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UEDA Community News - October 2017
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  • UEDA's executive director, Kristi Luzar, was profiled as part of BizTimes recent cover story: 'Women leaders drive Milwaukee economic development organizations.' She is in good company, recognized alongside fellow economic development leaders Julia Taylor (Greater Milwaukee Committee), Eve Hall (Milwaukee Urban League), Wendy Baumann (WWBIC), May yer Thao (Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce), and Donsia Strong Hill (LISC Milwaukee (Local Initiatives Support Corporation).
  • On October 5th, UEDA hosted nearly 100 individuals at our Annual Community Development Summit where attendees explored the topic of economic and social inclusion with the disability community. The keynote presentation was delivered by Michael Morris, Director of the National Disability Institute, and luncheon remarks from Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett and Lt. Governor of Wisconsin, Rebecca Kleefisch provided a local perceptive on this topic. Click here for an initial recap of the event.
  • To follow, UEDA co-hosted a Greater Milwaukee Foundation 'On the Table' conversation with MIAD. We used small group discussion to continue to explore the topic of poverty and inclusion with the disability community.
  • UEDA will celebrate our 20th Anniversary of serving the economic and community development sector on November 6th at Merriment Social! Current members and partners are welcome to join us for this community gathering and celebration.
UEDA Member Milestones

A consortium of nonprofit organizations led by LISC Milwaukee with support from JPMorgan Chase’s PRO Neighborhoods initiative aims to support neighborhood-based entrepreneurs by connecting them with spaces along three commercial corridors to test out their business ideas.

Northwestern Mutual announced their new Cream City Venture Capital Fund which will provide early stage funding to startups and access to additional resources, including advisors, mentors, co-working space and technology.

Congratulations to Bethany Sanchez of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council on being selected to serve a 3-year term on the Federal Reserve Board Community Advisory Council!

Help the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce celebrate and honor the service of our state's veterans from November 4-11 during Veterans Week.

Happy 40th Anniversary to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council! Join them in celebrating four decades of fair housing work in Wisconsin on November 16.

First Stage is offering a special opportunity for organization and groups to attend their Pay What You Choose performances. Review the list of plays and special performance dates here.

UEDA Community

Proposed Housing Bills Aims to Reduce Evictions
Co-sponsored by Rep. David Crowley of Milwaukee and Rep. Jimmy Anderson of Fitchburg, the four-part “Housing Eviction and Discrimination Prevention Package,” was created to help families avoid evictions, abate rental payments in instances of landlord neglect and fight housing discrimination.

Potawatomi to Sponsor Milwaukee Streetcar
The Forest County Potawatomi Community and the City of Milwaukee have agreed to a 12 year, $10 million deal to support operating costs for the Milwaukee Streetcar, with funds also providing free rides for all patrons during the first year of operation.

Transit Oriented Development Community Workshops
Join staff from the City of Milwaukee and residents for the second public meeting to discuss how a streetcar extension could transform the Bronzeville and Historic King Drive neighborhood. The workshop will include a walking or trolley tour where you will be able to give your insight and advice on the future of the neighborhood. Two sessions will be hosted on November 4: 1:30pm-2:45pm or 2:45pm-4:00pm.
Learn more here >>

Entrepreneurship Remains a Challenge in Milwaukee
A new Public Policy forum report indicates that the city's workforce is getting stronger, but is under-performing in the areas of idea development, capital formation and entrepreneurship. Access the full report here.

Historic Garfield Apartments Celebrate Grand Opening
Hosted by local artists and America’s Black Holocaust Museum, the Garfield Art House Party welcomed community members into the newly redeveloped apartments located in Bronzeville.

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 FREE 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.

Investing in America's Workforce Conference
Held on October 4-6, the national conference plenary sessions can now be viewed online.

Nonprofit & Small Business 

Nonprofit Excellence Awards: Nov: 2
Presented by BizTimes Media, the awards salute southeastern Wisconsin’s best corporate citizens and most effective nonprofit organizations. UEDA Members JPMorgan Chase, Keith Stanley of Near West Side Partners, Inc., and the Greater Milwaukee Committee are among award finalists. Learn more and register here >>

Milwaukee Start-Up Week Approaching: Nov 6-12
The second annual Milwaukee Startup Week, presented by Northwestern Mutual, brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, and companies together to build momentum and celebrate entrepreneurship in Southeast Wisconsin.
View calendar of events here >>

Small Business Success Virtual Conference: Nov 9
This half-day event offers ten educational webinars, free advice from business mentors, a resource center, exhibitor booths, and networking chat rooms to provide you the information you need to succeed as a small business owner. Learn more and register here >>

Business Builders Summit: Nov 18
The 9th Aldermanic District Business Builders Summit will include informative presentations from the public and private sectors and resources centered on entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur and existing business owners are encouraged to attend to learn about the benefits of launching or growing a business in the Brown Deer Road and Good Hope corridors and participate in an opportunity to present a business pitch for a chance to win more than $10,000 in cash prizes. Learn more here >>

Upcoming Events

LISC Symposium: Equitable Development in Milwaukee
November 3 | 8am-2pm | Italian Community Center
This one-day symposium is focused on spurring equitable development policies and practices that benefit Milwaukee's low to moderate income neighborhoods. Topics will include community benefits agreements, co-operative housing models, and much more! Details & Tickets >>

First Stage 8th Annual Wine Tasting & Dinner
November 4 | The University Club of Milwaukee - Country Club

This year, you will have an opportunity to “Let Your Taste Buds Take Flight” as Executive Chef David Magnasco explores high-altitude regions from around the world and creates an unforgettable 5- course dinner paired with spectacular wines found only in higher elevations. Details & Tickets >>

Wisconsin Reentry Summit
November 7-8 | Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel

Keynote speakers Glen Martin of Just Leadership, DeAnna Hoskins of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Jon Ponder of Hope for Prisoners will share their personal journeys from incarceration to leadership positions in successful reentry projects. Attendees can select from a number of tracks. View registration form and program agenda.

Northwestern Mutual Supplier Diversity Conference
November 8 | Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons

This year's conference will focus on technology and innovation and is intended to facilitate relationship-building between diverse suppliers and purchasing decisions makers. Free to attend but you must register by tomorrow, Nov 1. Register here >>

ArtWorks for Milwaukee's 9th Annual Night by the River
November 11 | Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Night by the River is a tasting event where guests can enjoy a sampling of craft beers, fine wines, delicious cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from local establishments. All proceeds benefit arts-based internships where local teens learn life and career skills. Register here >>

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Member Spotlight

This month's UEDA Member Spotlight is the The Guest House of Milwaukee!
For 35 years, The Guest House has provided shelter, housing, education, and supportive services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. Their shelters and accompanying programming provide support to homeless men, women, families, and veterans. They also deliver outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment and work with those that are at-risk of becoming homeless. Visit their wishlist for an easy way to donate items to their shelter.
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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Forward Community Investments
Milwaukee County
Economic Development
UWM Center for
Economic Development

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 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

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
Southeastern Wisconsin
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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