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UEDA Community News - June 2018
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What we're working on...
  • On Wednesday, June 26th, over 65 individuals joined for the second session in our 2018 Emerging Topics Series: Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities. Attendees heard from representatives from local, state and national agencies across sectors on how to ensure that people with disabilities have access to mainstream financial services. We were joined by a representative from the Louisville Office of Financial Empowerment who shared first-hand insights on how to build greater resilience and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities and their families. If you were unable to attend but would like access to the materials and presentations shared, please contact
  • Join UEDA's 'Color of Law' summer book club! Written by Richard Rothstein, this book lays out how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation decades ago, and how cities are still dealing with the consequences today. Our first discussion is set for July 18th from 4:30pm-6:00pm! Sign-up here for more details and a formal invite >>
  • UEDA's Take Root Milwaukee project is hosting their Summer Homeownership Fair on Saturday, August 18th at the Milwaukee Academy of Science! The FREE event will feature a resource fair where attendees can talk to lenders, Realtors, neighborhood organizations, nonprofits, and City of Milwaukee representatives. A workshop on the homebuying process will be offered as well as a neighborhood homes tour. Like Take Root Milwaukee on facebook to get more event details as they become available.
UEDA Member Announcements

Congratulations to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on an annual meeting that demonstrated how storytelling and story-listening is a powerful tool for understanding. We are proud to be grantees!

WWBIC and the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee graduated 88 individuals from their recent 'Make Your Money Talk' financial education series.

Congratulations to Martha Brown, Deputy Commissioner of the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development on receiving the Public Policy Forum’s 2018 "Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence."

LISC Milwaukee, in partnership with WWBIC, the City of Milwaukee, three Historic Business Improvement Districts and MKE United, launched their first round of Pop-Up MKE summer businesses. Learn more >>

Enrollment for First Stage's Summer Theater Academy programming is open for their ongoing one- and two-week classes through August.

On August 17-18 Revitalize Milwaukee will be repairing homes in the Clarke Square Neighborhood as part of their 2018 Block Build MKE project.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors and the Silver City Organizational Committee unveiled two new public art installations in Milwaukee's Silver City neighborhood. 

Nearly 1,000 volunteers helped clean 160 city blocks in the Harambee neighborhood as part of a three-hour cleanup organized by Bader Philanthropies, Safe & Sound and other community organizations.

Job Opportunities

  • Safe & Sound is currently hiring for two positions. View job description for Youth Organizer and Programs Associate for information on how to apply.
  • WWBIC is currently hiring for several positions in their Milwaukee and new Appleton offices. Visit their website for descriptions on full- and part-time opportunities.
  • Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is looking for a new colleague (or possibly two new half-time colleagues) to join our professional team as Project Coordinator. View descriptions here (position is open until filled)

UEDA Community

New Opportunity for Innovation
In late summer, Northwestern Mutual will launch Cream City Labs, a program aimed at linking Northwestern Mutual’s employees with creative thinkers and digital innovators within and outside the company. Read more >>

One Year Anniversary for the AALAM
Congratulations to the African American Leadership Alliance of Milwaukee on celebrating their one-year anniversary. Learn more about the AALAM >>

New Accelerator Program for Artists
Gener8tor is launching '', a free, 12-week program for artists in Milwaukee that will offer the opportunity to qualify for grant money up to $15,000. Read more >>

Recap & Materials from Reclaiming Vacant Properties
Presentations are now available on the RVP website. Download PDFs of presentations by going to the Sessions page and clicking the download link in each breakout session description. All available presentations are posted.

Small Business & Nonprofit

Rev-Up MKE Accepting Applications
The Near West Side Partners, along with representatives from Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, and WaterStone Bank have opened up the application period for their third annual Rev-Up MKE business plan competition. Winners will again get the opportunity to expand or start a business in the Near West Side and receive the support it needs to make it a success. Information & Application >>

Free Advertising & Marketing 101 Guide
This guide covers how to find & reach your target consumers, the pros & cons of all the major marketing platforms, and new advertising innovations like AudienceApp, Spectrum Reach’s exclusive audience-targeting and schedule-planning tool. Download here >>

Briefing: Milwaukee Nonprofits and Advocacy (July 26)
Attend a community leadership briefing to learn about results of the first-ever survey of Milwaukee nonprofit involvement in nonpartisan voter registration and lobbying efforts. The briefing will provide recommendations and solutions for increasing nonprofit involvement in nonpartisan voter registration, advocacy, and lobbying. There is no charge for this program. Details & Registration here >>

SurveyMonkey 'Apply' Summit for Nonprofits
Expand your know-how and learn best practices with 30-minute lightning talks and get concrete strategies to streamline how you collect and review applications, so you can spend more time on mission and less on process.
Details & Registration >>


Upcoming Events

HWCC Annual Golf Outing
July 14 | 12:30pm Start | Kettle Hills Golf Course
A portion of the outing proceeds will be donated to Pin High Junior GolfProgram to provide scholarships for underserved youth to learn the game of golf. Register here >>

WWBIC: Strong Women, Strong Coffee
July 18 | 8am-9:30am | Oak Creek Community Center

Fueled by caffeine & passion, this FREE morning networking event is for women focused on achieving something fresh for their business or themselves. Each event features a local strong woman! FEATURED SPEAKER: Deanna Singh. Register here >>

LGBT Chamber's Out in the Kitchen
July 31 | 6pm-8pm | Discovery World

Join the Chamber as they feature more than 20 different members in the restaurant, catering, and food industry, who will all be providing some delicious samples. Tickets here >>

WEDA Fall Conference - Registration NOW OPEN!
September 26-28 | Lambeau Field, Green Bay WI
The theme of this year’s fall conference is Unpacking your Economic Development Toolbox. Sessions will offer exciting presentations and discussion on new economic development programs and tools, updates on existing ones, and expert guidance on best practices for implementation.
Details & Registration >>

SDC Summit on Poverty
September 27 - 28 | Hyatt Regency (Downtown)

This year, SDC will be hosting its annual Summit On Poverty in partnership with  WISCAP's annual Poverty Matters! conference. Through this partnership, we will engage the community as we address our theme; Sharing Our Stories, Cultivating Our Solutions: Closing the Rural-Urban Divide. We aim to explore the shared experience of poverty and the interconnected economic, social and political life of rural and urban Wisconsin. 
Registration Summit will open Thursday, July 12th.


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Member Spotlight

The Harbor District brings together local, state, and federal government efforts, private sector interests, and community enthusiasm to catalyze the redevelopment of Milwaukee's Inner Harbor into a resilient waterfront. The District surrounds Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor – the place where the cities three rivers come together. Explore the location and amenities here.

 The Harbor District is currently developing the first waterfront public space at the east end of Greenfield Avenue in partnership with the City of Milwaukee and Business Improvement District #51. Learn more about the current development effort and how to support it here.
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Dan Brophey
Wisconsin Partnership
for Housing Development

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Burleigh Street CDC
Center Street Marketplace (BID 34)

Center for Veteran's Issues, Inc.
Centro Hispano Milwaukee
Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative
CommonBond Communities WI

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

Prism Economic Development Corporation
Riverworks Development Corp.
Safe & Sound, Inc.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
& Waukesha County

UWM Center for Economic Development
Urban Strategies, Inc.
Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
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
BMO Harris Bank
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

Aurora Heath Care
City of Milwaukee DCD
Community Development Management Partnerships
Community Insurance Info Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Job Corps Center

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Business & Community Partnerships
Mueller Communications, Inc.
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)
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Gary Goyke (Goyke & Associates)
Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
George Calaway (G. Calaway Realty)
Greg Lawless (UW Extension)

Ishan Atta (OPUS Corp)
Jerusha Daniels (LISC)
Jim Hill (Cardinal Capital Management)
Joan Johnson (MPL)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates, LLC)
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)
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)

Nina Johnson (Guaranty Bank)
Peter Richardson (Northwestern Mutual)

Robert Meiksins (Forward Steps Consulting)
Rusty Borkin (Milwaukee Jobs Work)
Sarah Greenberg (FCI)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Insurance & Financial)

Ted Matkom (Gorman & Company)
Tim Syth (Lush Production)
Tina Konitzer
Todd Clausen (Rescue Dog Technologies)
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors)
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