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UEDA Community News - July 2020
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What we're working on...

Our 2020 Emerging Topics Series is well underway this summer! Join us for our third Emerging Topics Series session on Thursday, August 13 from Noon-1:00pm! We will welcome the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) via Zoom for an equity analysis of their VISION 2050 regional land use and transportation plan.
Details & Registration >>

For our 2nd session (held this month) we were thrilled to partner with Walnut Way Conservation Corp. to welcome welcome author, historian, economist and professor, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D. to discuss 'The African American Cooperative Movement: Lessons Learned for Cooperation & Survival'. Along with Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights resident, Emonia Barnett, the two led attendees in an informational presentation and discussion on the history of cooperative ownership within the African American community, lessons learned from past successes, and what is possible for the 21st century. View the recording here>>

Our first session (held in June) featured AARP's recent report, The Longevity Economy, and was held in partnership with AARP Wisconsin and BizStarts. View slides here>>
UEDA Member Highlights

Congratulations to Joan Johnson on being named the new Milwaukee Public Library Director and City Librarian by Mayor Tom Barrett!

Join WWBIC at the frontline of economic development for their Virtual Meeting at the Capitol on August 13 to advance support to Wisconsin micro and small businesses.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation will earmark $30 million over the next five years to promote an "equitable economic recovery" for those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications for WHEDA Foundation's Housing Grant Program, which will support organizations who are improving or creating emergency shelter and permanent housing for vulnerable populations, are due on August 21.

Outpost Natural Foods has a goal to become a leading sustainable grocer in the next two years and is starting by eliminating the use of petroleum-based plastic packaging and consumables by 2022.

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Inc. has launched an at-home learning resource focused on the Milwaukee Soldiers Home in support of returning the District’s vacant buildings to the service of veterans.

As part of a push to support mental health for young people, the Milwaukee Youth Council has recommended allocating funds to Wisconsin Community Services's credible messengers program, which places counselors with youths 24/7 to provide guidance and mentoring.

Congratulations to Marjorie Rucker (The Business Council), Arlisia McHenry (City of Milwaukee), and dozens of other leaders on being named 2020 Women of Influence.

The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is asking their current members to join one of their six Chamber Networks groups to help connect each other to valuable resources and opportunities. Contact Saul Newton if you are a member who would like to get more involved.

Revitalize Milwaukee is looking for volunteers to help deliver critical home repairs to residents in Clarke Square on August 15 as part of their Block Build MKE event.


ArtWorks for Milwaukee is hiring for an individual to serve as their Lead Teaching Artist and assist in the facilitation, execution, and overall success of ArtWorks’ programs.

Bader Philanthropies seeks a Program Administrative Intern to provide administrative support to the VP-Grants & Impact Investments.

City of Milwaukee Dept. of City Development is looking for a Long Range Planning Manager to guide neighborhood planning for the City of Milwaukee and design and implement strategies to maximize community engagement in the planning process.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors is seeking a Bilingual (English+Español) Outreach and Engagement Manager responsible for building relationships with neighbors and connecting them to tools, training and guidance to improve the quality of life in Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park (and beyond).

Milwaukee Christian Center is looking for a Construction & Community Assistant – AmeriCorps Member to assist professional staff, ensuring their YouthBuild program meets its home construction goals and that YouthBuild members achieve the program’s community/civic engagement goals.

Milwaukee Habitat is in search of a community-minded individual to serve as their Critical Home Repair Manager to oversee contractors, develop and execute scopes, schedule jobs and more.

Safe & Sound is seeking a Director of Development to oversee and implement all resource development functions for the organization.

Wisconsin Community Services is a rapidly growing  non-profit organization and is regularly looking for qualified employees in a number of different positions.

WWBIC is hiring two positions to support their Project Optimize initiative that focuses on providing education, training and business coaching to women and socially/economically disadvantaged business owners who have been affected by Covid-19. They are also looking for a Small Business Consultant Manager provide overall coordination and delivery of WWBIC’s small business assistance programs statewide.


UEDA Community

Laying the Foundation: WI Policy Forum Report
This new report provides an overview of City of Milwaukee's affordable housing programs and priorities, noting that home repair assistance for lower-income homeowners has been the city’s top housing priority in recent years while support for new affordable housing development has been an emerging area of focus. Full Report >>

The State of Black Milwaukee in National Perspective
In 65 charts and tables, this UWM Center for Economic Development study examines how Black communities in the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas fare on measures such as residential segregation; income, poverty, and intergenerational economic mobility; employment and earnings; the racial composition of private-sector economic decision-makers; mass incarceration; educational attainment; school segregation; and health care outcomes. Find the full report and executive summary here >>

ACRE 2020 Application Now Available
Led by LISC Milwaukee, the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program is an industry-supported initiative that recruits and retains people of color for careers in commercial real estate. The goal of the ACRE is to expand minority representation in the commercial real estate fields of development, property management, and construction management. Classes will begin in October in a virtual setting and potentially in person in a socially distant manner. The program will still be shepherded through Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Details & Application >>

How Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis Helped Milwaukee's COVID-19 Response
The City of Milwaukee Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, talks about managing the city's response to the pandemic, treating racism like the crisis it is, and about her full circle journey back to the Milwaukee Health Department. Full conversation here >>

NOW HIRING Community Resource Navigators
Employ Milwaukee is training, employing, and deploying more than 100 Community Resource Navigators to community and neighborhood organizations, churches, shelters, isolation facilities and other public health staging areas to help: Mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the distribution of public health information and resources; Deliver medicine, food, clothing, shelter, and supplies to older or at-risk individuals; Aid in contact tracing; Provide information on how to access mental health resources to individuals suffering from significant additional psychological stress and anxiety about the ongoing public health concerns and their risk of exposure; Provide information on how to access unemployment benefits, dislocated worker resources, or current job openings. Positions will last for 3-6 months and pay up to $17/hour (part-time). Details on how to apply or serve as a host site can be found here.

Small Business & Nonprofit

BizStarts Launches New Institute
The new BizStarts Institute is an intense, hands-on exposure to the fundamentals of launching and growing a successful venture, taught by seasoned faculty, subject matter experts, and successful entrepreneurs. The bootcamp occurs on six consecutive Saturday mornings starting on Sept 26. A year long mentorship is available after the initial six-week program as well. Topics covered in the Community Bootcamp including: Addressing all facets of a successful venture; Development of a viable business concept; Understanding your market; Designing your profit model; Setting up operations properly; Marketing your venture; and Understanding the basic numbers. Details & Enrollment >>

LISC Small Business Relief Grants
Round 5 of LISC's Small Business Relief Grants is open and accepting applications through August 3.
Find details and the application here >>

Wisconsin Veteran’s Loan Fund
A partnership between WWBIC and the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Veteran’s Loan Fund is for Veteran entrepreneurs and business owners looking for business assistance during COVID-19 and can be combined with other WWBIC funding sources for a maximum $250,000 loan. Details >>

Nonprofit Management Fund Seeks Fund Advisor
The mission of the Nonprofit Management Fund is to improve the management effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofit organizations and to increase the resources for nonprofit management. The Fund Advisor role is an independent contractor with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The duration of the contract is an initial 12-month engagement with an option to renew. Executing the role requires that the consultant has his or her own administrative support infrastructure, office space to convene meetings with nonprofit partners, dedicated phone line for NMF, and insurance coverage. Description & Application >>

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Safe Voting in Wisconsin Webinar
August 3 | 1PM-2PM | Zoom

Join AARP Wisconsin for an interactive webinar that will help you stay safe while voting during Wisconsin's upcoming elections. Wisconsinites will vote in the partisan primary on August 11th and then again in the general election on November 3rd. This is your chance to get organized now before both elections. This presentation will include: An overview of voting deadlines, Tips for navigating the absentee voting process, Photo ID requirements, Lessons learned from voting issues during the April primary, and much more. Register Here >>

WWBIC Strong Women Strong Coffee
August 4 | 8AM | Virtual

Thaime Nañez, co-owner of the Farmhouse Paint and Sip, will talk about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur and more. Register Here >>

Ride, Roll, and Stroll with AARP Wisconsin
August 11 | 1PM-1:30PM | Facebook & YouTube

Get where you need to go! Join us as we talk to Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), Bublr Bikes and Milwaukee County Dept. on Aging (MCDA) on different ways to get around Milwaukee County. We will include the safety measures being taken for residences to commute safely, how to use Bublr Bikes and MCTS, programs and resources through MCDA and AARP’s Drivers Safety Program.
Join Here >>

2020 WEDA Fall Conference
September 30-October 2 | La Crosse, WI & Virtual

The 2020 WEDA Fall Conference will provide an in-depth chance for participants to explore the current state of the Wisconsin economy and emerging trends. Discussions will focus on the changing business environment, challenges in our healthcare systems, trends in real estate, rural prosperity and agricultural opportunities across the state. With safety as a priority, the WEDA Fall Conference will limit in-person attendance. A virtual conferencing opportunity will be available allowing participation from home or office.
See registration site for full details >>

2020 Virtual Prosperity Now Summit
September 30-October 2 | Virtual

The summit will offer deep-dive learning labs, sessions covering the topics most important to the current climate and the people you serve, virtual networking opportunities, special events and group activities. Register Here >>

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Member Spotlight

Revitalize Milwaukee provides FREE, professional home restoration, safety repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners who are senior citizens, veterans and/or persons with disabilities.

Since the year 2000, they have delivered over 17,900 repairs to households in their service area, helping residents stay in their homes.

Block Build MKE: August 15

If you are interested in transforming the lives of homeowners in need,
sign up to volunteer at Revitalize Milwaukee's Block Build MKE event and you can help provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and property beautification to 15 homes in the area.

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Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
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