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UEDA Community News - December 2018
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Sending warm wishes to our members, partners and supporters
for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!
UEDA Member Highlights

Congratulations to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on being named on of America's 10 Best Community Foundations by Charity Navigator, the nation's largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate!

May yer Thao of the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Jeanette Mitchell were named the 2019 Sacagawea Award recipients by Professional Dimensions.

Sherman Phoenix developers Juli Kaufmann (Fix Development) and JoAnne Johnson-Sabir were named Community Executives of the Year by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Congratulations to Walnut Way Conservation Corp and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors on being named among 12 finalists for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs) Awards, sponsored by USBank in partnership with LISC Milwaukee.

Listen to the City of Milwaukee's Sharon Robinson and Fund My Future Milwaukee's Ashleigh Edgerson discuss the new Children's Savings Account Initiative via this recent WUWM Lake Effect interview.

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber has launched a Business Leadership Academy which is focused on developing and fostering the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders in the workplace by providing quality and transformative programming. Applications to join the academy are being accepted until January 8, 2019.

Congratulations to Kalan Haywood Sr., Haywood Group, LLC, Julia Taylor, Greater Milwaukee Committee, and Joaquin Altoro, Town Bank for being recognized among others with a Be The Change Award at the Milwaukee Urban League's annual Equal Opportunity Day luncheon!

By focusing on housing, economic development and grassroots leadership development, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors has continued to improve the quality of life for residents of their Silver City, Layton Park and Burnham Park neighborhoods.


UEDA Community

Support Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Through December 31, NewsMatch will match new monthly donations or double one-time gifts - up to $1,000 - in support of MNNS. Donations will help the News Service continue to provide fair and responsive coverage of Milwaukee's neighborhoods, helping to shine a light on the residents, projects and organizations that might otherwise go uncovered. Donate here >>

Johnson Foundation Seeks New President
The foundation’s goal is to convene the right people on timely and compelling topics and empower them to find innovative solutions with sustained impact.
Learn more about the position here >>

East-West Bus Rapid Transit to Move Forward
Milwaukee County and MCTS received notification that the Federal Transit Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact based on their review of the Environmental Assessment completed for the East-West BRT project. The East-West BRT will be the first rapid transit corridor in the region, providing a “central spine” for MCTS, spur economic development and reduce congestion for commuters. Read more >>

LISC Creative Placemaking Webinar Series
Creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities, has become a widespread practice in communities striving to advance local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes for residents. Join LISC, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation for this six part webinar series by registering for each event as they become available. View webinar dates here >>

Governor-Elect Names First Four Cabinet Members
Tony Evers announced names of his first four Cabinet members on December 19, all of which are from Milwaukee area. Learn more about each member here >>

WEDA Biennial Frederick C. Pearce Award
This lifetime achievement award recognizes individuals that have made significant contributions to the field of economic development, exhibited superior leadership, and achieved success in the face of adversity. WEDA is accepting nominations in support of individuals who meet the following award criteria: Long-standing commitment to economic development; Exceptional contributions to the field of economic development; Leadership as an economic development professional; Success in the face of adversity. Access the nomination form here >>


Small Business & Nonprofit

Last Chance to Share Your Experiences
Provide information to policy makers, researchers, and service providers on your experiences as a small business owner via the Federal Reserve System's Small Business Survey before it closes on December 21, 2018.
Take survey here >>

National 'Write a Business Plan Month'
Before year's end is the time to write your business plan if you don't have one, or revise the one you have. The Small Business Administration's templates and examples can help you work through the process effectively.
View planning templates here >>

United Way Meets 2018 Campaign Goal
The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County raised $56,001,547 during its annual community campaign, meeting a campaign goal of $56 million. Read more >>

Medical College and Greater Milwaukee Foundation
A partnership between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation resulted when leaders from both organizations recognized that they were separately were looking to address some of the same socio-economic and health disparities Milwaukee. The entities will co-locate in 2019 at a yet-to-be-determined location.
Learn more here >>

Upcoming Events

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 >>

70th Annual Crime Prevention Awards
February 1 | The Wisconsin Club

LISC Milwaukee and Safe & Sound are proud to host the Crime Prevention Awards which recognize exemplary crime prevention efforts in the community. RSVP here >>

SAVE THE DATE - UEDA's Carnival Milwaukee
February 23 | Renaissance Place

Join UEDA for one of the most diverse, fun-filled events of the new year! Carnival Milwaukee celebrates Milwaukee's diversity and unique cultural identity through food, music, dancing, art and more! This year we're excited to be celebrating the 11th anniversary of this annual 'party with a purpose'. Check out photos of past events >>

38th Annual Sacagawea Awards Dinner
March 3 | The Pfister Hotel

The Sacagawea Awards recognize women who have attained the pinnacle of their calling, reached out to guide others along the path to personal and professional success, and exemplify high standards in their professional careers. This annual awards program is sponsored by Professional Dimensions, the largest organization of professional women in Wisconsin. All proceeds support the Professional Dimensions Charitable Fund efforts this year on behalf of Pathfinders' New Paths program. Purchase Tickets >>

2019 MANDI Awards Gala
April 11 | Potawatomi Event Center

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation recognize excellence in community development. Join LISC Milwaukee as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the MANDIs and continue to celebrate the good news of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen our great community. Learn about finalists here >>

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Member Spotlight

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting stewardship and awareness of the historic, cultural, and economic value of Milwaukee’s built heritage.

MPA aims to strengthen Milwaukee’s neighborhoods by advocating for and promoting their unique cultural spaces and architectural assets in order to foster a strong and vibrant community as well as demonstrating the link between historic preservation and viable economic development.

One of the Alliance's success stories in 2018 was the culmination of a years-long effort to save a formerly vacant building in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, giving the 136-year-old building a shot at a new life.

To continue advocating on behalf of Milwaukee’s historic buildings, MPA needs your support!
Help them raise $10,000 by December 31st by donating to their year-end fundraising campaign.

UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Matt Richardson (SmartWave)
Ishan Atta (OPUS Corp)
Havenwoods EDC/BID #31
P3 Development Group
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors

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
National Disability Institute

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

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)
UWM Center for Economic Development


Individual Members
Andy Holman (Ritz Holman CPA’s)
Barbara Markoff (Huntington Bank)
Carol Maria
Dan Brophey

Dave Glenn
Deborah McCollum-Gathing
Frank Martinelli (Center for Public Skills Training)

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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