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UEDA Community News - June 2017
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What we're working on...
  • Planning for our Annual Community Development Summit has begun. Look for an announcement soon!
  • Financial capability collaborative/coalition - World Cafe event (June 27)
  • UEDA recently applied for and received a Bank-On Capacity Grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
  • Take Root Milwaukee Quarterly Meeting (July 11) featuring Fair Housing and the March on Milwaukee 50th anniversary recognition, taking place this summer
  • Strategic planning with our Board of Directors - this year UEDA is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
Now's the time to join UEDA or renew your membership!
Invitations and renewal reminders went out in early June! Members of UEDA receive:
  • Promotion of you and/or your organization's events, activities and accomplishments through various UEDA communication platforms.

  • Registration discounts to UEDA's Community Development Summit, Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser, an invitation to join us at our UEDA Community Gathering, and pre-registration to other UEDA convenings.

  • Access to networking opportunities with other UEDA Members and partners.

  • Ability to participate in our listserv, which allows Members to quickly circulate job postings, policy alerts, upcoming events, etc. to a diverse group of individuals and organizations in the sector.

  • Opportunities to collaborate with UEDA and our members and partners on projects relevant to the community and economic development sector.

UEDA Member Milestones

Johnson Bank has opened a new community lending office on Miller Park Way! Look for details on their grand-opening celebration soon.

The YWCA Southeast Wisconsin has received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to address Milwaukee’s racial disparities and expand their racial justice programming.

Congrats to these UEDA Members on their graduation from the LISC Milwaukee ACRE programAriam Kesete (Alum), Rick Banks (HGNI/Riverworks EDC) and LaQuondra Shaw (Northwestern Mutual)!

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council's director, William R. Tisdale, spoke at the Milwaukee Rally for Unity and Pride, offering 4 ways we can work together to expand LGBT housing rights. Thank you!

A new Milwaukee Magazine piece on one of Riverworks Development Corporation's service areas, Harambee, highlights the history and promising future of this north-side neighborhood.

Congratulations to the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce on the launch of their new Madison chapter and to the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce on the opening of their Wausau satellite office!


UEDA Community

Projected impacts of Bus Rapid Transit
It's estimated that new BRT buses would increase ridership along the proposed route by 31 percent, ease congestion by removing thousands of cars from the road, and spur millions in economic development, but some worry that not all residents will feel the positive impacts. Read more >>

Thema Sias and Herb Kohl honored by GMF
Retired WeEnergies executive Thelma Sias and Former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl were honored by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for their work in helping the Milwaukee community. Congratulations! Read more >>

City receives grant to increase diversity of vendors
With a $100,000 grant, along with coaching, technical assistance and implementation resources, the City of Milwaukee will pursue at least one new strategy to increase the diversity of municipal vendors and contractors and direct more spend to local minority-owned businesses. Read more >>

Common Council approves number of new projects
The Common Council recently approved millions of dollars in new real estate projects and programs that will take place in five Milwaukee neighborhoods, resulting in 346 new apartments, the sale of a vacant MPS school, and the launch of a program that allocates $100,000 so artists can leverage no-interest loans to turn city-owned homes into community hubs. Read more and view images >>

HUD's 2017-2018 Building HOME Webinar Series
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Affordable Housing Preservation is offering the Building HOME training series online! The virtual series provides an overview of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), including the latest requirements codified in the July 24, 2013 HOME Final Rule. Details & Registration >>

Milwaukee Film to operate Oriental Theater
The organization will be fundraising $10 million to revitalize the 1927 building that will eventually be run as a nonprofit move theater. Read more >>

Nonprofit & Small Business 

Two grant opportunities for the disability community
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities announced two new exciting grant opportunities: (1) Partners in Policymaking, a leadership program where you will learn about how you can impact programs and policies to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and (2) SPARKS, mini-grants of $500 to $3,000 are designed to help community groups of people with disabilities and family members make a change in their community. 

Thinking about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership
As nonprofits use a more overt style of advocacy in the policy arena, they must also prepare for a similar style of conflict inside of the workplace. Read more >>

FaB Wisconsin SCALER Seminar for Food Businesses
Early-stage food businesses (2-5 years) are encouraged to attend FaB's new four-hour program on July 19 to learn about capacity-building business and financial models, and identify outlets that can support a scaling food or beverage manufacturing business. Learn more >>

Upcoming Events

Mass Imprisonment in America by Sam Mihara
July 10 | 6pm-8pm | St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran

Sam will discuss his own experiences as a prisoner at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and how
internment camps relate to today’s proposed Muslim registry and the expulsion of immigrants to holding camps at the US/Mexico border. Free and open to the public.

HWCC Annual Golf Outing
July 29 | Ives Grove Golf Links

Enjoy a day of golf with the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. Come play in the outing, sponsor or just join them for the awards banquet starting in the afternoon. Details & Registration >>

Out in the Kitchen!
August | 6pm-8pm | Discovery World
Join the LGBT Chamber as they feature more than 20 different Chamber members in the restaurant, catering, and food industry, who will all be providing some delicious samples. Details & Tickets >>

2nd Annual Taste of the Gateway
August 17 | 5pm-7pm | The Gardens (6th & Howard)

The Gateway to Milwaukee's event will offer tastings of signature dishes from south-side restaurants, entertainment and kids activities. Free and open to the public.

15th Annual Guest House Golf Open
August 28 | North Shore Country Club

The event includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, dinner, evening entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a 50/50 raffle, all supporting the mission of the Guest House of Milwaukee! Details & Registration >>

WHEDA Conference - Early Registration Ending Soon!
September 12 | Monona Terrace | Madison, WI
Hear from regional and national experts on advancing affordable housing opportunities and building thriving communities. Programming includes panel discussions, an exhibitor marketplace, and opportunities  to network. Early registration ends June 30! Register here >>

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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Center Street Marketplace (BID 34)
CommonBond Communities Wisconsin
Dan Brophey
David Johnson (Cream City Farms)
Fix Development
Landmark Credit Union
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Joan Johnson (MPL)
Milwaukee Job Corps Center
WI Partnership for Housing Development

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Body & Soul Healing Arts Center
Burleigh Street CDC
Center for Veteran's Issues, Inc.
Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative
Community First
Dominican Center
Gateway Business Association
Granville BID
Guest House of Milwaukee
Harbor District
Hmong WI Chamber of Commerce
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee 
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Urban League
Near West Side Partners
Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
Northcott Neighborhood House
Northwest Side CDC
P3 Development Group
Riverworks Development Corp.
Safe & Sound
WasteCap Resource Solutions
The Water Council
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 Public Schools
Business & Community Partnerships
Mueller Communications, Inc.
Outpost Natural Foods
Southeastern Wisconsin
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)
Evan Goyke (WI State Assembly)
Gary Goyke (Goyke & Associates)
George Calaway (G. Calaway Realty)
Greg Lawless (UW Extension)
Jerusha Daniels (WPHD)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)
Ken Hayes (AT&T)
Krystina Kohler (United Way)
Leonar Rosas (UMOS)
Lynnea Katz-Petted (Revitalize Milwaukee)
Nina Johnson (Guaranty Bank)
Peter Richardson (Northwestern Mutual)
Sarah Greenberg (Greenberg Strategies)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Insurance & Financial)
Thomas Frenn (Attorney)
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors)
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