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UEDA Community News - November 2018
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What we're working on...
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR CARNIVAL MILWAUKEE 2019! With the end of the year in sight, we are beginning to focus on planning our 11th Annual Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser. Our 2019 event will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Renaissance Place (5PM-10PM) and we are excited to have new partnerships in place that will help us elevate the mission of this event throughout the following year. Stay tuned for exciting announcements!
  • On Monday, December 10 our Take Root Milwaukee project is hosting an annual holiday happy hour! If you are interested in learning more about the housing and homeownership work of Take Root, or are interested in becoming a member of the network, please join us! You will have the opportunity to network with current members, hear about the accomplishments of the network over the past year as well as future plans.
  • Thank you to the following sponsors who supported UEDA’s inaugural Emerging Topics Series! With the support of JPMorgan Chase, City of Milwaukee, U.S. Bank, We Energies Foundation, Associated Bank, Huntington Bank, Johnson Bank, Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage, Greater Milwaukee Committee/MKE United and PNC Bank we can call this year’s series a success! Over 180 people joined us at three session to learn about community wealth building, financial empowerment for people with disabilities, and social enterprises. We heard from national, regional and local professionals and UEDA Members, who shared what they’ve learned, discussed new ideas and best practices. We also appreciate and recognize the time and talent of the following individuals who served on our Planning Committee: Angela Adams (Goodwill Industries of SE WI), Nadia Coronado (JPMorgan Chase), Paul Fehrenbach (BMO Harris Bank), Jessica Langill (City of Milwaukee), Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank), Amber Miller (WWBIC), Monica Murphy (Disability Rights WI), Terry Murphy (ArtWorks for Milwaukee), Nikki Payne (SEWRPC), Heather Pechacek (GMC/Scale-Up), Brian Peters (IndependenceFirst), Sharon Robinson (City of Milwaukee), Fran Serlin (MIAD) and Brittany Thome (National Disability Institute). THANK YOU!
  • UEDA's office will be closed from December 17th through January 1st. We will be using this time to plan for 2019 and close out 2018 project work. Look for a message from Kristi Luzar, UEDA's Executive Director, in the new year to learn about some exciting new work we will be engaging in!
UEDA Member Highlights

BMO Harris Bank recently announced a change in how to access their affordable mortgage lending team, which will utilize bank call centers and a new online mortgage application platform. The team will serve branches across the footprint, continue the bank’s housing agency partnerships, and is available to serve the needs of first time homebuyers, as well as any customer that wishes to utilize one of their many affordable lending tools. We thank them for continuing their commitment to affordable homeownership!

Mary Hoehne, Director of the Granville Business Improvement District has been leading neighborhood efforts to fill store fronts one creative venture at a time.

An eviction prevention coalition led by CommonBond Communities and the City of Milwaukee is working to research, evaluate and develop action steps and policy plans that will help encourage investment in housing stability in Milwaukee.

Wendy Baumann, President of WWBIC, was recently appointed Chair of the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. Congratulations!

The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp. launched a new program that aims to acquire and rehab up to 10 houses or duplexes a year in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood.

WWBIC is hiring for a Milwaukee-based Small Business Consultant that will deliver and coordinate business assistance programs to Sherman Phoenix tenants and the surrounding area.

Congratulations to Barbara Beckert of Disability Rights Wisconsin, who was appointed to Governor-elect Tony Evers Health Policy Advisory Council, and Donsia Strong-Hill of LISC Milwaukee, who was appointed to the Personnel Advisory Council. 

On November 30th the Sherman Phoenix will open its doors - the development effort led by Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development and JoAnne Johnson-Sabir of the Juice Kitchen and Shindig Coffee. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Deshea Agee, Director of the Historic King Drive BID on being recognized as on of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 10 Young Professional Power Brokers.

UEDA Community

Communities of Practice & Middle Neighborhoods
The City of Milwaukee, in particular Riverworks Development Corp. neighborhoods of Harambee & Riverwest, were highlighted as part of a Next City article that explores programs that are improving outcomes for America's middle neighborhoods.
Read here>>

40 Under 40 Nominations Open 
The Milwaukee Business Journal is seeking nominations for its annual 40 Under 40 awards. The special section profiles area individuals under age 40 who are making a difference in their industries and in their communities. Winners will also be honored at an awards event in downtown Milwaukee. Deadline to nominate is December 7, 2018. Nominate Today >>

Milwaukee County Transit System's NEXT
MCTS NEXT is focused on creating more high frequency bus routes in busy corridors to help more people get to work, school and everywhere they are going faster and easier. In 2018, a thorough review of the entire MCTS transit system was conducted and those results are ready for review. The community is invited to attend Open House Sessions on December 4th and 6th to review and share input on the plan. View the MCTS NEXT Fact Sheet here >> 

Milwaukee Streetcar Ridership
The streetcar system had strong ridership numbers in the weeks after its opening, averaging 2,191 riders a day, which is about 340 riders higher than city officials anticipated for the system when mapping it years ago. Learn more >>

WHEDA Foundation Awards Housing Grants 
Totally over $163,000, the awards will help the Center for Veterans Issues, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, St. Charles Youth & Family Services, Guest House of Milwaukee, Benedict Center, Meta House, Social Development Commission and Revitalize Milwaukee build new facilities or make improvements to their existing facilities. Learn more >>

Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America?
Stephen Pimpare, author of Generation Priced Out
A Peoples History of Poverty in America, discusses why is housing so expensive in so many cities, and what can be done about it on this podcast episode >>

The Milwaukee Declaration Seeks Events
Pastor Jay English, Parklawn Assembly of God Church, is looking for race reconciliation events in early 2019 to promote and incorporate into their second annual Martin Luther King Day event that will be held at Eastbrook Church on January 21. If you are hosting an event or are aware of any, please contact Pastor Jay at
The Milwaukee Declaration project >>

Health Insurance Marketplace Assistance
The Milwaukee Public Library is hosting free, open to the public sessions with Licensed Healthcare Navigators who will be available to assist with exploring insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to apply for coverage in 2019 is December 15. Call 414-270-4677 for an appointment. Walk-ins will also be accepted if the navigator does not have an appointment. More information>>

Small Business & Nonprofit

Annual Marketplace Small Business Academy
This half day program is FREE and includes a Small Business Resource Fair featuring chambers, micro-lenders, business assistance organizations and more. Plus two 30 minute sessions of small group roundtable discussions covering dozens of key topics useful for startups and existing businesses. This is a perfect event for small business experts to bring clients or friends looking for micro-loans or resources to get started right, or get their business growing successfully. Nearly all of our local community lenders will be there in one place making it easy to see what each offers. Register here >>

Success for Start-Up Week Milwaukee
Over 5000 people attended 70+ events during the week dedicated to educating, highlighting and supporting the area's entrepreneurship community. View the event slideshow >>

SBA Webinar: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your intellectual property. Explore the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights and discover the process for filing for a patent or trademark and registering for a copyright. Watch here >>

Upcoming Events

MANDI Finalist Announcement & Holiday Party
December 4 | 4:30PM-7PM | Grain Exchange

Join LISC Milwaukee to celebrate the finalists selected for this historic 20th year! Finalists and winners are selected by an independent, cross-sector volunteer selection committee. The committee reviews nominations and selects two finalists in each of seven categories. Register here >>

53212 Marketplace Holiday Edition
December 8 | Noon-5PM | The Vibe

Join Riverworks Development Corp., the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin and LISC Milwaukee at their 53212 Marketplace for a Holiday themed event to get some early Christmas shopping done. Local vendors will be selling homemade goods. Over 20 vendors will set up shop in The Vibe, creating an indoor public market. Food trucks will be on site with live music. Come on out and support your local artists.

ArtWorks Internship Project Unveiling
December 8 |1PM-3:30PM | WPCA

Join ArtWorks for Milwaukee and enjoy holiday cheer and a celebration of their fall interns at Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA)! Interns from their collaborative program with WPCA will unveil the photography they have been working on this fall. More information >>

WWBIC Strong Women, Strong Coffee
December 13 | 7:30PM- 9AM | Schlitz Park

Featuring the Honorable Kashoua Yang, Wisconsin's first and the nations second, Hmong-American Judge.
Register here >>

Safe & Sound Blutending: Cocktails for a Cause!
December 18 | 5:30PM-7:30PM | Blu (Pfister)

Join Safe & Sound board member celebrities as they “Blu-tend” to benefit Safe & Sound and support their mission to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.
10% of the drawer and all tips benefit Safe & Sound! More information >>

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber Holiday Soirée
December 20 | 5:30PM-7:30PM | InterContinental

Join the LGBT Chamber for drinks and hors d'oeuvres as they toast to the holidays and the coming new year. All are welcome! You won't want to miss this fun and festive holiday gathering, so register today. The cost for Chamber members is $10 for each event and $15 for non-members. Email Annie at if you are interested.

Milwaukee Business Journal Economic Forecast 
January 10 |  The Pfister Hotel
Join the Milwaukee Business Journal for an Economic Forecast event featuring a keynote by Charlie L. Evans, the ninth president and CEO of the Seventh District Federal Reserve Bank, at Chicago. Beginning in January 2019, Mr. Evans will serve as a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Register Now >>

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Member Spotlight

The YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For more than 100 years, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin has been a resource for women and their families. From the first auto mechanics training for women in 1920s, to the first racially-integrated cafeteria in the Midwest, to today’s innovative economic development initiatives, the YWCA has been at the forefront of positive social change.

Join them on Tuesday, December 4 from 5PM to 8:30PM for their 14th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice, with keynote speaker Symone Sanders.

This event highlights YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s unparalleled leadership in racial justice efforts and encouraging colleagues and friends to reflect on the work that is yet to be done. It will feature keynote speaker Symone Sanders and annual awards that recognize individuals for their commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women in their professional and personal lives.


UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Community First
Forward Community Investments
Frank Martinelli (Center for Public Skills Training)
Milwaukee Christian Center
My Choice Family Care
National Disability Institute
UWM Center for Economic Development
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

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, Inc.
Helen Bader Institute
for Nonprofit Management

Historic King Drive BID
Hmong WI Chamber of Commerce
Landmark Credit Union
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
LISC Milwaukee
Martin Luther King EDC

Menomonee Valley Partners
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center

Milwaukee County
Economic Development

Milwaukee Development Corporation
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Job Corps Center

Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Milwaukee Public Library
My Choice Family Care
Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee

North Avenue Marketplace BID
Northcott Neighborhood House
Northwest Side CDC

Prism Economic Development Corporation
Riverworks Development Corp.
Safe & Sound, Inc.
Teens Grow Greens

United Way of Greater Milwaukee
& Waukesha County

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

The Business Council
The Water Council
TMG Wisconsin
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 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)
Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank)
Carol Maria
Dan Brophey

Dave Glenn
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Gary Goyke (Goyke & Associates)
Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
George Calaway (G Calaway Realty)

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

Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates, LLC)
Kathryn Berger (WEDC)
Kingsley Siribour
Krystina Kohler (United Way)
Lashunda Wingard (Me Time Candles & Gifts)

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 (Community Wealth Building)
Sarah Greenberg (FCI)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Insurance & Financial)

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