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UEDA Community News - June 2022
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What We're Working On...
June is Homeownership Month! Our Take Root Milwaukee program offered free webinars for homebuyers and homeowners, and members in the network have been celebrating with events too. We'll be posting our webinar recordings so look for them in the next week and view all upcoming partner events at Follow our Facebook page for the latest!

Since 2019, UEDA has been facilitating the effort to form, design, and launch the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center. This work accelerated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has brought together a broad group of stakeholders across sectors active in housing stability issues. One of our key partners in this work has been the Milwaukee Circuit Court, which earlier this month announced they received an eviction diversion grant from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Their first step is to hire a staff person to help design and develop the court’s eviction diversion program. The Court Coordinator position is now open - please share with your networks! UEDA provides support through both technical assistance and participation and are very proud to be a part of this ongoing work.

Last but not least planning for our 2022 Emerging Topics in Economic Development Series is well underway! Save the date for our first session, which will be held on Tuesday, July 26 (10am CST) and will feature the topic of Special Purpose Credit Programs. Look for an event announcement with registration link in the next week or so; it will be a virtual meeting with national speakers and UEDA members. Upcoming sessions will be held later in the summer and fall - if you are interested in learning more, reach out to Kat our Communications & Events Coordinator ( 
UEDA Member Highlights

ArtWorks for Milwaukee's' 2021 intern video was one of several teen videos selected for the Milwaukee Film Festival's Milwaukee Youth Show. Two of the interns who worked on the project, Georgia and Mati, along with lead artist, Emily Moore, were on hand, along with an audience of about 100 people.  If you haven't seen the video, you can watch it on YouTube

CAPE Mental Health Movement is an ArtWorks program that utilizes graphic design to help spread mental health awareness, education, and acceptance. For their latest project, the interns of CAPE have created a survey to learn more about our community's mental health, including our neighbors' lived experiences, perception of mental health conditions, and knowledge of treatment options. The survey is open to youth and adults. It will take 10 minutes to complete and will be available to complete until August 31st. You can access the survey HERE.

Data You Can Choose published the Guide to Data Chats,  in conjunction with the Urban Institute and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a learning network that connects independent partner organizations in more than 30 cities around best practices in the democratization of data. Data Chats were developed by DYCU as a way to promote data literacy, share data with the people most affected by it, and learn from residents about how the data does or does not reflect their lived experiences by adding important context to quantitative data. They have not only used the Data Chat method locally as a way to address health disparities with neighborhoods during COVID, but have also had the opportunity to present the method at national conferences like Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) and UnidoUS.  Check out the Data Chat Guide to better connect data and people!

Tickets are now available for LISC Milwaukee's annual event, the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development & Innovation (better known as the MANDIs)! This year's celebration will be held Thursday, August 11th from 4:30pm-8:30pm at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. View finalists, itinerary, and purchase tickets here>>

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is pleased to now offer free regularly scheduled walking tours of the Soldiers Home campus. Each tour is 90 minutes long, approximately 1 mile, and will cover a variety of fascinating information including the history, architecture, and preservation stories of these historic buildings. Tours run rain or shine.  Learn more and register here.

They also partnered with Marquette University Latinx History professor Dr. Sergio Gonzalez to present a webinar on Latinx Milwaukee and Historic Preservation. A recording of the program, which discusses sites of importance to the Latinx community and efforts to recognize them, is available on the MPA website.

WWBIC has released a new directory! You can support WWBIC’s incredible clients by using their updated and improved client directory or browsing their Shop Small Digital Catalog.

Independence First released its calendar of events for July and August. Check out events including the Brown Bag Lunch Series, Take a Hike Club, Home Management, and more! View all events here

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity has a blog post and news articles highlighting impact of housing for families. Multiple stories including interviews of those who found housing through Habitat for Humanity can be found here

Milwaukee Public Library recently released a list, "100 Thing to Explore at MPL" - a great way to get your summer browsing underway! View the list here

Find a listing of current job openings HERE. Contact if you are a member and have an opening you would like added. And, be sure to check out the Jobs That Help website to find or list a nonprofit job opportunity in the state!

UEDA Community

AARP and Opticos Design are drafting a joint publication on Missing Middle Housing. They wish to hear from people who currently live, or have lived in Missing Middle Housing- By definition, Missing Middle Housing is a range of house-scale buildings with multiple units—compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes—located in a walkable neighborhood. They invite you to share this short survey with your network, Missing Middle Housing survey.

The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 are halfway through the process of updating the Downtown Area Comprehensive Plan and are seeking input! The new plan will help guide the development of the Downtown area over the next 10-15 years. Community engagement is critical - they need your voice to help shape the future of Downtown Milwaukee! On May 25, 2022, a Community Open House was held at 3rd Street Market Hall to solicit public input around a series of topics. The Connecting MKE: Downtown Plan 2040 Virtual Open House can be accessed online here. Sign up for email updates and learn more at:

The City of Milwaukee Common Council Drive-Through Job Fair is scheduled for July 14th, 2022 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.  Drive OR walk through one of three convenient locations: Location 1:  Employ Milwaukee’s Parking Lot at 2342 N. 27th Street. | Location 2:  Basilica of St. Josaphat Parking Lot at 2333 S. 6th Street. | Location 3:  Ross Innovative Parking lot at 7800 W. Brown Deer Road. There will be over 60 employers present at three locations.
Flier links: English | Español | Hmong

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition has updated their resources in advance of this year's elections. They are a non-partisan effort to help ensure full participation in the electoral process of voters with disabilities. Check out their resources here>> 

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its inaugural Mission Report, which describes the activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks in 2021. It outlines how they helped increase access to financing for targeted economic development and affordable housing. Read more here

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) was featured in a recent story by WPR, which covered pandemic job effects, budget considerations as a result, and their implementation of "MCTS Next" (an update of their routes & schedules). Read the article here.

Public Allies Program Manager Maresa Kelly recently released a photograph series ("Untitled") that focuses on queer identities. It is part of Public Allies’ campaign to highlight voices of LGBTQIA+ identifying humans in their network in honor of Pride Month. View the photographs here. 

Safe & Sound has annual Restorative Practices Circle Keeper Gatherings. They are held once a month and teach attendees about restorative practices and skills. To learn more email

TMG Wisconsin has a Caregiver Stories campaign on YouTube. Follow Tasha Orr-Holmes as she shares her caregiver experience in this four-part series. View here

Nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards are Open! Please consider nominating an individual or organization for this prestigious award. Learn more about these awards and submit a nomination here before December 2, 2022.
Small Business & Nonprofits

The Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management announced that registration is open for the 2022-23 cohort of HBI’s Nonprofit Leadership Circle program. This program focuses on the needs of Executive Directors & HR Management, offering support to the top-level oversight of nonprofit organizations of various sizes and missions. Participants share challenges and strategies for personal and organizational success in a facilitated, informal, round-table format that meets monthly in groups of 6-10, facilitated by an experienced coach for ten sessions throughout the year. Learn more about the program here

WWBIC's 2022 July-December Programs Catalog is now available! Access catalogs for all regions in the state here>>

Scale-Up MKE is accepting applications for Growth Accelerator 8! Join more than 90 companies with approximately $1M-$10M in annual revenue who have graduated from the Scale Up Milwaukee Growth Accelerator and learned to grow their revenue by over 25%. Find out more and apply here!

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a webinar TODAY 6/30 from 12-1pm CST to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. It will feature a live panel discussion, focusing on financial wellness and the importance of equity and opportunity to help uplift and support LGBTQI+-owned small businesses. The panel will also discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support small business recovery, LGBTQI+ startups seeking to launch, and help for existing LGBTQI+-owned small businesses as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world. Register here.

Gather & Grow: Getting Started with Digital Marketing
July 22nd | 4PM-& PM | The Collective Marketplace at Bayshore

This event is sponsored by SCORE. The digital marketing landscape and toolbox that is available to small businesses has grown rapidly over the past 10 years and navigating this world effectively can be a great challenge. This course is designed to help you understand how to approach quickly and effectively establishing the digital footprint for your company or brand online. The fee to attend is $25. Register here.

For any legal issues, remember the State Bar of Wisconsin and Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic has a program offering free legal consultation. Virtual appointments are available weekly and can be set up with an experienced business law attorney at request. Volunteer attorneys have helped small business clients with a variety of issues including employment, real estate, entity formation, contract questions and others. For more information & to request an appointment click here.

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program deadline was extended to 12/31/22! This grant provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. Be sure to connect with your local Business Improvement District (BID), association, or Chamber of Commerce for guidance on applying for the grant and gather required documents. Find a list of partners at the Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition site and visit WEDC’s MainStreet Bounceback site for your regional contact.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Coming up July 15! The Beerline Celebration Series brings together neighbors, performers, artists and makers to celebrate community and bring awareness to the Beerline Trail. It includes Music on the Beerline highlighting local performers, creatives and vendors, who transform the Beerline Plaza into a hub for opportunities and innovation. The series will take place on the following Fridays from 5:30-8:30pm (July 15, August 19, September 16), will feature a wide variety of genres and are free and open to the public.

OUT in the Kitchen
July 19 | 6-8 PM | Discovery World

Hosted by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, this annual event is a food tasting and drink event highlighting Chamber members. Come and enjoy some delicious food and drinks and network with great friends and colleagues. Tickets are $25. More information and to purchase tickets visit here

WHEDA Annual Conference
September 28 & 29 | Madison Monona Terrace
Save the date for WHEDA"s annual conference that coincides with its 50th anniversary. From panels featuring developers and property managers to engagement opportunities with financial experts and affordable housing leaders, the conference will offer industry leading insights. Email with questions.

SAVE THE DATE: The Menomonee River Valley's "Valley Week" will take place September 24th-October 1st. Learn more about sponsorship and events here.

Member Spotlight

Acts Housing's mission is, "Buy a home, build a community!" Their work includes HUD-approved homebuyer and financial counseling for families looking to buy homes, real estate, brokerage, and home rehabilitation. Acts Housing has helped over 3,000 families purchase a home since 1995. 

Learn more about Acts Housing

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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Cordella Jones

Nonprofit & Governmental

AARP Wisconsin
Acts Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Associated Bank, NA
Burleigh Street CDC
City of Milwaukee DCD

Community First
Congress for the New Urbanism, WI
Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS of Greater Milwaukee)
Data You Can Use
Gateway to Milwaukee
Granville BID/EDC
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Groundwork Milwaukee
Guest House of Milwaukee

Harbor District
Historic King Drive BID
Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
Independence First

Landmark Credit Union
Latino Chamber of Commerce
LISC Milwaukee
Menomonee Valley Partners
Metropolitan Milwaukee
Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee 7
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Milwaukee Public Library
My Choice Wisconsin
Sherman Park Community Assn.
SBA Wisconsin
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
United Methodist Children's Services (UMCS)
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
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
Community Insurance Info Center

Diverse Dining
GoodFlow Enterprises
Goyke & Associates
Jobs That Help
Lloyd Consulting, Inc.
Midwest Executive Realty
P3 Development Group

Corporations & Funders
AT&T Wisconsin
Forward Community Investments

Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
Johnson Financial Group
JPMorgan Chase
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC)

Mueller Communications
PNC Bank
U.S. Bank

Zilber Family Foundation

Individual Members
Amy Turim
Barbara Markoff
Bob Berlan
Brittany Thome

Carol Maria
Clarissa Ortiz

Dan Brophey
Evan Goyke
Gary Korb
George Calaway
Julia O'Connor
Kathryn Berger
Kurt Paulsen
Leigh Kunde
Leo Ries
Lynnea Katz-Petted
Matthew Frederick
Montavius Jones
Rusty Borkin

Sara Daleiden
Sarah Greenberg
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