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Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Mayors Mobilize over Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change
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Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Mayors Mobilize over Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change

Mayor Barrett remains committed to preserving Great Lakes, promoting sustainability

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the passing of Sister Joel Read, former President of Alverno College for 35 years
City, County Public Safety Agreement Wins Approval
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City, County Public Safety Agreement Wins Approval

Mayor Barrett, County Executive Abele announce partnership to improve public safety

Fitch Rating Portrays Positive Outlook for City’s Budgetary Future
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Fitch Rating Portrays Positive Outlook for City’s Budgetary Future

Mayor Barrett’s effective, strategic fiscal management recognized through Fitch Rating

Mayor Barrett Urges Milwaukee Residents to Wear Denim April 26
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Mayor Barrett Urges Milwaukee Residents to Wear Denim April 26

Denim Day Milwaukee part of international effort to support survivors, challenge myths around sexual assault

Mayor Barrett Urging President Trump to Address Lead Service Lines
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Mayor Barrett Urging President Trump to Address Lead Service Lines

Federal support, direct investment needed to replace lead service lines in Milwaukee

Mayor Barrett Kicks-Off Annual Summer Youth Employment Program
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Mayor Barrett Kicks-Off Annual Summer Youth Employment Program

Earn & Learn Provides Young Individuals with Job Skills, Work Experience

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the death of a City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services employee
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the death of a City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services employee

"I have met with his family and told them the entire City shares their sadness. "

2017 State of the City
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2017 State of the City

As Delivered by Mayor Tom Barrett

Mayor Barrett Highlights Housing Efforts through Partnerships
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Mayor Barrett Highlights Housing Efforts through Partnerships

Ocwen’s commitment is contributing to City efforts in helping residents keep, renovate homes

Mayor Tom Barrett Statement on Wisconsin State Senate Bill 3: Ban on Project Labor Agreements
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Mayor Tom Barrett Statement on Wisconsin State Senate Bill 3: Ban on Project Labor Agreements

"Hiring a well-trained, high quality workforce is a priority for me."

Op Ed: State Law Constrains Entrepreneurs
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State Law Constrains Entrepreneurs

Employee non-compete contracts make Wisconsin less competitive, less innovative.

Mayor Barrett’s 10th Annual Holiday Drive Supports Local Veterans
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Mayor Barrett’s 10th Annual Holiday Drive Supports Local Veterans

Service Members Benefitted from Annual Drive during Holiday Season

Mayor Barrett Encourages Residents to Familiarize Themselves with Cold Weather Safety Information
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Mayor Barrett Encourages Residents to Familiarize Themselves with Cold Weather Safety Information

Proper precautions are necessary to stay safe and healthy all season long

Lead Service Line Replacement Plan
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Lead Service Line Replacement Plan

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the Common Council’s vote on the lead service line replacement plan

Mayor Barrett Reports on In-Person Absentee Voting Numbers
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Mayor Barrett Reports on In-Person Absentee Voting Numbers

More than 38,000 in-person absentee ballots have been casted since September 26

Mayor Barrett Launches Violence Prevention Planning Process
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Mayor Barrett Launches Violence Prevention Planning Process

Comprehensive planning process aimed at reducing violence, guiding citywide investment begins

Mayor Barrett Statement on Former Milwaukee Common Councilman Paul Henningsen
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Mayor Barrett Statement on Former Milwaukee Common Councilman Paul Henningsen

“My condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Mayor Barrett Reports on In-Person Absentee Voting Numbers
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Mayor Barrett Reports on In-Person Absentee Voting Numbers

More than 6,000 in-person absentee ballots have been casted since September 26

Mayor Barrett Announces Extension of Milwaukee Public Library Fine Forgiveness Campaign
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Mayor Barrett Announces Extension of Milwaukee Public Library Fine Forgiveness Campaign

More than 6,000 Milwaukee residents have reactivated library cards

Mayor Barrett’s 2017 Executive Budget Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2017 Executive Budget Address

As Delivered

Mayor Barrett unveils enhanced resources for Milwaukee property owners
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Mayor Barrett unveils enhanced resources for Milwaukee property owners

Private buildings have access to streamlined services, resources for energy efficiency

Mayor Barrett Highlights Neighborhood Revitalization Effort
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Mayor Barrett Highlights Neighborhood Revitalization Effort

Northcott Neighborhood House working to improve access to job skills, housing rehab

Mayor Barrett Statement on Eric Von
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Mayor Barrett Statement on Eric Von

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the passing of beloved radio host and journalist, Eric Von

Mayor Barrett Lifts 10:00 p.m. Curfew for Residents under the Age of 18
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Mayor Barrett Lifts 10:00 p.m. Curfew for Residents under the Age of 18

Curfew was in response to events last weekend in Sherman Park neighborhood

Mayor Barrett and MPD Celebrate National Night Out
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Mayor Barrett and MPD Celebrate National Night Out

Neighborhood Events to Take Place across City

Mayor Barrett Announces Grant for Training in Technology Fields
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Mayor Barrett Announces Grant for Training in Technology Fields

Department of Labor Funds Allow Residents to Develop Skills for In-Demand Tech Jobs

Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Juvenile Car Thefts
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Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Juvenile Car Thefts

The following is a statement from Mayor Tom Barrett

Mayor Barrett Announces Milwaukee’s Harbor District Awarded National Grant to Improve Public Access to the Waterfront
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Mayor Barrett Announces Milwaukee’s Harbor District Awarded National Grant to Improve Public Access to the Waterfront

Revitalizing the economy and ecology of the Harbor District was identified as a catalytic project in Mayor Barrett’s ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan.

Mayor Barrett Appoints New Director of the Office of Violence Prevention
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Mayor Barrett Appoints New Director of the Office of Violence Prevention

Reggie Moore to lead efforts to address root causes of violence, build communitywide response

City of Milwaukee Wins America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Award
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City of Milwaukee Wins America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Award

Awarded to Community with Emphasis on Programs, Policies Benefitting All Generations

Mayor Barrett Announces International Water Association to Establish North American Regional Office in Milwaukee
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Mayor Barrett Announces International Water Association to Establish North American Regional Office in Milwaukee

Announcement made as part of White House’s Water Summit

Mayor Barrett, City of Milwaukee to Join “What Works Cities” Initiative
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Mayor Barrett, City of Milwaukee to Join “What Works Cities” Initiative

Twenty-seven Cities Participating in Innovative National Program to Help Cities Use Data and Evidence to Improve Performance and Innovation

Mayor Barrett Announces City of Milwaukee Designated as White House TechHire Community
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Mayor Barrett Announces City of Milwaukee Designated as White House TechHire Community

City's New TechForce Center, Emphasis on IT Employment to Create Opportunities

President Barack Obama Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett
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President Barack Obama Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett

"I am proud to endorse him and offer my unqualified support for his re-election,” said President Barack Obama.

Mayor Barrett to Welcome President Obama for Healthy Communities Challenge Congratulatory Visit
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Mayor Barrett to Welcome President Obama for Healthy Communities Challenge Congratulatory Visit

City of Milwaukee, Community Leaders Worked to Enroll Thousands in Healthcare

Russ Feingold Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett
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Russ Feingold Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett

"Tom Barrett has the right ideas to keep Milwaukee moving forward," said Russ Feingold.

Local Labor Unions Endorse Mayor Tom Barrett
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Local Labor Unions Endorse Mayor Tom Barrett

Mayor Tom Barrett has worked hand in hand with these organizations to create and retain family supporting jobs in the city of Milwaukee.

U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett
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U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett

Moore and Barrett have worked closely on a number of important initiatives for the City of Milwaukee.

City of Milwaukee Wins White House “Healthy Communities Challenge”
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City of Milwaukee Wins White House “Healthy Communities Challenge”

Mayor Barrett to Welcome President Obama for Congratulatory Visit

2016 State of the City
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2016 State of the City

Hmong American Peace Academy - February 8, 2016

Free Car Rides for Residents to Enroll in Health Care before Jan. 31
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Free Car Rides for Residents to Enroll in Health Care before Jan. 31

Mayor Barrett Encourages Milwaukee’s Uninsured to Utilize Uber Promotion

Mayor Barrett Announced Mentoring Initiative at My Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Forum with MPS & Milwaukee Bucks
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Mayor Barrett Announced Mentoring Initiative at My Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Forum with MPS & Milwaukee Bucks

White House Chair of My Brother’s Keeper Joined to Applaud Nationwide Progress

Milwaukee to Receive $14.2 Million Grant for Streetcar Extension
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Milwaukee to Receive $14.2 Million Grant for Streetcar Extension

Lakefront Line will Connect Phase 1 Route to Major Attractions, New Developments

Mayor Barrett Announces Vin Baker to Keynote Fatherhood Summit
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Mayor Barrett Announces Vin Baker to Keynote Fatherhood Summit

Former Milwaukee Bucks Player to Offer Message of Hope for Fathers

Join National Drug Take-Back Day on September 26th, 2015
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Join National Drug Take-Back Day on September 26th, 2015

Dear Residents: Please join me and Common Council President Michael Murphy in encouraging City of Milwaukee residents to participate in a nationwide drug take-back event on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unused and unwanted medicines in a home are a leading cause of accidental poisonings and contribute to prescription drug abuse. […]

Mayor Barrett Presents 2016 Budget to the Common Council
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Mayor Barrett Presents 2016 Budget to the Common Council

Prioritizes Public Safety, Tax Relief, Job Creation, Community Development

Port of Milwaukee Recognized with Pacesetter Award Recognizing Growth in International Cargo
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Port of Milwaukee Recognized with Pacesetter Award Recognizing Growth in International Cargo

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett formally accepted the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award Friday recognizing the Port of Milwaukee for an increase in the volume of international cargo in 2014.

Clarification on residency requirement in wake of Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision
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Clarification on residency requirement in wake of Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision

Joint statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy and Mayor Tom Barrett

Alderman Joe Dudzik’s passing marks a very sad day in Milwaukee
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Alderman Joe Dudzik’s passing marks a very sad day in Milwaukee

Mayor Barrett's Statement on Alderman Joe Dudzik

Stand with Survivors: April 29th is Denim Day
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Stand with Survivors: April 29th is Denim Day

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. This month, I am proud to stand alongside my colleague Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, in raising awareness of the misconceptions around sexual assault.

Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Alverno College

Mayor Barrett Responds to Alderman Donovan’s Transit Option
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Mayor Barrett Responds to Alderman Donovan’s Transit Option

Mayor Barrett released the following statement in regard to Alderman Donovan’s transit option press release today

City Unveils New Plan to Build on $2.6 Billion in Downtown Investment by Moving the Streetcar Project Forward, Adding Lakefront Line
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City Unveils New Plan to Build on $2.6 Billion in Downtown Investment by Moving the Streetcar Project Forward, Adding Lakefront Line

Plan Covers Lakefront Line, Utility Costs Without Property Tax Dollars; Operations Slated to Begin by 2018

City of Milwaukee Preliminary Budget Hearing
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City of Milwaukee Preliminary Budget Hearing

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2015 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community

Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding the possibility of double-decking Interstate 94 on the west side of Milwaukee:
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Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding the possibility of double-decking Interstate 94 on the west side of Milwaukee:

"I’m mystified as to why the Governor has not taken the Stadium Interchange's double deck option off the table."

Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding today’s decision on voter ID
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Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding today’s decision on voter ID

“Judge Adelman’s decision is good for democracy."

Mayor Tom Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Public Service Commission Ruling
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Public Service Commission Ruling

We’re not surprised that the Public Service Commission continues to politicize a local public works improvement project.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

Mayor Barrett Announces Stolen Thumb Drive Recovered
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Mayor Barrett Announces Stolen Thumb Drive Recovered

Jump drive with confidential city employee information found by Milwaukee police

Mayor Barrett Announces Housing Director and Housing Outreach Director
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Mayor Barrett Announces Housing Director and Housing Outreach Director

Team will manage mayoral housing initiative to continue to address foreclosure crisis, enhance partnerships and improve neighborhoods

Mayor Barrett Calls for Delay in Wisconsin BadgerCare Changes
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Mayor Barrett Calls for Delay in Wisconsin BadgerCare Changes

Health Insurance for 92,000 at Stake with Ongoing Health Insurance Marketplace Problems

Mayor Barrett Launches New Citywide Sustainability Initiative
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Mayor Barrett Launches New Citywide Sustainability Initiative

Mayor Tom Barrett launched a new initiative, ReFresh Milwaukee, on Tuesday, July 16. ReFresh Milwaukee provides a vision for community sustainability over the next 10 years and seeks to make Milwaukee a center for sustainability innovation and thought leadership.

Just Six Days Left to Vote Milwaukee in Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Contest
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Just Six Days Left to Vote Milwaukee in Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Contest

Mayor Barrett launches “Twitter Flash Mob” and encourages all proud Milwaukeeans to tweet at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address

Monday, February 25, 2013, Pritzlaff Building

Mayor Tom Barrett issued the following statement regarding the Derek Williams Inquest:
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Mayor Tom Barrett issued the following statement regarding the Derek Williams Inquest:

“I want to thank Special Prosecutor John Franke for his professionalism while presenting the case and I want to thank the jury panel for their service.”

The City Milwaukee Wins National Praise for the Management of its Pension System
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The City Milwaukee Wins National Praise for the Management of its Pension System

Mayor Barrett Congratulates Fellow City Leaders for the Honor

Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Tragic Shooting
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Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Tragic Shooting

Mayor Barrett Released the Following Statement Regarding Today’s Tragic Shooting

Mayor Barrett, City Employees and the Famous Racing Sausages to Pack Holiday Care Packages for Troops Overseas
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Mayor Barrett, City Employees and the Famous Racing Sausages to Pack Holiday Care Packages for Troops Overseas

The 6th Annual City of Milwaukee Holiday Care Package Drive benefitting Wisconsin’s 128th Air Control Squadron serving in Southwest Asia.

Mayor Barrett Released the Following Statement on the Passing of Felmers Chaney
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Mayor Barrett Released the Following Statement on the Passing of Felmers Chaney

Milwaukee has lost one of its most prominent and influential citizens.

Mayor Barrett to Kick-Off 6th Annual Holiday Care
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Mayor Barrett to Kick-Off 6th Annual Holiday Care

6th Annual City of Milwaukee Holiday Care Package Drive benefiting the men and women serving in the 128th Air Control Squadron serving in Southwest Asia.

Celebrate the 99th Annual City/County Christmas Tree Lighting
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Celebrate the 99th Annual City/County Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, and Ald. Ashanti Hamilton at Red Arrow Park

Milwaukee Named as Top 20 Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge
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Milwaukee Named as Top 20 Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge

City’s idea selected from more than 300 submissions to compete for $5 million grand prize

Mayor’s Committee to Host United Nations Anniversary Commeroration
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Mayor’s Committee to Host United Nations Anniversary Commeroration

The City of Milwaukee will be celebrating the ideals and impact of the United Nations on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by hosting a presentation and reception in City Hall in honor of the 67th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter.

Mayor Barrett Announces 6.8% Drop in Teen Births
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Mayor Barrett Announces 6.8% Drop in Teen Births

Through outreach and education efforts, city announces progress in meeting 2015 goal.

Energy Action Month – Get a Free LED Lightbulb
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Energy Action Month – Get a Free LED Lightbulb

Today, Mayor Barrett declared that October is Energy Action Month.

Mayor Barrett to Mark Second Annual Safe Sleep Sabbath
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Mayor Barrett to Mark Second Annual Safe Sleep Sabbath

City of Milwaukee partners with local faith communities to reduce infant deaths.

Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”
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Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”

Popular Contest Produced Hundreds of Suggestions

Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project
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Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project

We agree with comments made by two of the three Public Service Commission (PSC) members that the Streetcar project is an exercise of the City’s police power, and that it is a benefit to the public’s health, safety and welfare.

Mayor Barrett Presents 2013 City Budget to the Common Council
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Mayor Barrett Presents 2013 City Budget to the Common Council

Homeowners Will See Services Maintained with Taxes and Fees Steady

Mayor Barrett to Host Tournavation Pitch for Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge Tonight at City Hall
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Mayor Barrett to Host Tournavation Pitch for Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge Tonight at City Hall

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has entered Milwaukee into The Mayors Challenge---a competition organized by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic foundation that challenges cities across America to find innovative solutions to problems, improve urban life and make city government work better.

City of Milwaukee Health Department partners with businesses, community groups to give children a healthy start to the school year
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City of Milwaukee Health Department partners with businesses, community groups to give children a healthy start to the school year

The event is part of Milwaukee Child Health Week, which runs August 10-17 and is designed to promote the importance of access to a medical provider and encourage parents to assure basic health services for children, including immunizations.

Preliminary Budget Hearing Invitation
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Preliminary Budget Hearing Invitation

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2013 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2013 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community. Mayor Tom Barrett, Finance and Personnel Committee Chair, Alderman Michael Murphy, Budget Director Mark Nicolini and budget staff will provide information regarding the budget planning process and give attendees an […]

Mayor Barrett and U.S. Secretary of Energy Chu call for renewed Clean Energy Tax Credits as Milwaukee joins the Better Buildings Challenge
Mayor Barrett Celebrates Independence Day With Visits To Milwaukee Parks
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Mayor Barrett Celebrates Independence Day With Visits To Milwaukee Parks

Mayor Barrett will visit a number of Milwaukee parks and community centers on Wednesday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day.

Mayor Barrett Encourages City Employees To Say “Not Me” To Diabetes
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Mayor Barrett Encourages City Employees To Say “Not Me” To Diabetes

The City of Milwaukee is among the first public sector employers in the state to offer employees the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a 12-month lifestyle behavior intervention designed especially for people with prediabetes, the clinical precursor for type 2 diabetes. To screen its employees at the highest risk for diabetes, the City will host UnitedHealthcare’s 18-wheel mobile testing clinic at City Hall.