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Wisconsin Now Requires a Photo ID to Vote

Beginning with the 2016 Spring Primary, all Wisconsin voters must show an acceptable photo ID before voting.

Los Hechos sobre Identificación del Elector e Inscripción Electoral Comenzando con la Elección Primaria de la Primavera del 2016, todos los electores de Wisconsin tienen que mostrar una identificación con foto aceptable antes de recibir una papeleta para votar.

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Northwestern Mutual’s new downtown tower is reshaping Milwaukee’s skyline

City Financing of Northwestern Mutual Tower Providing Local Employment

Northwestern Mutual’s new downtown tower is reshaping Milwaukee’s skyline, and, at the same time, the project is connecting hundreds of Milwaukee workers with career opportunities in the building trades. Mayor Tom Barrett recently discussed the progress of the project’s Workforce Development Program, which is providing construction jobs and training opportunities for Milwaukee residents. A newly released report shows that Northwestern Mutual and Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)/BIG STEP are on target and/or ahead of schedule in meeting all contract requirements and goals to ensure access


2016 Mayor's Design Awards

Nominations Sought for the 2016 Mayor’s Design Awards

The City of Milwaukee is accepting nominations for the 19th Annual Mayor’s Design Awards. The Mayor’s Design Awards are presented to recognize top local design additions to the built environment throughout the City of Milwaukee. “Every year we see more great additions to Milwaukee. New buildings, parks, amenities, and landscaping add to the fabric of our neighborhoods,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “The beauty, function, activity, innovation, and energy should be celebrated. Let’s get more projects the


Infographic shows record sales of tax foreclosed properties in 2015

Record sales of tax foreclosed properties in 2015

DCD Real Estate significantly exceeded the goal for selling tax foreclosed properties in 2015. During the Great Recession the City of Milwaukee acquired thousands of properties due to tax foreclosure. “We started seeing a major uptick in 2009, and 2012 was the year in which we acquired the largest number of properties (about 900),” said deputy city development commissioner Martha Brown.


A homeowner on North 14th Street bought the vacant lot next to her home and made major landscaping i

Lots of Lots

DCD’s Real Estate section went above and beyond its goal to reduce the city’s vacant lot inventory in 2015. The goal of 100 sales was reached mid-year and sales continued at a breakneck pace for a final number of 244. Each lot sold will now generate tax revenue of $70-150 per year and eliminate an average of $320 in annual maintenance costs.


Home in Merrill Park TID

Two new TINs launched

Two new neighborhoods were named Targeted Investment Neighborhoods (TINs) at the onset of 2016. The Layton Boulevard and Lighthouse neighborhoods were selected from a pool of applicants to be designated as TIN areas, where housing rehabilitation resources are available under the HOME Rehabilitation and Rental Rehabilitation programs over a three-year period to support community improvement and quality of life initiatives led by residents and community-based organizations.


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City Plan Commission

05-02-20161:30 PM809 North Broadway, 1st Floor Boardroom

Business Improvement District Board No. 43

05-05-20162:00 PM4647 S,. 27th Street, Greenfield

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