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UEDA Community News - July 2019
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Join us for our Annual Community Gathering on August 20 at the Sherman Phoenix! This annual event celebrates UEDA’s accomplishments over the past year, serves to update our members and partners on new and continued efforts in serving the community and economic development sector, and recognizes individuals and organizations for their partnerships and support. RSVP Here >>

Take Root Milwaukee is hosting their second Homeownership Fair of the year on August 24 in partnership with Milwaukee Christian Center with support from Johnson Bank. This free citywide event is open to anyone interested in learning about the homeownership process. There will be a workshop on the homeownership and credit readiness process as well as a neighborhood homes tour that will feature three homes up for sale in the Muskego Way and Clarke Square neighborhoods. View and share facebook event here >>

On July 18, UEDA hosted staff from Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, where we were able to highlight current efforts to grow our Bank on Greater Milwaukee coalition. Additionally, we will be hosting a coalition launch event on September 19, so stay tuned for an official event announcement. In the meantime, check out the new program website - - for a list of partners and more information about the goals of this coalition.
UEDA Member Highlights

Congratulations to the Harbor District Milwaukee on the grand opening of their first waterfront park! Check out photos and get more information on the new development here.

If you can't join Acts Housing for their Longest Neighborhood Table event (8/1/19), you can still bid on the fantastic items they have available in their silent auction here to support them!

Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Ciclovia event (September 14) as well as their Block Build event (August 17), in partnership with Revitalize Milwaukee.

Northwest Side Community Development Corp. has received a $500,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to support a $1 million loan pool for women- and minority-owned companies in the energy and power, food and beverage and water technology sectors.

You can help support paid arts and 21st century skills internships for 45 Milwaukee high school students by donating to ArtWorks for Milwaukee's fundraising campaign!

Data You Can Use hosted a quarterly Health Data Users Group (HUG) gathering where attendees connected to new data, projects and each other. HUG works to encourage the community to use data to improve health in neighborhoods, with this meeting focusing Census Complete Count for Milwaukee and housing surveys being conducted by Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods (RON).

ManpowerGroup announced they will be offering a program that will allow for more than 30,000 of its associates to attain their high school equivalency diploma at no cost.

MyPlant, a new partnership program between Teens Grow Greens and Outpost Natural Foods hopes to reach younger kids to connect them with gardening and healthy food.

Join the City of Milwaukee & LISC Milwaukee for their 2019 Summer Lunch & Learn series where you can learn more about their licensing and permitting process. View the calendar and list of topics here and be sure to bring your own lunch.

UEDA Community

WHEDA Foundation Housing Grant
WHEDA's foundation is accepting applications for projects that improve or create housing for special needs populations. Nonprofits, community development, redevelopment and housing authorities, local units of government, and Native American tribal authorities are encouraged to apply. Applications due August 3.
More Information >>

Bus Rapid Transit Update
The nine-mile-long, bus rapid transit (BRT) line is projected to be up and running in Milwaukee County by 2021 with construction anticipated to begin Spring of 2020. Read more about the route and funding sources for the project here >>

New Partnership Aims to Redevelop Homes
With additional funding support, a partnership between Milwaukee Area Technical College, JCP Construction and the Social Development Commission would train future construction workers and redevelop city-owned foreclosed homes. Read more >>

2019 #ABLEtoSave Webinar Series
The ABLE National Resource Center is launching a nationwide #ABLEtoSave Awareness Campaign Webinar Series that will run throughout the month of August 2019. The series provides information about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts. Weekly webinars will be held on Thursday's in August and will include information for people with disabilities, family members, service providers, employers, attorneys and financial planners. Each webinar will feature at least one ABLE account owner or family member who will share how an ABLE account enhances the health, independence and quality of life for people with disabilities. Details & Registration >>

UEDA Member Job Openings

Small Business & Nonprofit

Pop-Up MKE Accepting Applications
Those accepted into the second round of this program will be matched with a pop-up retail shop that best supports their business goals within three of Milwaukee’s historic commercial corridors. Business owners will begin to develop relationships with a community of business owners who are working collectively to build strong retail corridors. Applications due August 14. Apply Here >>

Riverworks Small Business Competition Applications
Dolphin Pool is back! Six entrepreneurs will be chosen to pitch their start-up concept to a panel of expert judges as they compete for a prize package. Applications due August 18. Apply Here >>

Force For Positive Change Awards
At least six $10,000 prizes will be awarded to incorporated enterprises with a social mission and commitment to solving social or environmental challenges in a way that is sustainable, just, and generates impact. Applications due September 15. Apply Here >>

Take the 'New Race to Lead' Survey
This confidential survey is open to anyone working for pay in the U.S. nonprofit sector. It focuses on experiences at work, views of leadership, and perspectives on nonprofits and race. By participating, you will contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector, and will help inform the next round of Race to Lead reports. By taking and sharing the 2019 survey, you can make a direct and important contribution to BMP's research on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Milwaukee and Wisconsin data from this survey will support current efforts to close the nonprofit racial leadership gap and spur new efforts. Survey closes August 28. Take Survey >>

Bronzeville Week
August 3-10 | Bronzeville Neighborhood

Culture, history, art, commerce, community and culture rooted in a rich urban tradition will be celebrated when the 5th annual Bronzeville Week is held in Milwaukee, hosted by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and the City of Milwaukee. View their full calendar event on facebook >>

August 6 | 9:00AM-10:30AM | Walnut Way

The way your organization is run tells a lot about you. Are you in compliance with the state and federal regulations? Do you have the policies that you need? Is your board structured the right way? Your ability to do the work you want to do is not just about your programs: it's about your organizational structure. Review of your management and governance using the Standards for Excellence as a lens, and assess for yourself what is working and where you think you need to pay some attention to how you are doing things. Details & Registration >>

Advocate Now!
August 24 | 9:00AM-11:30AM | Hunger Task Force

Nonprofits should represent the interests of the people they serve through public education and public policy advocacy. This workshop will provide you with the resources to advance your mission-driven organization through public policy. Participants will develop a policy on advocacy, work with other attendees to practice learned skills, and learn to avoid pitfalls of engagement in political campaign activities. Details & Registration >>

Clarke Square Ciclovia!
September 14 | 3:00PM-6:00PM | Chavez Dr. & Greenfield Ave

This initiative is part of an international network of Open Streets movements that advocate for healthy lifestyles, families, and communities by utilizing city streets for recreational activities. Details & Route Map >>

Danishes & Diversity
September 16 | 7:45AM-9:00AM | Radio Milwaukee

Danishes & Diversity was created to introduce diverse and minority-owned businesses, stakeholders, and donors to the work of United Way's Diversity Leadership Society, resulting in an increased pool of donors, advocates, and volunteers who believe in our mission, and support our initiatives around financial stability. Register by Monday, September 9. Details & Registration >>

Annual Men's Job Seminar 2019
September 18 | 9:00AM-1:30PM | ManpowerGroup

This cutting-edge job seminar is for local men who are looking to boost their skills, find a job, or explore new career options. Attendees will receive an updated professional resume, polished networking and job interviewing skills, enhanced understanding of how to build your network and sell yourself, new employer and job connections, relationships with local professional mentors, complimentary breakfast and lunch and the chance to win raffle prizes and giveaways. Details & Registration >>

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Member Spotlight

Outpost Natural Foods is a locally-owned cooperative where diversity is celebrated and education is part of everything sold. Outpost employs nearly 500 workers, is a UFCW — Local 1473 union shop, and boasts over 23,000 owners. They also publish an award-winning quarterly food and dining magazine, Graze, that celebrates the food of Wisconsin. Outpost’s business innovation and concern for the community has earned them numerous awards.

Anyone Can Become an Outpost Owner! A Full Fair Share at Outpost is $200. You can pay your Full Fair Share all at one, or you can join at the lowest rate of $25 per year, and build your equity over time. Regardless of the equity level you start at, after your first payment, the benefits begin!

UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Sherman Park Neighborhood Assn.

Nonprofit & Community Orgs

ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Burleigh Street CDC
Cardinal Stritch University
Community First

Data You Can Use
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 EDC
Independence First
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee
Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp.
Metro 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

Outpost Natural Foods
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
WI 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

Town Bank
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
Outpost Natural Foods
P3 Development Group
U.S. Small Business Administration
UWM Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
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)
Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates)
Ihsan Atta (OPUS Corporation)
Joan Johnson (Milwaukee Public Library)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

Kingsley Siribour
Kurt Paulson

Lashunda Wingard (Me Time Candles & Gifts)
Marcus White
Matt Richardson (SmartWave)
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)
Rob Meiksins (Forward Steps Consulting)
Rusty Borkin (Diver Consulting)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Advantage Insurance & Financial)
Steve Chernof
Ursula Twombly
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board)
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