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New Concessions This Summer

April 16, 2019

The Dock will operate food and beverage options at Bradford Beach


Energy Efficiency Day: Milwaukee County Launches ‘Journey to Sustainability’ at Mitchell Airport

October 05, 2018

In recognition of Energy Efficiency Day, Milwaukee County on Friday unveiled its Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) for General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), titled “Journey to Sustainability.” The project is one of several commitments that Milwaukee County has made toward more sustainable practices.


Building a Better 414: Milwaukee County Executive Pushes for Long-Term Funding Solutions

October 01, 2018

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele introduced the recommended 2019 County budget today with an emphasis on the partnerships that built the budget – and on the coalition that will be needed to reform the state-funding structure and help community leaders build a better 414 in years to come.


Project Rise: How Milwaukee County Is Rewriting Futures with an Innovative Youth Justice Model

September 20, 2018

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wants to tell the story about how Milwaukee County is changing lives and strengthening communities with its innovative approach to youth justice. Called Project Rise, the collaborative, evidence-driven strategy has inspired several initiatives to transform the County’s approach to youth justice.


County Receives $2 Million Grant for Lake Park Bridge

September 12, 2018

The Ravine Road Bridge project in Lake Park has taken a major step forward for Milwaukee County residents and visitors, after the State of Wisconsin awarded the County a $2 million grant for the project, County Executive Chris Abele announced today.


Federal Grant Funds to Assist Milwaukee County in Connecting 40 Families with Stable Housing

September 11, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Milwaukee County with funds to put 40 additional families in homes through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, County Executive Chris Abele announced today. “This award shows the power and success of connecting people with stable housing, rather than offering temporary solutions,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “It underscores how effective our Housing First approach is to both solving, and preventing, long-term homelessness in our community.”


Open House: Milwaukee County Invites Public Engagement on Budget

August 28, 2018

This September, Milwaukee County will hold five open house-style meetings on the 2019 County budget, hosted as a partnership between Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Board of Supervisors.


Abele, Lipscomb Announce Additional Free Birth Certificates for Voting, Youth Jobs in Milwaukee County

August 23, 2018

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb Sr. on Thursday finalized a plan for Milwaukee County to distribute an additional 500 birth records for voting and 250 birth records for jobs through the Free Birth Certificate Program. After the resolution passed the County Board in July, Lipscomb joined Abele at the announcement, as the County Executive signed final authorization for continuation of the program.


How Would You Balance It? County Seeks to Preserve Service Priorities, Asks Public for Input

July 16, 2018

Milwaukee County is again asking everyone in the county to use an online tool to see how they’d balance the budget and share their priorities, County Executive Chris Abele announced today.


Make Change With Spare Change

July 10, 2018

Travelers using Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport can take the spare change out of their pockets and put it to work fighting homelessness, thanks to four new donation boxes installed this week, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today.


Staying Cool and Safe: Milwaukee County Resources for Beating the Heat

June 29, 2018

As the heat index is expected to climb in Milwaukee County headed into this weekend, several County departments are working to ensure residents, visitors and employees are staying safe. The County provides a number of resources to help ensure vulnerable populations and those spending time outdoors stay cool and hydrated during intense heat.


County Partnership in Addressing Homelessness Wins National Award

June 29, 2018

Thurgood Marshall Apartments, a key piece in Milwaukee County’s efforts to end chronic homelessness and Wisconsin’s first harm-reduction housing development, has been honored alongside the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the 2018 Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes, it was announced this week.


Abele Statement on Legislation Revising Fair Housing Ordinance

June 21, 2018

I applaud the leadership of Sup. Dimitrijevic in fighting to expand access to housing for those using federal Section 8 vouchers. Restricting options for people who are looking to find a good home for themselves and their family based on the fact that they are receiving some assistance is inherently unfair.


Donna Brown-Martin, Guy Smith Receive Unanimous Approval from County Board to Head Milwaukee County

June 21, 2018

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to confirm Donna Brown-Martin as head of the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Guy Smith as head of the County Parks on Thursday. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanked the Board for recognizing the leadership and experience that Brown-Martin and Smith bring to the County.


Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Reach Agreement on Campus Land Purchase

June 14, 2018

Milwaukee County and four of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC) member organizations have reached initial agreements for the members to purchase the County land they lease and occupy on the MRMC campus in Wauwatosa. Currently, each member organization has a long-term lease agreement and makes annual payments to Milwaukee County.


Announcing MCTS NEXT - First Comprehensive Review of Transit System in Decades

June 06, 2018

For the first time in more than 40 years, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is doing a top-to-bottom, full comprehensive review of the entire transit system, County Executive Chris Abele announced today. The initiative is called MCTS NEXT.


Mary Jo Meyers Receives Unanimous Approval from County Board

May 24, 2018

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to confirm Mary Jo Meyers as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Thursday. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanked the Board for giving its full support to Meyers, her experience and her leadership.


County Board Committee Recommends Proposal for Donation Containers at Airport to Fight Homelessness

May 14, 2018

A proposal that would allow donations to be collected near security checkpoints at General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) to aid in Milwaukee County’s fight against homelessness received a positive recommendation from a County Board committee on Monday. County Executive Chris Abele thanked the Economic and Community Development Committee, chaired by Sup. Marcelia Nicholson, for its unanimous support of the initiative.


Abele Appoints Brown-Martin to Lead Transportation

May 09, 2018

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has appointed Donna Brown-Martin to head the County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), the County announced today. A 25-year veteran of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the State of Wisconsin, Brown-Martin will bring extensive public service experience as the MCDOT director, including a broad background covering administration, planning and service throughout her career.


Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Names New Director of Communications

March 19, 2018

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced today that Karina Henderson will be joining Milwaukee County as the new Director of Communications. Henderson joins Milwaukee County from the National Basketball Association Oklahoma City Thunder, where she served as Director of Corporate Communications.



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