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UEDA Community News - March 2018
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What we're working on.....
  • Take a look at our 2017 Impact Report for an overview of the work we led, engaged in and supported over the past year.  It highlights our activities and the ways UEDA continues to facilitate effective collaboration, meaningful connections, and strengthen capacity in the community and economic development sector. In 2017 our collaborative projects engaged over 800 professionals in sustainable homeownership, small business support and financial empowerment activities, a 29% increase from 2016. Download >>
    On Wednesday, May 9th (8:30am-11:30am) UEDA will host our first of three educational networking sessions in our Emerging Topics in Economic Development series. Our first session will focus on local, innovative approaches to economic development funding and and introduce attendees to community wealth building practices. Look for more details, announcement of speakers and registration in April.
UEDA Member Milestones

Over the past month, a significant number of our members have been awarded and honored for their unique commitments to the communities they serve. We are proud to highlight their accomplishments below!

  • Congratulations to Paula Penebaker, president and CEO of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, on receiving a Professional Dimensions 2018 Sacagawea Award in recognition of her professional accomplishments, commitment to the community and support of the advancement of women.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago presented the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago with their Community Impact Award for their innovative approach to community development.
  • Congratulations to Deshea Agee of the Historic King Drive BID and Elmer Moore, Jr of the GMC & Scale Up on winning an Individual Award at the Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Awards!
  • Congratulations to our members who were honored with a LISC Milwaukee MANDI Award on March 15th! Menomonee Valley Partners (Chase Economic Development Award); Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (PNC Bank Trailblazer Award); Kalan Haywood, Haywood Group (Northern Trust Navigator Award, State Farm Building Blocks Award, and People's Choice Award); and Safe & Sound (People's Choice Award).
    View all award recipients here >>

  • Marquette University and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation awarded ACTS Housing with a 2018 Force for Positive Change Award, which recognizes social entrepreneurship as a model for solving social or environmental challenges in a way that is sustainable, just and that generates impactful change in Wisconsin.
  • WWBIC has won the U.S. Small Business Administration's Wisconsin Women's Business Center of Excellence Award!
The Sherman Phoenix, a soon-to-be hub for entrepreneurs of color in Milwaukee spearheaded by developers JoAnne Johnson-Sabir and Juli Kaufmann (Fix Development), is in need of an additional $1 million in donations to make complete project funding.

In 2017, WHEDA funded $371.2 million in single family loans, enabling 3,078 individuals and families to purchase a home with a low-cost WHEDA mortgage.

A grant from the Institute for Sustainable Communities will provide Walnut Way Conservation Corp. with funds to complete several solar energy projects in Lindsay Heights, in addition to three green infrastructure projects.

LISC Milwaukee announced the launching of a venture fund created specifically to support graduates of Marquette University’s Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program.

UEDA Community

Consumer Finance Marketing Toolkit
The Opportunity Finance Network has launched a new resource for CDFIs to assist in defining their value proposition and turn word of mouth into business. The Consumer Finance Marketing Library offers downloadable templates and reference guides, giving CDFIs access to a library of materials that can assist them to reach customers through multiple marketing channels more effectively.

Chat with Bader Philanthropies
Join Bader Philanthropies for conversations and refreshments at 3338 N. Martin Luther King Drive throughout March and April to learn how to partner with them and community organizations in the Harambee neighborhood. Learn more >>

Jane's Walk MKE
During the entire month of May, citizen-led neighborhood explorations and neighborhood-building events will be designed to embody urban activist Jane Jacob’s legacy through observing, reflecting, questioning, and collectively reimagining the places in which Milwaukeeans live, work and play. There are several ways to get involved! (1) Create a walk with your friends, family or your organization; (2) Lead your own walk; (3) Explore and help others explore our amazing city! Learn more >>

Bill Aims to Reduce Milwaukee's Segregation
The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is considering a change to the County's fair housing ordinance that would expand protections to people using rental assistance vouchers. Voting on the bill will take place in April. Read more >>

'50-Year Ache' Series
From housing to education to jobs and more, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is examining the impact of the city's open housing marches and where things stand today.
Read here >>

Residents Potentially Removed From Voter Rolls
Mayor Tom Barrett says thousands of residents have potentially been removed from voter rolls in an error connected to Wisconsin’s enrollment in the multi-state Electronic Registration Information Center. Mayor Barrett is urging residents planning to cast their ballot in the upcoming April election to check their voter registration status prior to heading to the polls. Check your registration status here >>

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is the sole national conference exploring the latest strategies to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. The next Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will be on May 15-17, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Save $175 when you register for the 2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference by April 17!

Nonprofit & Small Business 

Community First Capacity-Building Grants
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is now accepting applications for their 2018 Community First Capacity-Building Grants. The program aims to support the growth of nonprofit lending institutions promoting economic development and affordable housing in Illinois and Wisconsin. How to apply >>

National Small Business Week Virtual Conference
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE will host a free, 3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. This online conference will take place May 1-3 between 12:30pm- 6:30pm (ET) each day. Registration is free to the public. Join this event to get practiced advice on current business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts!
Info & Registration >>

2018 Events

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 >>

Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop
April 12 |
Comfort Suites Conference Center
Thissession is designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood based real estate development projects. It will offer specialized training about how to create small projects, which are residential, commercial or mixed in use. It is the first step to becoming a small developer or to creating a supportive ecosystem for small development. Register by April 9 >> 

2018 Health Equity Summit
April 26 | 8am – 2pm | Italian Community Center

Zip code is a better predictor of health than genetic code. Join Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers as they welcome the biggest names in healthcare as well as key city and business leaders to explore the impact of poverty on health, and how social services, healthcare, and business organizations can work together to improve the lives and health of children in our communities. Info & Registration >>

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration
April 26 | 7pm – 9pm | Milwaukee Public Museum

This celebration features keynote speaker Richard Rothstein, author of "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of Our Government Segregated America" and Milwaukee historian Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum. Mix and mingle with other attendees after speaker presentations. Event info & Tickets>>

Real Estate Development & Reuse Training
May 3-4 | Madison, WI
Held by the International Economic Development Council in partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, this course articulates the eight stage process for real estate development and reuse. This course meets the professional development requirements for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam. Register Here by March 23 and save $140 >>

2018 Breakfast of Champions
May 8 | 7am-9am | Harley Davidson Museum Chrome

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin’s Breakfast of Champions brings the greater Milwaukee community together to support the chamber's mission and honor a local business leader who is passionate about economic development and wealth creation in the African American community. Info & Registration >>

Home and Hope: A Community Call to Action
May 16 | Noon-3:30pm | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino 

JFS proudly welcomes Professor Matthew Desmond, whose local research, as chronicled in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Evicted – Poverty and Profit in the American City, cast a spotlight on a complex problem that demands collaborative solutions. A community stakeholder panel discussion on the complex social and economic issues challenging our local community. Corporate sponsorships and reserved tables are on sale now. Individual tickets on sale in April.

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Member Spotlight

Community First is responsible for administering the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP), a housing rehabilitation loan program for low income homeowners that uses Federal Community Development Block Grand and HOME funds. Under NIP, owner occupants of houses in targeted neighborhoods have access to forgivable loans averaging $25,000.00, to complete
substantial home repairs.

Community First serves as the liaison between families, contractors and City of Milwaukee staff.

Learn more at
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)
Safe & Sound, Inc.

Shawntell Parr (Midwest Insurance & Financial)
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 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.
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
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
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)
Gary Goyke (Goyke & Associates)

Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
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)

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