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Name change reflects public health focus of Common Council committee

June 29, 2017 Statement by Alderman Cavalier: What’s in a name? An intentional shift Like many urban centers in the United States, the Milwaukee region faces large issues that have roots in many causes. Decades ago, the city of Milwaukee – The Machine Shop of the World – was heralded as one the best places for African Americans in the country. In the decades since, deindustrialization in the American Midwest, the appeal of cheap labor in the union sparse South, the opening of opportunities for businesses to operate on a global scale in places with little if any regulation...

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Freshwater Plaza finalizing leases with commercial tenants

“We are very pleased with the progress of the Freshwater Plaza project. There has been a substantial amount of interest in this development from both local and national tenants. We expect this interest will continue as we approach the building’s official completion and the Cermak Fresh Market opening. It is exciting in our business to see a plan come to fruition that will provide meaningful impact on a neighborhood well into the future.” – Wayne Wiertzema, President | Wangard Partners, Inc. Wangard Partners, Inc. as finalized six leases with local and national tenants, who will occupy space within the...

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River Rhythms concert schedule announced for summer 2017

The Westown Association released its musical line-up for the 2017 River Rhythms Season. Jam-packed with great performers like Celtica Pipes Rock, BROTHER and King Solomon, the free concert series begins its season on June 14 with Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson. Free concerts continue each Wednesday until August 30 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Pere Marquette Park, on Old World Third Street between Kilbourn and State Streets. The 2017 line-up of music performances: JUNE 14 In partnership with Summerfest and the Milwaukee County Historical Society WILLY PORTER & CARMEN NICKERSON Midwest artists Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson...

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Adopt-A-River Program launches for Earth Day 2017

Community partners, businesses, and school groups have commited to cleaning up the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers. This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, with the support of MMSD, will launch an Adopt-A-River Program. The program allows individuals, companies, organizations, and community groups to adopt sections of waterways throughout the Milwaukee River Basin by committing to cleaning up those sections for a minimum of two times per year. “MMSD is excited that the Adopt-A-River Program gives citizens the opportunity to care for our rivers in ways that can transform their understanding and commitment to protecting local waterways...

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Hmong community’s future the focus of development conference

More than a thousand community leaders, professionals, advocates, and youth from across the country will gather in Milwaukee for the 18th Hmong National Development Conference (HNDC) from April 21 to 23. Hosted by Hmong National Development, Inc. (HND) the event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee. Guided by this year’s theme, “Power of the Past, Force of the Future,” the gathering will engage attendees in critical conversations regarding key issues impacting the Hmong American community. “It has been almost a decade since the conference has come to Wisconsin. In that time there has been...

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Common Council approves grants for homeless and homeowners

Housing Trust Fund grants totaling $526,000 will help the homeless, promote accessible housing, create jobs and help with homeowner repairs. The Common Council has approved the Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Advisory Board’s $526,000 in funding recommendations for six projects that will construct new housing for those in need, rehabilitate existing housing stock and convert historic buildings to adaptive reuse residential developments. The projects will leverage an investment of more than $28.7 million in local construction and rehabilitation work over the next year, said Alderman Michael J. Murphy, chair of the HTF advisory board. Since 2008, the Housing Trust...

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