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Community Portraits: Faces from Milwaukee join a 16-city public art tour for the Inside Out project

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 ended its Jumpst(ART) Downtown summer campaign with a visit from the largest global participatory art project on August 27. The “Inside Out 11M” project, a partnership between French artist JR and Emerson Collective, parked at Chase Tower on the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The visit by the “Citizenship for U.S.” photo booth truck marked the second stop of a 16-city tour across the United States, aimed at creating a portrait of America that highlights both our diversity and unity. Other U.S. tour stops include Madison, Las Vegas, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington DC....

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Downtown Employee Appreciation Week kicks off for 16th year as a bright spot in the pandemic’s gloom

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 teamed up with downtown businesses and community leaders again to welcome back downtown employees during the 16th annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week, August 30 to September 3, 2021. The weeklong celebration features free lunches, Office Challenge Games, and after-hours socials. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music, and prize opportunities were held at Red Arrow Park on August 30, kicking off the festivities. Lunch for 1,000 employees was provided by Tatay’s Truck and Davians. Three local caricaturists were also onsite, creating free caricatures for downtown employees. As part of the Art in the Park series, Dave Watkins...

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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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