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UEDA Community News - January 2018
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UEDA's 10th Annual Carnival Milwaukee Celebration

Join us on Saturday, February 24 from 6:30pm - 10:30pm at Renaissance Place as we celebrate Milwaukee's diversity with a world party of culture, music and food! Dressed in cultural attire, Carnival costumes and Mardi Gras garb, guests will enjoy live music by De La Buena, a world music set from local DJ Marcus Doucette (88Nine Radio Milwaukee), a variety of flavorful, exotic dishes from over 25 ethnic restaurants, a cultural dance performance and lesson, and larger than life puppets. Don't miss the topnotch raffle, fun photo-booth, and other unique festivities!

Visit for a growing list of food and raffle participants.
UEDA Member Milestones

Congratulation to Joe’Mar Hooper of CommonBond Communities Wisconsin and Dan Adams of the Harbor District Inc. on being named among the Milwaukee Business Journal's '40 Under 40' of 2018!

Local developer and UEDA member Kalan Haywood has announced plans to target the former Sears department store inside of the long-vacant, north side Milwaukee Mall for redevelopment.

Activist and YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager, Jamaal Smith talks about achieving education equality in Milwaukee and beyond.

CUPED Corporation has been awarded Forward Community Investments January Game Changer Grant for their redevelopment plans of the former Reader’s Choice bookstore, the last Black-owned bookstore in Wisconsin.

Learn more about the brownfield development project and library redevelopment effort that earned Menomonee Valley Partners and Northwest Side CDC a finalist spot in LISC Milwaukee's 2018 MANDI Awards.

UEDA Community

State of the State Address
Governor Walker's annual address introduced a new $100-per-child tax credit, called for more funding for rural schools, and proposed a $50 million rural economic development fund that would support economic development grants in sparsely populated counties. Read more >>

i.c. stars Coming to Milwaukee
The Chicago-based nonprofit that trains young adults for careers in technology will soon launch its tech-based workforce development program in Milwaukee's Third Ward.

WEDC Grants Awarded
$500,000 in grants were awarded to 11 organizations statewide, with Launch MKE and BizStarts receiving funds to deliver a cohort-based education program and long-term coaching for entrepreneurs in Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Body & Soul Healing Arts Center Closes
After many years of providing a space for area nonprofits and small businesses to gather, Body & Soul has closed its doors so its ministry members can shift focus to re-opening Kujichagulia Lutheran Center.

An Effort to Destigmatize 'Affordable' Housing
Madison, WI has added hundreds of low-cost housing units and began calling them “workforce” housing to see whether the term garners more neighborhoods acceptance than "affordable" housing.

Nonprofit & Small Business 

Nonprofits as a Force for Systems Change
On January 31 Frank Martinelli of the Center for Public Skills Training will lead Repositioning Nonprofits as a Force for Systems Change, a briefing to learn about a new initiative to provide resources, tools and network-building opportunities to increase the capacity of nonprofits to help deepen their impact at the  systems level. Details & Registration >>

Tax Reform & Nonprofit Agencies
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will host a discussion on January 30 around changes tax-exempt organizations will face under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and look at ways to proactively prepare for a potential loss of contributions by investing development dollars wisely. Info & Registration >>

SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative
This federal training initiative focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. Executives are provided with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.
Details & Registration >>

2018 Events

TOD Community Workshops
Equitable Growth Planning Study will evaluate how to best leverage Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to advance existing economic development efforts in Bronzeville and Walker’s Point neighborhoods. Attend an upcoming workshop in either neighborhood to learn more and share your input. More Information >>

  • Bronzeville: Wednesday, January 31
    6pm-8pm at Hillside Terrace

  • Walker’s Point: Thursday, February 1
    6pm-8pm at IndependenceFirst

Rise & Honor Veterans
February 1 | 11am | Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
Join Revitalize Milwaukee for an an inspiring hour with Travis Mills - one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive injuries as a quadruple amputee. Info & Tickets >>

69th Annual Crime Prevention Awards
February 1 | Noon-1:30pm | Wisconsin Club
Join LISC Milwaukee and Safe & Sound as they recognizes residents and law enforcement professionals who, through their special contributions to crime prevention, have made the greater Milwaukee area a better place to live and work. Register here >>

Urban Candlelight Hike
February 3 |  5:30pm-8:30pm | Three Bridges Park

Join Menomonee Valley Partners for two miles of hiking or snowshoeing on the candlelit Hank Aaron State Trail! Enjoy a roaring campfire and marshmallows, e-bike and fat tire bike demos, hot chocolate, and pastries. A beer is included at the after party at Third Space Brewing when you purchase a Fun Pass. More information >>

88Nine Radio Milwaukee's SoundBites
February 8 | 6:30pm-11pm | Iron Horse Hotel

SoundBites is every food and music lover’s dream! 88Nine DJs have teamed up with local chefs to create a one-of-a-kind evening highlighting the best bites and sounds Milwaukee has to offer. Tickets here >>

Strong Women Strong Coffee with Melissa Goins
February 21 | 7:30am-9am | Schlitz Park
Fueled by caffeine & passionate entrepreneurs, this daybreak networking event presented by WWBIC is for women who are focused on achieving something every day. Strong Women Strong Coffee brings together business professionals and entrepreneurs to build and grow meaningful connections. Register here >>

Hidden Impact of Segregation
February 22 | 6:30pm-9pm | Progressive Baptist Church

This event features Reggie Jackson, head griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum as a part of an annual black history programming. Details >>

UEDA's 10th Annual Carnival Milwaukee
February 24 | Renaissance Place - New Location!

Join UEDA for one of the most diverse, fun-filled events of the new year! Carnival Milwaukee celebrates Milwaukee's diversity and unique cultural identity through food, music, dancing, art and more! This year we're excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this annual 'party with a purpose' in a new location, 1451 Renaissance Place! Information & Tickets >>

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 >>

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 >>

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In 2017 alone, WWBIC dispursed $8.7 million in small business loans, provided 4,600 clients with one-on-one coaching, technical assistance and business education classes, graduated 136 students from their 9-week, Start Smart business planning course, and graduated 200 individuals from their Make Your Money Talk personal money management program.

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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Community Insurance Info Center
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Jane Chernof
Steve Chernof (Godfrey & Kahn)

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Body & Soul Healing Arts Center
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
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
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
Information 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)
Evan Goyke (WI State Assembly)
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)
Thomas Frenn (Attorney)
Tim Syth (Lush Production)

Todd Clausen (Rescue Dog Technologies)
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors)
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