin


Let us help you grow in Franklin.

We want to help. Our seasoned economic development staff is ready to work with you on projects of all sizes, guiding you with industry-specific resources and helping you navigate local, regional, and state funding opportunities for your project. We put our money where our mouth is, too, with a long and successful history of investing tax incremental financing and other local dollars on behalf of projects.

City of Franklin, Wisconsin TIF District Map


Be a part of what’s next.

The data doesn’t lie. Become a part of one of the fastest-growing cities in the state – and a community committed to grow responsibly. Our population has increased over 68% since 1990, and more growth is on the horizon. We’ve embraced a multitude of new businesses and an increasingly thriving economic landscape, as well as industrial growth (adding more than 1.1 million square feet since 2019). Yet throughout this transformative period and as our City continues to evolve, we live by a commitment to sustainable growth.

Franklin, Wisconsin Population Growth Chart


See why Franklin is a great place to live, work, play – and grow.

In Franklin, we put family first, and we take pride in being a safe and welcoming community to live, work and play. We are one of the top 10 safest cities in the state. The foundations of our community are our high-performing schools, our distinctive neighborhoods, and an abundance of quality recreational and natural spaces. Our nearly 4,000 acres of parks offer botanical gardens, championship golf courses, a world-class nature center, miles of trails, and more. Add in professional baseball, a growing local arts scene, unique events, and one of the top youth sports complexes in the country – not to mention Lake Michigan and the amenities and attractions of Milwaukee just a few miles away – and our quality of life is second to none.

Oakwood Park Golf Course, Franklin, Wisconsin        Croation Eagles Soccer Club, Franklin, Wisconsin

Oakwood Park Golf Course                                                       Croation Eagles Soccer Club