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Local business leaders thank Senator Tammy Baldwin for helping the arts community survive the pandemic

The Pabst Theater Group hosted a private reception on August 28 for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, to express appreciation and gratitude for her support of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG). Senator Baldwin was instrumental in advocating on behalf of local venues and cultural institutions that were significantly impacted by the pandemic, to secure essential funding from SVOG. The reception served as a “thank you” to Senator Baldwin for her help in keeping Milwaukee’s arts community alive through the prolonged health crisis. The economic issue was particularly important to the Senator from...

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President Joe Biden nominates Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to serve as ambassador to Luxembourg

The White House announced on August 25 that President Joe Biden had selected Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to serve as Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Praised in the White House press release as “the nation’s longest-serving big city mayor,” the appointment came in recognition of Mayor Barrett’s leadership of Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, and highlighted his work on climate initiatives. Mayor Barrett, who endorsed Joe Biden for president in April 2020, is the latest political ally to be presented with an ambassadorship. The Mayor held a short press conference in his office after the announcement...

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Milwaukee holds first Budget Awareness Week to engage residents in how $1.6B will be spent for 2022

Mayor Tom Barrett proclaimed August 16 to 21, 2021 as the first Budget Awareness Week for the City of Milwaukee, as an educational and collaborative effort with members across the local community. Budget Awareness Week includes a series of public engagement sessions where residents will have the opportunity to engage with City officials to discuss the City’s budget process, the City’s 2022 budget priorities, and solutions to budget challenges. “Budgeting for our city’s future has to be a collaborative process. That includes elected officials and the community we serve. That’s what budget Awareness Week is all about,” said Mayor...

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Illegal sidewalk riding of electric scooters triggers public safety ban on Downtown Milwaukee usage

A mandated resolution by Milwaukee required Zone 1 “pause” after excess of trips on sidewalks causes safety problems. Beginning August 3, companies that operate electric scooters in participation of the 2021 City of Milwaukee Pilot Study were prohibited from deploying or allowing new trip starts in Zone 1, which encompasses the downtown, near west side, near south side. and lower east side. The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) issued a statement saying that it was following the legal requirement, as established by the resolution that allowed the 2021 pilot to exist. “Further Resolved, That, given public...

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MCTS Freeway Flyers to resume commuter service on August 30 as more Downtown offices reopen

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced on August 2 that all Freeway Flyer routes would resume service, with schedule adjustments, on August 30. Freeway Flyers Routes 40, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 79, and 143 are buses that operate primarily between Park & Ride lots and downtown Milwaukee on weekday mornings and afternoons. They were suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when many downtown businesses shut down in-person activity and transitioned to remote work. That shift reduced the demand for commuter buses. “Even with the growing complications from the Delta variant of COVID-19, businesses are...

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Last Thing We Ever Do: Musicians express the Vietnam War experience of Milwaukee veterans in new album

Local musicians and the stories of hometown Vietnam veterans are featured in a new album being released on August 8 at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom. “The Last Thing We Ever Do” CD was produced by Warrior Songs, a Wisconsin non-profit helping veterans heal from the trauma of war through the creative arts. The album features 14 songs created by professional songwriters from the firsthand testimonials of Vietnam era veterans, brought to life by professional studio musicians. Copies of the CDs are made available to veterans and veteran non-profits free of charge. The songs on the album cover topics including...

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