This morning at Alverno College, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett delivered his 2015 State of the City speech. (You can find the entire text here, courtesy of Urban Milwaukee.) With a theme of “One Milwaukee,” it was a positive and wide-ranging speech, covering downtown development and new initiatives like “Strong Neighborhoods” and “Strong Babies.” Oh, and it also briefly covered Milwaukee’s place on an online listicle, because plans to combat poverty and infant deaths should obviously share a mention with Milwaukee being number five on Chief Executive’s list of “5 Great Cities for Growing Your Manufacturing Business In.”

So yeah, Milwaukee came in at number five on Chief Executive’s list of “5 Great Cities for Growing Your Manufacturing Business In.” Barrett mentions it in this passage:

“In recent months, I’ve toured a number of small Milwaukee manufacturers– companies like Church Metal Spinning, Pho-Tronics, and Maxon Industries. These companies, like dozens of other small manufacturers, employ local people and deliver their products around the country and around the world. They are continuing a Milwaukee manufacturing tradition – making products that are recognized for quality and value.

“That tradition of excellence has been recognized by Chief Executive Magazine which recently listed Milwaukee as one of ‘5 Great Cities for Growing Your Manufacturing Business’ saying: ‘The hard-working belt buckle of Wisconsin makes just about everybody’s list of rising manufacturing towns.’ And I want that momentum to continue.”

Great job, Milwaukee! Maybe the mayor will mention Milwaukee’s appearances on other fun lists next year!