About

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

In April 2015, NWSP announced its first major program – the Promoting Assets & Reducing Crime (PARC) Initiative – a three-year, $1.5+ million initiative that leverages law enforcement resources to improve safety – largely by addressing negative impact properties, while working with business and other stakeholders to change the perception of this neighborhood and attract economic development opportunities.

Mission

To revitalize and sustain the Near West Side as a thriving business and residential corridor, through collaborative efforts to promote economic development, improved housing, unified neighborhood identity and branding, and greater safety for residents and businesses.

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: 

  • A safe and welcoming environment for employees, residents and visitors;

  • Residential neighborhoods that are attractive to those working in the area;

  • A distinct neighborhood identity and brand that is attractive to employers, employees, residents and visitors; and

  • A vibrant mix of commercial corridor development that serves the needs of those living and working on the Near West Side.