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Red Tape Rescue

What is Red Tape Rescue?

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve opportunities for business to thrive in Milwaukee, the Common Council-City Clerk’s Office created the Red Tape Rescue program. Inspired by the Local Business Action Team (“LBAT”), a temporary City of Milwaukee committee, the program’s aim is to fulfill and continue efforts initiated by the LBAT to improve interaction between local business and city government.

In accordance with the goals of the LBAT, we desire to:

  • Make the city an easier, more welcoming place to do business through improvements to city rules and processes.
  • Stimulate investment in the city, particularly through public-private partnerships and inter-departmental collaboration.
  • Create jobs and add to the tax base, with a particular emphasis on small and local businesses.

Red Tape Rescue Programs

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Successes and Statistics

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Contact Us

City Clerk - License Division
City Hall, Room 105
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI  53202

(414) 286-2238

RedTapeRescue@milwaukee.gov


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