"Northwestern Mutual Tower" project: Mayor announces 355 jobs for low-income residents

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday, February 22nd announced Northwestern Mutual has exceeded expectations for creating jobs in connection with its "Northwestern Mutual Tower" project.

Part of the plan to build the tower includes a program to hire local residents in low-income areas.

Northwestern Mutual office tower rendering

Mayor Barrett announced 355 people in those areas have been employed.

Barrett said this is a great way for people who may have otherwise had trouble getting a job to get some career training.

"We have individuals in our neighborhoods given an opportunity to be part of the economic renaissance that's happening right here in downtown Milwaukee," Barrett said.

The Northwestern Mutual Tower is a $450 million construction project.

It is scheduled to be completed next year.

Northwestern Mutual residential - Mason and Van Buren looking northwest