Edgar Mendez

MANDI Finalists Are Celebrated

12 finalists chosen for Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation.

By , Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service - Dec 7th, 2017 10:08 am
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Gisela Ortega and Jonatan Zuniga, outreach managers at LBWN, react as Eugene Manzanet, vice president of community development banking for PNC Bank, announces LBWN’s Block Projects Menu as a finalist for the PNC Bank Trailblazer Award. Photo by Edgar Mendez.

Gisela Ortega and Jonatan Zuniga, outreach managers at LBWN, react as Eugene Manzanet, vice president of community development banking for PNC Bank, announces LBWN’s Block Projects Menu as a finalist for the PNC Bank Trailblazer Award. Photo by Edgar Mendez.

Finalists for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation, better known as the MANDIs, were announced Tuesday during LISC Milwaukee’s holiday celebration. Two new categories were added this year: the Chase Economic Development Award, for economic and business development, and the Northwestern Mutual Collaboration Award.

LISC is still seeking nominees for the Northwestern Mutual award. Donsia Strong Hill, executive director of LISC Milwaukee, said the award will go to two or more community-based organizations who worked together on a program or project.

About 80 people attended the event at Mr. J’s Lounge, 4610 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.

All of the finalists will be eligible for the Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award. Members of the public will be able to vote online to select the winners. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service hosts the voting, which will begin on March 1.

Raina J. Johnson of Artists Working in Education chats with William Coleman, program director at Safe & Sound. Both organizations are MANDI finalists. Photo by Edgar Mendez.

Raina J. Johnson of Artists Working in Education chats with William Coleman, program director at Safe & Sound. Both organizations are MANDI finalists. Photo by Edgar Mendez.

The finalists for the MANDIs, presented by U.S. Bank in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, were selected after a public nomination process and review by a committee of community leaders representing public, private and philanthropic organizations. Two finalists were named for each category, down from three in the past.

Winners, which receive $1,000, will be announced on Thursday, March 15, at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. The dinner typically draws more than 800 attendees and is considered one of the highlight events of the year for local developers, lenders, representatives of nonprofits and other stakeholders.

Below are the MANDI 2018 finalists announced in each category:

The Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award recognizes a public space that helps build the community.

The BMO Harris Cornerstone Award recognizes an organization or program for its commitment and effectiveness over time.

The Chase Economic Development Award for economic and business development

  • Northwest Side Community Development Corp. North Side revitalization
  • Menomonee Valley revitalization

The Northern Trust Navigator Award recognizes an individual for leadership and collaboration.

The PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem.

The State Farm Building Blocks Award recognizes a real estate project that advances the community.

This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories reporting on eighteen city neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

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