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City of Milwaukee to bid on hosting 2020 Democratic National Convention

Civic leaders recently announced that the City of Milwaukee plans to bid for hosting the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The exposure that a host city gets on both the national and international scene for the better part of a week is invaluable for exposing the region to the world. “This is a very big day for the City of Milwaukee,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “We have wanted to make this bid for many years. With all of the progress and momentum our City has right now, this is the perfect moment for Milwaukee to rise on the national...

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Federal Government rejects Milwaukee County’s 287g bid after community outcry

On November 14 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rejected an application to give Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies authority to separate immigrant families under the 287g program. DHS did, however, approve 287g applications from Waukesha County and 22 other jurisdictions nationwide. The Trump Administration is attempting to expand the 287g program nationwide to deputize local law enforcement as agents in their campaign of mass deportation and terror against immigrant families. “This victory in Milwaukee is a result of our efforts to give voice to the families who have suffered terrible human rights violations at the hands of the Milwaukee...

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Milwaukee Independent among achievement winners honored by Downtown BID

Milwaukee Downtown (BID #21) recognized the Milwaukee Independent with a special award during its Downtown Achievement Awards program, held as part of its 2017 annual meeting on September 28. Over 250 downtown stakeholders gathered to hear accomplishments and upcoming initiatives, as well as celebrate the BID’s 20th year of operation. The program began with the organization’s 20-year highlights followed by the awards ceremony. Catalytic projects and downtown leaders were honored for their contributions to the central business district. Representatives from the downtown community were asked by staff and the Executive Committee to nominate the 2017 Downtown Achievement Award winners....

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Historic King Drive BID designated first Main Street Community in Milwaukee

The announcement in Milwaukee on August 22 was attended by elected officials and community partners, held concurrently with 12 statewide events as part of the first-ever Wisconsin Main Street Day. The Historic King Drive Business Improvement District (BID) No. 8 in the city of Milwaukee has been designated as a Wisconsin Main Street community by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), joining a select group of communities that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to revitalizing their commercial districts. The BID, which was created in 1992, is the state’s 34th currently active Wisconsin Main Street community. It is the only...

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Audio: Main Street designation ceremony for MLK Drive BID

This audio was recorded during the announcement event, when the Historic King Drive BID was officially designated the newest Wisconsin Main Street. Speakers included Representative David Bowen, Daphne Jones of Malone’s Fine Sausage, Deshea Agee and LaMarr Franklin of the Historic King Drive BID, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Lisa Mauer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., and Mayor Tom Barrett. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) designated the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District (BID) No. 8 on August 22, at a public ceremony held at the soon to be opening Pete’s Fruit Market-Bronzeville. The Wisconsin Main Street Program...

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Report on BID creation finds Milwaukee tied for third in nation

“Business improvement district” is a generic term applied to a type of special assessment district that involves a group of property owners and businesses within a designated area. The members of the district enter into an arrangement whereby they pay an additional tax that is used by the district to pay for mutually beneficial services or improvements. By pooling their resources in this manner, businesses and property owners can supplement the services being provided by their local government to meet their specific needs. This approach is described as “self-help through self-taxation.” A report released August 1 by the Milwaukee-based...

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