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UEDA Community News - November 2022
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What We're Working On

Now's the JOIN or RENEW your membership with UEDA!
Each and every day we work to lift up the programs, services, accomplishments and expertise our members provide, and help them develop and sustain mutually beneficial, cross-sector relationships. Our collaborative projects and events engage over 1,800 professionals each year in conversations and efforts that influence work in sustainable homeownership. financial empowerment efforts, small business development, and community investment. 

2022 is UEDA's 25th anniversary and in the spirit of Giving Tuesday this week, we invite you to join our community. View membership details and benefits here - we offer individual, small business, nonprofit/government agency, and corporate levels. 

Lastly, don't forget to check out updates on our new website (launched this past May!), including our impact in 2021 and a recap of our Annual Community Gathering on November 3rdJust over 60 people joined us for food, fellowship and recognition of our Outstanding Community Partner (BrIan Peters, Independence First) and Extraordinary Volunteer (Maria Prioletta, City of Milwaukee Dept. of City Development). It was a lovely evening at Turning Tables MKE, thanks to all that attended!

Other Happenings...
Take Root Milwaukee will be hosting the 4th webinar in its Racial Disparities in Homeownership Series on Friday, December 2nd from 9:00-10:30 AM. This session will feature an analysis of 2021 Home Mortage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to assess trends in the local mortgage lending market and we will highlight emerging best practices of local lenders to increase credit. 

UEDA continues to work with the Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin to provide learning opportunities for the nonprofit and community development sectors! On Friday, December 9th we'll be hosting "Board Development: Recruitment and Retention" from 9-10:30 am. Part 2 of our Governance series will focus on how to attract, engage, and keep the Directors you need and we will be joined by guests who can speak from experience and answers your questions, including our friends at Milwaukee's CDGA office, who can answer questions about HUD requirements. There is no cost to attend - REGISTER HERE>>

And check out these upcoming sessions! Collect and Share Meaningful Data will be held on January 13, 2023 at 9am in partnership with Data You Can Use (LEARN MORE) and Good Trouble, a two part webinar on how to advocate for your constituents and your community will be held February 10 & 17 2023. Details coming soon!


Carnival Milwaukee will be in-person on Friday, March 3, 2023! We’ll be celebrating the return of UEDA’s annual fundraiser with all the local, diverse amazing food and music PLUS some of the great virtual features we incorporated over the past 2 years. Look for details soon - we CAN'T WAIT to see you there!

UEDA Member Highlights

AARP Wisconsin is once again accepting applications from across the state for “Small Dollar, Big Impact” grants. These grants are awarded to new projects that are designed to improve a community and make it a better place for everyone to live, work, and play as they age. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to at least three eligible applicants! The grant amount could be a portion of or the total cost for the project. All projects must be completed within 60 days from winner announcement. Apply by December 6. More information and application here>>

The UMCS Community Food Center was opened and transformed in October, shifting from a traditional food pantry into a choice-based, shopping style community food center. UMCS would like to thank supporters including the Hunger Task Force, partners through the United Methodist Church Family, and many individuals who generously give their time, talent and treasure to advance the mission of the agency. 

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

The City of Milwaukee Downtown Plan Community Open House will be held on December 7th from 3:30-6:30pm at the Third Street Market Hall / The Avenue. Attendees will be able to review and provide feedback on supporting policies and strategies and catalytic projects. Unable to attend or want to learn more? Join the conversation online via EngageMKE, a free, online resource that helps our planning team collect input. Share your thoughts and add comments to an interactive map and ideas wall:

Check out the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development’s 2021 Annual Report - you’ll find updates on the progress they’ve made in their racial equity goals, neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, land use planning, commercial corridors and big developments.

Congratulations to Kamaljit Jackson of WWBIC for being recognized as the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce’s Professional of the Year at their 16th Annual Business Awards on October 28. Read the recap here>>

Congratulations to Associated Bank and partner Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition for being recognized by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce as Corporate and Nonprofit Partner of the year. They were recognized at the Veterans Business Awards Luncheon on November 11. Check out this article by the Milwaukee Business Journal about the 12 awardees. 

Prism Economic Development Corp. and UpStart Kitchen were highlighted by an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Read the article here

SEWRPC has prepared a draft regional transportation improvement program (TIP). The TIP is a listing all arterial highway, public transit, and other transportation improvement projects proposed to be carried out by State and local governments over the next four years in the seven-county SE WI Region. The draft 2023-2026 TIP contains 404 projects representing a total potential investment in transportation improvements and services of $3.2 billion over the next four years. The draft 2023-2026 TIP is available for review and comment through December 1, 2022View & comment here>>

Congratulations to WWBIC on celebrating 35 years at their annual luncheon. Check out this article with some 2022 highlights. 

PBS Wisconsin's new show John McGivern's Main Streets will feature Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley.  Learn more here: John McGivern returns to PBS in 2023 with ‘Main Streets’

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

WISCAP in partnership with JustHouse is hosting a "Housing Listening Session" for residents in the City of Milwaukee on December 15th from 6-8 PM at the Central Branch of the MPL (814 W. Wisconsin Ave). This session will invite Milwaukeeans to share their housing stories related to renting, buying a house, homeownership, being a landlord, or other concerns. If your organization or community would like to host a listening session and partner with WISCAP on this effort, please contact WISCAP's Housing Specialist Marlo Fields at or 608-369-8880. 

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! 

MATC's  "Pop Up: A Community Impact Series" will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 5-7 pm at the Sherman Phoenix. Information will be provided on full-ride scholarships and other programs MATC has to offer and hear from alumni. View flier here>>

Hope House of Milwaukee has been recognized as an Exemplary Employer by Governor Tony Evers and the DWD. They were recognized because of its diverse and inclusive hiring practices that welcome individuals with disabilities into its workforce. Learn more about the award in this article from Urban Milwaukee

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>>

The Interagency Community Investment Committee (ICIC) has issued a Request for Information to gather input, particularly on programs that can help improve the flow of capital and financial resources into historically underserved communities. The ICIC invites feedback from community stakeholders to understand the challenges of accessing these programs and working with them. Submit responses by December 5, 2022. Learn more>>  

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

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that Wisconsin is receiving federal funding to establish the state’s first Minority Business Development Center. The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded the Wisconsin North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) $1.61 million through the MBDA’s Business Center Program to operate Wisconsin’s first Business Center to assist minority-owned businesses. An online version of this release is available here.

The Multicultural Institute is offering a Bilingual Entrepreneurial Leadership Program for 17 and 21-year-olds to expose them to an entrepreneurial mindset. This program offers training, mentoring, competitive scholarships, professional networking, paid internships and much more! For more information call (414) 383-4633.

The WEDC Ally grant is accepting applications. This pilot initiative aims to foster the development of new and/or emerging diverse-based nonprofit organizations that support diverse business communities, with a specific focus on organizations WEDC has not previously funded. The funds are intended to support the organizations in building operating sustainability and becoming better prepared to provide technical assistance services. WEDC will fund up to nine organizations, with a total of $225,000 in funding available. Applications are due December 15, 2022.  More information is available on their website

The date for MarketPlace 2022 Conference has been set for December 6th and December 7th! At MARKETPLACE, minority-, woman-, veteran- and LGBTQ+-owned businesses—and small businesses of all kinds—can learn from and connect with resource providers, government representatives, corporate buyers and business professionals to develop new partnerships and pursue new contracts. This event connects business owners from across Wisconsin looking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. Learn more and register here>>

City Lights Brewing launched a purified drinking water initiative with sales supporting the Menomonee River Valley. This initiative from Beer Capitol Distributing and City Lights Brewing Company allows for purified drinking water to be distributed in cans, a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic water bottles. A portion of each sale will be donated to MVP to support environmental stewardship. Check out this highlight on the initiative from CBS 58

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

Marketplace Wisconsin
December 6, 2022
| In-person , The Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee
December 7, 2022 | Virtual, The Contracting Academy (TCA)

This event connects business owners from across Wisconsin looking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. Learn more and register here

16th Annual Exito Awards - Noche Mexicana
Saturday, December 10 | 5:30 to 9:00 PM | Oak Creek Community Center

This annual event celebrates the work of the award-winning Latino Entrepreneurial Network and the microenterprises they support. Enjoy dinner, mariachi, dance, door prizes and more! Event information & tickets >>

Milwaukee Hmong New Year Celebration
December 10-11 | Wisconsin State Fairgrounds

Follow them on Facebook for upcoming details:

Member Spotlight

Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is a not-for-profit lender serving the City of Milwaukee. MEDC leverages funding from private and public sources to finance projects or businesses in hard-to-serve or underserved markets. MEDC's service area includes the seven surrounding counties of Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Walworth, Waukesha and Washington, referred to in the aggregate as the “Milwaukee 7 Region”.

Learn more about the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation
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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Avery L. Goodrich, Jr.
Julia O'Connor
PRISM Economic Development Corp.

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

Corporations & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
AT&T Wisconsin

BMO Haris Bank
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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