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Wisconsin taxpayers saved $2.77B in renegotiated contract after Foxconn mostly abandoned its plans

Governor Tony Evers announced that the state had renegotiated its contract with Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, lowering the burden on taxpayers after the company failed to honor its contract agreements and public promises. The new agreement negotiated under Governor Evers between the Wisconsin Economic Development (WEDC) and Foxconn will save Wisconsin taxpayers a total of $2.77 billion compared to the previous contract, maintain accountability measures requiring job creation to receive incentives, and protect hundreds of millions of dollars in local and state infrastructure investments made in support of the project. “When I ran to be governor, I...

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New advertising campaign positions Milwaukee as top destination to safely host meetings and events

VISIT Milwaukee announced on April 12 that it had created a new advertising campaign that positions Milwaukee as a bold, modern, and experienced-obsessed destination ready to safely host meeting and events. Launching this month, and developed in close collaboration with the Wisconsin Center District, the dynamic campaign targets meeting and event planners across the country with an emphasis on key markets in Chicago, Washington DC, and Denver. A secondary message focuses on industry segments that have proven successful for Milwaukee as a host destination. The goal of the campaign is to support long-lead convention bookings for 2022 and beyond,...

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Alverno to bestowed Billye Aaron with honorary Doctorate Degree during college commencement

Billye Aaron will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Alverno College during the college’s Commencement ceremony on May 17 at Milwaukee’s American Family Field. The educator, broadcaster, philanthropist, and wife of the late Hank Aaron will also deliver the Commencement address. Cecelia Gore, Alverno trustee and executive director of the Brewers Community Foundation, will preside at the Commencement ceremony. “It is a joy and an honor to recognize Billye Aaron for her many contributions to education and to supporting the dreams of young people,” said Alverno President Andrea Lee. “The legacy she and Hank are creating is...

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Milwaukee grants $100,000 of funding to community groups in effort to help curb reckless driving

The City of Milwaukee will be distributing a total of $102,000 to 18 community groups to reduce reckless driving. The grants aim to reduce reckless driving behavior and decrease the number of traffic crashes by creating safer streets, fostering community involvement, and building awareness around the dangers and impacts of reckless driving. “Reckless Driving is a deadly danger on our streets. To improve safety, it is important that we bring together as many partners as possible to reduce the problem,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “The Milwaukee Police are stepping up their efforts, and the work of community groups will...

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Local philanthropists of color invest $2M to improve the longterm health of Milwaukee’s Black Community

African American philanthropists in the greater Milwaukee area have come together like never before through the ThriveOn Collaboration for a bold investment that will advance racial and health equity for years to come. In leading a $2 million fundraising effort to support a Black leader of national prominence in the field of healthy equity research, these community leaders have seized a generational opportunity to address the societal factors that impact health and to improve well-being in Milwaukee’s Black community and beyond. The investment will provide a permanent source of funds as Leonard Egede, MD, MS, professor of medicine, chief...

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Investment initiative aims to prioritizing the voices of people who live and work in Harambee Neighborhood

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Milwaukee announced the launch of the Harambee Quality of Life Plan Initiative on April 15, to be led by Riverworks Development Corporation located on the north side of Milwaukee. The initiative features a 12 to 18 month planning process that will emphasize the vision for the Harambee neighborhood’s future, created and owned by the community and serve as a guide for investments and actions. As Lead Agency, Riverworks will bring together residents, businesses, nonprofit agencies, resident groups, religious institutions and the City of Milwaukee. The Harambee Quality of Life Plan will result in...

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