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UEDA Community News - November 2017
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What we're working on...
  • On November 6, UEDA celebrated its 20th Anniversary at our Annual Community Gathering alongside our valued members and partners. UEDA Executive Director, Kristi Luzar, shared a brief retrospective of the organization, as well as a vision for the future. We honored Bethany Sanchez of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council as our Extraordinary UEDA Volunteer and the City of Milwaukee as Extraordinary Community Partner for their unwavering support of UEDA's mission and programs. In addition, outgoing Board Members, Barbara Markoff, Todd Clausen, Jan Pierce, Christopher Boston, Greg Lawless, and Mutope Johnson were recognized for their service.
  • Since June we've been working with Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension's Family Living Program and the FDIC to develop a collaborative of nonprofit, private and public sector partners working in the area of financial capability. In October the Financial Equity Group finalized its mission, vision and values, operational structure and prioritized key work areas. As we head into 2018, they'll be focused on Impact Tracking and a Bank On Working Group. A special thanks to the CFE Fund, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation and Greater Milwaukee Foundation for supporting our work in this new initiative. If you're interested in getting engaged, contact us!
  • We've been hard at work planning for UEDA 2018 events! Our annual fundraiser Carnival Milwaukee will be held on Saturday, February 24 and we are currently planning an Emerging Topic Series that will feature new ideas and projects in economic development.
As we head into 2018, now's a good time to join or renew your membership with UEDA! Your work is important - let us continue supporting your efforts in the next year. A UEDA membership offers opportunities to:
  • Share knowledge and best practices
  • Connect with a diverse network on professionals, and
  • Access information on the latest trends and broad promotion of your events and activities.
Renewing is easy! Join online, download the form and send to UEDA's office or call us at 414-562-9904 and we can process over the phone.

UEDA Member Milestones

Happy 40th Anniversary to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council! Their anniversary celebration showcased successes since their launch and reminded us of efforts to ensure fair lending and fair housing are common practice in the Milwaukee area. UEDA Members Independence First, the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS, and Disability Rights Wisconsin for being honored by MMFHC for their own efforts to further fair and accessible housing efforts in Wisconsin. Read about the celebration and other fair housing events that day here.

Congratulations to Near West Side Partners director, Keith Stanley, on receiving the Nonprofit Executive of the Year award at the 2017 BizTimes Nonprofit Excellence Awards!

On September 28, ACTS Housing celebrated families who have completed their homeownership education and rehab process process at their annual Longest Neighborhood Table event.

In early November, Revitalize Milwaukee was joined by 100 volunteers to complete home repairs and beautification work on eight homes in the Miller Valley as part of their Block Build program.

Historic King Drive BID was featured in this article on community input sessions on a possible streetcar expansion into the Bronzeville neighborhood, opportunities for growth and concerns about potential gentrification.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and corporate partner Komatsu built nearly 20 homes in the Washington Park neighborhood in September as part of a 'building blitz.'

UEDA Community

Public Policy Forum Plans to Merge
The Forum has shared plans to merge with the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), resulting in an increased staff capacity, broader research capabilities, and a better ability to engage and inform policy makers and citizens.

Transit helps close minority jobs gap
This Streetsblog article discusses how a recent report from Demos demonstrates that improving access to job centers through transit investments can also reduce racial disparities in employment, including here in Milwaukee. 

Nominations open for 40 Under 40 Awards
The Milwaukee Business Journal is accepting nominations for its 2018 40 Under 40 awards. The awards recognize individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities.

'Joblines' Ridership at Record High
MCTS Joblines (routes 6 and 16) has reached record ridership, with an average of 1000 daily riders on the 16 alone, traveling from the City of Milwaukee to jobs Waukesha and Washington Counties.

Double Your Donation to Milwaukee NNS
Until the end of the year, every dollar donated to Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service will be doubled, helping them to continue delivering their balanced reporting to the community. Donate today!

Nonprofit & Small Business 

Tips for Holiday Marketing
Review this list of quick-tips that will help set your business apart and help drive sales through the holiday season. 

Wisconsin Marketplace Conference: Dec 13-14

The Governors Conference on Minority Business Development helps minority, women and veteran-owned company representatives learn about doing business with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations. The first day features a FREE Small Business Academy, with workshops on contracting processes and the second day includes one-on-one buyer meetings and networking booths with small businesses, resource providers, government agencies, and lenders.

Business Builders 'Shark Tank' Competition: Dec 18
After a successful Business Builders Summit on Nov. 18, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis is inviting aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners to apply for the Business Builders Summit ‘Shark Tank Competition.’ The deadline for the application is Dec. 8, and the competition will be from 6-8pm at Direct Supply. More information and to apply:

Upcoming Events

Goodwill Financial Wellness Fair
November 29 | 1pm to 4pm | Sojourner Family Peace Center
Open to Goodwill participants, employees, community partners and clients - a great opportunity for people to connect with local resources and organizations​ that can help them reach their financial goals. View flyer here

Harbor District Draft Water & Land Use Plan Open House
December 4 | 4pm to 6pm | NEW Mitchell Street Library
View the plan and open house details at

MANDI Finalist Announcement & Holiday Party
December 5 | 4:30pm-7pm | Mr. J's Lounge
LISC Milwaukee's MANDI Awards recognize excellence in community development. Join them in celebrating the fifteen finalists selected this year!

2017 WWBIC Annual Luncheon
December 5 | 11am | Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

WWBIC's annual event showcases WWBIC clients and their work to support small business growth in Wisconsin. Register here >>

YWCA Evening for Racial Justice
December 6th | 5pm | Marcus Center

This annual event is a celebration of community leadership that provides the opportunity to speak openly about racism. Register here >>

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Member Spotlight

With a Central Library location and 12 neighborhood branches, Milwaukee Public Library
is Wisconsin's largest public library system. MPL hosts a number of classes, events and activities througout the year for individuals of all ages and needs. Individuals interested in exploring a variety of topics along with others can check out their Discovery Lunch sessions, and small business owners can look into their Book a Business Librarian program to get connected to materials that will help you plan for business growth.
Learn more at
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Wisconsin Veterans
Chamber of Commerce
Una VanDuvall (HeartLove Place)
Al Luna (MATC)
Kalan Haywood (Vangard Group, LLC)
Earl Buford (Employ Milwaukee)

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Body & Soul Healing Arts Center
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 
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.
Safe & Sound
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
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 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)
Evan Goyke (WI State Assembly)
Gary Goyke (Goyke & Associates)
George Calaway (G. Calaway Realty)
Greg Lawless (UW Extension)
Jerusha Daniels (WPHD)

Jim Hill (Cardinal Capital Management)
Joan Johnson (MPL)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

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)
Thomas Frenn (Attorney)
Tim Syth (Lush Production)

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