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2016 News

Focusing on Milwaukee’s Future

Aug 19

Mayor Barrett recently submitted an Op-ed to the Journal Sentinel about focusing on Milwaukee's future.

Walk 100 Schedule Update

Jul 27

Mayor Tom Barrett is inviting all area residents to join him at some of his final community walks throughout the City. Walk 100 encourages Milwaukee residents to stay active by participating in community walks.

Proposed Streetcar Fourth Street Extension

Jul 06

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett praised the Milwaukee Common Council’s vote for $20 million in funding from tax incremental financing as a local share for the proposed Fourth Street Extension of The Milwaukee Streetcar.

July 4 Activities

Jul 01

Mayor Tom Barrett will be celebrating Independence Day all around Milwaukee. As per tradition, Mayor Barrett will attend several events throughout the day in an effort to reach out to all corners of our city.

Department of Labor Technology Training Grant

Jun 28

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced $8 million in workforce funding from the U.S. Department of Labor that will be committed to train Milwaukee residents for careers in technology fields.

Statement on Wisconsin Supreme Court Residency Decision

Jun 23

Mayor Tom Barrett delivered remarks to address the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that eliminates the residency requirement for public employees.

Hot Summer Milwaukee

May 26

Mayor Tom Barrett and nine education and community organizations have collaborated to launch a new online resource,, which connects Milwaukee families with fun summer learning and recreational activities.

White House Gun Violence Prevention Summit

May 26

Mayor Tom Barrett attended the 50 State Convening on Gun Violence Prevention Summit on Tuesday, May 24, at The White House in Washington DC.

Giving Back & Building Up Inaugural Week of Service

Apr 22

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Giving Back & Building Up Inaugural Week of Service. 

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Earn & Learn Applications

Mar 28

Applications for Earn & Learn, a summer youth employment program initiated by Mayor Tom Barrett in partnership with local businesses and organizations, are open.

Best Intergenerational Communities Award

Mar 23

The City of Milwaukee has been awarded the MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Award. Since 2010, the awards program has recognized 18 innovative communities across America that are leading the way by incorporating intergenerational solutions that engage the wisdom and vitality of all generations.

Compete Milwaukee

Mar 22

Mayor Tom Barrett kicked-off year two of the successful workforce program Compete Milwaukee. To date, nearly 200 City of Milwaukee residents have participated in the program, putting them on a career path to family-supporting employment.

Mayor Barrett Announces International Water Association North American Regional Office

Mar 22

In conjunction with the White House Water Summit, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the International Water Association (IWA) is establishing its North American Regional Office at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. The IWA is the leading global network of water professionals working to deliver equitable and sustainable water management worldwide.

City of Milwaukee Joins “What Works Cities” Initiative

Mar 11

Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the City of Milwaukee has been selected as one of six cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Work Cities” initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector.

City of Milwaukee Designated as TechHire Community

Mar 10

Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the City of Milwaukee has been designated as a White House TechHire Community. TechHire empowers Americans to learn skills to work in technology fields.

President Obama's Visit to Milwaukee

Mar 03

President Barack Obama congratulated in-person Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee for winning the White House's "Healthy Communities Challenge" on March 3 at the Bruce Guadalupe Community School.

Northwestern Mutual Workforce Development Progress

Feb 22

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 Barrett Delivers 2016 State of City Address

Feb 15

Mayor Tom Barrett delivered the 2016 State of the City Address on Monday, February 8, at the Hmong American Peace Academy. The Mayor’s speech highlighted the positive momentum occurring in Milwaukee.

City of Milwaukee Wins Healthy Communities Challenge

Feb 12

Under the leadership of Mayor Tom Barrett, about 38,000 people in the Milwaukee area newly selected a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace during this open enrollment period. Together with returning Marketplace consumers, about 89,000 people in the Milwaukee area selected a 2016 Marketplace plan.

Healthy Communities Challenge Update

Jan 21

The “Healthy Communities Challenge” is a competition among 20 communities across the U.S. that have high numbers or percentages of Marketplace-eligible uninsured, and have community collaborations willing to make a meaningful impact.

My Brother's Keeper Mentoring Forum

Jan 15

Mayor Tom Barrett was joined by Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Driver and Milwaukee Bucks representatives, along with local and national leaders from President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, to discuss the mentoring landscape in Milwaukee.

2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 13

Mayor Tom Barrett reflected on the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 17, and Monday, January 18, by attending various celebrations throughout the City.

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