Mayor Tom Barrett

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Welcome to Mayor Tom Barrett’s official page. Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004. As Milwaukee’s Chief Executive, Tom Barrett is making neighborhoods safer by strengthening the Milwaukee Police Department, targeting gangs and illegal guns and forging partnerships with faith-based groups and neighborhood organizations to strengthen the community’s role in reducing crime. Mayor Barrett continues to strengthen the City’s economic toolkit to create family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs to expand or open small businesses. He is creating hope in the lives of young people throughout the city with a number of workforce initiatives, including his YouthBuilds program which offers a comprehensive approach to education, training and employment for young adults, and his Summer Earn and Learn initiative which has placed over 12,000 students in summer jobs, The Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership, launched in 2011, connects area employers with potential employees through a unique and tailored skills training program. Through efforts that bring families together like the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and the partnerships with United Way and community groups to reduce Teen Pregnancy and Infant Mortality, Mayor Barrett seeks to strengthen our community’s moral compass and future. Mayor Barrett has enacted his vision for a greener Milwaukee through the formation of Milwaukee’s Green Team the establishment of Milwaukee’s Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability promotes cost-effective environmental sustainability practices that meet Milwaukee’s urgent environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing long-term economic growth. He is also one of the region’s greatest champions for the Great Lakes and currently serves as Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, an binational organization comprised of mayors and other local officials that works actively to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Tom Barrett grew up on Milwaukee's West side, graduated college and law school from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was a member of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate and was elected to five terms in the U.S. Congress.

County Executive David Crowley and I have asked the Wisconsin National Guard to pause COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Mil...
06/19/2020

County Executive David Crowley and I have asked the Wisconsin National Guard to pause COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Milwaukee in observance of #JuneteenthDay. Testing at the UMOS, Inc. and Custer Stadium sites will resume tomorrow, Saturday, June 20.

Testing is still available today at other locations. Anyone who is not feeling well should call their doctor, or 2-1-1 if they don’t have a doctor, to find a convenient location where they can speak with a nurse about their symptoms. All are welcome — there are no insurance, income or immigration restrictions for receiving a test.

Today marks #JuneteenthDay, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. A...
06/19/2020

Today marks #JuneteenthDay, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. At the City of Milwaukee, we have observed this important day as an optional city holiday since 2014, and this year we are flying the Juneteenth flag.

I want to remind everyone to remain cautious as they celebrate today, and to make safe choices that protect their health and the health of those around them.

06/18/2020

I wholeheartedly support today’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of retaining DACA. This valuable program helps protect the lives of children, adults and families across the nation. Today’s decision will provide thousands of our residents with the opportunity to pursue higher education, obtain career goals and give back to the community they call home.

Active Streets for Businesses is a no fee pilot program allowing restaurants and bars to apply to expand their seating a...
06/16/2020
Department of Public Works

Active Streets for Businesses is a no fee pilot program allowing restaurants and bars to apply to expand their seating accommodations by using sidewalks, parking lanes, and travel lanes for outdoor dining while adhering to proper physical distancing. The program follows the City of Milwaukee Health Department's guidelines in Moving Milwaukee Forward.

Businesses may apply starting tomorrow, June 17, at milwaukee.gov/dpw.

City of Milwaukee DPW COVID-19 Service Impacts For the current safety and long-term health of our workforce, we are focusing on essential services. Please be patient as response times will likely be longer than usual and some non-essential services have been suspended. 

The deadline to apply for the City’s Restart Grant Program is today, June 12, by 5 p.m. Established small businesses aff...
06/12/2020
Restart

The deadline to apply for the City’s Restart Grant Program is today, June 12, by 5 p.m. Established small businesses affected by COVID-19 will be eligible for a grant of up to $15,000.

Recipients can spend grant money for expenses in three categories: the purchase of personal protective equipment for employees, investments in modifications to business spaces and operations that reduce the spread of disease and restocking perishable inventory.

Apply at milwaukee.gov/restart.

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented challenges and interruptions to businesses nationwide. The goal of the Milwaukee Restart Program (Restart) is to help local businesses that suffered as a result of the pandemic to reopen and adapt to the "new normal"

06/09/2020

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us today for Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Phase III for Bar & Restaurant Owners. Our goal in creating this webinar was to ensure owners had the necessary information to make the right decisions for their business, staff and customers.

If you weren’t able to join us, access the full webinar recording here: milwaukee.gov/mmfs.

06/08/2020

Join us on Tuesday, June 9, from 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. to hear about the next phase in the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Plan.

We encourage bar and restaurant owners to sign up for the City’s webinar to learn more about how to keep staff and customers safe while returning to indoor service. The City will also outline its expectations for inspection and enforcement, as well as discuss the new Active Streets for Business outdoor dining initiative.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3cNrdPQ

As of 2 p.m. today, we are moving into Phase 3 of our Moving Milwaukee Forward Plan. You can read the full order and gui...
06/05/2020
Guidance as Milwaukee Moves Forward

As of 2 p.m. today, we are moving into Phase 3 of our Moving Milwaukee Forward Plan.

You can read the full order and guidelines for businesses under Phase 3 at city.milwaukee.gov/MMFS.

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Barack Obama, thank you for leading. I embrace the My Brother's Keeper Alliance pledge. Milwaukee will examine its use o...
06/04/2020
Commit to action: Addressing police use of force policies

Barack Obama, thank you for leading. I embrace the My Brother's Keeper Alliance pledge. Milwaukee will examine its use of force policies with the community and make concrete recommendations that recognize the humanity and dignity of every person in our community.

I am announcing the creation of a commission that will include civic, community, faith and youth leaders who will help me in this important work.

Together, we can work to redefine public safety so that it recognizes the humanity and dignity of every person. See how mayors and city council officials can take action to address police use of force policies.

06/03/2020

The City of Milwaukee will not be issuing a curfew for today, June 3.

06/02/2020

Last night we saw a notable reduction in illegal activity associated with public protests. I am optimistic that reduction will continue this evening.

At this time, I am not ordering a curfew for tonight, Tuesday, June 2. However, if conditions warrant, I will, on short notice, institute a citywide curfew.

I want to thank all the public safety officials who have been working tirelessly to protect our city.

I have respect for the thousands of Milwaukee residents who have peacefully demonstrated in recent days, and I hope that all future protests are lawful.

06/01/2020

The City of Milwaukee’s emergency curfew has been extended from June 1 at 9 p.m. until June 2 at 5:30 a.m.

The following credentialed personnel, working in their official capacity, are exempt from this order: government, emergency services, utility services, medical providers, social services providers and press. Persons experiencing homelessness, fleeing dangerous domestic situations or seeking medical care are also exempt from this order.

Beginning June 1, a new North Side National Guard testing site will open in the parking lot of Custer Stadium, across th...
05/31/2020
COVID-19 Testing Sites - Milwaukee County - Google My Maps

Beginning June 1, a new North Side National Guard testing site will open in the parking lot of Custer Stadium, across the street from Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education located at 4300 W. Fairmount Ave. The UMOS, Inc. South Side site located at 2710 S. Chase Ave. will continue its operation. Both sites will operate from Monday - Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The previous North Side testing location at Midtown Center was put on pause to allow Exact Sciences and the State of Wisconsin to catch up on test result reporting due to the high number of tests that were conducted. The location change was made to accommodate the new long-term testing site operated by Aurora Health Care, which opened at Midtown over a week ago.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please take advantage of this free testing. The City especially encourages testing for essential workers and front line workers, such as those working in healthcare, grocery stores, transportation, food processing, assembly or manufacturing facilities. Individuals who live in communities with high rates of infection should also seek out testing.

There are eight community testing sites available on the North Side for symptomatic individuals, regardless of their insurance or primary care status. If you are experiencing symptoms but do not have a current primary care doctor or insurance, call 2-1-1 for assistance. A map of current community testing sites in Milwaukee County is available for the public to view online via Google Maps: https://bit.ly/301aN3s.

If you are experiencing symptoms and do have a primary care physician and insurance, contact your doctor, clinic or healthcare system nearest you.

The Milwaukee Health Department and medical providers urge Milwaukee residents to continue social distancing, even if test results come back negative. COVID-19 cases continue to climb throughout the city and across the region. It is important that residents continue to follow the necessary guidelines to stop the spread of the disease.

Sponsored by the Milwaukee County/State of Wisconsin Expanded Community Testing Initiative. Anyone with symptoms should request to be tested. Try your primary care doctor first.

The City of Milwaukee yesterday declared a state of emergency and ordered an emergency curfew in response to unlawful an...
05/31/2020

The City of Milwaukee yesterday declared a state of emergency and ordered an emergency curfew in response to unlawful and violent actions. The emergency curfew has been extended from May 31 at 9 p.m. until June 1 at 7 a.m.

I need this city, our city— where hundreds of thousands of good people want to be safe— to help us tonight. We want to b...
05/31/2020

I need this city, our city— where hundreds of thousands of good people want to be safe— to help us tonight. We want to be sure we’re doing everything we can to protect the people who live in this community.

We’re here together.

05/31/2020

The City of Milwaukee has declared a state of emergency in response to the unlawful and violent actions that occurred last night. An emergency curfew has been ordered for the entire City of Milwaukee from May 30 at 9 p.m. until May 31 at 7 a.m.

Everyone must cease vehicular and pedestrian travel on public way, streets, sidewalks and highways and return to their homes, places of work or other convenient places. Government, social services, and credentialed press acting in their official capacity are exempt from this order. Violation of curfew will lead to arrest and a fine of $691.

05/28/2020

The horrific murder of George Floyd that America witnessed is shocking, undefendable and unjustifiable. It underscores the very serious challenges we face in combatting racism in our country.

Milwaukee small businesses can begin applying for the City's Business Restart Grant Program starting tomorrow, May 28, a...
05/27/2020
Restart

Milwaukee small businesses can begin applying for the City's Business Restart Grant Program starting tomorrow, May 28, at 9 a.m.

Individual businesses will be eligible for a grant of up to $15,000. Recipients can spend grant money for expenses in three categories: the purchase of personal protective equipment for employees, investments in modifications to business spaces and operations that reduce the spread of disease and restocking perishable inventory.

The application period runs from May 28 – June 12. All applications will be reviewed following the end date, rather than on a first-come-first-served basis.

Apply at Milwaukee.gov/restart.

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented challenges and interruptions to businesses nationwide. The goal of the Milwaukee Restart Program (Restart) is to help local businesses that suffered as a result of the pandemic to reopen and adapt to the "new normal"

As we observe #MemorialDay, a holiday to honor and mourn the men and women of the military who died while serving our co...
05/25/2020

As we observe #MemorialDay, a holiday to honor and mourn the men and women of the military who died while serving our country, our human instincts are to be out and be with people. In the past, we have gathered together with our community over a parade or other public gathering in observance of this important day.

This holiday, remember and pay homage to lost loved ones on a more individual basis. Take the time to enjoy the nice weather in our parks or through Milwaukee Active Streets, but be mindful of those around you and adhere to the City’s order. If you are interacting with other people, please wear a face mask and practice physical distancing. Stay safe, Milwaukee.

Wisconsin households that utilize FoodShare now have the option to shop online at Amazon or Walmart. This option will al...
05/24/2020
COVID-19: Updates for FoodShare and Other Food Benefits

Wisconsin households that utilize FoodShare now have the option to shop online at Amazon or Walmart. This option will allow users to practice physical distancing while shopping for their groceries.

Local grocers are also setting up processes to allow users to place orders online or over the phone. And, interested Wisconsin-based grocery stores are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service to become authorized to accept FoodShare benefits through its online purchasing pilot program.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website to learn more about FoodShare.

This page provides information on temporary food benefits for children who usually get free or reduced price schools meals, additional benefits for FoodShare members, ordering and paying for food online with QUEST or P-EBT cards, and interviews for FoodShare applicants.

Come on Milwaukee, let’s do our part with some friendly competition to replace Minnesota as the state with the highest s...
05/23/2020

Come on Milwaukee, let’s do our part with some friendly competition to replace Minnesota as the state with the highest self-response rates for the #2020Census.

The census is incredibly important, as it helps determine how federal funds will be allocated over the next 10 years to states and local communities, as well as how many seats Wisconsin has in the U.S. Congress and election wards.

Wisconsin ranked #1 in responses in the 2010 Census— let’s make that happen again. Complete your survey today at 2020census.gov.

Minnesota has the highest cumulative total self-response rate (69.6%), followed by Wisconsin (67.0%) and Iowa (66.5% each). Explore response rates across the United States at 2020census.gov/en/response-rates. #2020Census

The newest class of college graduates is faced with the difficult task of starting a career in the midst of a pandemic a...
05/23/2020

The newest class of college graduates is faced with the difficult task of starting a career in the midst of a pandemic and among high rates of unemployment.

Linkedin's Economic Graph team created a list of Top 15 U.S. Cities to Launch your Career based on affordable rent, good starting salaries and available opportunities. I’m pleased to announce Milwaukee made the list at #2.

Read the full report here: https://bit.ly/3cPHfcM

The City of Milwaukee now has a mobile app available for residents looking to make a request, file a complaint or receiv...
05/22/2020

The City of Milwaukee now has a mobile app available for residents looking to make a request, file a complaint or receive access to important news and alerts from the City.

The MKE Mobile Action app is available for download for both iPhone and Android users, and will automatically download in the language to which a user’s phone is set. Learn more at city.milwaukee.gov/mkemobile.

Residents will still have the ability to call 286-CITY to request services and information, or make a submission online through the City website at milwaukee.gov/click4action.

05/22/2020
TMJ4 News

Thank you, Oprah Winfrey, for generously awarding $100,000 to SaintA and NIA Imani Family Inc to aid in the fight against COVID-19 in Milwaukee.

Nia Imani Family, Inc. will receive $25,000 to provide housing and assist young mothers in need and SaintA will receive $75,000 to purchase equipment and Internet access for clients to speak remotely with mental health providers.

Your support of our city, and the other various cities you call home across the nation, makes a huge impact.

TMJ4 anchor Carole Meekins got the opportunity to talk with the one and only Oprah about her $100,000 donation to support housing and mental health care in Milwaukee!

Details: https://on.tmj4.com/3cQfHnw

05/22/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting Tuesday, May 26, the National Guard’s Midtown testing site will be put on pause. The UMOS site will continue testing at 2701 S. Chase Ave. between the hours of 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

At its May meeting, the Milwaukee Arts Board voted to suspend its annual project-based grant program and replace it with...
05/17/2020
Milwaukee Arts Board

At its May meeting, the Milwaukee Arts Board voted to suspend its annual project-based grant program and replace it with a sustaining grant program. Recipients may apply funds toward program, administrative or facilities costs. The grant is open to eligible nonprofit arts organizations based in Milwaukee that have received a MAB Project grant in the last four years (2016-2019).

This approach allows us to extend assistance to a larger number of arts organizations and offer them greater flexibility to put the money where they decide it is most needed at this critical moment.

These are dollars that stay in our community in support of arts nonprofits that keep many of us creatively sustained in a difficult time. They send kids home with art kits, post art lessons online, stream concerts, plays and online gallery nights, turn costume shops into mask production hubs and raise funds for fellow independent artists. We’ll need them even more in the days ahead.

Learn more at city.milwaukee.gov/MAB.

The Milwaukee Arts Board provides a range of support to arts and community organizations that produce innovative projects or programs. Additionally, the MAB is committed to supporting public art projects that provide a sense of place, celebrating our community in city neighborhoods, parks and public...

05/17/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: National Guard testing hours have changed. Both the Midtown Center location at 5825 W. Hope Rd. and the UMOS, Inc. location at 2701 S. Chase Ave. will now operate Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

05/17/2020
Going Back to Work Safely – Best Practices

If you are a Milwaukee area salon or barbershop owner who was unable to join us yesterday for our webinar, Going Back to Work Safely – Best Practices, please take the time to review this public recording. The City of Milwaukee Health Department in partnership with BARBICIDE, explain how to reopen and operate your business safely to reduce the risk of infection for your clients and staff.

From the outset, we’ve been fully aware that we are in the midst of more than a public health crisis; we face an enormou...
05/16/2020
WEDC Focus Forward Reopen Guidelines - Working Together To Make Wisconsin Prosper

From the outset, we’ve been fully aware that we are in the midst of more than a public health crisis; we face an enormous economic crisis, affecting workers and business owners. The Milwaukee Business Restart Program will use federal relief funds to assist established Milwaukee businesses as they recover from COVID-19-related setbacks.

Working with the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, city government will provide grants to businesses so that they can restock perishable inventory, purchase personal protective equipment and accommodate social distancing guidance. The city anticipates disbursing grants in the coming weeks, and, rather than a first-come-first-served application process, proposals from eligible businesses will be considered over an extended period of time.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has also created industry guidelines for business owners preparing to safely reopen in the future. More information is available at wedc.org/reopen-guidelines.

Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing products and services to their customers. That future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of th...

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