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UEDA Community News - February 2018
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What we're working on.....
  • On Saturday, February 24 UEDA celebrated the tenth anniversary of Carnival Milwaukee, our annual party with a purpose! Close to 300 individuals joined us to celebrate Milwaukee's culture and diversity through ethnic food, world music, cultural dance and interactive art. We thank all of our members and partners that came out to make this year's event truly special. Look for a full event re-cap and photo's from us soon!
  • UEDA's Take Root Milwaukee project will be hosting their first homeownership fair of the new year on Saturday, March 24th on Milwaukee's south side. The fair invites interested homebuyers and current homeowners to Journey House from 9am-Noon to connect with lenders, Realtors, homeownership specialists, and nonprofit and neighborhood organizations to get information about buying, fixing, or keeping a home. Share the facebook event with your networks >>
  • In 2018, UEDA will be hosting a new educational event series, 'Emerging Topics in Economic Development'. This series will occur in place of our Annual Community Development Summit (at least for 2018). Based on Member feedback in 2016-17, we decided that hosting a series of focused topic events rather than one large one Summit each year, will allow us to be more nimble and proactive when it comes to highlighting issues and opportunities impacting the community and economic development sector. We are aiming to host our first session in early May of 2018 - stay tuned for details and registration!
UEDA Member Milestones

Learn more about the development projects that earned UEDA members Kalan R. Haywood, Sr. and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors a finalist spot in LISC Milwaukee's 2018 MANDI Awards by viewing their finalist videos - then be sure to cast your vote for 2018 LISC Milwaukee MANDI People's Choice Award now through March 14th!

Associated Bank has invested $1 million in WWBIC's loan opportunity fund, which will be used to support micro and small business loans for women- and minority-owned companies across the state.

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced the award of more than $13.4 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to fund affordable housing developments across Wisconsin. Distributed by WHEDA, the funds will support 31 developments that will create 1,066 affordable units. Member CommonBond Communities received an award for their Tree Lane Senior apartment project in Madison.

To address the critical gap in support for minority and women entrepreneurs, and catalyze a national conversation around inclusive economic growth, JPMorgan Chase has expanded their Small Business Forward initiative with a multi-year commitment of $150 million to support women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses with greater access to capital, technical support and guidance.

In a continued effort to bridge racial disparities by creating mixed-income neighborhoods closer to downtown, the City of Milwaukee and LISC Milwaukee have partnered to plan for the creation of a “Strategic Acquisition Fund” that would support affordable housing developments along the proposed north and south side street car extensions.

The Water Council was recognized as one of twelve organizations driving efforts to create a more inclusive entrepreneurial eco-system for their partnerships with several historically black colleges and universities and placement of college students in internship positions that expose them to entrepreneurship possibilities and career opportunities in water.

Congratulations to Jayne Hladio, U.S. Bank wealth management executive and BMO Harris Bank on being honored for individual and corporate mentoring efforts at TEMPO Milwaukee's Mentor Awards luncheon.

UEDA Community

10,000 Affordable Housing Units for City
During the annual State of the City address, Mayor Tom Barrett called for the construction of 10,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years in neighborhoods around downtown. Info on affordable housing initiative >>

Op:Ed County Budget
Rob Henken of the Wisconsin Policy Forum notes that Milwaukee county's revenue shortfall can only be made up with a higher wheel tax, parking fees or bus fares. Read his full piece here >>

Northwestern Mutual Giving Gallery
Located on the first floor of the company's new headquarters, the gallery is open to the public and features work by dozens of local artists created for area organizations. Preview artwork here >>

Nominations now open for the Robert H. Friebert Social Justice Award
Do you know someone who has demonstrated a personal or professional contribution to social justice? This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate courage, passion, dedication and leadership while working to eliminate discrimination and injustice in the greater Milwaukee area. Deadline is March 12. The award will be presented on June 21 at the 2018 Jewish Community Relations Council annual meeting. Learn more about the award & nominate someone here >>

Art Gallery and Studio Space Proposed for Harambee
Artist and developer Fatima Laster is looking to convert a former funeral home near the north end of N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive into a art gallery and studio space. Learn more >>

Driven to Achieve Awards
Congratulations to Katie Sanders, Safe & Sound Executive Director on being announced as 2018 Driven to Achieve Award Recipient by the Donald Driver Foundation!
Learn more about the award >>

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
Scholarships Available!

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is the sole national conference exploring the latest strategies to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. The next Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will be on May 15-17, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Center for Community Progress is offering a limited number of scholarships to help make this year's conference affordable and accessible. Applications are due March 12, 2018. Access the scholarship application >>
Nonprofit & Small Business 

Re-positioning the Community-Based Nonprofit Sector
Are you a nonprofit interested in how your organization can move toward impacting social change at the underlying systems level? Frank Martinelli (The Center for Public Skills Training) has put together a training and list of resources for nonprofits to use as a guide to get started on this path.
View list of resources here >>

Women’s Entrepreneurship Week: March 5th-9th
Put on by Ward4, the week aims to enhance skills building, networking, breaking down barriers, and providing women with the tools needed for successful entrepreneurship in Milwaukee. View the event schedule and register for opportunities here >> 


2018 Events

LISC Milwaukee MANDI Awards
March 15 | 4:30pm-9pm | Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

While many people are working hard to improve Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, their stories are often untold. The MANDIs recognize the inspiring, innovative, and tenacious work of people who are improving the quality of life in our central city. Info & Registration >>

National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference
March 18-21 | Miami, FL

Given recent natural disasters, growing income disparities, and the economic challenges facing our nation, building resilient and inclusive communities has never been more important. Conference attendees will come together to learn how we can align stakeholders, resources, and strategies to better face these challenges, strengthen our communities, and produce lasting impact. Information & Registration >>

NCRC Annual Conference
April 9-11 | Washington, DC
NCRC’s Annual Conference is one of the nation’s largest gatherings of community nonprofits, policymakers, government officials, small businesses, banks, and academia, all coming together to create a just economy. Registration now open >>

Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop
April 12 |
Comfort Suites Conference Center, 725 Paradise Lane Johnson Creek, WI
This day-long session is designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood based real estate development projects. It will offer specialized training about how to create small projects, like 1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units, which are residential, commercial or mixed in use and 1,000-12,000 sf in size. It is the first step to becoming a small developer yourself or creating a supportive ecosystem for small development in your city. 
Register here by April 9 >> 

Real Estate Development & Reuse Training
May 3-4 | Madison, WI
Held by the International Economic Development Council in partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, this course articulates the eight stage process for real estate development and reuse. Specifically, course participants will learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. This course meets the professional development requirements for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam. Register Here by March 23 and save $140 >>

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
May 15-17 | Milwaukee WI
RVP explores the latest strategies to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, providing space to showcase innovation and creating a forum in which new ideas can arise. It brings people together around these common challenges and equips them to return home and effect real, on-the-ground change.
Scholarships Available! See info under UEDA Community. Info & Registration >>

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Member Spotlight

Since the early 1970s, CommonBond Communities has provided homes and support for those most in need. The nonprofit develops, owns and manages over 100 high-quality, affordable apartments and town-homes across Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Their housing developments  provide integrated services that give kids the tools they need to be successful in school and life, help adults get better jobs, support seniors in living independently longer and assist veterans with maintaining stability.

Learn more at
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Aurora Heath Care
Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates, LLC)

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.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
& Waukesha County

UWM Center for Economic Development
Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
WasteCap Resource Solutions
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
City of Milwaukee DCD
Community Development Management Partnerships
Community Insurance Info Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Job Corps Center

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Milwaukee Public Schools
Business & Community Partnerships
Mueller Communications, Inc.
Outpost Natural Foods
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)
George Calaway (G. Calaway Realty)
Greg Lawless (UW Extension)

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

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)
Nina Johnson (Guaranty Bank)
Peter Richardson (Northwestern Mutual)
Rusty Borkin (Milwaukee Jobs Work)
Sarah Greenberg (Greenberg Strategies)
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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