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2016.08.29 County Executive Chris Abele Announces Closing on Sale of Downtown Transit Center, Couture Economic Development Project to Move Forward

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the County closed on the sale of the Downtown Transit Center to developer Rick Barrett, the final hurdle in moving forward on the Couture project, a transformative economic development on Milwaukee’s lakefront that will create thousands of new, good-paying jobs.

2016.08.25 We WANT You to Pika-choose Milwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee County Exeggutor Chris Abele today released the following statement in response to some conflicting information regarding the County’s position on Pokémon GO in our County Parks.

2016.08.19 County Executive Announces Hiring of Department on Aging Director

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today that he has selected Holly Davis to permanently fill the Director position for the County’s Department on Aging.

2016.08.05 Milwaukee County to Participate in Milwaukee County Breastfeeding Coalition Community Walk Sat., Aug. 6th

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today proclaimed August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and County officials, to include County Board Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, will participate in the Milwaukee County Breastfeeding Coalition’s Community Walk and “Big Latch On” event this Saturday, August 6th.

2016.07.13 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Applauds Progress on Bus Rapid Transit

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement in response to two key votes today by the County’s Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee and the City of Milwaukee Public Works Committee’s to approve the County’s plan to advance Bus Rapid Transit.

2016.06.30 Milwaukee County Chosen for White House Data Driven Justice Initiative

The White House today announced the launch of President Barack Obama’s Data Driven Justice Initiative, naming Milwaukee County, under County Executive Chris Abele’s leadership, one of 67 local governments chosen to participate in the program that aims to reduce incarceration through comprehensive, data-driven reforms.

2016.06.15 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Applauds City of Wauwatosa Decision to Advance Bus Rapid Transit

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement in response to the City of Wauwatosa Transportation Committee’s vote last night to approve the County’s plan to advance Bus Rapid Transit.

2016.06.08 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Announces New Bathroom Policy

In the wake of North Carolina HB 2 that mandates individuals use the restroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth, and amid reports that a similar proposal may be reconsidered in Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced a new bathroom policy in the Milwaukee County Executive’s office – use whichever restroom you like.

2016.05.26 County Executive Chris Abele Statement on Creation of Office on African American Affairs

I want to thank the County Board for unanimously supporting the mission of the Office on African American Affairs today.

2016.04.20 Milwaukee County Gets Greener: Brewers Foundation Donates Trees to Milwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the County’s Parks Department will plant an additional 70 trees this spring, thanks to a partnership with the Brewers Foundation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

2016.04.18 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Officially Welcomes New County Board Members

I’m excited to officially welcome Supervisors Marcelia Nicholson, David Sartori, Dan Sebring, Sequanna Taylor, and Sheldon Wasserman to the County Board.

2016.04.12 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Statement on Equal Pay Day 2016

Today we commemorate another unfortunate Equal Pay Day, which represents the extra 103 days of work the average American woman has to work to earn what a man earned the year before. This is an outrage and an offense to the American idea that everyone should have an equal chance to live a better life.

2016.04.11 County Executive Abele Announces That Summerfest Will Join County’s Purple Heart Pass Program

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. today announced that Summerfest will be the newest addition to the County’s Purple Heart Pass program, offering Purple Heart Pass cardholders up to eight free admissions to Summerfest in 2016.

2016.04.04 County Executive Chris Abele Announces Major Milestone in Couture Project

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has provided its concurrence on the County’s disposition plan for the Downtown Transit Center, the final hurdle that was standing in the way of the Couture development and the redevelopment of the underutilized transit facility.

2016.3.22 ICYMI: Milwaukee County’s Moody Park Renovation Wins MANDI Award

Community members in the Amani neighborhood have been celebrating the revitalization of Milwaukee County’s Moody Park since its grand reopening last summer, and now they have even more to celebrate as the Park’s renovation has been recognized with a Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) award for the best public space that builds community.

2016.3.21 Jobs, Economic Development Springing Up in Park East

After sitting vacant and undeveloped for 15 years, ninety-eight percent of the land in the Park East Corridor is either under development or has an option to purchase, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today, the first business day of spring.

2016.03.21 County Executive Abele Appoints Three Individuals to MATC Board

Earlier today, County Executive Chris Abele voted for the appointment of three individuals to the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) District Board, which makes policy and budgetary decisions for MATC.

2016.02.23 County Executive Chris Abele Statement on Domes Public Hearing

In advance of tomorrow evening’s public hearing on the status of the Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement

2015.11.20 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Announces Budget Vetoes

Abele Budget Holds the Line on Property Taxes and Calls for Removal of Estabrook Dam

2015.08.18 Amani Neighborhood and Milwaukee County to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of Moody Park

County Executive Chris Abele will join Amani neighborhood residents and community partners on Thursday, August 20th to celebrate the grand re-opening of Calvin Moody Park, located at 2200 W. Burleigh St.

2015.08.17 County Executive to Open New South Shore Terrace

As the result of an ongoing partnership between Milwaukee County and MillerCoors, County Executive Chris Abele will be participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 19th at 3:00 p.m. that marks the opening of the new South Shore Terrace, a new beachside concession area located in Bay View’s South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Drive. With a focus on Lake Michigan, the enhanced area will offer a new gathering place from spring through fall that celebrates Milwaukee and sustains community.

2015.07.28 Win-Win-Win Between County, Local Businesses, and the Community

Today, the Economic and Community Development Committee approved an agreement with local business and community leaders to sell an outmoded County property to a developer and match a significant contribution to an economic development fund that will help invigorate Milwaukee’s near-west side.

2015.07.16 Milwaukee County Continues Transition toward a Robust Community-Based Model of Mental Health Care

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the next significant phase of mental health redesign in Milwaukee County. The County is seeking a provider to provide inpatient, observation and emergency services. This will allow BHD to hone its focus on what it does best – assure access to high-quality services for those who need it.

2015.07.14 County Executive to Open Latest Leg of Traveling Beer Garden™ Tour Tomorrow at Mitchell Park

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Parks Director John Dargle, Jr will kick off the latest leg of the 2015 Traveling Beer Garden Tour on Wednesday, July 15 at 4 p.m. The keg tapping will take place at Mitchell Park on The Domes Plaza.

2015.07.03 County Executive Abele Announces All MCTS Bus Rides Are FREE on Monday

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced this afternoon that all MCTS buses will be free on Monday, July 6, 2015.

2015.06.30 County Executive Calls on Union to Restore Transit Service as soon as Possible

Although County Executive Abele is disappointed in today’s decision by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to reject a reasonable contract offer and strike, he is confident that a deal will soon be agreed to that respects both transit workers and taxpayers.

2015.06.26 County Executive Abele Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Equality

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said he is thrilled with the Supreme Court ruling today that guarantees a right to same-sex marriage across the country.

2015.06.26 County Executive Abele’s Statement on Todays Ruling Allowing Couture Construction

I appreciate Judge Foley's clear decision allowing the redevelopment of the underused Downtown Transit Center to move forward. The planned Couture development will create a vibrant public space that improves access to the lakefront, creates thousands of jobs and adds another signature building to Milwaukee.

2015.06.08 Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Milwaukee County

Through this innovative partnership, approximately $1.8 million will be devoted annually to ending chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County.

2015.06.04 Statement on Arena Funding Proposal

Together, we have struck a deal that not only keeps the Bucks in Milwaukee, but will create jobs, generate millions of dollars in economic activity and property value, and provide a great return on investment for taxpayers.

2015.05.15 County Executive to Open New Season of Traveling Beer Garden™ Milwaukee County Parks Adds Second Tour in 2015

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Parks Director John Dargle, Jr, will kick off the 2015 Traveling Beer Garden Tour, Wednesday, May 20 at 4 p.m. The keg tapping will take place near the chalet in Dretzka Park, with music by Dobie The Concertina Man. Dretzka Park is located at 12020 W. Bradley Road.

2015.5.11 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Statement on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program Proposal

In all of these efforts, my goal has always been the best quality education for as many kids and their families as possible, delivered in the fairest, most sustainable way possible.

2014.11.18 Abele Proposes Budget Compromise That Will Add Transit and Deputies...

As part of a significant compromise, County Executive Abele approved the majority of the Board’s 59 amendments and, through the veto process, he is proposing compromises that will improve services and lower property taxes.

2014.10.31 County Employee Named Mental Health Advocate of the Year

A Milwaukee County employee has been named the “2014 Advocate of the Year” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

2014.10.01 County Executive Chris Abele introduces 2015 Recommended Budget

County Executive Abele’s 2015 Recommended Budget fixes a $32 million structural deficit, lowers debt, improves services like transit, mental health, parks, highways and public safety and does it all without raising taxes.

2014.03.19 County Executive Abeles veto will save 28 million over five years

If Supervisors sustain the veto they will help save $28 million dollars over five years and help ensure the viability of a program that provides help to frail, elderly and disabled residents across eight counties.

2014.03.10 County Executive Abele Proposes Transit Compromise

Supervisors, I am writing you today hoping we can reach a compromise on the transit situation.

2013.11.20 County Executive Abele’s Vetoes Lower Property Taxes and Increase Rainy Day Fund

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is issuing vetoes to the 2014 Budget that will lower property taxes $1.6 million while adding $2 million to the Debt Service Reserve, the County’s rainy day fund.

2013.09.26 County Executive Chris Abele 2014 Budget Address

My 2014 Proposed Budget does not include a tax increase and continues to lower the County’s massive long term debt, features more than ten million dollars in new and repurposed public safety funding.

2013.09.18 Milwaukee County Offers Help in ACA Enrollment

Milwaukee County is taking a proactive approach to help people understand and enroll in health plans as the Affordable Healthcare Care Act (ACA) is rolled out October 1st.

2013.08.30 Statement on MAM/WMC Deal

The Board's plan puts Milwaukee County on a less sustainable path and unnecessarily spends tax dollars. However, in the interest of moving forward, I am returning it unsigned and will take this opportunity to reiterate my concerns.

2013.08.06 Milwaukee County Negotiating to Improve Transit System

The Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is negotiating with MV Transportation, Inc. to take over the management of the Milwaukee County transit system. The following questions and answers clarify the way forward as we move towards this management change.

2013.04.15 Joint Letter to Wisconsin Legislature Requesting Transit Funding Increase

Restoration of funding cuts and maintaining transit system funding from the Transportation Fund are critical to maintaining dependable service for the workers, employers and students in Milwaukee County.

2013.04.04 Joint Finance Committee Testimony on the 2013-15 State Budget

I am grateful for the hard work the Governor and all of you have and will put into this process. However, there are some provisions of the proposed budget that I want to encourage you to rethink.

2012.09.27 Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s 2013 Budget Address

When I decided to run for office two years ago, I did so because I knew we had to do better in Milwaukee County government. I know that if we are afraid to make big changes then Milwaukee County will not be around for our children and certainly not for generations after.

2012.09.18 Testimony of County Executive Chris Abele, to U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the Subcommittee.

2012.08.07 County Executive Abele statement about shooting in Oak Creek

County Executive Abele released this statement today in response to the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

2012.04.24 Milwaukee County Executive Abele's Inauguration Address

Thank you Hector and Bishop McClelland for your kind words and important reflections and thank you Chief Judge Jeffery Kremers for administering the Oath of Office and for your thoughtful leadership in the Courts.

2012.04.16 County Executive Abele Welcomes New County Board Chair

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement Monday afternoon on the new County Board Chair.

2012.04.16 County Executive Abele Welcomes New County Board

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele welcomes the new Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. The new board will be sworn in Monday, April 16, 2012.



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