View this email in your browser
UEDA Community News - February 2019
About UEDA                What We Do                Events                Make a Donation

What we're working on...
  • UEDA is growing! Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Johanna Jimenez, who is started this week as our Take Root Milwaukee Program Manager. Johanna comes to us from Milwaukee County and has a strong background in economic development, housing, and neighborhood-based work. We are excited to have her help us strengthen and grow Take Root Milwaukee and the opportunities for sustainable homeownership in our city.
  • Thank you to the nearly 290 people who joined us on Saturday February 23 for another vibrant Carnival Milwaukee! The evening showcased our community’s culture and diversity through 27 local restaurants and caterers, world music and exciting dance performance. We appreciate the support of our committee members, volunteers, food tasting vendors, raffle donors, and sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Associated Bank - all of whom helped make our 11th annual Carnival Milwaukee a success. We were excited to recognize Milwaukee Public Library as our 2019 Bridge Builder and announce a new partnership with Diverse Dining. Stay tuned for a future email with all the details, links to photos and more in the next month - in the meantime check out this event gallery from UrbanMilwaukee. And save the date for February 29, 2020!
  • We are excited to announce our first Diverse Dining Partnership meal will be held on Thursday, March 21 at longtime Carnival Milwaukee food tasting donor, Casablanca! You are invited to join us for a meal where will will discuss ways in which we can confront and move outside of our comfort zones. Space is limited! Find more information, purchase tickets and view a menu for the evening here >>
  • If you'd like a broad overview of what UEDA is engaging in and supporting these days, listed to this recent podcast with Jeramey Jannene of UrbanMilwaukee and Kristi Luzar, UEDA’s Executive Director. We talk about all areas of UEDA’s work, including new projects in 2019.
UEDA Member Highlights

Join the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin on April 2 for their annual Circle of Women event - a spring celebration of the power of women’s vision to improve individual lives and the community as a whole.

The Sherman Phoenix, developed by Juli Kaufmann (Fix Development) and JoAnne Johnson-Sabir is named among the Milwaukee Business Journal's 2019 Business in Diversity Awardees. Congratulations!

In honor of Black History Month, US Bank highlighted four distinguished African American women as "Possibility Makers" in their community.

Congratulations to ManpowerGroup on being named among six Wisconsin-based companies included in the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies list by Ethisphere!

Throughout the last month, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors hosted their 6th Annual Phobruary, where numerous Asian restaurants in the Silver City neighborhood served up bowls of Pho to patrons for $5.

On February 26, representatives from ACTS Housing, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council; gathered to discuss why Black homeownership is at a historic low and how communities can work to change that.

First Stage's BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn opens on March 15th and will introduce viewers to a new adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical.

LISC Milwaukee's "How to do Creative Placemaking" webinar series starts on March 13. The series will provide practical and tactical advice for local leaders, artists, and community development practitioners.

UEDA Community

Money Smart Week: March 30 - April 6
Each year UEDA joins the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the State of Wisconsin Office of Financial Literacy, and communities across the country to promote financial education and community resources for individuals and families, all designed to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances. Check out for a list of events happening hear you. Milwaukee Public Library hosts a series of public events which can be accessed at, and you can also find local resources and information at 

FHLB Affordable Housing Program Workshops
Join staff from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago to learn more about the 2019 competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP). Workshops cover eligibility, project feasibility, and changes to the scoring guidelines. FHLB Member institutions, potential sponsors, and project consultants are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Wisconsin workshops will be held on April 24 (Madison) and April 25 (Milwaukee). Details & Registration >>

New Cohort in Cardinal Stritch Nonprofit Accelerator
Mission Fuel, a business-model accelerator for nonprofits run by Cardinal Stritch University, has announced that 16 professionals from six area nonprofits will receive coaching, student interns, networking opportunities and access to Stritch's facilities as participants in their new cohort. Coaches will help the following organizations work to expand revenue streams over a 15-week program: Artists Working in Education, CannedWater4Kids, Just Listen, Metcalfe Park Commuity Bridges, Milwaukee Area Health Education Center, and Walnut Way Conservation Corp. We look forward to learning about their efforts!
Learn more about Mission Fuel >>

Small Business & Nonprofit

Female Entrepreneurs Thrive in Wisconsin
Fit Small Business ranked Wisconsin #9 on it's list of top locations for female entrepreneurs. Criteria used to determine top locations include general business climate and opportunity; number of female-owned businesses; economic and financial health; and safety and well-being for women. Read more here >>

Veterans Chamber Seeks Accelerator Participants
The Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking veteran-owned business owners to fill spots in their second business accelerator cohort. Only five spots are still available! Learn more about the accelerator program here. Interested persons should contact: Curtis L. Schmitt Jr. (Membership Director, WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce) via email at at or (920) 288-2646.

New 'Jobs That Help' Platform Up and Running
Jobs That Help (formerly Jobs That Serve) was launched to continue to provide non-profit organizations and job seekers in the greater Milwaukee region with a specialized jobs site in. The website allows non-profit organizations to easily post jobs and job seekers to easily search job openings and apply for positions. The service is offered free to the community! Visit the new website >>

Nonprofit Institute: April 9 (Madison, WI)
Hosted by the Nonprofit Learning Lab, this interactive training is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit professionals. Workshops are offered at the intermediate to advanced level. Topics focus on fundraising, donor relations, board and volunteer management, marketing, event planning, communications, and digital media strategy. Program Schedule & Registration >>

Veterans Light Up the Arts
March 8 | 5:30PM-8:00PM | Milwaukee Art Museum

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Veterans Light Up the Arts presented by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Feast of Crispian, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. This is an all-veteran art showcase highlighting veterans in Wisconsin’s arts and cultural landscape. This event empowers veterans and military families, builds community and creativity, and enriches Milwaukee’s thriving arts community. Details & Tickets >>

Local Farmer Open House
March 9 | 11:00AM-3:00PM | Urban Ecology Center

Free, once-a-year opportunity to talk with farmers, find the farm and CSA share that’s right for you and learn how you can conveniently get boxes of farm-fresh produce (and more) directly from your local farmer in your workplace or neighborhood. Details >>

NCRC Just Economy Conference
March 11-13 | Washington DC

This is the national event for community, policy, government and business leaders who work for fairness in banking, housing and business. The conference features a wide range of sessions on community organizing and advocacy, housing, access to capital and credit, workforce and community development, fair lending, and business development; Experts and advocates sharing best practices, and innovative ideas; Keynote addresses from prominent officials and leaders; a Hill Day visit; and the 2019 National Achievement Awards Dinner. Info & Registration >>

Repositioning Nonprofits as a Force for Systems Change
March 13 | 2:45PM-4:30PM | Washington Park Library

Frank Martinelli of The Center for Public Skills Training invites you to this leadership briefing to learn about the Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative, an effort to provide resources, tools, and network building opportunities to increase capacity of nonprofits to deepen their impact at the underlying systems level and provide more permanent solutions to crucial community problems. Registration >>

2019 MANDI Awards Gala
April 11 | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation recognize excellence in community development. Join LISC Milwaukee as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the MANDIs and continue to celebrate the good news of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen our great community. Learn about finalists here >>

Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference
May 23 | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

The Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference brings together veteran business owners, veterans friendly businesses, and corporate leaders to recognize the contributions veterans make to Wisconsin’s economy and our communities. Info & Registration >>

Have something to share?

This newsletter is sent to UEDA's network and features links to articles, upcoming events and activities of interest. If you have announcements or suggestions for a future newsletter, contact

To join a growing network of community and economic development professionals become a UEDA Member TODAY!
Member Spotlight

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council promotes fair housing throughout the State of Wisconsin by combating illegal housing discrimination
and by creating and maintaining racially and economically integrated housing patterns.

 MMFHC delivers a full-service fair housing program that serves Milwaukee, Washington, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Dane, Outagamie, Brown, Winnebago and Calumet Counties, and the the City of Fond du Lac,
They conduct out-of-service-area activities as well.

If you or someone you know believes to have experienced discrimination in the housing market, contact them at the numbers below:

414-278-1240 (Milwaukee)
608-257-0853 (Greater Madison)
920-560-4620 (Northeast Wisconsin)

Check our list below to see if it's time to renew!
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Kingsley Siribour
Outpost Natural Foods
Town Bank

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Burleigh Street CDC
Community First
Educators Credit Union
First Stage
Fix Development LLC
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Granville Business Imp District #48
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Harbor District, Inc.
Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee
Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp.
Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
My Choice Family Care
National Disability Institute
North Avenue Marketplace (BID #32)
Northwest Side CDC
Prism EDC
Safe & Sound, Inc.
Teens Grow Greens
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
Urban Strategies, Inc.
UWM Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Wisconsin Community Services
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Lenders & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Forward Community Investments
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Johnson Bank
Landmark Credit Union
U.S. Bank

Corporate & Governmental
AT&T Wisconsin
Aurora Health Care

City of Milwaukee DCD
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Milwaukee Job Corps Center
P3 Development Group
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
U.S. Small Business Administration
UWM Center for Economic Development

Individual Members
Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank)
Brian Doudna (WEDA)

Carol Maria
Daniel Brophey
David Johnson (Cream City Farms)
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Frank Martinelli (Center for Public Skills Training)
Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
George Calaway (G. Calaway Realty LLC)
Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates)
Ihsan Atta (OPUS Corporation)
Joan Johnson (Milwaukee Public Library)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)
Lashunda Wingard (Me Time Candles & Gifts)
Matt Richardson (SmartWave)
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)
Rob Meiksins (Forward Steps Consulting)
Rusty Borkin (Diver Consulting)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Advantage Insurance & Financial)
Steve Chernof
Tina Konitzer
Ursula Twombly
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board)
Copyright © 2019 Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can
update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp