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2016 News

In-Person Absentee Voting Update

Oct 12

Mayor Tom Barrett reported on the significant number of residents who have taken advantage of in-person absentee voting opportunities in Milwaukee. Since September 26, more than 6,100 in-person absentee ballots have been submitted at the three early voting locations throughout the City.

Milwaukee Public Library Fine Forgiveness Campaign Extension

Oct 10

Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the Milwaukee Public Library Fine Forgiveness program will be extended for an additional week to continue restoring access for residents to their neighborhood libraries. The campaign will run an additional week, ending Sunday, October 16, at all Milwaukee Public Library locations.

National Voter Registration Day

Sep 27

Mayor Tom Barrett was joined by the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, staff from Milwaukee Public Libraries and voting rights leaders to celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). The event recognized the opportunity for City of Milwaukee residents to register to vote or update their voter registration in anticipation of the upcoming November 8 Presidential Election.

ReCAST Grant

Sep 26

Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee Health Department were joined by Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and other community leaders to announce the $5 million Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant that will advance the City’s efforts in improving public safety and creating stronger neighborhoods.

Better Buildings Challenge

Sep 23

Mayor Tom Barrett unveiled the City of Milwaukee’s expanded Better Buildings Challenge program, offering a streamlined customer service process and additional resources to help owners and managers make their buildings more competitive and energy efficient.

Northcott Neighborhood House

Sep 14

Mayor Barrett praised the efforts of Northcott Neighborhood House as their neighborhood revitalization initiative, Milwaukee Builds, conducted a deconstruction demonstration highlighting job training, and workforce utilization. Milwaukee Builds receives Community Development Block Grant funding from the City of Milwaukee.

In-Person Absentee Voting

Sep 13

Mayor Tom Barrett announced the hours of operation and locations for in-person absentee voting throughout the City of Milwaukee.

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.


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