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UEDA Community News - May 2018
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What we're working on...
  • On Wednesday, May 9th, more than 50 individuals joined us to explore the concept of Community Wealth Building and hear from local leaders on innovative approaches they've developed to support community development efforts in Milwaukee. UEDA will be hosting two more Emerging Topics Series sessions this year, so SAVE THE DATES and join us on June 27 (10:30am-1:00pm) to discuss financial empowerment for people with disabilities, and in early October to explore social enterprises. Registration to open soon for summer session!
  • As a co-convener, UEDA is helping the National Community Reinvestment Coalition bring together local, state and national community leaders, financial institutions, advocacy groups and public officials on Monday, June 11 at the Reinvest Wisconsin Summit. Join us and hundreds of residents and practitioners who who want to close the homeownership gap, expand investment in underserved communities and combat the effects of gentrification. More info on sessions, presenters, and registration. Special discount opportunity available for current UEDA members.
    Contact for more information.

  • UEDA is inviting our members and partners to join our 'Color of Law' summer book club! Written by Richard Rothstein, the 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. Sign-up here >>
  • Each spring, UEDA coordinates the publication of over 8,000 Money Smart Week (MSW) Milwaukee Resource Guides in partnership with over 30 community-based organizations and lenders in Milwaukee's financial services sector. Though MSW 2018 is over, these guides (published in English & Spanish) serve as a great year-round resource to share with your clients, networks, neighbors, family and friends. We still have guides available for anyone who is interested in distributing. Contact to place a request. THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 MONEY SMART WEEK GUIDE SPONSORS: Byline Bank, Landmark Credit Union, Wells Fargo & Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
UEDA Member Milestones

Congratulations to Angela Adams of Goodwill Industries Southeast Wisconsin, Donsia Strong Hill of LISC Milwaukee and Dr. Sylvia Meltzer of Aurora Health Care
on being named among the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2018 Women of Influence!

The Greater Milwaukee Committee's student entrepreneurship program, The Commons, will be expanding their program into a soon-to-be-opened co-working space in Madison.

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation has received funds from the SBA to establish a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in Racine that will provide entrepreneurship training to military service members and military spouses. They are hiring for this center (location is flexible)

Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative welcomed Jane's Walk MKE participants into the neighborhood to view art created by community members and local organizations.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp. executive director, Antonio Butts, shares his vision for Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood and how he plans to help foster community driven neighborhood revitalize efforts.

Menomonee Valley Partners, in partnership with the City of Milwaukee, has released a request for proposals seeking a firm to prepare designs for the recently proposed Menomonee Valley Riverwalk.

Safe and Sound, Bader Philanthropies, WestCare Wisconsin and other community stakeholders led nearly 1,000 volunteers in a community cleanup in the Harambee neighborhood, clearing litter and debris and meeting with residents.

UEDA Community

Nomination Period Open for WEDA Awards
Don't miss this opportunity to highlight your community’s exciting economic and community development projects by nominating an innovative project or business for WEDA’s Community and Economic Development Awards. Nominations accepted through June 8. Nominate online >>

Partnership MKE Accepting Applications
Built on the legacy of The Mosaic Project, Partnership MKE is a leadership program that builds authentic relationships across lines of race, age, religion, sexual orientation and culture. The program will guide participants through an eight-month process of relationship, understanding, and trust-building. Applications for their 2018-2019 cohort are being accepted through June 22. More information >>

Mayor's Design Awards Announced
The awards are presented annually to recognize design excellence throughout Milwaukee. This year's award recipients include the Historic Garfield Apartments, Sculpture Milwaukee, Cesar Chavez Drive Façade Renovations, and Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons and many more. All projects with photos >>.

88Nine 'Invisible Lines' Series
The video series explores segregation, discrimination, and racism in the City of Milwaukee through conversations among real Milwaukee residents. View episodes here >>

Job Help Available at Milwaukee Public Library
Year-round, all Milwaukee Public Library branches offer drop-in help with job searches, applications and resumes. The library also offers free computer classes and more than 370 free online courses through Gale Courses (all you need is a library card to access!). The LearningExpress Library database also provides tools to create resumes and test prep for higher education. The Reference USA database provides company profiles and contacts, linked to real-time job postings. Learn more >>

Small Business & Nonprofit

BizStarts "Weekly Work Sessions" Program
The "Weekly Work Sessions" program is a series of 7 Wednesdays throughout June and July that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to show up and get work done. You'll get to connect with other entrepreneurs and have questions answered by BizStarts business coaches. June Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; July Dates: 11th, 18th, 25th. Drop into the BizStarts office (1555 Rivercenter Drive, Suite 210) each Wednesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm.

Wisconsin’s Incubators and Accelerators
A critical piece of any startup ecosystem are spaces that can help entrepreneurs develop their ideas into successful businesses. Click here for a guide to Wisconsin’s accelerator programs, startup incubators, student accelerators and some upcoming ventures that are still in development.

Leadership Training for Community Engagement
LISC Milwaukee is launching a new training program specifically designed for community engagement practitioners in Milwaukee. The training offers a comprehensive training curriculum designed to build meaningful relationships with residents and activate community change. Training's feature local and national best practices, allow for dynamic discussion, and offer helpful tools. The deadline for application is Friday, June 8th, 2018. Information & Application >>

Few Leaders of Color in Nonprofit Organizations
"Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap," shows that there is not a lack of aspiring leaders of color ready for executive level positions, but rather a persistent bias in the nonprofit world that is systematically weeds out qualified candidates of color. Read more and find a link to the full report >>

Upcoming Events

TODAY! MKE Monumental
May 31 | 5:30pm-8:30pm | WI Black Historical Society
Join the March on Milwaukee 50th anniversary planning committee for a storytelling and dialogue featuring true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows and small group dialogue with Zeidler Center facilitators. The event will help to continue the conversations generated during MOM50's 200 Nights of Freedom programming. More info >>

TODAY! Pop-Up MKE Info Session
May 31 | 5:30pm-6:30pm | Wellness Commons

A free informational session for business owners and entrepreneurs for the Pop Up MKE program! Learn about benefits, small business mini-grants, and requirements for participating in the program. The Pop-Up shops will be running from June - September 2018 with different businesses in the shop each month. Space is limited! Call WWBIC at 414-263-5450 to register. More information >>

NCRC Wisconsin Reinvestment Summit
June 11 | 9:00am-3:00pm | Milwaukee, WI

The Wisconsin Reinvestment Summit will bring together community-based organizations, financial institutions and public officials to collaborate on strategies to increase economic opportunity across the state.
Session Info & Registration >>

Opening Celebration: Griot Apartments and America's Black Holocaust Museum
On June 18th and June 19th, history will be made with the opening celebration for the Griot Apartments and America's Black Holocaust Museum - located at the corner of the North Ave and 4th St. Monday's event will feature a keynote speech by actor and activist Danny Glover and Tuesday's festivities will culminate with performances by critically acclaimed poet and author Aja Monet and the legendary Sonia Sanchez. More information >>

Women of Influence Luncheon
Friday, June 22 | Wisconsin Center
Join the Wisconsin Business Journal for a celebration of women and their accomplishments in aspects of business from mentoring to non-profit.
Register Today! >>

Lead Resource Fair
June 23 |11am-2pm | COA Goldin Center

Learn strategies for a lead safe home. More Information »

Milwaukee Public Library Job Expo
June 28 | 10am-1pm | Central Branch
Milwaukee residents can connect with area employers, with special opportunities for ex-offenders, limited English-speakers and teens. More information >>


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Member Spotlight

Safe & Sound is a Milwaukee nonprofit with a mission to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.

During the last year, the Racine Police Department hired Safe & Sound's Director of Technical Assistance and Evaluation, Bree Spencer, to partner with the department and the Racine Unified School District to restructure the ways that police officers worked in schools. To ensure that officers are assisting to improve outcomes for students while also focusing on school safety, Safe & Sound provided best practice research and technical advising for the restructure and recently conducted a mid-project progress report for the new School COP Officer program.

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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
First Stage
Tina Konitzer (Byline Bank)
Urban Strategies, Inc.

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

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

UWM Center for Economic Development
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)
Todd Clausen (Rescue Dog Technologies)
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors)
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