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UEDA Community News - September 2017
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What we're working on...
  • 16th Annual Community Development Summit - Still Time to Register!
    Building Economic & Social Inclusion with the Disability Community
    Held on Thursday, October 5th, during the first week of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this year's Summit aims to increase awareness around the connection between people with disabilities and poverty. Attendees will be encouraged to identify ways they can individually and collectively improve accessibility and foster an inclusive culture in their workplace, activities, programs and events. Click here for more information on what to expect at this half-day event, and be sure to 
  • Through our Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN) project, we are excited to be partnering with PRISM EDC as they work to launch a new shared-space, commercial kitchen in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood. If you are aware of food-based businesses looking for processing and storage space, please have them contact Jessica at
UEDA Member Milestones

LISC Milwaukee is investing $5 million in a newly-created, statewide Wisconsin Business Opportunity Fund, which will leverage WHEDA’s federal New Markets Tax Credits to unleash private capital for high-impact economic development projects.

Congratulations to WWBIC and Forward Community Investments on being awarded over $1.5 million combined by the CDFI Fund! Dollars are used to increase access to credit, capital, and other critical financial services for disadvantaged businesses and low-income communities.

Happy 5th Anniversary to the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce! Help them celebrate at their September 27th Anniversary Celebration & Business Showcase.

The North West Side CDC's film “Seeking Century City” will screen during the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival on Thursday, October 12 (5pm) at the Times Cinema!

Congratulations to Town Bank on the opening of their newest branch, located at 4720 W. Lisbon Avenue.

Registration for WWBIC's Annual Luncheon is now open! It will be held Tuesday, December 5 and feature speaker Mary Houghton, co-founder of Shore Bank.

UEDA Community

Public Meetings on Transit Oriented Development

The City of Milwaukee, Historic King Drive BID, and the Harbor District are hosting two open house kick-off meetings to discuss how the proposed King Drive and Walker's Point streetcar extensions can generate new housing options, improve public open spaces, connect people to jobs, and attract new businesses. Stop by a session to share input.

MKE Elevate Plan - Provide Your Feedback by 9/30
Through September 30, the City of Milwaukee Health Department will be collecting public comment, feedback, and additional ideas for consideration on their Draft MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan. Click HERE to review the draft and then provide your thoughts and feedback.

It's Valley Week - September 26-30

Explore and experience Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley - an urban district where industry and jobs, entertainment experiences, outdoor exploration, and nature thrive in the heart of the city. 

Changes for African American Chamber of Commerce
Over the coming years, the Chamber plans to move its offices to the Wellness Commons, undergo strategic planning that will allow them to expand their revolving loan fund, and eventually transition to a Community Development Financial Institution. Lean more >>

Redevelopment Plan for 30th Street Industrial Corridor
Que El-Amin, graduate of Milwaukee’s ACRE program, and principal with Scott Crawford Inc., is working on a multi-year, $60 million plan that will revitalize the Corridor by replacing vacant industrial space with 190 apartments and a business incubator. Lean more >>

LISC Milwaukee MANDI Nominations are now open!
The Milwaukee Award for Neighborhood Development & Innovation (MANDI) recognizes outstanding efforts in community development in our city. Nominations will be accepted through October 20 and the awards celebration will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Visit the nominations website for more details >>

Nonprofit & Small Business 

Webinar: Engaging Banks in Workforce Development
Banks and organizations partnering with them can play an important role in workforce development. On September 26 (2pm CST) speakers will present tools and information for banks to engage in workforce development activities that may help them fulfill their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act. Details & Registration here >>

Launch MKE Business Academy Recruiting Now!
This new Milwaukee startup program is aimed at urban entrepreneurs. Beginning on October 2, Launch MKE will offer its inaugural, interactive 10-week Business Academy course to both aspiring and established entrepreneurs in Milwaukee. Classes will be taught by local experts and cover the basics of starting a business: licensing, financial literacy, market research, cash flow and more over 10 weeks. Details & Enrollment >>

Startup Milwaukee Announces 2017 Startup Week
Running from November 6-12, the week will focus on building momentum in SE WI’s high-growth startup community and highlighting the resources available to entrepreneurs in the region. Read more and view calendar of events >>

Rev-Up Small Business Competition Winner Announced
Lisa Kaye Catering LLC took the top prize at Near West Side Partners’ Rev-Up MKE small business competition! Congratulations to this long-time Carnival Milwaukee participant. Read more >>

Upcoming Events

Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs
Fall 2017 Visioning Sessions (October-December)

Participants will provide input and envision a more just Milwaukee. Monthly sessions will focus on a particular topic: Economic Growth: Employment and Small Business Creation, Social Justice, and Youth (Re)Engagement.
Details & Registration >>

A New Workforce: How Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Intersect
October 4 | 11am-1:30pm | Wisconsin Country Club

Part of Havenwoods EDC’s “The Engine” conference, attendees will hear from several leading manufacturers about the ways in which they have attracted, developed, and retained the best talent through having the best culture. Details & Registration >>

HWCC 11th Annual Business Awards Celebration
October 6 | 5pm | Potawatomi Hotel
Learn what the chamber has been working on and how their community is growing. Register here >>

Harbor Fest
October 7 | 11am-4pm | School of Freshwater Sciences

Put on by the Harbor District, this event  will introduce you to Milwaukee's Inner Harbor and help you fall in love with this forgotten piece of Milwaukee. Details >>

Disability Rights Wisconsin 40th Anniversary Gala
October 14 | 5:30pm-9pm | Monona Terrace
Join DRW as they celebrate 40 years of advocacy for disability right, inclusion, and support. Details & Tickets >>

IndependenceFirst Gallery Night Reception
October 20 | 5pm-9pm |  Independence First
Stop by this annual juried art exhibition between 5pm and 9pm to view the work of artists with disabilities and artwork containing disability-related themes, highlighting the contributions that individuals with disabilities make in the local art community. More information >>

LISC Symposium: Equitable Development in Milwaukee
November 3 | 7:45am-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 >>

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.


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Member Spotlight

This month's UEDA Member Feature is the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development. For 30 years WPHD has worked to raise awareness of the affordable housing shortage and how it limits economic development in communities and keeps lower income households from living up to their potential. For them, it’s all about increasing the supply of affordable housing! We are proud to call them a UEDA Member.
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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Historic King Drive BID
Kathryn Berger (WEDC)
Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd
Centro Hispano Milwaukee
Todd Clausen (Rescue Dog Technologies)
Ted Matkom (Gorman & Company)

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.
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
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
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
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
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)
Ken Hayes (AT&T)
Kingsley Siribour
Krystina Kohler (United Way)
Leo J. Ries (MLK EDC)

Leonar Rosas (UMOS)
Lynnea Katz-Petted (Revitalize Milwaukee)
Nina Johnson (Guaranty Bank)
Peter Richardson (Northwestern Mutual)
Rusty Borkin (Milwaukee Jobs Work)
Sarah Greenberg (Greenberg Strategies)
Shawntell Parr (Midwest Insurance & Financial)
Thomas Frenn (Attorney)
Tim Syth (Lush Production)
Willie Johnson, Jr. (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors)
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