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UEDA Community News - April 2018
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Building Wealth & Community Through Economic Development
May 9 | 8:30am-11:00am | Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

UEDA's first Emerging Topics Series session will highlight local people and projects that are developing innovative strategies and tools that invest in people and place, through the framework of Community Wealth Building.

Session presenters include: Rusty Borkin & Christopher Boston (Co-Designers/Facilitators, Community Wealth Building Workshops), Maggie Dauss (Greater Milwaukee Committee, The Commons Community Manager), Karl Tatum (Marquette University/The Commons: Bridge), Kevin Foley (Marquette University/The Commons: Change), Bay View Neighborhood Association (Southside Soup), and Juli Kaufman (Fix Development).

This event is free for UEDA members.
Non-member registration fee is $20
UEDA Member Milestones

Safe & Sound's Face to Face workshops are the recipient of Forward Community Investments' April Game Changer Grant! The workshops engage community residents, youth, law enforcement officers, and now adults, for the purpose of whittling away at the barriers caused by racial stereotyping.

Congratulations to Juli Kaufmann, local entrepreneur and president of Fix Development, on being named the 2018 BizTimes Woman Executive of the Year!

Wells Fargo is providing $2.5 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to help underemployed workers in 15 metro areas, including Milwaukee, increase their incomes and raise their standards of living.

For more than three decades, Lee Schulz has served as the President and CEO of IndependenceFirst. Congratulations to Lee on his retirement and thank you for the significant contributions you have made to the people and communities you serve!
On the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act, the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS and city leaders gathered to recognize this landmark law and the individuals that participated in Milwaukee’s 1967-68 open housing marches.

In reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, William Tisdale, shares that the goals of the federal fair housing law (to promote integration and to end unlawful discrimination in housing) have not yet been achieved.

Marquette University announced that it has entered into a transformational corporate partnership with Wintrust Financial Corp. where Wintrust’s Wisconsin-based Town Bank will not only invest $12 million over 10 years to fund student scholarships and athletic and educational programming, but also serve as the exclusive commercial and retail banking partner for Marquette.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. plans to open a new women’s entrepreneurship center in Appleton to serve the northeast region of the state, aided by new funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

First Stage has announced its full 2018 performance schedule which includes showings of Matilda and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 

In late March, Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) launched a new website to help educate their consumers about their rights through technology.

UEDA Community

The Passing of Vel Phillips
Her impact on the city of Milwaukee cannot be understated. In recognition of her legacy of social justice and numerous civic accomplishment, the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved establishing the Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award to honor those who strive for equity in the face of adversity. For more information on the life and accomplishments of Vel Phillips, read through community tributes here and listen to Honoring the Memory of Vel Phillips; A 'Giant' in the Civil Rights Movement here.

Why Opportunity Zones Matter
The Opportunity Zones program optimizes flexibility, allowing different types of investments that could benefit multiple parts of the community development ecosystem. Unlike with low-income housing tax credits or new markets tax credits, there is no authorized cap on the amount of capital that could be made available. Learn more >>

Jane's Walk MKE - Happening in May!
Join citizen-led neighborhood explorations and neighborhood-building events designed to embody urban activist Jane Jacob’s legacy through observing, reflecting, questioning, and collectively reimagining the places in which Milwaukeeans live, work and play. Learn more >>

Now Available: Housing First Implementation Resources
HUD has published this set of resources to assist communities and agencies in implementing the Housing First Approach into their homeless crisis response programs. View here >>

MCTS "Job Lines" Faces Cuts
The routes provide reliable transportation to 28,000 residents in nine urban zip codes where nearly 20 percent do not have access to a car for work. Click here to learn how you can defend these vital routes, including attending “THE JOBS ARE ON THE LINE” Community Rally on May 19, 2018 at The Wisconsin Black Historical Society. 

Job Opportunities with UEDA Members
  • Goodwill Industries of SE WI is looking for a Benefits and Financial Education Specialist 
    Position information and link to apply >>

  • Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is seeking a confident person with a passion for serving veterans, military service members, and military families to serve as the Chamber's Membership Director.
    Position information and link to apply >>

  • ACTS Housing is seeking two bilingual Realtors to join their team. If you have Spanish and/or Southeast Asian language skills, please contact Dorothy York.

Small Business & Nonprofit

National Small Business Week: April 29-May 5
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. Join the Small Business Administration as they recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners through a week of events and celebrations. Register for The Virtual Conference and watch twelve educational webinars, get free business advice from mentors, pick up free information and resources from sponsors and network with fellow business owners.

The 10th Annual City of Milwaukee Small Business Conference will be held Wednesday May 2 at ManpowerGroup Headquarters in downtown Milwaukee. The day starts at 9am and is a unique opportunity for business owners who want to learn best practices, get connected with resources, and identify business opportunities. Register here>>

Pop-Up MKE Accepting Applications
Coordinated by LISC Milwaukee, WWBIC and MKE United, 
Pop-Up MKE is seeking business owners looking to start or expand their business in one of three vital commercial corridors in a low risk, supportive environment.
Applications due May 2. Information & Application >>

Apply Now! Scale Up Milwaukee's Growth Accelerator
Scale Up Milwaukee is now accepting applications in their fifth round of Scale Up Milwaukee Growth Accelerator (formerly known as the Scalerator) - a business training program focused on helping local companies grow quickly and sustainably. Application period closes May 4.
Information & Application >>

Mission Fuel: Accelerator for Nonprofits
Wisconsin nonprofit leaders seeking more innovative ways to sustain their organizations and diversify revenue streams now have a new resource. Cardinal Stritch University has launched Mission Fuel, a program that uses a business accelerator model to offer a mix of experiential learning and professional development opportunities that directly apply to nonprofit organizational needs.  The four month program includes adult education coursework in social entrepreneurship, along with leadership coaching, business mentoring, on-site technical support, and other services.
The current Mission Fuel Cohort includes leaders from several members of UEDA's network, including Wisconsin Community Services, the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and Community FirstMission Fuel is currently being implemented through partnerships with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, and The Commons Entrepreneurial Skills Accelerator.

Information on this four month program and applications for Cohort Two (starting on August 29, 2018) can be found at HERE or by contacting Program Coordinator Mikal Wesley.

2018 Events

2018 Health Equity Summit
April 26 | 8am – 2pm | Italian Community Center

Zip code is a better predictor of health than genetic code. Join Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers as they welcome the biggest names in healthcare as well as key city and business leaders to explore the impact of poverty on health, and how social services, healthcare, and business organizations can work together to improve the lives and health of children in our communities. Info & Registration >>

​AACCW 2018 Breakfast of Champions
May 8 | 7am-9am | Harley Davidson Museum Chrome

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin’s Breakfast of Champions brings the greater Milwaukee community together to support the chamber's mission and honor a local business leader who is passionate about economic development and wealth creation in the African American community. Info & Registration >>

88Nine Radio Milwaukee Cultural Commons Events

  • Coded for Greatness: Alicia Carr Talks Technology and Inclusion
    May 8 | 6:00pm-8:00pm | 88Nine Studio

    Alicia V. Carr, is the first self-taught, African American woman mobile developer to create a domestic violence app dedicated to helping victims escape abuse. Alica will discuss her journey to become a programmer, her experience as a woman of color in tech, and why she created an app to help victims of domestic assault. Info & Registration >>

  • Media & Representation in Milwaukee
    May 9th | 6:00pm-8:30pm | 88Nine Studio

    Enjoy an interactive program featuring true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows, small group dialogue with Zeidler Center facilitators, and collaboration with designers to visually document action steps.
    Info & Registration >> 

Historic Milwaukee Annual Spaces and Traces Neighborhood Tour
May 12 | Walker's Point

This year's tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of Walker’s Point becoming Milwaukee’s first nationally historically designated neighborhood in 1978. There will be guided tours of 9 residential and 9 commercial properties, along with lectures by John Gurda on the neighborhood's history, and Michail Takach on Milwaukee's LGBT history. Event information & tickets>> 

Home and Hope: A Community Call to Action
May 16 | Noon-3:30pm | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

JFS proudly welcomes Professor Matthew Desmond, whose local research, as chronicled in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Evicted – Poverty and Profit in the American City, cast a spotlight on a complex problem that demands collaborative solutions. A community stakeholder panel discussion on the complex social and economic issues challenging our local community. Tickets >>

NCRC Wisconsin Reinvestment Summit
June 11 | 9:00am-3:00pm | Milwaukee, WI

The Wisconsin Reinvestment Summit will bring together community-based organizations, financial institutions and public officials to collaborate on strategies to open doors to economic opportunity across the state.
Info & Registration >>

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New & Returning Members
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Robert Meiksins
Prism Economic Development Corporation

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Burleigh Street CDC
Center Street Marketplace (BID 34)

Center for Veteran's Issues, Inc.
Centro Hispano Milwaukee
Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative
CommonBond Communities Wisconsin

Community First
Disability Rights Wisconsin
Dominican Center
First Stage
Fix Development
Gateway Business Association
Granville BID

Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin
Guest House of Milwaukee
Harbor District

Historic King Drive BID
Hmong WI Chamber of Commerce
Landmark Credit Union
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee

Menomonee Valley Partners
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center

Milwaukee County
Economic Development

Milwaukee Development Corporation
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Urban League
My Choice Family Care
Near West Side Partners
Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
Northcott Neighborhood House
Northwest Side CDC
P3 Development Group
Riverworks Development Corp.

Safe & Sound, Inc.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
& Waukesha County

UWM Center for Economic Development
Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
The Water Council
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc.
WI Partnership for Housing Development
WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Lenders & Funders
Associated Bank
Bader Philanthropies
BMO Harris Bank
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Forward Community Investments
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Johnson Bank
PNC Bank
Town Bank
U.S. Bank

Corporate & Governmental
AT&T Wisconsin

Aurora Heath Care
City of Milwaukee DCD
Community Development Management Partnerships
Community Insurance Info Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Job Corps Center

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Business & Community Partnerships
Mueller Communications, Inc.
Small Business Administration (SBA)

Individual Members
Andy Holman (Ritz Holman CPA’s)
Angela Moragne (That Salsa Lady)
Ariam Kesete (ACRE Program)
Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank)
Bill Perkins (Community Building Consulting)
Carol Maria (FDIC)
Dan Brophey

Dave Glenn
David Johnson (Cream City Farms)
Gary Goyke (Goyke & Associates)

Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
George Calaway (G. Calaway Realty)
Greg Lawless (UW Extension)

Ishan Atta (OPUS Corp)
Jerusha Daniels (LISC)
Jim Hill (Cardinal Capital Management)
Joan Johnson (MPL)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates, LLC)
Kathryn Berger (WEDC)
Ken Hayes (AT&T)
Kingsley Siribour
Krystina Kohler (United Way)
Leo J. Ries (MLK EDC)

Leonar Rosas (UMOS)
Lynnea Katz-Petted (Revitalize Milwaukee)

Matt Richardson (SmartWave)
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)

Nina Johnson (Guaranty Bank)
Peter Richardson (Northwestern Mutual)
Rusty Borkin (Milwaukee Jobs Work)
Sarah Greenberg (FCI)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Insurance & Financial)

Ted Matkom (Gorman & Company)
Tim Syth (Lush Production)
Todd Clausen (Rescue Dog Technologies)
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors)
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