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UEDA Community News - December 2022
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Happy Holidays from all of us at UEDA!


The weather outside is frightful and we like to think of happier times when the sun was shining & we didn't have to wear coats.

It's been a year of transition, growth, and inspiration here at UEDA! 
Look for a message from us in the New Year recapping it all and 
showcasing the impact of our member and partner network.

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season and we'll see you in 2023!

What We're Working On

Calling all UEDA Stakeholders!
In 2022 we started the process to undergo strategic planning. With support from the Nonprofit Management Fund and Zilber Family Foundation, UEDA participated in a comprehensive organizational assessment, invested in capacity building efforts, and engaged a facilitator to help us with this important effort.

In January we will kick off our strategic planning work. We are inviting UEDA Stakeholders and Members to provide their input as part of this process. The purpose of this survey is to help us enhance the benefits of UEDA membership and identify areas or activities you think UEDA could focus on.


We greatly appreciate and value your input! SurveyMonkey tells us that it will take about 7 minutes of your time. The responses collected will remain anonymous. Everyone who submits a survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to a past Carnival Milwaukee Food Tasting participant. The survey closes January 13th and we’ll draw for the winner on Tuesday, January 17th.

Boosting the signal - Warming Site Volunteers are needed!
There is a call for volunteers from the Milwaukee Continuum of Care, who has been a steady partner of UEDA as we work with the City of Milwaukee to develop their HOME-ARP Allocation plan, which will bring in much-needed funds to develop housing for those most at risk of housing instability. Help is needed to keep our neighbors experiencing homelessness safe through the winter months as we work with them on finding their way home. Register here with this preliminary volunteer form
 so they can understand interest; a follow up survey will be emailed to respondents. Please share with your networks and follow the Milwaukee CoC on Facebook for more details.

REMINDER - SAVE THE DATE for Carnival Milwaukee!
UEDA's annual fundraiser is back in-person on Friday, March 3, 2023! We’ll be celebrating with all the local, diverse amazing food and music PLUS some of the great virtual features we incorporated over the past 2 years. This year Carnival Milwaukee will be held at The Historic Prtizlaff in downtown Milwaukee. An announcement in early 2023 will be made on tickets, event lineup, and other details!

UEDA Member Highlights

Acts Housing was featured by the Wall Street Journal discussing their Homeowner Acquisition Fund and one of their Acts Alumni Families. Read the article here>>

AARP has a new report, "How to Court the 50+ Market" which includes how to prevent ageism in messaging, spending habits of the 50+ community, and more. View the report here>>

Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide. Included in the guide are trainings, toolkits, and wellness resources. You can download it here

Mueller Communications released its annual holiday message, a delightfully humorous video that includes throwbacks to famous holiday videos. Get your holiday cheer and watch it here>>

Congratulations to UEDA Board Member Sherri Jordan of Envision the Ladder and Maysee Herr, CEO of the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce for being recognized at this year's MARKETPLACE with awards for Thought Leadership and CEO of the Year. Read more>>

Riverworks is looking for VITA Volunteers for the upcoming tax season! Contact them at 414-906-9650 if you would like to learn more about volunteering and learn more about their VITA program here.

WHEDA’s 2023 Multifamily Application Workbook is now posted for the 2023 housing tax credit application cycle. You can view more on the 2023-24 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) as well as other supporting documents here

Congratulations to Ana Simpson at WHEDA for being recognized by TEMPO for their 33rd annual Mentor Awards. The Mentor Awards will be held on February 16, 2023. She was recognized for her empathy and commitment to creating “…an environment where professionals from all walks of life with varied experiences feel valued and empowered.”
Read more>>

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

The impact of the Bank On coalition and movement was highlighted in this recent article in Finextra. In the articleCFE Fund President & CEO Jonathan Mintz discussed the positive trends and real shifts in banking access that occurred as part of the pandemic. He also notes how fundamental banking is to other social investments that improve the daily lives of people such as housing and workforce. Read more>>

2022 Home Upgrade Grant Program is opened! Revitalize Milwaukee and Green Homeowners United have opened their home energy efficiency upgrade program for low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who own their home. The program is funded by a grant from the Public Service Commission. Upgrades aim to reduce utility bills and increase comfort. Each home will be evaluated for the improvements that best meet those goals and include things like attic insulation, gap sealing, and air conditioning, and more. Learn more about the 2022 Home Upgrade Grant Program.

SecureFutures is looking for around 100 volunteers to serve in the Money Coach program for the spring semester! They have the goal to serve 20 sites in the Milwaukee area, and need volunteers to bring Money Coach to even more teens in the community! Please check out the volunteer recruitment flyer for a program overview and the coach role descriptions for more details

If you are interested in becoming a Money Coach for the spring semester, please take one minute to complete the volunteer interest form. SecureFutures is asking individuals spread the word to friends, colleagues, and others in your network who might be interested in becoming a Money Coach! 

Marquette University Trinity Fellows Program is accepting nonprofit or government applications to host a Fellow.  The Trinity Fellows Program is a 21-month work/study fellowship designed to develop emerging leaders for social and economic justice. Fellows are graduate students with a background in service, social justice, and civic engagement, who work at Milwaukee-based organizations while attaining their master’s degree.  Fellows work 18 hours per week for 21 months with their placement and organizations get supportive funding to cover the cost of a Fellow. Organization applications to host a Fellow are due February 17, 2023. The organization applications and instructions can be found here>>

The Welford Sanders Memorial Scholarship by the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) is partnering with the Milwaukee Department of City Development. This scholarship aims to promote diversity in the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program and honors Welford Sanders, a former professor in the department who was well-known for his economic development leadership.  This exciting opportunity will provide a future graduate student with a pathway to a rewarding and meaningful career. Applications are due by January 15, 2023. More information here>>

Small Business & Nonprofits

Applications are now open to be a part of the 2023 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.  Our 2023 Program will be a monthly in-person gathering in Milwaukee (with option for virtual participation), meeting from February to November on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Applications are open and are due on January 13, 2023. Learn more about the program here>>

The Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute (MEI) will host a Grand Opening / Open House in their NEW space on Friday, January 6th 2023 from 4:30pm-7pm. Take a look at MEI's new home where they will bel able to provide more privacy, services, and space to clients. Join them on this special day and get to know their future plans for MEI. Their new address is 3419 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215. Please RSVP by contacting their office at (414) 383-4633 or email at

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. Connect with your local Business Improvement District (BID), association, or Chamber of Commerce for guidance on applying for the grant and 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

How to Make Your Brand Shine In Any Interview
January 17 | 11 AM-Noon | Zoom

Hosted by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber, this workshop will guide attendees through exercises to prepare for and make the most of any media opportunity. Learn more and register here>>

Community Advocates: 10 Tips to Reduce Conflict
January 26 | 10 AM-Noon | Zoom

Participants will explore foundational information on how to reduce the level of conflict through self-knowledge, understand how past experiences influence current behavior, and practice 10 tips of de-escalation. The cost to attend is $25. Learn more and register here. 

WEDA Conference

February 1-3 |  Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee
The 2023 WEDA Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will feature industry thought leaders and practitioners who will cover today’s challenges and opportunities as we explore community revitalization, data driven talent attraction, transportation, early childhood care, housing, and entrepreneurship. More information is available here>>

Member Spotlight

PRISM Economic Development Corporation developed and now operates UpStart Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen that provides a space for entrepreneurs to start or grow their food-oriented business. Prism EDC is evolving into a hub for food-related business development and community service and currently focuses on three main activities: an UpStart Kitchen, Community Meals Program, and Brigade MKE. 

Learn more about PRISM EDC
Become a UEDA Member TODAY!

Join a growing network of community and economic development professionals.

UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Bright Horizons Real Estate
Carol Maria
Community Charge PGH
First Federal Bank
GoodFlow Enterprises
Goyke & Associates
HomeWorks Bronzeville
Johnson Financial Group
Lloyd Consulting, Inc.

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 (CCSS) 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

Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Menomonee Valley Partners
Metropolitan 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

PRISM Economic Development Corp.
Riverworks Development Corp.
SBA Wisconsin

Sherman Park Community Association
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
United Methodist Children's Services (UMCS)
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
UW Credit Union
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 of Care LLC
Center for Public Skills Training
Community Insurance Info Center

Diverse Dining
Jobs That Help
Midwest Executive Realty
P3 Development Group

Corporations & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
AT&T Wisconsin

BMO Harris Bank
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
JPMorgan Chase
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC)

Mueller Communications
U.S. Bank

Zilber Family Foundation

Individual Members
Amy Turim
Avery L. Goodrich, Jr.
Barbara Markoff
Bob Berlan
Brittany Thome

Christina Luna
Clarissa Ortiz

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

Sarah Greenberg
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