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UEDA Community News - September 2022
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What We're Working On...
Carnival Milwaukee Returns!
We are excited to announce that UEDA's annual fundraiser Carnival Milwaukee will be returning in-person in 2023! This event features food, fun, dancing, celebration and more! We are seeking feedback from past and potential attendees to help us plan the event. Please fill out this 3-question survey & help us make Carnival 2023 amazing!

Our 2022 Emerging Topics in Economic Development Series kicked off earlier this month, featuring the topic Special Purpose Credit Programs. Over 40 individuals joined us to talk about this promising tool that can help bridge homeownership and wealth gaps across America. Check out our blog post for a brief summary and links to the recording and slides.

Our second Emerging Topics session will be held on Thursday, October 20th! BIDs & NIDs: Overview & Outlook will be from 4:30-6:30 PM at Good City Brewing (2108 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202). Learn about Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Neighborhood Investment Districts (NIDs), recent trends, hear from local BIDs and NIDs leader about their future plans, and last but not least, network and connect with each other! Register here to join us>>

Bank On Greater Milwaukee celebrated its 3rd anniversary on September 29 with an in-person event that highlighted our accomplishments and recognized our 2022 BOGM Champions.
Thank you to the nearly 40 people that joined us in the beautiful space at St. Francis of Assisi Parish on N. Vel Phillips Avenue! View the slide show and remarks from City of Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson; look for photos and more in the coming weeks.

UEDA & Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin's Technical Assistance Committee are offering a listening session for nonprofits and those who work in the sector to share their thoughts on how we can help support them with capacity building and resources. Join us on Wednesday, October 26 at Noon for a virtual session! RSVP to if you'd like to attend so we can send you a link!
UEDA Member Highlights

AARP Wisconsin is hosting "Pedestrian Dignity Experience (Amani Neighborhood)" on October 6th from 10 AM-11:30 AM. Join AARP Wisconsin and Jonathon Stalls, founder of Pedestrian Dignity and author of “WALK: Slow Down, Wake Up, and Connect at 1-3 Miles per Hour”, for a walking and rolling event within the Amani neighborhood. Pedestrian Dignity events center the lived experience of all who walk, use a wheelchair and take transit as their primary form of transportation. Learn more and register here. 

Congratulations to UEDA Members Mueller Communications and Independence First for being recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a Best Places to Work 2022 Winner!  Also recognized were UEDA community members EWH Small Business Accounting and HNTB Corp. Read more>>

Congratulations to Community First MKE on being selected for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s Diverse Developer grant program! Read more>>  
Their 37th Street School development project was also recently featured on WUWM’s Lake Effect. Listen and read it here.

Hosted by Data You Can Use, "Data Day" registration is now open! Join them October 19, 2022 for a day-long conference and celebration of data-driven community building, policy, and planning in Milwaukee neighborhoods and beyond. Event & registration information>>

The Community Development Alliance (CDA) is allocating $2 million of the grant to Acts Housing's new acquisition fund. The fund is intended to preserve or create affordable housing by purchasing batches of properties and reselling homes to targeted owner-occupants instead of watching out-of-state investors build local portfolios. They also received a major boost with Wells Fargo awarding a $7.5 million grant. Read about these exciting investments and developments in Urban Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The City of Milwaukee Department of City Development (DCD) recently announced the selected development teams for the Homes MKE initiative, which included Take Root Milwaukee members Milwaukee Community Land Trust, Acts Housing, and Ezekiel Community Development. Read more>> 

The City of Milwaukee, along with Menomonee Valley Partners and the WI Department of Transportation received a $3.25 million Federal grant to prepare a site under the Marquette Interchange for future development. Read more>>

Hosted by Menominee Valley Partners, Valley Week is THIS week! This week has events every day like community events, movie screenings, hikes and more! Check out this listing to learn more. 

SEWRPC recently released a 27th Street bus rapid transit line plan for Milwaukee County. The plan would build off existing routes and improve transit service and workforce mobility. It is open for public comment through October 2nd. Learn more about it and provide feedback at

WWBIC will host their annual luncheon on Tuesday, November 15. "Open For Business" will celebrate their 35th anniversary and feature a Small Business Market. View event details and purchase tickets HERE. You can also 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

General elections in Wisconsin take place on November 8th. Check out these resources and share with your networks!

MyVoteWI at helps voters find information about election dates, voting locations, what's on the ballot, and more by address search.

Bolder Advocacy, in partnership with The Democracy Capacity Project, just launched a new series, Nonprofit Voter Assistance. These guides work to empower nonprofits to run effective civic engagement, maintain compliance with complex state laws related to advocacy, and more. View the Practical Guidance: Nonprofit Voter Assistance Series. 

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 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

Mediate Wisconsin, a Take Root Milwaukee member and co-partner in the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center was recently featured by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Check out the profile here

Help inform the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s 2023-2028 Community Health Improvement Plan! Join one of four meetings this fall. Meetings will include a brief presentation of the Community Health Assessment, results of the Priority Issue Survey and photo campaign, and small group discussions to prioritize top issues. For more information or to RSVP, go to

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.

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 Programs Catalog is available! Access catalogs for all regions in the state here>>

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Sherman Park Community Association: Fall Community Resource Fair & All Things Voting
October 1 | 11 AM- 2 PM | Sherman Park
This family-friendly event will provide residents with resources for health, housing, environmental safety, beautification and more. Plus, there will be children’s activities, a farmers market, and the opportunity to register to vote or to check voter registration. 

Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce: Women’s Leadership Reception
October 5 | 6:00 pm | Women’s Club of Wisconsin
This uplifting evening will celebrate the impact of women veteran business owners, professionals, and community leaders in Wisconsin. Event information & tickets>>

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." Event information here>>

SDC Summit on Poverty
October 25-27 | Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee

The goal of this annual event is to expand learning, engagement, and advocacy by providing access to Community Action Agencies, human service, government, and education for professionals and practitioners nationwide as we address our conference theme: In Pursuit of Resilience & Self-Determination. Register here>>

Madison Nonprofit Day
November 2 | 8 AM- 5 PM | Monona Terrace Convention Center

Considered by many to be the region's best nonprofit conference, it combines emerging issues, skills-building, motivation, and a whole lot of networking opportunities. View event information here>>

Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference
November 10 | 8:00 AM-6:00 PM | Marcus Performing Arts Center

Attendees have all-day access to over 100 business & resource exhibitors, informative breakout sessions, networking, and more! Event information & tickets>>

WWBIC Annual Luncheon
November 15 | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee

The 35th anniversary luncheon celebration showcases decades of impact and connects our small business community to partners and supporters. Event information & tickets>>

Member Spotlight

The University of Wisconsin Credit Union is a credit union headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. As of 2021, UW Credit Union has more than 300,000 members! They are active with our Bank On program and also recently joined Take Root Milwaukee. 
Learn more about UW Credit Union

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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
UW Credit Union

Nonprofit & Governmental

AARP Wisconsin
Acts Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
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
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
SBA 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
U.S. Bank

Zilber Family Foundation

Individual Members
Amy Turim
Barbara Markoff
Bob Berlan
Brittany Thome

Carol Maria
Christina Luna
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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