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Northwest Side CDC Advancing The North Corridor Vision

Keynote and discussion presented “The 30th Street Corridor Like You’ve Never Seen It Before”

Aerial view of the 30th Street Corridor. Photo courtesy of the Redevelopment Authority City of Milwaukee.

Aerial view of the 30th Street Corridor. Photo courtesy of the Redevelopment Authority City of Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE – November 1, 2016 – The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC) recently hosted an economic development forum, “The 30th Street Corridor Like You’ve Never Seen It Before,” discussing the current state of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor and its environmental and economic future.

The event’s keynote speaker, Joel Parker of Hamp Mathews & Associates, spoke about his role as the project leader for the Chevy Commons Initiative, which catalyzed significant institutional and private sector investment in Flint, Michigan; a positive environmental and economic program that many believe could be replicated in the 30th Street Corridor. NWSCDC also debuted a video, created by local videographer Adam Carr, highlighting community perspective on the past, present and future of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, which encompasses North 30th Street and Capitol Drive in Milwaukee.

“This economic forum is about sharing and bringing more ideas to the table,” said Andrew Haug, NWSCDC’s Development Director. “We have established great partnerships with local agencies that allow us to bring a strong, united effort to bring environmental stability, jobs, and hope to a neighborhood that was once a driving economic force for Milwaukee, and one we believe holds the key to Milwaukee’s economic recovery.”.

The forum hosted a response panel of agencies committed to bringing economic prosperity to the area, that included Rocky Marcoux, Milwaukee’s Department of City Development Commissioner; Kevin Shafer, Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewage District’s Executive Director; Wyman Winston, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority’s Executive Director; and Earl Buford, Employ Milwaukee’s CEO. The panel was moderated by Laurie Parsons, Natural Resource Technology’s President and Principal Engineer, who addressed two key questions facing the Corridor: (1) “What is the status of the Corridor today and what is its future?” and (2) “What are the next steps to move forward with public and private partnerships to grow jobs?”

Panelists from the key agencies working on coordinated strategies to improve the environmental and economic conditions of a Milwaukee community hit hard by the manufacturing downturn, addressed the questions and focused on innovative programs and ideas that will bolster development, add good-paying jobs and restore hope to a community that was once an economic driving force for the City of Milwaukee and can be again.

“We have been a part of this community for nearly 30 years and know the rich economic and community history the 30TH Street Corridor and Northwest Milwaukee hold,” said Howard Snyder, NWSCDC’s Executive Director. “We are fundamentally committed to being a catalyst that brings good-paying jobs to a neighborhood that was once the lifeblood of Milwaukee and can be again. The neighborhood is rich in a strong workforce that wants to rebuild their neighborhood and city, and we want to help bring that positive change that so many people want for their families.”

About NWSCDC

The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC) has served the economic development needs of Milwaukee’s low-income communities since 1983. Its mission is to enhance the standard of living on the Northwest Side by improving the business environment for low-income communities through community economic development. Learn more at nwscdc.org.

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