15 MANDI Finalists Announced
Nominees for neighborhood development innovation includes Doors Open and Walnut Way.
Finalists in five categories will compete for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI), which recognize people and projects working to make Milwaukee a great place to live, work, and play.
A 40-member volunteer committee selected the finalists from among nominees submitted by the public.
“The MANDIs provide an opportunity to celebrate Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods, and the many passionate, committed people working together to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Laura Bray, executive director of LISC Milwaukee. “These finalists represent the future of our city.”
Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations and corporations that are improving conditions in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.
A sixth category, the “Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award” will be given to the finalist who receives the most votes from the public. Public voting will take place in March at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service website.
The finalists in each category are listed below.
The BMO Harris Cornerstone Award recognizes an organization for its commitment and effectiveness over time.
The Northern Trust Navigator Award recognizes individuals for leadership and collaboration.
- Larry and Sharon Adams, Founders, Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
- Rodney Bourrage, Sr., Founder and Executive Director, Operation DREAM
- Dick Larsen, Community Volunteer and Retired President, Larsen Electric
The PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem.
- ACTS Housing, Foreclosure Reclamation Project
- Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee
- The Wisconsin Cycle, First Stage
The State Farm Building Blocks Award recognizes a real estate project that advances the community.
- Maskani Place, Heartland Housing
- Paper Box Lofts, Sherman Associates
- St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus, St. Ann Center
The Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award recognizes a public space that helps build the community.
- Moody Park Revitalization, Milwaukee County Parks & Partners
- Doors Open Milwaukee, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
- Turtle Park, River Revitalization Foundation
Winners will be announced at a gala on Wednesday, March 16, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.