gRAEF CEO To Deliver Keynote at BizTimes annual Economic Trends Event Strong Economic Outlook for Westown

2020 is shaping up to be a big year for GRAEF-USA Inc. The Milwaukee-based design and engineering firm officially moved into its new downtown offices at The Avenue, the mixed-use redevelopment of the former Grand Avenue mall space at 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. Work on the space is still being completed.

John Kissinger, chief executive officer of GRAEF, said he sees more good things ahead on multiple fronts, beginning with Milwaukee’s Westown neighborhood, where the firm is now located.

The downtown area west of the Milwaukee River will benefit from continued development activity, he said. In addition to the Avenue, other major projects include Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s redevelopment of the Grand Warner Theatre, the renovation of a number of office buildings and further development potential in the Milwaukee Bucks’ Deer District.

“I tell people now is the time to get into Westown,” Kissinger said. “I think it’s a really emerging neighborhood in the city.”

Kissinger will be one of the keynote speakers at the BizTimes Economic Trends Breakfast to be held Friday, Jan. 24.

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