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UEDA Community News - July 2022
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What We're Working On...
UEDA is out in the community! This summer UEDA is attending a number of community events to promote Bank On Greater Milwaukee, Take Root Milwaukee, and UEDA's work.  Look for us at Midtown Community Resource Fair (July 30), Racine Health & Business Expo (August 6), Puerto Rican Family Fest (August 7), Bronzeville Week, Silver City International Fest (September 10), and others. Shout-out to our new funder & community partner AdvocateAuroraHealth, who will join us at some of these events.

Seeking SWAG!
We are also seeking donations of items we can use for our prize wheel and other outreach activities. Pens, pads, chip clips, sanitizer, first aid kits - all the fun-sized items for us to give out. We’ll be out in the community this summer and fall, so if you have anything to donate for giveaways, please let us know! Contact if you have something to donate
Comments sought on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) by August 5thThe public comment period is open for community groups to provide feedback on the historic overhaul of CRA rules proposed by federal regulators in early May 2022. Keep scrolling for a link to resources from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) on this historic opportunity. Submit comments here

Take Root Milwaukee members recently completed strategic planning work in June & July, setting the stage for this long-time collaborative initiative to continue supporting sustainable homeownership efforts. Many thanks to those that participated! Contact if you'd like to learn more.

Planning for our 2022 Emerging Topics in Economic Development Series continues for what is shaping up to be a Fall series! Save the date for our first session, which will be held on September 13 from 10-11:30am CST  and will feature the topic of Special Purpose Credit Programs. Look for an event announcement with registration link in early August; it will be a virtual meeting with national speakers and UEDA members. If you are interested in learning more, reach out to Kat our Communications & Events Coordinator ( 

Last but not least, UEDA has started strategic planning efforts this summer with an organizational assessment and a Member Survey to be sent out in August. We are excited to develop a framework that will guide our growth over the next few years! Look for invites and ways to participate, and for our Annual Community Gathering event in September.
UEDA Member Highlights

Data You Can Use President and Executive Director Victor Amaya's journey was highlighted by the Neighborhood News Service. Learn about more about him, Data You Can Use, and their upcoming Data Day. View the article here

Groundworks Milwaukee 
did a r
ecent live spot for the Weather Channel. Jess Haven at Groundworks shared information about a grassroots science initiative in Milwaukee to collect data and better understand urban heat islands throughout the city. Check out a recording here

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

Save the Date! 3rd Latino Economic Unsummit
September 23 | 8am to 2pm | Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport

This year’s event will focus on Business Resilience, and will feature a series of discussion circles where entrepreneurs have the opportunity to lead authentic conversations with policy makers, procurement officers, and service providers. Event details>>

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.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) recently released a community message regarding an increase in incidents of hate and available resources: "We have also watched with great concern other hate (or likely hate-based) incidents in our state, including the murder of Brazil Johnson, a 28-year-old Black trans woman, on June 15 in Milwaukee, attacks on Asian residents of Madison, and antisemitic pamphleting at homes in Marshfield. Help is available for anyone who has faced hate. For those who are targeted by hate, or who witness it and want to take action: please know that we are here for you." MMFHC is part of a Community Response Network that offers many different types of support to victims of hate incidents. More information here>>.

Milwaukee Public Library is seeking Adult Program Proposals. The Library offers adult programs in support of the MPL’s mission to help people read, learn, and connect. Programs that promote the goals outlined in the library’s strategic plan are welcome and will be considered. Learn more here

WHEDA's annual conference will be held September 28-29 with both in-person (Madison's Monona Terrace) and virtual options. This year's conference will celebrate WHEDA’s 50th anniversary. Professionals in the affordable housing industry will gather to learn about innovative practices and cutting-edge projects that are advancing equity in housing and economic opportunity throughout Wisconsin and beyond. More information here>> 

The Menomonee Valley Partner's STEM Internship is in full swing as seven students complete their fourth week of the seven week internship. MVP will also feature sunset kayak tours on August 26th. Learn more here and how to join here

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.

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

NCRC Issues Analysis of Historic Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Overhaul Proposal
The reforms proposed in early May would make changes to the architecture of the examinations process for rating banks' success or failure at fulfilling their obligations under CRA. NCRC's analysis identifies several areas where the proposal falls short and should be amended. They have also drafted sample comment letters to serve as a framework, which include strong points on areas where improvements should be made.

August is #ABLEtoSave Month
ABLE plans can change the way individuals with disabilities and their families participate in the community, build financial wellness and plan for the future by empowering them to save and invest for the added expenses that come with having a disability without losing access to federal means-tested benefits.

While Wisconsin has not formed its own ABLE program, it has granted state-tax benefits to residents who participate in a program administered by another state.

View and share this video from Bank On and UW Madison Extension that shares the benefits of these accounts and how to open and use one successfully. Check out and SHARE the ABLE to Save Month Toolkit for more resources and information. Check out this video to hear the personal impact ABLE Savings Plans are having all across the country.

The City of Milwaukee is seeking election inspectors and other election workers. In particular, there is a call for individuals fluent in English/Spanish and English/Hmong. Learn more here
The Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund was recently highlighted by local news outlets. With a significant investment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, it is a significant opportunity for the City of Milwaukee to invest in housing needs. Learn more about the fund and how to apply here. Responses are due August 12.

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>> 

This recent Urban Milwaukee article highlighted a new affordable housing initiative by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and WHEDA, which includes 10 projects in Milwaukee. Read the article here

The Wisconsin Policy Forum released a new report examining the rate of the City of Milwaukee’s racial disparities in homeownership, comparing it to 10 other peer cities. The report notes that advancing racial equity in this area is both urgent and difficult.

This recent article in ShelterForce provides a rundown of the recently released Housing Supply Action Plan from the Biden Administration, which includes existing proposals, tweaks, Congressional action items, and administrative moves.

This past March the Collective Impact Forum conducted a survey called "Resources to Advance Equity Practice." The purpose of this survey was to learn more about how we can best support people to keep equity at the center of their collective impact work. In this new blog post, Executive Director Jennifer Splansky Juster shared what findings and learning questions came up for the community survey results. View in Resources to Advance Equity Practice: Survey Findings

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

The FDIC recently released an update to the Play Money Smart website, which includes financial literacy games and resources. Banks and other organizations are asked to partner to spread the word, create organizational accounts and help promote its use by clients through prizes and awards. View and share our blog post 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 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.

Scale-Up Milwaukee’s SPARC program is accepting applications for its 8th cohort!
This program focuses on Black-, Hispanic-, and woman-owned businesses with annual revenue under $1M. It will run from September-November. Learn more>>

Reminder that 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.

WWBIC's 2022 July-December Programs Catalog is now available! Access catalogs for all regions in the state here>>
Upcoming WWBIC training courses for entrepreneurs! 
Accounting for the Non-Accountant | August 1 | Details
Website Builders for Your Small Business | August 8 | Details
A Walk Through LivePlan (business planning software) | August 15 | Details

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

WEDA Academy Webinar: Placemaking: Creating Your Quality Place
August 3 | 1:30-3:00PM

Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of placemaking, various approaches, and urban and rural perspectives. Learn more & register

Urban Institute Webinar: The Push & Pull of Alternative Pathways to Affordable Homeownership
August 10 | 11:00am-12:30pm CST

Panelists will discuss how reforms can enable more low-and-middle-income households to pursue the American dream of homeownership and what attendant challenges and tensions these households face. Register here. 

Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA): 2022 Basic Economic Development Course

September 12-15, 2022 | Held at VJS Construction, Pewaukee, WI 
The BEDC is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, methods and practice of economic development. Graduation from this course fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer Designation (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council. Learn more & register

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

Data You Can Use: Data Day
October 19 | 9 AM-4 PM | Northwestern Mutual, 733 N. Van Buren St.
Data You Can Use will host its eighth Data Day, “Our Data, Our Neighborhoods: Building a More Equitable Milwaukee Together." Learn more about previous Data Days and stay tuned for event information!

Member Spotlight

Midwest Executive Realty is a real estate agency that is locally owned and operated since 2012. They serve the Southeastern Wisconsin and Greater Milwaukee areas. They have been a member of UEDA and our Take Root Milwaukee program for many years!

Learn more about Midwest Executive Realty

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New & Returning Members
Christina Luna
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SBA Wisconsin

Nonprofit & Governmental

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

Congress for the New Urbanism, WI
Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS of Greater Milwaukee)
Data You Can Use
Gateway to Milwaukee
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
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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.
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
Associated Bank, NA
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

Cordella Jones
Dan Brophey
Evan Goyke
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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