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UEDA Community News - December 2020
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What we're working on...

If you missed the first session in our Take Root Milwaukee Homeownership Disparity Data Series you can view the recordingpresentation slides and access the Top 30 lenders (County & City) worksheetsAlong with 55+ attendees, we explored the most recent Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee, discussed how this information can be used to increase access to credit for non-white and low- to moderate-income borrowers, and reviewed lenders who appear to meeting the needs of their community with their loans. Stay tuned for dates and info on future sessions.

We've been hard at work finishing the public draft for the City of Milwaukee's 2020-2024 HUD Consolidated Plan, a project we've been working on with a broad group of stakeholders since mid-2019. The plan guides the allocation and strategies for the use of HUD resources by the City, which includes activities such as affordable housing and home repair programs, services for youth, small business assistance, workforce supports, supporting those with special needs or experiencing homelessness, and neighborhoods/quality of life. Look for a notice after the New Year with how you can learn more and provide comment. Visit to learn more.

Please plan to join us for our 13th annual Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser during the week of February 22-26, 2021! While this event is usually a one-night, in-person 'party with a purpose', our 2021 event will celebrate the most importance aspects of Carnival each day of the week! You can still expect to taste food from local restaurants, enjoy music and dance performances, celebrate our Annual Bridge builder Award, and engage with UEDA in unique ways!

Stay tuned over the coming months for updates and invitations!
A current list of members is listed below our member spotlight. If you are not listed, we invite you to join or renew and belong to a diverse network of individuals and organizations dedicated to enhancing Wisconsin's community and economic development sector.

We offer membership rates at the Student, Individual, Nonprofit/Governmental,
Small Business, and Corporate levels.

View membership benefits and join or renew online here.
Contact Jessica Wetzel with any questions at
UEDA Member Highlights

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s 2020 fundraising campaign brought in more than $60.1 million, exceeding their fundraising goal by over $5 million, increasing their ability to support programs that focus on enhancing the overall health, education and financial stability of the community.

Since March, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s MKE Responds Fund has distributed nearly $4.3 million to more than 190 nonprofits to support community needs that have been caused or deepened by COVID-19! Take a look at the GMF 2020 Community Impact Report for an in depth look at all of their recent investments.

Community Advocates recently spoke with WUWM Lake Effect about what eviction looks like and how it touches every aspect of a person’s life. Listen here.

Check out the Menomonee Valley Partners local gift guide for a list of goods and services offered by the unique businesses in the Valley!

Thanks to guidance and a business expansion loan from the Northwest Side CDC, Signature Sweets recently celebrated the grand opening of a new location in Milwaukee's Shorewood neighborhood.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp has completed Phase II of their Innovations and Wellness Commons project - a mixed-use development that will house a variety of health and wellness services, retail tenants, and Walnut Way's Blue Skies Landscaping company.

Congratulations to Acts Housing on receiving funding from Advocate Aurora Health to provide financial counseling, real estate services, rehab consultation, and other support that help families successfully purchase, rehab and retain homes!

If you missed VIA CDC's Virtual Gathering Event you can watch it here to find out who won the Most Improved Home Contest, the Love Where You Live Photo Contest, and the Good Neighbor Awards!

Congratulations to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago on being named among the Top 2020 Workplaces from the Chicago Tribune!


UEDA Community

Milwaukee Health Department Safe Holiday Guides
The City of Milwaukee Health Department wants residents to celebrate the holidays safely. Download and share the Holiday Guidance and Gathering Guidelines images to share with your networks and link to information on gathering guidelines, where to get free masks, testing sites, and more of the latest public health guidelines at

Give Back Milwaukee Campaign
To help rally support for local nonprofits, Milwaukee Magazine has partnered with the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network to launch Give Back Milwaukee, a multimedia effort that will promote how you can donate your time and resources to organizations in Milwaukee that address crucial community needs.

Changes to the City of Milwaukee's Office of Small Business Development
In January the City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development will transition to become the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) and expand its operations to include advancing racial equity and inclusion, improving accessibility, supporting equal rights, and focus on advancing racial equity and inclusion in city government. This includes examining and improving existing and new services using racial equity best practices, ending disparities in City government (including hiring and promotions), strengthening outreach and public engagement for communities of color and strengthening partnerships with community stakeholders.

Milwaukee County Receives Federal Funding for BRT
The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration announced a $40.9 million grant award to help the Milwaukee County Transit System move ahead with the East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project which will connect Downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, as well as Marquette University, the city’s west side and Wauwatosa. Learn more here.

Former Hostel Becoming First Housing Cooperative
The RiverBee redevelopment project is located between the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods and is set to begin in January of 2021. What was once Milwaukee's first hostel will now become the city's first housing cooperative, expanding options for affordable housing in the city. Learn more here.

City of Milwaukee Property Tax Payment Plan
The 2020 City of Milwaukee Combined Property Tax Bills are scheduled to be mailed out in mid-December. Due to the pandemic, the Treasures Office will not be accepting any in-person payments this year. Find out how you can pay your bill and learn about the the City of Milwaukee's ten-month, interest free property tax installment plan here.


Small Business & Nonprofit

Become An Entrepreneur in Residence with BizStarts!
BizStarts is inviting business owners to become their first Entrepreneur in Residence where you will receive your choice of a furnished office ($300/month) or furnished cube ($150/month) in the Biz Starts Schiltz Park office suite, as well as free use of internet, printer, conference room, auditorium in Schlitz Park for public events, and gym (after COVID). If you are interested in working in the BizStarts space, contact Executive Director, Patrick Snyder at or 414-973-2334.

SBA Tax Credit and Filing Assistance
Did you know small businesses impacted by the pandemic may qualify for tax credits and other relief? Get up-to-date information on COVID-19 tax and filing requirements and benefits from the Small Business Administration here.

Apply Now! Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
2021 Business Leadership Academy

This interactive, ten-month experience develops and strengthens the skills of existing and emerging LGBTQ and allied leaders in the workplace by providing quality and transformative programming. The 2021 Program will be fully virtual, meeting from February to November on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 4PM-6:00PM. Applications are open and are due on January 14, 2021. Click here to apply and be part of the 2021 Class of the Business Leadership Academy! Learn more about the program online here.

Applications Open: MKE Responds Fund
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is accepting applications for projects focused on helping to meet the food needs of children and families living in Milwaukee through their MKE Responds Fund. The fund will consider proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. An eligible fiscal sponsor may apply on behalf of an organization that is not a 501(c)(3). Grant decisions will be made by a Fund Advisory Committee. Details & Application >>

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Medical College of Wisconsin Community Briefing:
COVID-19 Vaccine
Monday December 21 | 6:00-6:45PM
Join MCW experts for a briefing, as the first COVID-19 vaccines receive approval for emergency use authorization and Wisconsin receives its first batch of these vaccines. These webinars are open to the public. Briefings will include opportunities to ask questions from MCW experts and highlights include safety, distribution planning, what you can expect from the vaccine and community protection. Register here>>>
Access MCW's COVID-19 Resource Center here>>>

2021 Governor's Conference on Economic Development
Hosted by WEDA
February 3-5, 2021 | Virtual Event

Early bird registration is now open! This year's conference will address equity in economic development while exploring ways to support businesses, large and small, during difficult economic times. Hear about Wisconsin businesses that have met the new demands of this past year with creative, collaborative approaches and explore the unique challenges faced by minority and women-owned businesses. The keynote speaker is William Fruth, POLICOM Corporation. View registration information, conference agenda, and more here>>>

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Member Spotlight

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization stands up for social and racial justice, helps families and strengthens communities, and their work impacts thousands in the Milwaukee-area.

In 2020, demand for YWCA SEW’s programs and services increased dramatically. Staff have adjusted to meet needs, resulting in YWCA SEW’s adult education program enrollment doubling; their financial management coaches facilitating more than 30 workshops followed by personal one-on-one support; and an expansion in racial justice programming, online workshops and organizational consulting.

Learn more about YWCA Southeast Wisconsin at
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
BMO Harris Bank
City of Milwaukee DCD
Diverse Dining
Forward Community Investments
Guest House of Milwaukee
Landmark Credit Union
Milwaukee 7
Northwest Side CDC
Rusty Borkin
Southeastern WI
Regional Planning Commission
Valarie A. Hill

Nonprofit & Governmental
AARP Wisconsin
Acts Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Burleigh Street CDC
City of Milwaukee DCD

Community Advocates
Community Insurance Info Center
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee (Aurora)
Data You Can Use
Gateway to Milwaukee
Granville BID/EDC
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Harbor District
Latino Chamber of Commerce
LISC Milwaukee
Menomonee Valley Partners
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee 7
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Milwaukee Public Library
My Choice Wisconsin
Public Allies Milwaukee
Safe & Sound
Sherman Park Community Assn.
SBA Wisconsin
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Urban Strategies, Inc.
Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
Wisconsin Community Services
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
WI LGBT Chamber of Commerce
WI Partnership for Housing Development
WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Small Businesses
Center for Public Skills Training
Diverse Dining
Jobs That Help
Lloyd Consulting, LLC.
Midwest Executive Realty
P3 Development Group

Lenders & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
BMO Harris Bank
Forward Community Investments
Johnson Bank
JPMorgan Chase
PNC Bank
U.S. Bank

AT&T Wisconsin
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative

Individual Members
Barbara Markoff
Carol Maria
Clarissa Mankus
Gary Korb
George Calaway
Howard Green
Julia O'Connor
Leigh Kundy
Leo Ries
Nathan Guequierre
Pat Mueller
Rusty Borkin
Salli Martyniak
Sarah Greenberg
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