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UEDA Community News - October 2019
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What we're working on...

Throughout the months of September and October, we have been hosting community input sessions and focus groups in support of the City of Milwaukee’s 5-Year HUD Consolidated Plan. In total, our outreach sessions have solicited input on CDBG funding priorities from more than 150 residents and professionals, and our community survey has been completed by more than 600 individuals. If you have not yet taken the survey or if you have a network that you can share the survey with, please do so by November 15. The survey is available at in English, Spanish and Hmong.

UEDA's Take Root Milwaukee program is partnering with Ald. Coggs & Stamper on their annual Housing Resource Fair taking place on November 23 at North Division High School. Attendees can connect with a variety of resources that can help them purchase a home, fix up a home, and keep a home. There will also be workshops on purchasing a city-owned home, finding home repair resources, and improving personal credit health. View details and invite your friends, family and colleagues via this facebook event.

On Friday, October 11 we hosted our final Emerging Topic Series event of 2019 - Mapping Prejudice: Visualizing Hidden Histories of Privilege. In partnership with Forward Community Investments and the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development we welcomed close to 70 people for a presentation on racial covenants and their use in housing development in Minneapolis, MN and cities across the United States. We also learned about local efforts to create a curriculum for middle and high school students that teaches the history of segregation in this country developed by Divided by Design MKE. Find a full recap with links to resources here. 

We are hosting our final Diverse Dining meal of the year on Tuesday, December 10 at Antigua Latin Restaurant - a longtime Carnival Milwaukee food tasting donor. Stay tuned fore more details and a link for tickets. In the meantime, learn more about Diverse Dining here and view a video made at our last partnership meal here.
A current list of members is listed below our member spotlight. If you aren't listed, we hope you will join or renew and belong to a diverse network of individuals and organizations dedicated to enhancing Wisconsin's community and economic development sector.

View our benefits of membership and join/renew online here.
UEDA Member Highlights

IndependenceFirst spoke to WUWM about the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's Access Ratings for Buildings - ARB Project, which will allow people with disabilities to find out how accessible businesses are before visiting them.

Northwest Side CDC will be launching a social enterprise incubator that will support local entrepreneurs to grow social enterprises which serve the community and create jobs through economic activity. To support the incubator, NWSCDC is also hiring for a Incubator Manager.

Congratulations to WWBIC on being awarded with an SBA PRIME grant to help emerging micro-entrepreneurs gain access to capital!

Set amidst the monarch butterflies’ annual migration and Día de los Muertos celebrations, First Stage's current play, 'On the Wings of Mariposa', has tickets available at a discount for members of the community.

Jason Rae of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce was named to The Business Journals’ Influencers: Rising Stars national list of executives who are having an impact early in their careers. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Genyne Edwards of P3 Development Group on receiving the Wisconsin Leadership Community Choice Award for Executive of the Year at the Wisconsin Leadership Summit!


UEDA Community

Milwaukee Employment Renovation Initiative
The City of Milwaukee is seeking  partners for the Milwaukee Employment Renovation Initiative (MERI) 2.0. MERI 2.0 will provide discounted City properties and development assistance to developers who will renovate City owned foreclosed properties and provide employment opportunities for local residents. Properties may be developed for homeownership, rental and lease to own programs. Responses to the Request for Qualifications are due November 14, 2019 at 11AM. More Information >>

Co:Lab Civic Accelerator
NEWaukee, Startup Milwaukee and The Commons will permanently launch Co:Lab – a civic accelerator that delivers a deeply engaging and experiential opportunity for a select group of Milwaukeeans to change their city for the better after a successful pilot program in 2019. Participants will apply their diverse skills, build new connections in the city and work together to produce a high-impact solution for a real community issue. Learn More >>

Milwaukee County Sales-Tax Referendum
Milwaukee-area leaders seek permission for a binding referendum to raise the county sales tax to 1.5% from 0.5%, with estimates of additional revenue adding up to as much as $160 million in the first year. Fund would be used to provide property tax relief and fund countywide priorities. Learn More >>

City Receives Federal Lead Abatement Funding
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that the City of Milwaukee has been awarded $5.6 million for lead abatement, to address lead hazards in 320 housing units for low-income families with children between now and April 2023. Learn More >>

New Eviction Database Website
The City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services, the City Attorney's Office, Legal Action of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin have launched an Eviction Database website where users can view interactive maps and data visualizations to track and monitor city of Milwaukee evictions. Visit to explore the tool and view landlord eviction history and code violation information.

Rent for Success Training Program
Rent for Success workshops will teach both potential and existing renters how to better navigate renting property and learn more about their rights as a tenant. Developed by the City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services, this free training program is designed to educate and empower renters to make safe, healthy choices in their housing, and to provide helpful resources if anything does go wrong with an arrangement. Visit for a class schedule and additional tips about avoiding property rental scams. Group presentations can also be reserved by calling (414) 286-8122 or emailing Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a 50-page manual.


Small Business & Nonprofit

Startup Milwaukee Week: Nov 11-17
This event and networking series will return for its fourth year with an increased focus on diversity and inclusion, and more opportunities for emerging startups to connect with venture capitalists from the region. Learn More >>

BizStarts Honors Event: Nov 14
You don't want to miss this incredible opportunity to network with business leaders, emerging small business owners, and local organizations dedicated to supporting the growth of Wisconsin’s economy! There will be an Entrepreneur Showcase to learn about and connect with BizStarts supported companies. Buy Tickets >>

Madison Named Best 'Untapped' City for Startups
Madison ranked No. 1 because of its well-educated population and low office rental prices. The city has the highest concentration of millennials compared with other cities in the country, which makes it a good place for young startup founders. Learn More >>

Nonprofit Needs Assessment Survey: Due Nov 3
The future of supportive services for Milwaukee nonprofit organizations is uncertain and hearing directly from nonprofits is essential for good decisions to be made. Responses from 59 more Milwaukee organizations are needed to help Project Pivot gain a better understanding of what type of services and supports are needed for nonprofits operating in Milwaukee. Those that complete the survey are entered to win Starbucks gift cards and one lucky organization will win a $1,000 grant for completing the survey. Take Survey >>

Empty Storefronts Conference
November 4 | 8AM-5PM | The Avenue MKE

A day-long conference that focuses on holistic solutions, national trends, best practices, and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas to fill empty storefronts, and features national and local speakers. Details & Registration >>

Milwaukee Veterans Week
November 4-11 | Milwaukee, WI

Dedicated to promoting veteran-friendly and veteran-owned businesses, as well as the vibrant network of nonprofit organizations in our community, the 4th Annual Milwaukee Veterans Week is a week-long marketing and events program highlighting the contributions veterans make to their local community. Event Details >>

Regional Intermodal Freight Summits
This regional Summit is your chance to understand key business models for intermodal transportation services and hear directly from representatives of the railroads & freight shipping industry.

REMI Policy Luncheon
November 8 | 11AM-1PM | Monona Terrace, Madison

Regional Economic Models Inc. is hosting "When the Music Stops: Ranking Policies and Projects in a Downturn" which will feature government taxation and spending options in response to economic slowdown using state planning approaches. Info & Registration >>

Women of Influence Symposium
November 15 | 7AM-4PM | Pfister Hotel

Join the Milwaukee Business Journal for inspiring keynotes and amazing breakout sessions featuring past Women of Influence Award winners. Morning Speaker: Anna Zornosa, Founder and CEO at Ruby Ribbon Inc. Lunch Speaker: Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, CARE.COM. Info & Tickets >>

Trends in Creative Placemaking on Problem Properties
November 21 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Webinar

Within this broad, growing field exists a subset of creative placemaking efforts: those taking place on vacant, abandoned, and underused properties. Hear about the trends, case studies, and survey responses from practitioners, residents, government officials, nonprofit leaders and many others involved in creative placemaking efforts. The webinar will also offers insight into how communities across the country are using creative placemaking to address problem properties and advance community-centered revitalization—and the challenges that sometimes stymie these efforts. Register Here >>

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Member Spotlight

The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce serves veterans and military families by providing resources to support veteran owned and veteran friendly businesses across Wisconsin. The Chamber is the voice of Wisconsin’s veteran business community, dedicated to improving the business climate for military veterans and their allies.

This year the Vets Chamber is celebrating the fourth anniversary of Milwaukee Veterans Week.
Milwaukee Veterans Week recognizes how veterans contribute to our local economy and communities across southeastern Wisconsin by promoting veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses, along with the incredible work of community partners. New this year, the Chamber is collecting cleaning supplies and food items for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.

Celebrate Milwaukee Veterans Week by attending the events below!

Veterans in the Workforce Luncheon
November 4 | 11:00am-1:30pm 
Harley Davidson Museum

Veterans Business Breakfast
November 6 |:8:00am-11:00am
Marcus Center of Performing Arts

4th Anniversary Muster
 November 7 | 5:30pm-8:30pm
Milwaukee Yacht Club

Information & Tickets
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
AT&T Wisconsin
Carol Maria
Community First
Forward Community Investments
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Leo Ries (WI Preservation Fund)
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
My Choice Family Care
WI Partnership for Housing Development

Nonprofit & Community Orgs
ACTS Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Cardinal Stritch University
Community First

Data You Can Use
Educators Credit Union
First Stage
Fix Development LLC
Gateway to Milwaukee
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Granville Business Imp District #48
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Harbor District, Inc.
Havenwoods EDC

Latino Chamber of Commerce
of SE Wisconsin

Menomonee Valley Partners
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
My Choice Family Care
National Disability Institute
Northwest Side CDC

Outpost Natural Foods
Prism EDC
Sherman Park Neighborhood Assn.
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
Urban Strategies, Inc.
UWM Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
WI LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Lenders & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Forward Community Investments
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Johnson Bank
Landmark Credit Union

Town Bank
U.S. Bank

Corporate & Governmental
AT&T Wisconsin
Aurora Health Care

City of Milwaukee DCD
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
JPMorgan Chase
Milwaukee Job Corps Center
Outpost Natural Foods
P3 Development Group
U.S. Small Business Administration
UWM Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
UWM Center for Economic Development

Individual Members
Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank)
Brian Doudna (WEDA)

Carol Maria
Daniel Brophey
David Johnson (Cream City Farms)
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Frank Martinelli (Center for Public Skills Training)
Gary Korb (SEWRPC)
Howard Green (Howard Green & Associates)
Ihsan Atta (OPUS Corporation)
James Hill (The Common Good)
Joan Johnson (Milwaukee Public Library)
Julia O'Connor (Administrative Triage)

Kingsley Siribour
Kurt Paulson

Lashunda Wingard (Me Time Candles & Gifts)
Marcus White
Matt Richardson (SmartWave)
Melody Berry
Nathan Guequierre (AECOM)
Rusty Borkin (Community Wealth Building)
Steve Chernof

Susan Lloyd (Lloyd Consulting, Inc.)
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