Mayor Tom Barrett

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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.

It's not a chin diaper. A mask is useless when it is just hanging from your chin. Keeping your nose and mouth covered is...
01/12/2021

It's not a chin diaper. A mask is useless when it is just hanging from your chin. Keeping your nose and mouth covered is essential for effective protection, especially when you are unable to physically distance.

What questions do you have about COVID-19? We have been working to keep the public informed with bi-weekly media briefin...
01/07/2021

What questions do you have about COVID-19? We have been working to keep the public informed with bi-weekly media briefings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Leave your questions below and we will work on answering them during our next briefings.

01/07/2021

As many of you know, I served in Congress from 1993-2003. As I watched the events unfold on television yesterday afternoon, the flashback I had was to September 11, 2001. That came to mind because it was a day at the Capitol where there was a lot of strife and anxiety.

I remember thinking how great it was that the leadership in our country had come together on a bipartisan basis because we knew we had a common enemy. We worked together as patriots.

Watching the events yesterday was angering and sad because I have the same feeling that there is an attack going on against our country and, more specifically, our democracy.

It is time to stop playing games. It is time to stop playing politics. It is time to move on with what we need to do in this country, which is to come together as a people and honor our institutions of democracy.

As we continue to adapt, do your best to protect yourself and those in your community from becoming sick. Don’t let your...
12/29/2020

As we continue to adapt, do your best to protect yourself and those in your community from becoming sick. Don’t let your guard down. Keep up with all safety measures like frequent hand-washing, social distancing and wearing a mask in public.

The Milwaukee Energy Efficiency program, or Me2, can help you save energy and upgrade your home with an energy efficient...
12/28/2020

The Milwaukee Energy Efficiency program, or Me2, can help you save energy and upgrade your home with an energy efficient furnace, insulation and windows. The program, developed by the Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO, offers affordable loans in partnership with Summit Credit Union.

In the last decade, over 1,300 homeowners have taken advantage of the program and enjoyed home energy upgrades, lower energy bills and the satisfaction of helping the environment.

Me2 is also now offering hundreds of dollars in rebates for qualified energy efficiency projects, up to $1,000 per household when you work with a participating contractor. Learn more at milwaukee.gov/me2.

Kwanzaa blessings to you and yours. Let the light of Kwanzaa bring happiness and peace to your home in the coming year.
12/26/2020

Kwanzaa blessings to you and yours. Let the light of Kwanzaa bring happiness and peace to your home in the coming year.

Happy Holidays, Milwaukee. If you haven’t already, enjoy a physically distanced outing downtown to view the beautiful Ci...
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays, Milwaukee. If you haven’t already, enjoy a physically distanced outing downtown to view the beautiful City Christmas tree just outside of City Hall.

From everyone at the City of Milwaukee, we wish you a safe, healthy and merry Christmas.

The holidays are going to look a little different this year, but there are many ways to celebrate safely. Follow these t...
12/23/2020

The holidays are going to look a little different this year, but there are many ways to celebrate safely. Follow these tips to keep yourself, friends and family safe.

With millions of lights to see, countless local businesses to support, and safe, socially-distanced activities for all a...
12/22/2020

With millions of lights to see, countless local businesses to support, and safe, socially-distanced activities for all ages, downtown Milwaukee is the destination for holiday fun.

Thanks to the support of our wonderful downtown partners, all 18 of The Hop's station shelters are decorated in the spirit of the season.

Whether you experience ‘Holidays with The Hop’ on board the streetcar or from the comfort of your own vehicle, we encourage everyone to make a trip downtown part of their agenda this holiday season.

Milwaukee Public Library will continue curbside-only operations until Jan. 19, 2021. Virtual programming such as e-books...
12/22/2020

Milwaukee Public Library will continue curbside-only operations until Jan. 19, 2021. Virtual programming such as e-books, homework help, and database and information sources are still available.

Request materials by calling Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 or online here: bit.ly/2Kix87w.

You can also learn about the latest programming by following the library on social media or by visiting mpl.org.

Don’t risk the chance of COVID-19 being on the guest list. This year, plan to pick-up or drop-off gifts to loved ones sa...
12/22/2020

Don’t risk the chance of COVID-19 being on the guest list. This year, plan to pick-up or drop-off gifts to loved ones safely and catch up virtually. Keep your loved ones safe by wearing a mask, keeping six feet apart and washing hands frequently this holiday season.

I want to thank the Gill family once again for allowing us to share "Eddie's tree" with the Milwaukee community this yea...
12/22/2020
'Eddie's Tree': The story of love and loss behind Milwaukee's 107th Christmas tree

I want to thank the Gill family once again for allowing us to share "Eddie's tree" with the Milwaukee community this year as the City's Christmas tree.

We were touched by your story of planting two trees, one a Colorado blue spruce and the other a red maple, as a beautiful tribute honoring the passing of your sons Eddie and Andy.

The City is proud to display your tree downtown for all to see and cherish this holiday season.

The 35-foot blue spruce stands next to City Hall downtown and is decked with 3,500 lights and more than 200 ornaments.

HOLIDAY TESTING UPDATE: The Northwest & Southside Health Centers will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. The Mille...
12/18/2020

HOLIDAY TESTING UPDATE: The Northwest & Southside Health Centers will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. The Miller Park Testing Site will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, but will remain open Dec 24. and 31 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

View additional sites: milwaukee.gov/covidtesting

12/17/2020
13th Annual Holiday Drive Virtual Finale

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Holiday Drive a success. This includes City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County employees, our many corporate donors, Milwaukee residents and our steadfast sponsor: the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation.

With your support, we more than doubled our GoFundMe campaign goal and donated thousands of necessities to the Guest House of Milwaukee and Hope House of Milwaukee. We were able to help individuals and families in need, and in the process spread a little holiday cheer.

Learn more at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive.

Know your status. If you feel sick or think you may have been exposed, get tested for COVID-19 to help stop the spread. ...
12/17/2020

Know your status. If you feel sick or think you may have been exposed, get tested for COVID-19 to help stop the spread.

Stay home. STAY POSITIVE! Test Negative.

View testing sites at milwaukee.gov/covidtesting.

MacKenzie Scott, thank you for your message of hope and generosity. I am grateful that you have chosen to support the wo...
12/16/2020
384 Ways to Help

MacKenzie Scott, thank you for your message of hope and generosity. I am grateful that you have chosen to support the work of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin & Metro Chicago in addition to 300+ organizations nationwide that provide emergency relief and support services to many.

Emily Dickinson lived much of her life isolated in a single room, and I’ve found her poetry coming to me a lot this year. Though her isolation was voluntary, I doubt it was easy. Her room overlooked…

The 13th Annual Holiday Drive concludes TODAY, Dec. 16. Now is your last chance to donate online with a financial contri...
12/16/2020

The 13th Annual Holiday Drive concludes TODAY, Dec. 16. Now is your last chance to donate online with a financial contribution at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive or with items off of the shelters’ Amazon Wish Lists:

Guest House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/3kLqClX
Hope House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/2UTaeoP

City of Milwaukee Health Department
12/16/2020

City of Milwaukee Health Department

Need face masks? The City of Milwaukee is offering all residents free reusable masks at various locations around the city! Learn more at city.milwaukee.gov/masks. #MaskUpMKE #StaySafeMKE #MKEcares #MKE #milwaukee #COVID19 #MaskUpWisconsin

We are so glad that Giannis Antetokounmpo has fallen in love with Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Bucks and the fans. We have a...
12/15/2020

We are so glad that Giannis Antetokounmpo has fallen in love with Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Bucks and the fans. We have also fallen in love with him. He brings so much enthusiasm, determination and competitiveness to the game. It is a great sign that he wants to continue his career here in Milwaukee. #FearTheDeer

City Hall is joining downtown buildings in taking part in the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. In observance of #Hanuk...
12/13/2020

City Hall is joining downtown buildings in taking part in the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. In observance of #Hanukkah, we will be displaying blue and white lights from Dec. 10-18. Red, green and white lights will be displayed from Dec. 19 - Jan. 1.

From everyone at the City of Milwaukee, have a happy, safe and peaceful holiday season. #MKEHolidayLights

We are nearing the end of our 13th Annual Holiday Drive. Thanks to your support, we have surpassed our $2,000 GoFundMe g...
12/12/2020

We are nearing the end of our 13th Annual Holiday Drive. Thanks to your support, we have surpassed our $2,000 GoFundMe goal. You can still purchase the organizations' Amazon Wish List items until Dec. 16:

Guest House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/3kLqClX
Hope House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/2UTaeoP

12/11/2020
Light the Hoan

Light the Hoan

Happy Hanukkah Milwaukee! 💛

"This year the spirit of the holiday and what it represents - peace, hope and love - is more important than ever before. It serves as a welcome and joyous reminder of an inclusive community for all of us." - Mayor Tom Barrett

Thank you to Mayor Tom Barrett for the message and to our partners Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center for your support to help us celebrate this Hanukkah season ✨

Our Holiday Drive beneficiaries are busy sorting and unboxing all your deliveries. Do you spot your donation? You still ...
12/10/2020

Our Holiday Drive beneficiaries are busy sorting and unboxing all your deliveries. Do you spot your donation? You still have a few days left to shop their Amazon Wish Lists:

Guest House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/3kLqClX
Hope House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/2UTaeoP

More details are available at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive.

City of Milwaukee Health Department
12/10/2020

City of Milwaukee Health Department

The holidays are going to look a little different this year, but there are many ways to celebrate safely. Follow these tips to keep yourself, friends, and family safe this year. milwaukee.gov/coronavirus #StaySafeMKE

I am proud to share that this is the third year the City of Milwaukee has received a perfect score of 100 on the Human R...
12/09/2020

I am proud to share that this is the third year the City of Milwaukee has received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. This index is the only nationwide assessment of LGBTQ inclusiveness in municipal law and policy.

Milwaukee joins the 94 other municipalities across the country that have received a perfect score. Learn more about the Index at hrc.org/mei.

The COVID-19 testing site at Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd. will be closed on Wednesday, December 9. Utility ...
12/08/2020

The COVID-19 testing site at Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd. will be closed on Wednesday, December 9. Utility work that will be underway there makes it impossible to continue testing at that location for one day.

The Northwest Health Center testing site is set to reopen on Thursday, December 10. View alternate testing sites online at milwaukee.gov/covidtesting.

Thank you to Palermo's Pizza for your generous donation of 240 frozen pizzas to the Holiday Drive. This large supply of ...
12/08/2020

Thank you to Palermo's Pizza for your generous donation of 240 frozen pizzas to the Holiday Drive. This large supply of food will feed countless individuals and families at Guest House of Milwaukee and Hope House of Milwaukee.

Every year, local businesses step up to support our donation effort. If your organization is interested in contributing, visit milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive to learn how.

The 2020 Holiday Drive benefiting Hope House of Milwaukee and Guest House of Milwaukee ends Wednesday, Dec. 16. Consider...
12/05/2020

The 2020 Holiday Drive benefiting Hope House of Milwaukee and Guest House of Milwaukee ends Wednesday, Dec. 16. Consider donating at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive.

Thanks to the continued support of the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation, Milwaukee County and the community, the drive continues to be a success year after year.

Wisconsin flags will be flying at half-staff in honor of Kelly Raether, a registered nurse and frontline worker who pass...
12/04/2020
An Ixonia nurse and educator who died after complications of COVID-19 is remembered for 'always' putting others first

Wisconsin flags will be flying at half-staff in honor of Kelly Raether, a registered nurse and frontline worker who passed away from COVID-19. She was exposed in the line of duty for the fire department and passed away due to complications with the disease. Kelly will always be remembered for her passion for helping others. My heart goes out to her family at this time.

Our frontline workers are people just like you and me. People with families. They have been risking their lives for months now to fight the pandemic. The best way to show our appreciation for all that they are doing is to take this virus seriously and follow the guidance from the City of Milwaukee Health Department. We must think about more than just our own well-being, but the well-being of our doctors, our nurses our paramedics and all others who are at risk.

"She was such a giver. She always put her patients and their families first."

Port Milwaukee is entering into a lease agreement with Pearl Seas Cruises to give the company priority docking rights fo...
12/04/2020

Port Milwaukee is entering into a lease agreement with Pearl Seas Cruises to give the company priority docking rights for its cruise ships at Pier Wisconsin, the downtown dock immediately east of Discovery World museum.

Pearl Seas has been a great partner with our port, bringing passengers to our city and establishing Milwaukee as a center of Great Lakes cruising. Starting with the 2021 cruise season, that partnership is growing, which is wonderful news for the city, for Pearl Seas and for the vacationers discovering Great Lakes Cruising.

At last year's Holiday Drive, we were able to gather in-person to support those in need. This year, you can make a huge ...
12/03/2020

At last year's Holiday Drive, we were able to gather in-person to support those in need. This year, you can make a huge impact by donating online. We are at $600 of our $2,000 GoFundMe goal. Help us reach our goal by making a small financial contribution at gofundme.com/f/13th-annual-holiday-drive.

More information is available at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive.

The Milwaukee Public Library, through the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, has been awarded $100,000 from Impact100 ...
12/02/2020

The Milwaukee Public Library, through the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, has been awarded $100,000 from Impact100 Greater Milwaukee to add 225 devices to its popular Hotspot lending program, which increases internet access for Milwaukee residents by allowing up to 10 devices to connect to the library’s Wi-Fi from anywhere with just one Hotspot.

Hotspots are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Central Library and all neighborhood branch libraries.

I am excited to announce that construction is beginning on a historic project. We broke ground Monday on pipelines that ...
12/02/2020

I am excited to announce that construction is beginning on a historic project. We broke ground Monday on pipelines that will bring Lake Michigan water from Milwaukee Water Works to over 70,000 people in Waukesha. The water will then be cleaned and returned at the same volume as it is consumed back to the Great Lakes Basin.

To reach this moment required a great deal of cooperation among local governments of the eight states bordering the Great Lakes as part of the 2008 Great Lakes Compact. I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that worked for all. We expect to have water flowing through the new pipeline by 2023.

We need your support this holiday season to provide nonperishable food items, household necessities, essential clothing ...
12/01/2020

We need your support this holiday season to provide nonperishable food items, household necessities, essential clothing items, personal hygiene and safety products, baby supplies and children's activities to those in need.

Due to COVID-19, we ask that all donations be made online. Purchase items on the organizations’ Amazon Wish Lists, or make a financial contribution at gofundme.com/f/13th-annual-holiday-drive.

Hope House of Milwaukee Wish List: amzn.to/2UTaeoP
Guest House of Milwaukee Wish List: amzn.to/3kLqClX

Get involved at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive. #GivingTuesday

This year's Holiday Drive also supports the Guest House of Milwaukee, the largest publicly funded homeless shelter in th...
11/29/2020

This year's Holiday Drive also supports the Guest House of Milwaukee, the largest publicly funded homeless shelter in the city that has been leading the community in ending the cycle of poverty in clients' lives for nearly 40 years. Learn more at guesthouseofmilwaukee.com.

Provide your support virtually. Donate items online through the Guest House Amazon Wish List: amzn.to/3kLqClX. Or, make a financial contribution through the Holiday Drive GoFundMe page: gofundme.com/f/13th-annual-holiday-drive.

Learn more about how to help at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive.

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