Mayor Tom Barrett

Mayor Tom Barrett Welcome to the official page of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Welcome to Mayor Tom Barrett’s official page. Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004.
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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.

All Americans deserve a fair opportunity to participate in the electoral process. On this first-ever #NationalBlackVoter...
09/19/2020

All Americans deserve a fair opportunity to participate in the electoral process. On this first-ever #NationalBlackVoterDay, take the time to register to vote and create a voting plan that works best for you. Go to myvote.wi.gov to get started.

Congratulations, Giannis Antetokounmpo, for winning MVP for the 2019-2020 NBA Season. The world is finding out what we’v...
09/18/2020

Congratulations, Giannis Antetokounmpo, for winning MVP for the 2019-2020 NBA Season. The world is finding out what we’ve known here in Milwaukee for a long time.

Giannis, Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon are the only players in NBA history to win the regular season MVP award and the DPOY award in the same season. Your city and your team, the Milwaukee Bucks, are so proud of you.

Congratulations, Giannis Antetokounmpo!!

City of Milwaukee Health Department
09/18/2020

City of Milwaukee Health Department

#MKEHealth Starting today! National Guard testing locations change their hours of operation to accommodate for fall daylight hours.

Normal hours of operation:
Mon-Thurs 11am-6pm
Fri-Sat 11am-5pm
Closed Sunday

Locations:
UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave.
Custer Stadium, 4300 W. Fairmount Ave.

Please visit our website: https://city.milwaukee.gov/coronavirus for updates and continuously updated information.

Make testupmke.com your one-stop shop for COVID-19 facts and testing information. This new platform is a collaborative e...
09/17/2020

Make testupmke.com your one-stop shop for COVID-19 facts and testing information. This new platform is a collaborative effort to provide accurate information to those who need it most. The site is available in five languages— English, Spanish, Hmong, Burmese or Arabic.

We must remain vigilant about testing to stop the spread of this virus. I’m calling everyone to #TestUpMKE.

This year with COVID-19 it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccination. Unlike COVID-19, we currently do have e...
09/17/2020

This year with COVID-19 it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccination. Unlike COVID-19, we currently do have effective vaccines to prevent the flu. Getting a flu vaccination can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

The flu vaccination can keep children, working age adults and seniors out of the hospitals. It’s a very important preventative tool for those with chronic health conditions, and can protect women and their babies during and after pregnancy for up to 6 months after birth.

Please make a plan to get a flu vaccination this year. Go online to vaccinefinder.org or call 2-1-1 to find a provider near you.

For those seeking employment, consider attending the Drive Thru Job Fair on Thursday, September 17 from Noon – 4 p.m. Le...
09/16/2020

For those seeking employment, consider attending the Drive Thru Job Fair on Thursday, September 17 from Noon – 4 p.m.

Learn about available positions at local companies who are actively hiring. You will receive help on your job search while remaining safely in your car. The fair features opportunities in manufacturing, office administration, transportation and logistics and more.

To participate, stop by one of three parking lot locations: Employ Milwaukee at 2342 N. 27th St., My Father's House at 6115 N. Teutonia Ave. or American Serb Hall at 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth, Milwaukee. This month-long celebration is a time to embrace the rich culture of the Hispan...
09/16/2020

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth, Milwaukee. This month-long celebration is a time to embrace the rich culture of the Hispanic community, made up of a variety of nationalities, and to highlight the many accomplishments and contributions that Hispanic people have made to our country.

Milwaukee Downtown’s Downtown Employee Appreciation Week returns for its 15th year in a safe, physically-distanced forma...
09/15/2020

Milwaukee Downtown’s Downtown Employee Appreciation Week returns for its 15th year in a safe, physically-distanced format with virtual options too. For example, tune in daily on Facebook for a lunchtime concert streaming from the Marcus Performing Arts Center. View the full list of activities available here: https://www.milwaukeedowntown.com/bid-events/downtown-employee-appreciation-week

Join Menomonee Valley in celebration of Valley Week, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Get a firsthand look at the...
09/15/2020

Join Menomonee Valley in celebration of Valley Week, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Get a firsthand look at the reinvention of the Valley when you enjoy the recreation, beauty and commerce located here. View the full schedule of virtual and socially-distanced in-person events at https://www.thevalleymke.org/events/valley-week-2020.

Last week, the City of Milwaukee Health Department and local educators presented a workshop on COVID-19 school plans and...
09/14/2020

Last week, the City of Milwaukee Health Department and local educators presented a workshop on COVID-19 school plans and requirements. In case you missed it, you can watch the full video recording here: bit.ly/2RtcRM8.

This #WorldSuicidePreventionDay I encourage our citizens to set a positive example throughout the community by embodying...
09/10/2020

This #WorldSuicidePreventionDay I encourage our citizens to set a positive example throughout the community by embodying compassion, generosity and consideration when interacting with others.

The timing and urgency for increasing efforts to prevent suicide in our city cannot be understated. It is clear that people have been experiencing increased feelings of stress and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We see the connection between major life events caused by this virus, such as job loss, and increased feelings of depression, anxiety, distress, substance abuse and suicide. As we continue to fight COVID-19, we must keep finding ways to bring people together, be it virtually or socially distanced, to provide hope and support for a better future.

I want to thank the many downtown businesses who have joined City Hall in lighting their buildings in teal and purple today in memory of all we have lost to suicide.

📸: Nate Vomhof Media

Nearly 290,000 residents are expected to vote in the November 3 presidential election, and of that number nearly 150,000...
09/10/2020

Nearly 290,000 residents are expected to vote in the November 3 presidential election, and of that number nearly 150,000 will be voting absentee. Given this surge in absentee voting, it is imperative that the City of Milwaukee provide easily accessible, secure and timely opportunities for our residents to return ballots and feel complete confidence that their votes will be counted.

Absentee ballot drop boxes are being installed at 15 locations across the city, including the City Hall complex, the Election Commission warehouse located at 1901 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and all 13 neighborhood-based Milwaukee Public Library branches.

Ballots can be dropped off at any location, 24 hours a day, right up until the polls close on November 3. Absentee voters can confirm that their ballot was received within 24 hours of delivery online at myvote.wi.gov.

09/09/2020
Komatsu Mining Headquarters and Manufacturing Campus Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking of Komatsu Mining’s headquarters and manufacturing campus in the Harbor District Milwaukee is transformational, both for Komatsu and for the City of Milwaukee. It has been a very long time since we’ve seen a manufacturing investment of this scale in our city.

Komatsu’s leadership team deserves enormous credit for understanding the potential of this site. It is centrally located, accessible and close to the workers who will be part of Komatsu’s future.

From the outset, I have supported city government’s significant role in advancing this project. These headquarters preserve local jobs, continue our long history of manufacturing mining equipment and add to the neighborhood in a number of important ways.

The Riverwalk that will be built along the east side of this development will add to the quality of life in Milwaukee. We are America’s Fresh Coast, and it’s great when we can improve connections to our waterways.

The work is just beginning, and I look forward to formally joining the company for a ribbon cutting on the first stages of Komatsu’s Milwaukee future.

City of Milwaukee Health Department
09/09/2020

City of Milwaukee Health Department

#MKEHealth Join the Milwaukee Health Department and local educators for a workshop on Covid-19 school plans on Thursday, September 10 at 4pm. Deputy Commissioner Marlaina Jackson will be joined by Patricia Hoben of Cities Forward Collective, and Joan Shafer of Seton Catholic Schools, to review the City of Milwaukee's Covid-19 plan requirements for K-12 schools and answer questions from school administrators and educators about completing and submitting their plans.

This session will give K-12 schools key information and help them address challenges by working with the Health Department and hearing from peers.

Use this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7855328193124906512

09/09/2020
BMO Tower Grand Opening

As I’ve watched the BMO Tower go up from my office at City Hall, I’ve often thought back to several years ago when BMO Harris Bank came into town and told us how excited they were to begin investing in our city. I want to thank them for remaining true in their commitment toward Milwaukee.

They deserve a heartfelt congratulations on the grand opening of the BMO Tower, their new Wisconsin headquarters and one of the tallest office towers in the city. This building solidifies BMO’s presence in our downtown area, bringing jobs and economic activity to the center of our community.

2020 marks an important milestone in our country’s history. The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was pass...
09/08/2020

2020 marks an important milestone in our country’s history. The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was passed 100 years ago. Achieving this milestone was a long and difficult struggle made possible because of the courageous advocates who showed up, stood up and spoke up for their rights.

Celebrate by learning more about women’s suffrage in Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Historical Museum virtual exhibit, “We Stand on Their Shoulders,” here: bit.ly/357z9LO

Voting is a vital part of our democracy, and still today we continue the fight for fair and equitable voting for all people regardless of race, sex, ability or socioeconomic status. We will continue the necessary work to ensure that all voices are heard, all votes are counted and all residents have access to safe and early voting this November.

#WomensVote100 #19thAmendment

09/07/2020
Happy Labor Day, Milwaukee

#LaborDay has always been a day to honor and celebrate the contributions of America's working people. This year, those contributions could not be greater. It's clear that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, union members and essential workers have gone above and beyond in providing excellent care and critical services to keep our City moving.

Please set aside 10 minutes to complete the 2020 Census online or over the phone. Reach out to friends and family to enc...
09/06/2020

Please set aside 10 minutes to complete the 2020 Census online or over the phone. Reach out to friends and family to encourage them to respond if they haven’t already done so.

Remember, this count occurs just once every ten years and determines how much federal funding our city receives. Take advantage of the extended deadline and do your part to help us improve Milwaukee’s response rate.

Keep being vigilant, Milwaukee. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, but remember that COVID-19 doesn’t take a vacation.
09/05/2020

Keep being vigilant, Milwaukee. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, but remember that COVID-19 doesn’t take a vacation.

09/05/2020
City of Milwaukee Health Department

City of Milwaukee Health Department

‪#MKEHealth National Guard testing sites will be closed on 9/7 for #LaborDay. They will resume normal testing hours from 11am - 7pm on 9/8 ‬

City Hall is lit in purple this National Suicide Prevention Week in loving memory of all who have died by suicide. Let t...
09/05/2020

City Hall is lit in purple this National Suicide Prevention Week in loving memory of all who have died by suicide. Let this light be a reminder that you are not alone and help is always a phone call away. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)' offers free and confidential crisis counseling at all hours. Please do not suffer in silence.

#NationalSuicidePreventionMonth

The November 3 election is now just two months away. The demand for absentee voting has increased and remained the prefe...
09/04/2020

The November 3 election is now just two months away. The demand for absentee voting has increased and remained the preference of voters since the onset of COVID-19. To date, the Election Commission has received over 90,000 absentee ballot requests.

I urge all residents to prepare early to ensure success in casting their vote in this very important election. If you haven’t yet requested your absentee ballot, please do so today at myvote.wi.gov.

I wish WISN 12 NEWS meteorologist Sally Severson a relaxing retirement and success in all her future endeavors. Thank yo...
09/04/2020
Celebrating Sally Severson with a tribute on her last day

I wish WISN 12 NEWS meteorologist Sally Severson a relaxing retirement and success in all her future endeavors. Thank you, Sally, for your outstanding contributions to the community and excellent reporting over the past 32 years. You will be missed.

After 34 years at WISN 12, Sally Severson is retiring. On her last day, a tribute to the woman who many of you got your weather forecasts from for decades.

I will always remember my dad, Thomas J. Barrett, as a hero for the time he served as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force ...
09/03/2020

I will always remember my dad, Thomas J. Barrett, as a hero for the time he served as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during WWII.

My siblings and I had the opportunity to pay tribute and honor my dad and many other war heroes who have served our country when we visited the Avenue of Heroes today at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. It was such a special day.

Last year, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) granted our city $735,000 to expand and...
09/01/2020

Last year, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) granted our city $735,000 to expand and sustain the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative. Today, we celebrate the success of the program in reaching over 400 individuals or their families after an overdose to offer treatment and support alongside our wonderful community partners.

I want to stress that COVID-19 does not impact our residents’ ability to receive these services. We have added safety protocols for in-person visits and telehealth options to ensure that anyone who needs help will still receive it. We are as committed as ever to continuing our efforts to address opioid addiction and reduce overdoses in Milwaukee.

Successful development is about more than new jobs and new buildings. The Menomonee Valley shows that the best developme...
09/01/2020
This Menomonee Valley site was a wasteland. It's now a park that has helped transform the valley with new businesses.

Successful development is about more than new jobs and new buildings. The Menomonee Valley shows that the best development can include recreation, education, natural beauty and a sense of community.

Thanks to Tom Daykin and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for calling attention to the Valley.

The partnership that helped create Three Bridges Park and the Urban Ecology Center's Menomonee Valley branch is done with its $25 million campaign.

We are now fortunate to announce that not only have we found one, but we have found two locations that are absolutely fa...
08/31/2020

We are now fortunate to announce that not only have we found one, but we have found two locations that are absolutely fabulous for allowing more people to exercise their right to vote.

Nationally, Milwaukee has become the leader by providing both Fiserv Forum and Miller Park for early voting. I don’t know of another city in this nation that is using a major league ballpark and an NBA arena for early voting— that’s how committed we are to making sure that people’s voices are heard.

The Fiserv Forum will be used for in-person early voting October 20 - November 1. The location will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Miller Park will provide safe and efficient drive through early voting, and the dates and hours of operation will be announced at a later date.

The Milwaukee Arts Board names artists Rosy Petri and Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma as the 2020 Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Y...
08/28/2020

The Milwaukee Arts Board names artists Rosy Petri and Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma as the 2020 Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Year, and Marie Kohler and Fatima Laster as 2020 Friends of the Arts.

The Artists of the Year Award was renamed this year in honor of Mildred, who was a beloved arts board member. Congratulations to all, and thank you enriching Milwaukee through your talents.

Read more about the artists and their work at milwaukee.gov/DCD/BoardsCommissions/MAB/2020-Awards.

The City of Milwaukee Health Department will be hosting its Back to School Fairs this Monday, August 31 from 10 a.m. – 2...
08/27/2020

The City of Milwaukee Health Department will be hosting its Back to School Fairs this Monday, August 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• Hopkins Lloyd School— 1503 W. Hopkins St.
• Riverwest School— 2765 N. Fratney St.
• Greenfield Bilingual School— 1711 S. 35th St.
• Kilbourn School— 5354 N. 68th St.

Stop by for school supplies, book bags, masks, hand sanitizer and community education materials. Supplies will be handed out on a first come, first served basis.

Please remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing to help keep everyone safe.

Make your voice heard. Share your opinions on the 2021 City Budget by answering a brief survey and completing the Balanc...
08/26/2020

Make your voice heard. Share your opinions on the 2021 City Budget by answering a brief survey and completing the Balancing Act Budget Simulation. Materials are available online in English, Spanish or Hmong at milwaukee.gov/Budget.

Join me, Finance & Personnel Committee Chairman Alderman Michael Murphy and Budget Director Dennis Yaccarino tonight at ...
08/26/2020
CityChannel25

Join me, Finance & Personnel Committee Chairman Alderman Michael Murphy and Budget Director Dennis Yaccarino tonight at 5 p.m. for a live hearing and presentation on the 2021 Budget. Participants will learn about the City’s finances and factors that shape the budget.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and increase accessibility, the hearing will be entirely virtual and ASL translation and closed captioning will be provided.

Those who wish to share comments or questions during the hearing must register in advance here: bit.ly/31eQNLc. Residents are also encouraged to submit written questions via email to [email protected].

The hearing will also be broadcast simultaneously on the City’s Channel. You can watch it one of three ways:

1. Ch. 25 on Spectrum Cable or Ch. 99 on AT&T U-Verse
2. Online feed: milwaukee.gov/cityclerk/CityChannel
3. YouTube stream: youtube.com/user/CityChannel25

City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin City Channel 25 Channel 25 on Time Warner Cable in the City of Milwaukee Channel 99 on ATT U-Verse

08/26/2020
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Thank you for your apology, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Milwaukee cannot wait to host you in the City of Festivals for a Milwaukee Brewers game on America's Fresh Coast.

I do have one question for you... Which Racing Sausage will you pick?

While it was meant with love, A Late Show's "Virtual Tour of Milwaukee" upset many residents of that great Wisconsin city, and for that Stephen Colbert is truly sorry. And to the Milwaukee Brewers, our host accepts your offer to attend a game on one condition: please let him run in the sausage race.

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